Chance has been exploring the intersections between both rural and urban community, place, and spirituality for most of his life. Most recently, this exploration brought him to Holden Village where he served for four years as both Food Services Lead and Community Services Manager. [Read more...]
Grünewald Guild Founders
Richard Caemmerer, Jr., Director Emeritus (In Memoriam)
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. More can be learned about Rich and his work here.
Liz Caemmerer, Director Emeritus (In Memoriam)
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 was a member of Spiritual Directors International. Family life and studies gave her a strong background in biblical studies and prayer and interfaith communities. As co-founder of the Grunewald Guild she 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.
Liz passed away in the loving hands of her family on February 17, 2021. At her request, a small service was held at Finisterre the following weekend. Memories of her were shared often thoughout summer programming that year. Her spirit continues to enliven the Guild and all those who were graced to know her in this life.
Board of Directors
President – Susan Kintner
Vice-President – Tamisha Tyler
Secretary – Rick Szeliski
Treasurer – Cheryl Branz
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 she 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...]
The Grünewald Guild is indebted to the generous faculty members who come and give their time, passion and expertise year after year. If you are interested in becoming Guild faculty, please fill out this form (form coming soon!)
Chloe Grace Caemmerer is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Born in Seattle and raised in New Delhi, she received her degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she fused her love of the poetry of classical drama with a song writing habit brought up by folk legend Carrie Newcomer. [Read more...]
Courtney Rutzer is a mixed media artist, primarily working in acrylic paint and embroidery floss on raw canvas. She is interested in creating work that encourages the formation of holistic community— encouraging imaginative, restorative and relational engagement. [Read more...]
Kira Tippenhauer has a multidisciplinary practice of fine art and a design line under Kiramade based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she was raised by architect/engineer father and kindergarten owner/director mother. She graduated from Miami International University of Art & Design (2011) with an MFA in Visual Arts. [Read more...]
Lanecia Rouse Tinsley is a multidisciplinary artist who specializes in abstraction. Her portfolio also includes a range of work in photography, painting, teaching, writing, and speaking. She is the owner and creator of LAR Art Studio and works primarily out of Hardy + Nance Street Studios in Houston, TX. [Read more...]
Calligraphy has been Laura Norton’s passion and joy for 30 years, having studied with many of the finest lettering artists in the world, participated in several international calligraphy conferences, and taught calligraphy in a variety of settings--working on silk, paper, walls & windows. [Read more...]
Rafael has over 15 years of professional photography and cinematography experience in the field and studio. He is currently the technical arts coordinator for Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy, Texas, where he produces weekly videos and manages all media-related tasks for the church. [Read more...]