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Resident Artist Nicora Gangi's third work for 2013 deals with the theme of "Dancing" and responds to Psalm 149 as part of a collection inspired by each of the six themes for the year.

Psalms 149



Nicora Gangi


Curated by: 

Spark+Echo Arts, 2013 Artist in Residence


11 x 14 inches

Paper Collage on Strathmore Paper & Adobe Photoshop

Mixed Media

Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

Praise Yahweh!
Sing to Yahweh a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the saints.
Let Israel rejoice in him who made them.
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Let them praise his name in the dance!
Let them sing praises to him with tambourine and harp!
For Yahweh takes pleasure in his people.
He crowns the humble with salvation.
Let the saints rejoice in honor.
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
May the high praises of God be in their mouths,
and a two-edged sword in their hand;
To execute vengeance on the nations,
and punishments on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
and their nobles with fetters of iron;
to execute on them the written judgment.
All his saints have this honor.
Praise Yah!

Psalms 149

Who are called upon to praise God? The children of Israel! They are nearer to God than other Israelites, those who have the word and ordinances of God. We give honor to God when we take pleasure in Him. We should sing new songs: newly composed upon every special occasion.

Singing them with a new affection. Making the song new though the words have been used before. Keeping them growing threadbare.

Those who are so musically employed in religious worship must, by the same rule, introduce dancing; for they went together as in David's dancing before the ark.

The righteous shall be beautified in that day when they shine forth as the sun. In the hopes of this let them now, in the darkest day, sing a new song and dance with a new heart to Our God and Our King.

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

Nicora Gangi was educated at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA (BFA 1974 and MFA 1976). She was a Professor of Art at Syracuse University for 29 years. Gangi has been awarded many Grand Prize and First Place awards and grants. She has been and continues to be published in numerous artist’s books on pastel paintings. She has lectured regionally and nationally as a visiting artist at universities and artist’s guilds. She is represented by: Edgewood Gallery (Syracuse, NY), and Gangi Studio (Winter Garden, FL).

Nicora Gangi

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