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Linocut Art of Houston's St. Matthew Lutheran Church

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church

St. Matthew Lutheran Church

Linocut Art

One day a congregant from St. Matthew Lutheran Church wandered into the Museum of Printing History in Houston, Texas. She noticed a framed linocut print that I had created of her church. It was hanging on the wall in the gift shop.

She contacted me, and long story short...they now have the right to utilize my art print in their church bulletins, cookbook cover, and however else they wish to use my linocut image. My good friend Lisa asked me to tell her what inspired my creation of this particular print.

Exterior photo of the church grounds

Exterior photo of the church grounds

Self-taught Artist

First of all, let me tell you that I am a self-taught artist. I took a one-semester art appreciation class in high school. That was decades ago! There was also a 3-hour free class at Bear Creek Community Center that I received regarding introducing the linocut art form. I have primarily ventured into this field of art with God-given talents.

The subject of art has always been of interest to me. My one and only nearby girlfriend I had when growing up in Wisconsin's countryside was artistically inclined. Together we drew, sketched, colored, and painted various objects as a form of play. She ended up becoming an art teacher in later years.

My parents moved to Texas when I had just turned 13. Except for occasionally dabbling in artistic endeavors, that part of my personality was put on hold. Becoming a registered nurse took me on another path, but I always appreciated art. When time permitted, I occasionally painted and created things for our home and my husband's office. Most of my paintings have been given away through the years to friends and relatives.

Relief Printing

To satisfy my curiosity, I wanted to learn about linocuts and relief printing. My husband and I had collected some old etchings, among other types of art, through the years. I merely wished to become better educated regarding works of art on paper.

After I had created a few linocut prints by hand, I began utilizing an antique press at The Printing Museum in Houston. It is there that most of my linoleum cut art prints came into being. It was an excellent opportunity to use a 100+-year-old printing press. I was able to show people touring the establishment just how those antique machines worked while I was printing my art pieces.

Old printing press I used at the Printing Museum

Old printing press I used at the Printing Museum

The Architectural Design

The design of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church was by noted architect Joseph Walter Northrop, Jr. It began life as the First Congregation Church in 1927. Mr. Northrop, Jr. was a former president of the South Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. I did not know this when I first saw it's beautiful exterior.

Churches, in general, are often fascinating structures. They tend to reflect the aspirations of the supporters and attendees in directing one's soul towards a higher and better elevation of life.

More affluent churches often have more elaborate exteriors as well as interiors. St. Matthew's fits that category. I particularly liked and represented with my art the juxtaposition of the different roof lines with the tower and the arches that seem to tie it all together.

Imagine if you will some folded and praying hands. The arches represent them. The sheltered walkways with the arches protect people from inclement weather such as rain or searing sun. Those arches are like the church's body, which offers protection to parishioners by way of unification in prayer.

The wings of the church have different angles. It makes me think of other families joining together to form a cohesive whole in sharing a collective religious experience.

Location

The large spreading branches of old live oak trees adorn this part of Houston just north of the Museum District. They also help to provide St. Matthew's with a framework of natural beauty.

Hopefully, this answers my friend's query about why I created a linocut of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Houston. Art is definitely in the "eye of the beholder," and this linocut is my unique perspective and personal symbolic meaning of her church home.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church was celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2016. The location is 5315 Main St., Houston, Texas 77004.

Saint Matthew

This Saint is known as one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ by Lutheran as well as Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox churches. Along with Saints Mark, Luke and John, he walked the earth spreading the word about eternal salvation. Before becoming an apostle and evangelist, St. Matthew was a tax collector. According to the Catholic and Orthodox churches, he died a martyr.

Right: "The Inspiration of Saint Matthew" Left: "The Calling of St Matthew" By Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Right: "The Inspiration of Saint Matthew" Left: "The Calling of St Matthew" By Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."

— Matthew 5:6

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© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Robert Sacchi on November 08, 2020:

You're welcome.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 08, 2020:

Hi Denise,

Thanks for your comment. I have plenty of ones that are not on niche sites. I have started featuring them at the top of my page. Hopefully, soon, we will be able to leave comments on all of our articles.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 08, 2020:

I loved your Spaghetti Squash crust pizza recipe although I wouldn't use a real egg. I think sounds very healthy. Since I couldn't comment on the niche site I'm commenting here. Sorry for the mixup it makes but what can you do?

Blessings,

Denise

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 07, 2020:

Hi billips,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. St. Matthew's is a beautiful church.

billips from Central Texas on November 07, 2020:

Such a beautiful church, and so well preserved. It is this sort of article that brings history to life.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2020:

Hi Denise,

Sorry that you could not comment on the article about the scalloped potatoes recipe. I hope that they fix it so that we can leave comments on the ones on niche sites. I have written an entire article showing almost all of my linocuts if you are interested. Take care, and thanks for your comment.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 24, 2020:

How I would love to comment on your scalloped potatoes but the niche site still won't let me. I love scalloped potatoes but the vegan cheese I've been buying doesn't melt quite the same and dairy cheese. I've given up finding a good vegan recipe and just bake my potatoes with my own gravy sauce with nutritional yeast which gives a cheesy flavor. I still love your linoleum cuts as well. Can't wait to see more.

