Grünewald Guild Founders
Richard co-founded the Guild with his wife Liz in 1980, after having chaired the Art Department at Valparaiso University and designed hundreds of worship spaces around the world. Richard left this life peacefully on February 16, 2016 with his family at his side. His vision for the church, the Guild, and his prolific artwork continue to inspire people all over the world.
Liz graduated from the Shalem Institute’s program in Spiritual Direction in 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland – a two-year study in contemplative spirituality with an interfaith faculty and community. Liz is a member of Spiritual Directors International. Family life and studies have given her a strong background in biblical studies and prayer and interfaith communities. As co-founder of the Grunewald Guild she has had the privilege of growing with this community of creativity and faith for 36 years, enriched by the environment of seekers in creativity and spirituality and surrounded by the presence of Love in all creation.
Board of Trustees
President – Michael Caemmerer
Vice-President – Mark Bach
Secretary – Carla Orlando
Treasurer – Nate Drescher
Liv Larson Andrews
Early in the life of the Guild, founders Richard and Liz Caemmerer became aware of the international significance of the art of Sadao Watanabe. Rich and Liz had received calendars and prints with his woodblock art from friends living in Tokyo.
We saw the work of an artist who, largely on his own,
was connecting the Gospel to his culture. ~Rich
The creative-edge spirit of Watanabe’s work resonated with the Guild’s mission. To honor this connection, Watanabe was named an Honorary Guild Artist. Rich and Liz presented a small stained glass piece to him in Japan. It was a life-changing experience for them to see his humble studio and meet his wife who packed and mailed his work all over the world.
The title of “Guild Master” continues to honor the artists who, through their life, faith and work, exemplify what the Grünewald Guild seeks to embody in the world.
Watanabe was famous for his biblical prints rendered in the mingei (folk art) tradition of Japan. He lived a life of humble excellence, bringing together fine craftsmanship and a unique expression of story that serves as an inspiration to what we hope the Guild to be. [Read more...]
Rich and Liz founded the Guild, and infused it with their vision, warmth, mirth and love for history and culture that continues to pervade the Guild as we move into the future. [Read more...]
As co-founder of the Grunewald Guild, Liz has had the privilege of growing with this community of creativity and faith for 32 years, enriched by the environment of seekers in creativity and spirituality and surrounded by the presence of Love in all creation. [Read more...]
The Grünewald Guild is indebted to the generous faculty members who come and give their time, passion and expertise year after year.
Laurie Rudel is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served as the pastor of Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle for nearly 26 years before retiring at the end of February 2017. She is trained as a leader and teacher of InterPlay and as a Soul Collage facilitator. [Read more...]
As co-founder of the Grunewald Guild, Liz has had the privilege of growing with this community of creativity and faith for 37 years, enriched by the environment of seekers in creativity and spirituality and surrounded by the presence of Love in all creation. [Read more...]