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“Love Never Fails”

Mixed media books, 11” x 14”

By Jeffrey Overstreet (

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“The best way to win the battle with the evil in this world is through love — and more specifically, for me, through art,” says Aurelia Mandani ’14. With the support of Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, professor of visual communication; Carla Orlando, vocational discernment counselor from SPU’s Center for Career and Calling; and others from the Art Department, Mandani invited students, faculty, and staff to contribute to art books that would “serve as a simple reminder that God is with us every step of the way to love us and care for us,” she says.

Within days of the violence at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, 2014, the five distinct books of the “Love Never Fails” project were ready. Filled with vibrant, heartfelt expressions of imagination, and bearing a cover created by Kyle Gough, a multi-skilled tradesman II in SPU’s Office of Facility and Project Management, they were delivered to the families directly affected by the incident, including the family of the perpetrator.