The Rains Came Down




The Rains Came Down:
Noah and the Ark

Imagined with a vast variety of living things parading into the ark two-by-two,
 the animals intrigue most youth who hear the story of Noah’s ark and the
cargo it carried. The story of the flood has fascinated children and adults
alike for centuries and has captured the imagination of the artist like no
other biblical narrative. Medieval artists depicted the horrors of people
clamoring for high ground but more recent interpretations view the event
with humor and delight.


This exhibition has 30 pieces from diverse sources and in a variety of media,
some of which include: etchings by Marc Chagall, Ben Zion and Arthur Geisert, a 17th century engraving, paintings by outsider artists Rudolph Bostic and Dorethy Gorham, two molas from the San Blas Islands off Panama, a stencil print by Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe, and charming wood sculpted Noah’s arks. Together they promise the viewer a delightful few minutes of exploring anew the beloved story of Noah and the Ark.


The exhibition's artwork includes


  1. Story of the Flood, Unknown, engraving, 7 1/2 x 11 5/8
  2. The Flood, Sandra Bowden, mixed media, 2012, 9 3/4 x 15 1/4 x 1 3/4
  3. Permit, Arthur Geisert, etching, 5 x 6 7/8
  4. Building the Ark, Nicholas Chapron, engraving, 1649, 9 3/8 x 10
  5. Ark Building I, Arthur Geisert, etching, 15 7/8 x 23 5/8
  6. Ark Building II, Arthur Geisert, etching, 15 7/8 x 23 5/8
  7. Ark Moon, Arthur Geisert, etching, 15 7/8 x 23 5/8
  8. Loading the Ark, Arthur Geisert, etching, 24 x 35 3/4
  9. Helper, Arthur Geisert, etching, 5 x 6 7/8
  10. Noah’s Ark, mola, 13 x 15
  11. Deluge, William von Kaulbach, engraving, 1880, 6 5/8 x 9 3/8
  12. Noah’s Ark, Sadao Watanabe, washi stencil print, 13 x 9
  13. Noah’s Ark, Unknown Haitian artist, steel drum art, 24 x 24
  14. Noah’s Ark, George Smith, wood, 11 x 15
  15. Noah’s Dugout, unknown Guatemalan artist, wood assemblage
  16. Noah’s Ark, George and Bev John, wood carving
  17. Noah’s Ark, Arthur Geisert, etching, 24 x 25 3/4
  18. Noah’s Ark Scenes, unknown, painting on gourd
  19. Noah’s Ark, Tim Hitchcock, 16 x 17, wood assemblage
  20. Noah and the Dove, mola, 13 3/4 x 16
  21. Noah and the Dove, Ben Zion, etching-aquatint, 13 7/8 x 17 3/4,
  22. Noah send out..,, Chris Overvoorde, woodcut, 10 x 5
  23. The Dove of the Ark, Marc Chagall, etching, 12 3/8 x 9 3/8
  24. Noah’s Ark, Joan Bohlig, etching 6 1/4 x 6 1/2
  25. Noah’s Journey End, Rudolph Bostic, house paint on cardboard, 20 1/2 x 38
  26. Freeing the Animals from the Ark, Nicholas Chapron, engraving, 1649, 9 3/8 x 10
  27. After the Flood, Rudolph Bostic, house paint on cardboard, 26 1/2 x 42 1/2
  28. Noah’s Ark, Dorethey Gorham, acrylic on board, 19 5/8 x 23 3/4
  29. Noah Built and Altar, Nicholas Chapron, engraving, 1649, 9 3/8 x 10
  30. The Promise, Sandra Bowden, collagraph assemblage, 30 x 22

This show contains:


  • Digital file for handout to accompany show
  • File with information for labels
  • Shipping and crating instructions
  • Instructions for a children’s art project


Cost of rental is $500 per month (plus shipping). There is a two-month minimum. With the rental of two months the third month is free.

"During the Friday Art Walk a group of students from Flint U of M entered our church. Being first time visitors, I took them on a tour to see our Tiffany Stain glass windows in our Sanctuary.  There, I inquired what they were studying and where they were from. Two were from India and two were from Nigeria.


In route to the chapel, I led them through our Hallway Gallery.  In the Hallway Gallery was our featured exhibit, "The Rain Came Down: Noah and the Ark."  The students took quite a bit of time to carefully study these works.  Shortly after the students left, they returned bringing several more friends to observe the exhibit and windows.  A little while later they brought in two finely dressed older women wearing Saris.  Apparently the visiting mothers of the Students from India.  All left wearing big smiles. The next day, I shared this enthusiastic response with Mark Riddles, Minister of Music and Fine Arts.  He responded by pointing out that every culture, region and religion throughout time and history has a flood story.


Thank you for sharing this most interesting and enjoyable exhibit."

-- Rosemary Lutz

Exhibitions of this Collection


May 5 to July 15, 2023

International Fine Art Fund

5126 Brandywine Lane            Frisco, Texas  75034

305 310 0446

Contact: Carmelita Martell,


February 1 – July 30, 2022

Colonial Presbyterian Church

12501 W. 137th Street

Overland Park, KS      66221

Contact: Paulo Barros   

816-501-3968 (W        816-820-0504 or         913.322.1108 (office)


August 1 to October 30, 2021

First Baptist Church

600 Governors Dr. SW, Huntsville, AL 35801

Contact: Debbie

256.428.9405  (office)

256.759.6765  (cell)


January 20, 2019 to January 20, 2020

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens

2000 Riverside Drive, Monroe, LA 71201.

Contact: Ralph Calhoun,  318-355-7658


May 20 to July 30, 2018

Patmos Gallery, Community of Jesus

5 Bayview Dr.

Orleans, MA 02653


Contact: Laura McKendree,


January 22 to May 12, 2017

The Basilica of Saint Mary

PO Box 50010, 88 17th St N,

Minneapolis, MN 55405

Contact Johan van Parys

p. 612.317.3434



The show rents for $500 /month, with a minimum of 4 weeks per venue. With the rental of two months the third month is free.

Bowden Collections offers a variety of traveling exhibitions available to museums, churches, colleges and seminaries: several feature the work of important historical artists such as Georges Rouault, Marc Chagall, Ottos Dix and Alfred Manessier; others explore topics related to the Bible. A packet containing everything needed to mount the exhibition with files for labels, itemized lists, a brochure or flyer in PDF format, high-resolution digital files of art in the exhibition, and shipping information is provided. Venues are responsible for the rental fee and shipping, usually to the following venue.


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