by Creative Arts Pastor Manuel Luz
I was speaking to a large group of college students at a very reputable Bible college earlier this year, and I was trying to convey to them the importance of the arts to the church. I knew that the Word of God was an essential value to them, so I explained it to them in this way:
Imagine the Bible without the book of Psalms, the Song of Solomon, most of the book of Isaiah, Revelation, all of Jesus’ parables, and a bunch of other stuff. The stuff that is poetic and picturesque and metaphorical and beautiful. The stuff that is…art. The remaining Bible would be informative and factual. But it would lack soul. And much more, I think.
Thankfully, the arts have always been a value at Oak Hills. And because of that, we’re excited to once again present Arts Month, promoting the arts throughout the life of our church. Please check out the many things that are happening throughout the month.
Music Between Services :: Throughout the month of July, we’ll have several Oak Hills musical artists perform between services each Sunday: Hickory Wind playing “not your normal country” (July 3), Teresa Harbert sharing cello duets (July 10), Michaela Nasello on vocals (July 24), Becca Coloma on classical piano (July 31), and others to appear in our lobby.
Art & Soul Gallery :: Visual expressions of the arts are in our Art & Soul Gallery. “Quilts: Color, Comfort, and Worship” ran through July 14 and now the Gallery will display the artwork created by our children from Arts Camp.
Arts Camp :: One of the highlights of our year, Arts Camp is a once a year day camp where children explore the arts through Dance, Drama, Music, Musical Theater, Woodworking, Pysanky (Ukrainian egg art), Photography, Silk Screening, Ceramics, Cartooning, Culinary, and so much more. During this week, children were given an opportunity to express the creativity given to them by their Creator and to experience the arts fully and passionately in a society where many opportunities for this type of expression are being cut.
Summer Mosaic :: Dubbed “An Evening with the Arts,” our Summer Mosaic is an opportunity to see the very best of what the artists of our church can do. Featuring dance, visual arts, drama, music, and other expressions, this concert is free to the entire community. As it is a benefit for the Twin Lakes Food Bank, we encourage everyone to bring canned goods or other non-perishable foods in lieu of admission cost. This Summer Mosaic will be Saturday evening, July 30, beginning at 6:30 PM with a gallery reception and 7:00 PM with the program. We highly encourage you to come out and bring your friends and neighbors to this event.