Wonder, a Creative Journey

Selected Works of Bob Kirchman, an Exhibition


The show ran from 09/09/2016 to 01/06/2017 in Crozet, Virginia.

Thoughts on WONDER
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WONDER is not, as some might suppose, a  retrospective show, nor is it simply about the photography that I have taken up of late (though some is certainly included). Nor is it a collection of old architectural renderings (though some of those can be seen as well).The show is really about WONDER (as its name suggests), VISION, IMAGINATION and DISCOVERY. This issue of THYME is sort of a companion piece, if you will. The articles that follow are a bit of the thought that lies behind this creative journey. Enjoy them! (read more)

The Venue:

Tabor Presbyterian Church (Directions) [click to view]
5804 Tabor Street (PO Box 446)
Crozet, VA 22932

The Exhibition:
[Links to Photos of the Show]

A view of the show 'WONDER' at Tabor Presbyterian Church in Crozet, Virginia.

Xaver Wilhelmy's Design for a memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York. The memorial features a 3000 pipe organ to give a voice to everyone who's voice was lost on that terrible day. Rendering by Bob Kirchman KIRCH001

Xaver Wilhelmy's design for functional stained glass organ pipes embedded in a window. Rendering by Xaver Wilhelmy and Bob Kirchman KIRCH002

This is my painting of University Chapel. When Jefferson created his academic village it did not have a place of worship. In the late Nineteenth Century members of the Charlottesville community raised the money to build this gothic revival chapel designed by Charles Emmet Cassell of Baltimore. The cornerstone was set in 1885, and the completed chapel was dedicated in 1889. The chapel marks a sharp departure from Jefferson's classical forms.
Painting by Bob Kirchman KIRCH003 

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Winter scene, St. John's United Methodist Church in Staunton, Virginia.
Painting by Bob Kirchman KIRCH007A 

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Journey to Jesus, a mural depicting the nations coming to Jesus in the New Heaven and New Earth described in Revelation 21. Mural by Kristina Elaine Greer and Bob Kirchman KIRCH025

Journey to Jesus [click to view larger images].

The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”
― G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles


To cease to wonder is to fall plumb-down from the childlike to the commonplace-the most undivine of all moods intellectual. Our nature can never be at home among things that are not wonderful to us.”
― George Macdonald


There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein


Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.”
― Vincent Van Gogh


An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Great-great Grandchildren of Mrs. Landes and the story of her legacy of hollyhocks. Her hollyhocks still bloom every Summer on Springhill Road in Staunton, Virginia. Her house is long gone, replaced by a gas station but the flowers continue to bless those who pass that way. They were the inspiration for the mural: Heavenly Hollyhocks that Mr. Kirchman painted in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hymns Triptych Team: Kristina Elaine Greer, Benjamin Riley, Bob Kirchman.

Staunton Alliance Church Children's Mural Team: Kristina Elaine Greer, Bob Kirchman.

Bob with his student, Savhanna Herndon.

Savhanna Herndon acted as a host of the event. Here she greets children at the colouring table.

The Colouring Table was the center of activity.

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