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Bryn Gillette reality of the events portrayed. The rose window, absent of glass, and the fallen church bell remind the viewer that although the church is broken, it is not fully destroyed. Restoration is possible. This is all part of the nuance Gillette is trying to bring to the work as he explores the question, “What does it take to restore a nation?” Bryn Gillette is a painter and teacher, both of which he states are defined by his identity as “husband, father, and passionate fol- lower of Jesus Christ.” He holds a B.A. in Visual Art from Gordon College and a M.F.A. in Painting from Western Connecticut State University. He is the co- founder of the mission TeamOne:27, a non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of Haitian orphan. More information can be found about Gillette and his mission at the following website: Gillette’s works in this exhibit were inspired from his time in Haiti in 2010. The ruins depicted in Gillette’s paintings show the destruction after Haiti’s earthquake. At first glance, the beautiful colors and technique grab the viewer’s attention. As the eyes focus, however, the viewer realizes that the painting is not necessarily portraying a thing of beauty, but rather the devastation of a county. This engaging piece shows the apparent absence of divine grace juxtaposed with the bright, sun-filled space filled with vibrant colour and life. By using carefully placed pieces of the physical rubble, for example incorporating pieces of the actual stained glass into the painting itself, Gillette creates a third dimen- sion that pulls the viewer away into the catastrophic http://beyondtheruins.teamone27.org/blog/ Haiti - Beyond the Ruins: Cathedral 26 • The Art of Faith Magazine • www.aofmag.com Haiti - Beyond the Ruins: Government The Art of Faith Magazine • www.aofmag.com • 27