135th Anniversary of Cheatham Memorial UMC’s Artwork

Edgewood, Festivals, Heritage Park, Memorial, My Graphic Work, MySpread

The Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church in Edgewood, Tx., where I am a member, celebrated its 135th anniversary this year.  The theme “A Legacy of Faith” was chosen for this celebration. The past members and pastors were invited to rejoice with current members and we call it a Homecoming Celebration. I am honored to be one of the planning team members and help with the artwork / press release / publications. History background and the United Methodist Church’s logo (the flame and cross) were the concept used to do the artwork.  The works begun in February 2014. First, the anniversary logo was created and it depicts the front view of the church entryway to the sanctuary, with an open door. The cross and flame double-functions as the “T” in Cheatham. The Texas Historical Marker’s icon that the church received in 1982, was also included. The logo was used for any church communications regarding the event.

Print

The more colorful design was to be used as teaser, advertisements, invitations, reminders, etc., as the church built the momentum towards the big day in October 2014 (six months planning period). For this, the colorful play of the flame was applied. The initial design suggested that each flame would represent the ministries of the church.

135 A Flames Design

The church, which was born in 1879, has rich historical background. The congregations have been worshiping in 5 buildings in its 135 years course. The first two buildings served both Methodist church and Edgewood school. The church and school separated in 1897. The latter three church buildings were then incorporated into the design to commemorate this incredible heritage. The initial hand sketches are shown below. The top-left is the Church in the Wildwood (1897-1923) – the insert on top-right is the second version that was eventually being used in the artworks; the top-middle is the first church brick building (1923-1953); and the current church brick building (1953-now) is depicted in the middle. The bottom sketch is one of my draft sketches for logo idea.

135 B Church Original Sketches IB

These three-church sketches and the flame-and-cross icon were combined in the following works which were dispersed in the forms of postcards, bulletin, also electronic copies. During the discussions with the planning team, the idea “the church is the people” was suggested. I kept that in mind and the opportunity to express that came through the cover of A Legacy of Faith, an illustrated history book which was published to commemorate the anniversary. See it at A Legacy of Faith.

135 C Save the Date

135 C Invite Revised

135 C Postcard AOK

Facebook cover page.

135 FB Cover Page

Outdoor banners, 2×5 feet.

135 D BANNER OUTDOOR 2x5ft

Indoor banner, 3×8 feet.

135 D BANNER INDOOR 3x8ft

Bulletin covers and name tag for the two main events maintained the visual identity.

Name Tag Graphic CMUMC

135 D BULLETIN OCT18

135 D BULLETIN OCT19

A simpler black and white design, with orange flame, was applied for souvenirs such as cotton tote bag, decals. The color was inverted for the chosen black t-shirts.

135 E Canvas Bag135 E Decals We Belong

 

135 E T-Shirt Design

135 E T-Shirt Photo

© 2014 Ine Burke for Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church, Edgewood, Texas.

Advertisements

A LEGACY OF FAITH

Book Fair, Edgewood, Historic Site, My Graphic Work, MySpread

A commemorative book for the 135th Anniversary of Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church, Edgewood, Texas. Published October 2014.

A Legacy of Faith - Published October 2014To commemorate its 135 years of incredible heritage, the Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church has published “A Legacy of Faith”, an illustrated history book organized, researched, and designed by Ine Burke.  Founded in 1879, the Methodist church is the first church established in the town of Edgewood, Texas. The forefathers and mothers of the church were the pioneers of Van Zandt County.

1972 Joe V. Clouse - The first church history bookThe beginning of the church history is preceded with an essay, strengthened by timeline charts, of how Van Zandt county and Edgewood was formed. Inspired by the first church’s history book published in 1972 by Rev. Joe V. Clouse, this book follows the evolution of the church in the context of historical, civic, and cultural change that direct its fellowship, services, and ministries to the current state.  Its struggles and development keep evolving, from the era of the Old Dallas-Shreveport Road, through the World Wars and great depression time, to the current issues. Several local publications listed in the bibliography include “Building a County” by Elvis Allen, “The Edgewood Story” by Authula M. McLemore & Eloise Pettigrew Ellis, and “Van Zandt County Texas Pictorial History 1848-1994 Volume III” by the Van Zandt County Texas Historical Commission.

A Legacy of Faith - ContentThe history of the church is traced through 200 images including historical and new photographs, timelines, illustrations, works of art, building plans, and artifacts. The written and pictorial works were contributed by many church members whose names are chronicled throughout the book.

A Legacy of Faith - Front and Back coverWith the phrase “THE CHURCH IS THE PEOPLE” in mind, the cover of the book depicts the front view of the current building, with the congregation interacting on a regular Sunday service. Ine Burke challenged herself and went outside her ”comfort-zone” by doing the acrylic painting that wraps around this 8.3”x10.2”, 130-page, hardcover book.  The book is available for purchase through Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church in Edgewood (903-896-4935). It will also be brought by Ine Burke to the Ben Wheeler Book Fair, Saturday, November 29th, at the Elwood Schoolhouse, downtown Ben Wheeler, Tx. The price per book is $45. ***

A Legacy of Faith-1-2