Heather Guess, St. Andrew's, 2011, Digital print, 18 in x 17 in (45.72 cm x 43.18 cm)

Heather Guess, St. Andrew’s, 2011, Digital print, 18 in x 17 in (45.72 cm x 43.18 cm)

Humble Sanctuaries in Anguilla, BWI

“On Anguilla, there are several Protestant churches but there is only one Catholic Church on the island, and they are mainly expats. I would say Anglican and Methodist have the strongest presence on the island.”       —Courtney Devonish

For an island that is merely sixteen miles long and three miles wide, some may find it astonishing that Anguilla is home to over twenty-two churches. The steeples that pepper the landscape play an important role in the local culture, as creed is deeply ingrained in many Anguillans.  Although there are over a dozen inter-denominational churches on the island of Anguilla the two branches of religion that are predominant on the island are Methodism and Anglicanism. In the Caribbean, Methodism originated in Antigua, and was introduced to Anguilla by pioneer and local native John Hodge in 1813. Within two years, Hodge was pastoring a flock of 250 Methodists in a church erected in The Valley. His continued dedication to the religion left behind a long chain of legacy. Today, the successors of Hodge continue the process of sowing and nurturing the seed of Methodism in Anguilla. In the early 1950s, there were only two Anglican Churches on Anguilla, St. Mary’s in the Valley and St. Augustine’s in East End. The parish priest at the time was Reverend Richard D. Canning, who saw the need for another church and that was how St. Andrews came to be. Relatives of John Hodge, Joseph B. Hodge and Walter G. Hodge, donated the parcel of land on which St. Andrew’s was built.

Through abstraction, Guess manifests elegant portraits that embody the power of gospel.  Her reverent compositions are full of grace notes that highlight the simplicity of lines, humble materials and quiet architecture. For the many devout locals, the gothic archways of South Hill Church 3, 2011 and the bell towers of St. Andrew’s, 2011 capture the humility and beauty of these sanctuaries.

Heather Guess, South Hill Church 3, 2011, Digital print, 19 in x 36 in (35.56 cm x 91.44cm)

Heather Guess, South Hill Church 3, 2011, Digital print, 19 in x 36 in (35.56 cm x 91.44cm)