Kelly Klages is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She received her bachelor of arts degree in Studio Art from Goucher College in 2003 and interned at Beaumont Pottery in Phoenix, Maryland. In 2004, Kelly married Alex Klages, a pastor of Lutheran Church-Canada, and moved to Winkler, Manitoba. They currently live in the nearby city of Morden with their daughter and two sons.
Over the years, Kelly has taken a special interest in portraiture, miniature painting, and liturgical artworks. Acrylics are her primary medium. Kelly’s work has been on display in various galleries and locations throughout Manitoba, including the Pembina Hills Art Gallery, the Tiger Hills Art Gallery, and the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg. Her interest in theologically-informed art as a catechetical resource led her to create the book Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, a collection of illustrated hymns for children. She maintains a blog about Lutheran art at Confessional Lutheran Ecclesiastical Art Resources (CLEAR). In 2015, she provided illustrations for children's resources pertaining to domestic abuse for the LCMS Task Force on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. The coloring/prayer books are available for free from the LCMS website. She has provided paintings for the covers of two books by Chad Bird. She has also painted set pieces for the Manitou Opera House and is currently planning an outdoor mural for the Kenmor Theatre in Morden. Kelly takes commissions for fine art ranging from portraits and still life to illuminated calligraphy.
Kelly’s interest in writing about theology, fuelled by years of blogging and articles in magazines such as Higher Things and Lutheran Forum, led to the book Water with the Word: A Baptism Q&A, an apologia for the sacramental efficacy of Baptism. A related book on the Lord’s Supper is currently in the works. Kelly began writing hymnody in 2012 and was invited to join an international conference of hymnists, sponsored by the LCMS, in January 2013. Two hymns published by Concordia Publishing House, “Sing We Exiles” and “My Place is With You,” were used as theme hymns for their 2015 and 2016 Lenten resource packages. Her hymn, “Jesus Came a Babe Among Us,” was a special commission as part of the LCMS service materials for use in the 2016-17 celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Her hymn, "Fan Into Flame" was used in the 2015 LWML-Canada national convention.
Kelly’s crafting interests are wide-ranging and include many forms of paper-crafting, quilt design, jewellery-making, edible art, and mixed media projects. She has painted card designs for Emmanuel Press and is currently working with a company called Ad Crucem, providing an assortment of products such as jewelry, ornaments, and handmade cards.
In her spare time, Kelly loves reading, writing short stories, singing and playing instruments, and participating in local theatre projects. She has created a huge volume of fan art relating to Agatha Christie’s Poirot, and also maintains a blog entirely dedicated to the famous fictional detective.
To see some of Kelly's projects, take a look at the GALLERY.
To contact Kelly:
418 10th St
Morden, MB R6M 1L8