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By Excel Entertainment

Cope, Swindle and Black Join Forces for Life of Christ Project

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- At a press conference this afternoon in snowy Salt Lake City, three of today's leading artistic personalities announced the title of their latest collaboration, a project which will set a new standard for excellence in the genre of religious art. Kenneth Cope, Liz Lemon Swindle and Susan Easton Black will spend the next several years researching and creating a multimedia presentation centered on the life of Jesus Christ. Entitled Son of Man: God with Us, the project will detail scenes from the life of the most influential man to ever walk on the face of the earth.

Combining original music and poetry from Cope, paintings from Swindle and essays from Black, Son of Man will look thoughtfully and in detail at the human life of Christ. The title was chosen carefully-Son of Man: God with Us will explore the sometimes overlooked humanity of the man whom over 80% of Americans believe to be the divine Son of God.

Swindle has already completed several of the first paintings for the project, with input from Cope and Black, and both Cope and Black have made great progress on their portions of the multimedia presentation. At this afternoon's press conference Swindle unveiled her most recent painting, a striking portrait of the adult Christ called Jesus. Swindle's nineteen-month old grand-daughter named the portrait when the child wandered into Swindle's studio and started talking directly to the painting. The only word in the child's conversation that Swindle could make out was "Jesus."

Over the next two years the collaborators will continue their in-depth research into the life and times of Christ. In April they will embark on a research trip to Jerusalem, a trip they postponed from last November due to the recent outbreak of violence in the region. They will also hold periodic photo shoots and other events.

The entire project will be released to the public in the form of an art book, complete with commentary, poetry and a CD of Cope's original music. The anticipated release date is Fall 2003.

While there have been many artistic projects to look at the life of Christ, this collaboration between Cope, Swindle and Black will be entirely unique and in a class of its own. Working together these three leaders in each of their artistic fields generate an excitement and have insights unparalleled in the genre of religious art.

Excel Entertainment Group, Inc. of Salt Lake City, UT and Greenwich Workshop of Shelton, CT are backing the project. Excel Entertainment Group is a regional powerhouse in the production and distribution of faith-centered music and film. Greenwich Workshop, a subsidiary of Hallmark Corporation, is a national leader in art and print publishing.


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