Category: Events

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetIt was a wave of emotions almost as strong as the ocean herself, from extreme happiness and peace to that of despair, all encompassed by a feeling of freedom and surrender that one can only feel when waters crash against one’s legs and sand underneath the feet sift away. But that feeling of giving up only makes way for giving in to the Creator of the stars and the galaxies and the blackness of space and the ocean and the whiteness of the waves and dots of sand in the sky.

Yes, it was the annual Art Retreat, but it was so much more than a simple event. From late nights and early mornings to sunburns, and from paint on our faces to plaster in our toes, every single moment was spent in this concept of creation and creating, and it was glorious.

For me, the act of creating is the purest form of worship. When God created the heavens and the earth, He also created us in His image, to partake in Himself and His own creating nature. In each human is a fundamental command and predisposition to create. Wasn’t it Picasso who said that all children are born artists?

Spending a weekend away from the lull of civilization in the heart of the first creation amongst 50+ other creators is refreshing to say the least, and it is no less than the most beautiful form of worship. We are all artists and were able to fall back on our first impulses to bring forth into the world something that previously had never been there before. So many beautiful works of art came out of the weekend, so many thoughts and words and changes of heart, and so many new or perhaps altered views on our lives and the world we live in today, all were realized and explored in those short three days.

I never feel quite as alive as I do when I am at the beach and when I am creating. It’s that sort of atmosphere that brings about changes of mindset and causes me to look closely at what I’m doing, what I’m contributing, and what my priorities are (and what they should become).

For those of you who didn’t attend the Art Retreat this year, I encourage you to go to the ocean. Bring your sketchbook or your camera or your paints. Close your eyes and fall into the ocean and allow yourself to become overwhelmed by all the creation around you, and think of how amazing it is that you are allowed to create just as God first created you.

Art Retreat 2014 from George Fox University on Vimeo.




IMG_4146This year for Serve Day, a group of art students came together to do something a bit different from the usual manual labor that accompanies the day.  We headed out close to home to a physical therapy center to continue some projects that began in years past, and even start some new ones.

My group worked on a mural in the main waiting room, recreating a typical Oregon vineyard scene that I’ll never get tired of seeing. Along with Gary Buhler, Annelise Koeth, and Yixuan Pan, we spent the day laughing and painting and chatting with patients who came to watch. At one point during the day, there was a little girl who sheepishly watched us render grapes and leaves, but soon even she was painting alongside Gary and contributing to the mural.

Other teams painted children’s rooms and waiting areas and a graphic design team worked to create decals of inspirational quotes to go in the workout space. It was a wonderful way to spend Serve Day—being able to help others through our particular gifts and blessing others, and being blessed ourselves.

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