|Bill Whitehill, Yours Truly, Rosa Whitehill|
At church about a month ago, Rosa Whitehill invited me to be part of the Art in Heaven art workshop at Union Congregational Church in Taunton, MA. The timing was right for me to see this husband and wife team doing their ministry. Both Bill and Rosa have studied art and are professionals in fashion design, graphic design and illustration. They are intensely talented as artists and as nurturing spirits to other creatives, which I saw displayed on Saturday as they prayed, shared life stories, taught us how to felt, and opened our minds to European textile history and the gospel message woven in it.
Bill is North River Community Church's resident sermon artist who will call up Pastor Paul Atwater on Saturday night asking what the sermon topic is for Sunday. Bill will then create a simple painting on a long rolled out piece of tar paper, which he installs near the church pulpit sometime in the night.
Come to see it on any given Sunday at 9 or 11 am.
|Art Supply costs covered by donations|
They offer a variety of art projects including but not limited to painting, drawing, portraits, candle making, sculpture, mosaic, techniques of the Renaissance and more. You can get more details on their website. If your church or organization is interested in hosting them please get in touch with them!
|Admiring creations by adults and children|
The host church prepared the room, lunch and handled the publicity. The Whitehills brought the supplies, the art history power point, and music.
|Local Church as Home for Creativity|
Rosa is a talented fashion designer, and storyteller who is uninhibited in front of a crowd. (She also runs a Spanish language Bible study for Latinas on the South Shore of Massachusetts.) I am particularly fond of "True Beauty" a fashion design and self-awareness program for grades 6-12 that explores principles of fashion design as well as media messages about women. What a timely course for this age.