Lena’s harts

Lena’s harts by Jon Breeding Thank you for the recent videos sharing your stories. My name is Jon Breeding and I grew up in Tennessee in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. My father graduated from Bethel College in the early 1960s. He finished seminary in Memphis and began his ministry in Tennessee. My mother is currently an active member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church in her town and continues to teach Sunday school at 81. I am a visual artist and in lieu of making a video to post here, I would like to share with you a piece of art I created that is a tribute to my grandmother, Lena Hart. This piece tells about her great love for the many LGBTQ+ family members and friends in her life. About the art piece: Lena’s harts 18” x 18” Acrylic on canvas, acrylic on paper, oil on canvas, graphite, wood, and LGBTQ+ PRIDE stickers This piece is included in an art series I am creating called Keeping Boxes. Keeping Boxes are art pieces that tell stories across the generations of the LGBTQ+ community and connect us via pride symbols that are important to each generation.  About my grandmother Lena Hart  (b.1915 - d.2005) My grandmother joined the CP Church in Longview, Texas in the early 1940s.  When her daughter (my mother) was a child, she was hospitalized with meningitis and almost died. My grandmother’s prayer at the time was for her daughter’s survival, for which she in turn promised to find a church and start attending with her family. My mother recovered and true to her word, my grandmother started her search for a church. Not far from my grandmother’s home was a CP Church and she visited it. She thought it was a good fit, and my grandfather