Welcome to the first newsletter of MOFSA, the Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art. We plan on publishing this newsletter periodically to keep everyone interested in MOFSA informed of our activities. This first issue we are sending out electronically, and we are also making paper copies available for people not using a computer. In this issue, we are pleased to share news on the following topics:
  • Special Grant: Spiritually Inspired Children’s Books
  • 2018 Spiritual Art Grant Recipient: Jennifer McCormick
  • 2019 Exhibit: “There Is Healing in a Story”
  • 2020 Exhibit; “Towards the Spiritual”
  • Art and the Soul Magazine
  • MOFSA and Social Media
  • First Year Donors
  • Support MOFSA
Special Grant: Spiritually Inspired Children’s Books
The Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art is pleased to announce the award of its first grant, in the amount of $2100, to Jolene Joy Moss of Charlotte, North Carolina. The grant supported the creation of the children’s book, Emmalina and Papa’s Healing Hands. This spiritually inspired book lightly and playfully introduces the idea of energy and light as witnessed through “Papa’s healing hands.” The grant supported the commission of artwork for the book and initial self-publishing.
 
In March Jolene presented the first copy of a limited edition of her new book to Bob Oberg of MOFSA. We look forward to the wide distribution publication of this delightful book!
2018 Spiritual Art Grant Recipient: Jennifer McCormick
MOFSA is pleased to announce that the recipient of our first Spiritual Art Grant in the amount of $10,000 is Jennifer McCormick of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University Medical School in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine.Her spiritual journey starts from the medical perspective of the physical body and reaches beyond towards the spiritual, inspiring hope and healing. Her work and journey are a wonderful fit to the theme of our inaugural exhibit, “There Is Healing in a Story”.

2019 Exhibit: “There Is Healing in a Story”
In cooperation with Mint Hill Arts , the first exhibit sponsored by MOFSA will be January 23 – February 22, 2019, in Mint Hill, North Carolina. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 25. The exhibit will feature art of grant recipient Jennifer McCormick and Marianne Oberg. It will include a new body of Jennifer’s work never exhibited before. We plan to publish a printed catalog of our inaugural exhibit, containing pictures of the art shown. The catalog will be available at the exhibit, and we will publish an electronic copy online.
2020 Exhibit: “Towards the Spiritual”
For the second exhibit of the Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art we are calling on artists to submit examples of their work that represents for them a calling towards expressing the spiritual as they understand it. We plan to show the work of a number of artists along with works by the second recipient of our Spiritual Art Grant. We will ask for applicants to tell us something of their own story:
  • What in their spiritual journey has influenced their development as an artist?
  • How do they plan to develop their art as it reflects in their ongoing spiritual journey?

Art and the Soul Magazine
MOFSA’s mission is to inspire, encourage and support the creation of spiritual art. Our exhibits focus on visual art, but we are interested in all artistic media. We are considering a new venture to widen the scope of our activities—the creation of a new magazine to be entitled Art and the Soul. A typical issue would contain:
  • Articles
  • Pictures
  • MOFSA news

MOFSA and Social Media
We are planning to begin using social media to spread the word about MOFSA and to provide another means of keeping friends informed about our activities. Specifically, we are looking to set up a MOFSA Facebook page! Do you enjoy using social media? Do you have experience with Facebook for an organization or are interested in learning? Would you like to help us in this new venture? If so, please contact Carly Ouzts at carly@mofsa.org .
First Year Donors
MOFSA is deeply grateful to the following donors. Without your generosity, our new foundation could not have gotten off the ground. Thank you!

  • Denny and Jo Ann Fernald.
  • Homer and Frances Franck
  • Jeffrey Meyer and Cathy Mowry
  • Pastor Don and Barbara Malinsky
  • Robert Oberg
  • Tom and Gracy Koshy
  • Sara Irukulla
Support MOFSA
The Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art (MOFSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation to support our work, you may do so online at our website. Or you may send a check made out to “MOFSA” at this address:

Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art
4515 Emory Lane
Charlotte, NC 28211

Contributions are greatly appreciated and enable us to continue our work.