Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Community Opens Its Heart to Art at Heartside Art Studio ~ 5/9/2015

The Community, a church located in Ada, is a mission partner with Heartside Ministry and this Saturday morning organized an art project at the studio to help cover some of the bare walls of its church building and to build relationships with artists of the Heartside neighborhood.  Here is the studio waiting for the arrivals.
After introductions among Heartside artists and Community members, we started with a sketching exercise to inspire ideas. Lots of contemplation took place.
And some goofing around :-)
Finally the canvasses were unwrapped and palettes of color were everywhere!
Slowly artwork began to take shape as people became bolder and more confident, all the while being inspired, advised, and encouraged by Heartside artists, and all of that color!
The theme for the art project and for The Community is Micah 6:8 ~ "Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God."
Our two hour time slot was coming to an end and all artists stepped up to complete their work and helped everyone else to do the same.
The Community generously donated the leftover art supplies to the studio.
Most of the finished work was left to dry over the weekend at the studio and will resurface at some point in the church building.
With donuts, coffee, art, and inspired creativity, what more could one ask for than for more time? The two hours flew by but no one left unhappy (even one or two who felt stretched beyond their artistic abilities but were bribed to attend with the promise of a pontoon boat ride complete with wine, but that's a whole other story). So cheers to new experiences, new artwork, and new and renewed relationships!
7/28/15 postscript:
The art was beautifully arranged and hung by Alysha Lach in the sanctuary and foyer of The Community where it will continue to inspire all who view it.
(Sanctuary Photo by Mara Norden)

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