Broken for Beauty Artist Thanks

A Special Thank You

The Mission and Social Justice Board would like to offer a special thank you to the donor artists participating in the Broken for Beauty Auction. Christen Mattix, Laura Norton, and Lyz Staman all answered our churches call for help immediately. Learn more about their artwork and make a bid at

Christen Mattix ( grew up in Thailand and moved to Bellingham, Wash., in 1995. She received a BFA from Western Washington University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work exists in private and public collections. Exhibitions: The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Wash., SAM Gallery in Seattle, Wash., and nationally. Christen teaches at WWU and the Jansen Art Center.

Laura Norton ( is a calligrapher/designer who over the last 30 years has been energized by creating lively letterforms as well as by joyfully donating 10 percent of all income to poverty relief, health, education, faith communities, and the arts.

Lyz Staman (, the primary artist for the auction, was inspired by the work of Sister Corita Kent, who used her art as a voice for social justice starting in the 1960s. Each piece for the Broken for Beauty Auction was planned specifically to incorporate stylized lettering and a color block layout to emphasize the message. The Black Lives Matter movement and the Sunday messages from worship during this pandemic influenced the message of each panel.