We worship a triune God who loves to bring new things into being and who also loves to share the beauty of the created realm with highly ordered sentient clay models. (You and I.)
The degree of our highly ordered state is debatable on some days, but our capacity to create music, write a love poem, or calculate the retrograde motion of a planet’s orbit is part of God’s gift to mankind. In creating mankind Imago Dei, in the image of God, he endowed us with creative desires and capacities which reflect His own creative nature.
We too are born with an innate desire to understand and imitate the form and function, light and beauty, size and shape, color and hue observed in the world around us. We are inspired to work with it, arrange it, to create pleasing replicas and imaginative representations of what we visually take notice of while here together in time and space. We call people who do this with a certain level of skill artists. Those gifted with the desire and ability to help others bring their own creative urges to fruition through paint on a canvas or other mediums we call art teachers.
You may not remember every one of your teacher’s names from primary school, but it is the rare student who doesn’t remember the name of their first art teacher. Like music is to the ear, art touches us beyond just visual recognition. We are God’s work of art, and like our creator, we too enjoy putting our hand to creative works that are intended to bring Him glory as we enjoy His presence.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)
One of our church members here at Grace Communion Melbourne is a gifted art teacher who has chosen to use his skills to serve others through a local art ministry. Let me introduce you to Fred Legg. Below is his story and a personal invitation…
Steve Schantz, Pastor
Grace Communion Melbourne
I have been a professional acrylic/Mixed Media artist for over 40 years. There are three persons I give credit to for helping me along my creative journey with the arts; First, God Almighty – He has given me the love of art and I am so appreciative for this wonderful gift. Second, my teacher – Jerry Yarnell – an artist and instructor that I’ve studied for over 30 years and emulate. Finally, my grandfather – Fred Brown – that willed me all his art supplies – – – and with them came his knowledge and love to create.
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