Blessings,

Denise

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2020:

Hi manatita,

So glad you like the appearance of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. There are a couple of other beautiful churches in the same area of our Museum District. You are indeed rich in spirit! Thanks for your comment. Blessings to you!

manatita44 from london on October 23, 2020:

Yes, Peggy. He died a martyr. Churches do inspire. After all, we go to them seeking the Highest of the High. Such a blessing! Much love to you and yes, I will have one of your paintings. No money though. God has utilised me in my travels so many times that I have gone broke, yet rich in Spirit. Haha. Still love you guys.

St Matthew's Lutheran looks immaculate!! - Lantern

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2020:

Hi Adrienne,

Houston does have an amazing variety of places to please visitors with all kinds of interests. Thanks for reading about this church, and leaving a comment.

Adrienne Farricelli on October 08, 2020:

I am always surprised to learn about all the treasures Houston harbors for those who are willing to discover this city. Thank you for revealing all the wonderful perks this city has to offer. It is nice to go on virtual visits especially now that with the pandemic it is difficult to travel safely. This church is stunning both inside and out.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 06, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

Thanks for your comment. It is indeed fun to create art.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 06, 2020:

Beautiful linocut. Quite interesting to learn how you got into this art form. It is indeed a blessing to be able to create art of any form.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 04, 2020:

Hi Ann,

It is fun learning that you like to draw and paint. I have dabbled with art all of my life. Learning how to create linocuts was a fun part of that which kept me quite busy for awhile. Thanks for your comment.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 03, 2020:

Beautiful church and your lino-cut does it more than justice. You have an eye for composition and colour. I loved doing art at school and I still draw and paint a bit but I found lino-cuts too laborious and fiddly. You must have more patience than I!

Great that your work is sold and used for church publications too.

Ann

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2020:

Hi Denise,

I have created quite a number of them, and many of the Galveston prints are being sold in two different tourist sites in Galveston. If inspiration strikes, I may do more in the future. Thanks for the encouragement.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 29, 2020:

I hope you keep these up and do more linocuts in the future. You are really good at it!

Blessings,

Denise

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2020:

Hi Robert,

Thanks for your positive comment about my linocut of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2020:

Hi Christy,

This church is one of the many beautiful ones in our area. I am pleased that you liked the recipe. Unfortunately, you cannot make comments on many of the niche sites. Thanks for your comment on this article.

Robert Sacchi on September 28, 2020:

Great going with your linocut. Congratulations.

Christy Birmingham-Reyes on September 28, 2020:

I do not live close by so I have not seen this church before. The architecture, wow! I love how you bring me the sights of Houston, including its Museum District. I also read your eggplant parmesan recipe, mmm!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 28, 2020:

Hello Umesh,

Thanks for your comment. I am pleased that you enjoyed this article.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 27, 2020:

Well sketched, well presented. Nice reading.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 26, 2020:

Hi George,

Houston's Museum District is filled with some beautiful structures. I am glad you liked my linocut of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

George on September 26, 2020:

Good to know about and see your unique art representing this landmark structure in Houston's Museum District.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi Dolores,

It was pure happenstance that Lisa spotted my art, and we became friends because of it, which lead to the church being able to use my linocut. I have written an entire article about my linocuts if you are interested.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi Raymond,

Yes, the church has my permission to use the image that I created in linocut form. I do possess a copy of their cookbook with the image. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi Devika,

I am pleased that you enjoyed reading this article. There are many beautiful places of worship in all denominations in the Houston area. It was happenstance that I did a linocut of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, and one of the parishioners saw it. A great friendship developed with Lisa and her husband because of it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi Anya,

Thanks for your complimentary comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi Brenda,

My husband and I also saw some of the churches in Spain some of which took centuries to build. They are impressive structures! I am pleased that you enjoyed reading this article about this church in Houston.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2020:

Hi Audrey,

The trees in that part of our city are glorious! I'm glad that you liked the video presentations in this article. Thanks for your comment.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on September 25, 2020:

Wow, Peggy, that is awesome! I love the hand colored print the best. And to have a church member find the print then have it used by the church must have given you a real thrill. I'm going to check your other articles to see if you have any on the process which always confused the heck out of me.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on September 25, 2020:

How nice that your linocut (which I liked very much) can be used by the church. Well done.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 25, 2020:

Hi Peggy this is another one of your interesting and informative hubs, but of the Lutheran Church. A wonder to me and lovely photos too. A tour to a beautiful place.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on September 24, 2020:

Beautiful church, stained windows, linocut and prose. Thank you!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 24, 2020:

Interesting to read about your linocut. It seems to be quite a process.

Churches are so amazing when they have this older structure.

I visited Spain many years ago and the churches there were awesome.

This one seems to have a few of the same qualities.

