Sneak peak/ Exciting Upcoming Events...
I'm slowing down to savor the Advent season with my family and looking forward to some exciting things in the new year. SO VERY humbled and excited to be asked to be a part of this very special collaborative event in February.
The Poets, Painters, and Storytellers event will be focused around Ellie Holcomb's last album,
"As Sure as the Sun."
I'll be spending the next weeks hibernating, soaking in her lyrics, and the scriptures she gave me for inspiration.
I've been finding myself more and more curious about exploring the ways music influences my creative process and the images I see in my mind...and you KNOW I'm passionate about creative collaboration so this opportunity was such a gift to me personally and creatively...I'm curious where this journey will take my heart and vision and I pray someone is blessed in a small way.
I hope to create a small series of new works and plan to have those available (as well prints of those) at the event and online. Print sales will benefit the families listed below who are seeking to make adoption a part of their story.
Special thanks to Brad at Clement Arts for believing in me enough to invite me into the story... and thank you to Ellie for taking time to process and for being so open to the heart of Jesus in the journey.
Hope you will follow the process on IG and join us for the event.
Poets, Painters, & Storytellers 2016
February 27, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, February 27
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00)
St. Mark UMC, Columbus, GA
Singer/Songwriter, Ellie Holcomb
Author/Speaker, Jonathan Rogers
Visual Artist, Gina Hurry
In support of the Hull family & Holland family adoptions
VIP Meet & Greet with Ellie Holcomb
3-hour Writer’s Workshop with Jonathan Rogers (details below)
2014 GMA Dove Award Winner
New Artist of the Year
Best Pop/Contemporary Album for “As Sure as the Sun”
“I love writing songs about truths that I forget so easily—who God is, who I belong to, what I’m called to,” Ellie shares. ”When I think about what I want to be doing, it’s singing truth into the darkness. Life is hard, and I’ve walked through some heart-breaking things with friends. But when we’re walking right up to that darkness with God’s truth and light and life, there’s a sense of hope breaking in. I want to help encourage the wounded and weary in our church pews, that’s what I want to be a part of.”
Writers Workshop: Finding Your Voice
February 27, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
St Mark UMC
“I don’t remember one thing about the day I was born, though I have been given to believe that it happened in Warner Robins, GA, which serves as the setting for most of my childhood memories. I received an undergraduate degree from Furman University and hold a PhD in seventeenth-century literature from Vanderbilt University. I have spent most of my adult life in Nashville, TN, where I live with my wife, our six kids, and a Labrador retriever.”
“I call my fiction ‘fantasy adventure stories told in an American accent.’ The Wilderking Trilogy (The Bark of the Bog Owl, The Secret of the Swamp King, and The Way of the Wilderking) and The Charlatan’s Boy are fantasy stories, but they owe more to Twain than to Tolkien. Peopled by boasters, brawlers, bumpkins, con men, cowboys, and swampers, my novels draw deeply from American vernacular storytelling traditions. They harness the humor of that tradition in the service of divine comedy—a worldview in which the sorrows and hurts of this world, as true as they might be, aren’t nearly so true as a vital joy and love that will one day sweep everything before them like a flood.”
“I love the comic novel in particular because I believe that even low comedy can be a way to get at transcendence. But my non-fiction books–The World According to Narnia, Saint Patrick, and The Terrible Speed of Mercy: A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O’Connor–center on divine comedy too.”
“In recent years, I have gone back to teaching. I am Head of Program at New College Franklin in Franklin, TN. I also teach creative writing, both online and in live-action seminars.”
Paintings and prints by Gina Hurry will be available for purchase at Poets, Painters, & Storytellers 2016.
“Honestly, I cannot remember a day when I was not noticing, enjoying, or creating something I felt was beautiful,” says Gina.
“My work is always fluid and is organically shaped by my surroundings. My process is heavily influenced and my imagination is stirred by things that speak to my soul, such as stories, songs, and connection with others. Part of the mystery of creating is worked out in the heart, mind, and soul.”
“May we all embrace the messy process and see the many ways beauty brings life to this broken world.”