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SLC student Kaye Solander welcomes people to the campus chapel in creative, artistic way

Posted On September 14, 2017

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By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations 

MANITOWOC, Wis. — One Silver Lake College sophomore had a clever idea to draw attention to the campus chapel.

Kaye Solander of Stephenson, Michigan, created three colorful, six-foot-tall murals mounted on wooden boards, which she placed near the chapel’s south door.

One panel depicts the pope putting up a sign that says, “Be Not Afraid.” The other two show members of his Swiss Guard on watch.

As part of Kaye’s SLC Works job with the campus ministry this semester, she was asked to come up with something that would draw attention to the chapel, encourage people to come in and make them feel welcome.

She got the idea when her painting class was working on a mural. The paintings themselves were inspired by a photo she had seen of street art in Rome.

Kaye, who is double-majoring in theology and studio art, combined her interests in creating the works.

 “It goes deeper than that,” she said. “We’re trying to make people welcome. Some people might be afraid to walk into church. The message is for everyone … there’s no reason to be afraid. The message is, take whatever you’re afraid of and lay it at the feet of Jesus.”