Today I went to a special sculpture exhibit by the artist Angela Johnson. You can view her work here. Just click on galleries and you can view some of her sculptures. She tells an amazing story about how God helped her go from a career as an opera singer, to find this talent within herself.
For a limited time, her sculptures will be on display at the Oakland Temple visitor's center. Tours are available, which include a short video introducing the artist. They will be on display from now until January 1, 2009. I hope that you will take the time to stop and see them if you are in Oakland.
I thought that the sculptures would be nice to see, but I wasn't prepared for the impact they would have on me seeing them in person. As I thought about each scripture story they depicted, and saw the expressions on the faces, I was once again reminded of the love of our Savior. If you want a spiritual experience, you will find it in these tours.
Also on display is a large and beautiful Christus statue, as well as other art and media presentations. There are many video presentations available as well. While you are there, you should take the opportunity to walk among the temple gardens and even up on to the temple terrace to view the bay. I hope that you will make the time to see this extraordinary exhibit while it is still on display in Oakland.
The Visitor's center is open every day 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free. The address is: 4780 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland. Take Highway 13 to Lincoln Avenue. For more information you can call 510-531-1475.