Thanks for sharing.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 24, 2020:

Your Linocut art work is glorious! You are talented, Peggy. I love the branches and leaves of the trees. The video is an extra treat. Thank you for sharing this informative, wonderful presentation.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2020:

Hi Liza,

How fortunate you were to be a student in Italy! That would be a dream for many people. Getting to visit the Vatican City and other churches will be an experience I am sure you will long remember. Thanks for your comment.

Liza from USA on September 24, 2020:

I love visiting places of worship. When I was a student in Italy, I had a wonderful tour inside Vatican City and other churches in Italy. I adore the architecture of the buildings and the paintings. I'm amazed by your story, Peggy and I love your original linocut. You have a great talent! Thank you for sharing it!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2020:

Hi Mary,

Thanks for your comment. I have an article on HubPages on the FeltMagnet site that is titled "Original Linoleum Cut Art Prints by Peggy Woods" if you wish to see more of my linocuts. I have also made some collages, paintings, and lithographs, none of which are featured here.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2020:

Peggy, that is such beautiful artwork. I have always known your appreciation for art but until now, I have not seen one of your creations.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2020:

Hi Heidi,

Thanks for your comment and inquiry about our safety. We have had our share of inclement weather all along the Gulf Coast this year. I will be glad when the hurricane season is over. We have a few months to go. Where we live in west Houston, so far, we are fine. We did get a lot of rain, but no flooding. Other parts of our city did not fare as well. It is so sad to see the flooded homes, businesses, vehicles, etc. In the middle of a pandemic, it makes things even worse.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

Creating art has always been a pastime for me, but I have some commercial success with it as well. Thanks for your complimentary comment.

Rosina S Khan on September 24, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy, for taking us on a journey of Linocut art and print. That you are a self-taught artist is indicative of your talent. It is all very appreciative and awesome. Thank you for sharing.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 24, 2020:

It doesn't matter how, where, or when you start your art... as long as you start! And your story is so encouraging.

I can see why they were interested in your linocut. It would be easy to recreate it for print production, especially by computer graphic programs. They'd just have to convert it into vector art.

Thank you for sharing something of yourself and another site in your area. I hope you're staying safe with all the extreme weather that's been heading your way. Take care!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2020:

Hi Linda,

Churches can be grand edifices or simple structures with few adornments, but all have a story. Thanks for your virtual visit to this one in Houston.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2020:

Hi Denise,

I have made some postcards using two other linocuts, but not this one. Thanks for the compliment. I have hand-colored some of the prints of the St. Matthew Lutheran Church. The trees do soften the image of the building.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2020:

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for your comment, Cheryl. May God bless you too.

Rosina S Khan on September 24, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy, for taking us on your journey of Linocut art and print. It is highly appreciative and praiseworthy that you are a self-taught artist and can do so much. You truly show great talent. Thank you for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 23, 2020:

I enjoy exploring churches, especially ones with an interesting history. Thank you for sharing the information about St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Your art is lovely, Peggy.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 23, 2020:

Perspective is the hardest part of drawing and recreating buildings and your linocut would be so unforgiving if you had been off just a little. It's perfect. I especially love the leaves of the trees and branches that border the edges. Outstanding! Have you made cards or printed T-shirts with this lino block? It would be fabulous.

Blessings,

Denise

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 23, 2020:

Wow you truly have an amazing talent. God bless you and keep sharing with the world.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

Thanks for your comment on this article. I have a first cousin who does stained glass. Have you ever shown any of your stained glass creations on HubPages? I love the beauty of stained glass.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 23, 2020:

Being a self taught artist is wonderful and you do beautiful work. I think any type of art is worth the time to create something beautiful to behold. I love your original linocut. I taught myself to make stained glass projects and I think you certainly achieved your goals, Peggy. This is a very interesting and enjoyable article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

As far as I know, they do attribute the artwork to me. Lisa gave me a copy of the cookbook that they produced with my artwork on it. I am glad you enjoyed reading this article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

Thanks for your comment. St. Matthew Lutheran Church is one of three impressive churches located just north of our Museum of Fine Arts. All three of the churches are architecturally beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2020:

Hi Bill,

We did get a lot of rain but had no severe flooding where we live. The east side of Houston, nearer the Gulf of Mexico, had some real problems, as you would have seen on the news.

Yes, I am more than ready to say goodbye to 2020. Let's hope 2021 is better in every aspect!

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 23, 2020:

Your art is beautiful and the fact that you are self-taught is phenomenal and inspiring. I admired how you described the church symbolically. Simply marvelous. It was also generous to give away your publication rights to the church. I hope they attribute your art properly in all they publish.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 23, 2020:

Great article about Linocut art. I am pleased to learn about this artistic talent of yours. And, the art work shared by you is beautiful.

I enjoyed the information about the St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Beautiful architecture, worth appreciating.

Thanks for sharing this excellent article.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 23, 2020:

All quite lovely and interesting, but I'm more interested in how you are doing in Houston with the flooding. I hope this finds you well and not too-affected by the flooding we are reading about. I think it's high-time for 2020 to be over, don't you?

Be safe!