Editor’s Note: Many pastors find a second calling. These United alums
find expression through the visual arts of textiles, sculpting, and carving.
Rev. Marylyn Doyle Rev. Dr. Lois Fortson Dr. Ivan Kurtz
’86, ’91, ’97 ’89, ’97 ’59
Dayton, OH Centerville, OH Penney Farms, FL
The Rev. Marylyn Doyle started The Rev. Dr. Lois Fortson Dr. Ivan Kurtz began carving in
her journey as a textile artist started sculpting more than 1999, the day after he retired
many years ago in Farmington, 30 years ago when the Dayton from teaching at Owens
MI, when she walked into her Art Institute still had an art Community College, Toledo,
pastor’s office to volunteer to school. Dr. Robert Koepnick OH. Eleven years later, he is
help with the church’s décor. was her first teacher. She has competing in national
“The banners that were exhibited her work at the woodcarving shows, has
displayed didn’t speak to me Ebonnia Gallery, Dayton; Black received numerous awards,
at all,” she said. When the Creativity, Chicago; the Actors and is teaching a woodcarving
pastor agreed, Doyle began Theatre, Louisville; Sinclair class. Kurtz specializes in bird
learning everything she could Community College, Dayton; carvings. The eagle above was
about liturgical arts. She Springfield Art Gallery, donated to United in 2006. His
became a divinity student at Springfield, OH; Columbus Fine next project will be a replication
United, earning two degrees, Arts Gallery and the Kiaca of DaVinci’s “Lord’s Supper,”
and also taught liturgical arts Gallery, both in Columbus, which will be donated to his
at the seminary for 23 years. OH. She is currently showing church, where he serves as
Her paraments and vestments pieces at Creative Soul, Dayton. senior pastor. All the proceeds
can be seen in many churches. Her works can also be found in from his work are donated to
Now retired from parish ministry, numerous private collections charity. “I have been doubly
she is serving in an interim around the country. “I live blessed with a second calling
position and still teaches within a creative spirit that I never expected but am very
liturgical arts. She spoke seeks expression through pleased it came my way,”
recently at the National sculpting portraits of people,” said Kurtz.
Convention of the Episcopal she said. Her work can be seen
Altar Guild and the at www.fortsonsculptures.com.
Embroiderer’s Guild of America.
“I focus on visual theology, or
how we explain God with our
eyes,” she said.
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