Speakers & Workshop Instructors
Matt has been engaged in creative ministry for over 20 years in both in the US and internationally as a worship leader, speaker and visual artisan. He is the author of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist”, “Crafting Your Brand”, "Creativity According to the Kingdom" and founder of The Worship Studio. His upcoming book is called "Created to Thrive" (2017 publication).
Matt is an author, worship leader, internationally-recognized award-winning contemporary basketry artist and member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. In 2011 he was listed by the Smithsonian America Museum of Art’s Renwick Gallery as an “American Artist Under 40″ and was a North Carolina Arts Council Grant Recipient. Married to Tanya, they live in Asheville, NC and have one son, Cameron.
As a visual artist, Aeron employs mixed media, acrylics, collages, canvas, wood, and one-of-a-kind collaged vintage collections of newspapers from the 1920’s-1960’s, scraps of book pages, book covers, sheet music, poetry, handmade custom frames, and canvases and other medium to express his unique form of art.
Aeron has been privileged to encourage artists by starting and hosting “Art in the Alley” in Redlands, California, now going on its 8th season in March of 2014. He loves being a part of awakening the underground art scene and calling forth other artists to step into their dreams.
Jacob graduated Appalachian State with a BA in Fine Art and Spanish. He has since started a fine art printing business and continues to paint full time. His paintings are influenced by our relationship with Christ and the regional history of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Most of his paintings transpire from the Holy Spirit's request to communicate God's heart through art, lending his work to reach the hearts and souls of many different cultures. If he's not painting, you can find him exploring the mountain's estate or building custom furniture in his wood shop.
As the owner of Ritchie White Photography in Columbus, Georgia, Ritchie White has been a full time professional photographer for more than 9 years. His studio specializes in photographing families, babies, high school seniors, weddings, and commercial work. Ritchie also teaches photography workshops year-round in his studio and is excited to take teaching on the road as part of the Gathering of Artisans! He and his wife of 20 years have 4 children which they homeschool.
Lorie is an American artist, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, from California State University, Long Beach, Ca. and attended San Diego State University’s Graduate Art program. She was formally trained in drawing, painting, and art history. She has made art all her life, mainly in the fields of drawing, painting, paper, textile and fiber, and infuses her work with spiritual and biblical meanings.
Her pieces are in private collections and public galleries nationally and internationally. Her work has been juried into local, national and international shows, including Quilt National, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Mid-Atlantic New Painting. Lorie's art work has been featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine, Quilting Arts Magazine, Surface Design Magazine, Fiber Art Now Magazine and Artist's Portfolio Magazine.
She teaches workshops and classes nationally in painting, mixed media and fiber arts. She lives in Fredericksburg Va. USA
Carrie is a mixed media artist, born and raised in Southern California. As a full time project manager and General Contractor, she spends her free time creating with Holy Spirit.
Her love of bold colors, acrylic paint and all things paper, has led her to a love of art journaling. She loves to continually learn new techniques and is happiest when creating as worship to God. She live paints monthly during The River-Creative worship nights at her church and loves painting and journaling alongside her Creator.
Jeremy has a unique blend of right brain artistic and left brain analytical intelligence. From a right-brain artistic perspective, he enjoys writing poetry, painting, and web design. On the left-brain side of things, he enjoys looking at spreadsheets, pushing website’s to the top of Google, and making his clients more successful.
Jeremy began writing poetry back in 2013 as a means for “emotionally processing”. Shortly thereafter, he created the Spirit Dreamer fan-page on Facebook and quickly drew a following. Jeremy continues to create and write poetry to create space to allow more healing into his life, and explore his deepening connection with God.
Going forward, Jeremy uses Spirit Dreamer to teach others how to emotionally process traumatic situations, write their own poetry, and find the Lord.
Spirit Dreamer Fan Page
Alyssa is an artist that explores plant based mediums in the form of papermaking, book arts, basketry and natural dyes. She finds her place in the garden amongst the vast array of art supplies that she grows. By staying in tune with her natural surroundings, she finds inspiration and innovation while connecting with tradition. She brings clear instruction, patience, and creativity into the artist's classroom. Her home is in Fairview, NC where she resides with her husband, cat, chickens, and bees on their homestead, The Patchwork Underground. Alyssa also works with basketry artist, Matt Tommey as his studio assistant in the River Arts District.
Cindy is a national and international award-winning artist who is represented by galleries throughout the east coast and teaches nationally. Cindy's classes focus intensively on techniques with cold wax medium and oil paint exploring the medium in an abstract format. Walton has instructed artists at all levels of expertise and has her working studio in Asheville's River Arts District.
Grace Carol Bomer
Carol is a native of Alberta, Canada. Her artistic career began in Kansas and continued in Asheville, NC, where she and her husband have lived since 1981. Carol received a BA in 1970 in Secondary Education in English and History and taught for six years in Canada, before she began studying and working professionally as a painter in 1976. Carol has shown nationally and internationally, most recently teaching and speaking at Luxan Academy of Fine Art in Shenyang, China.
Carol currently works in oil and cold wax medium and mixed media. Her paintings attempt to resolve the dichotomy between word and image as she juxtaposes text and image and paint, making marks, layering, and stripping away, she searches for â€œthe mysteryâ€ of a piece. Her work is often narrative and conceptually based on her biblical world-view. The poetry, allegory or metaphor in her work allows the viewer to glimpse of â€œthe mystery hidden for ages,â€ and the transcendence of the eternally relevant story.
Her work has been called "a silent form of poetry," by the Asheville Times and in the words of Hans Rookmaaker, "a form of play rejoicing before the face of God."
Jim & Pat Banks
Jim and Pat lead House of Healing Minstries – an international ministry focused on equipping churches, ministries and individuals to minister healing to the spirit, soul and body. They also serve on the Board of Directors for The Worship Studio.
Pat has a passion for teaching creative people how to operate out of their spirit and commune with the Holy Spirit in their creative process. Jim is the author of The Effects of Trauma and How to Deal with It and the developer of a prayer tool called the Trauma Prayer, which has been ministered to hundreds of people with astounding results to virtually eliminate symptoms of trauma, with many experiencing instantaneous and permanent relief.
Linette of 'Penney Lane Studios' in Ayrshire, Scotland has been a prophetic artist for over twenty years and is regularly booked to lead or be part of art teams and for various organizations and events.
Linette is also renown as an International teacher and a worship leader, her new album 'Take The Road Less Travelled By...' is a wonderful example of hers and her husband Keith's passion for releasing the Scottish sound in worship. All this and she is a loving wife and mother of three!
Giving new essence to random junk, Adrianne Snyder enjoys the challenge of breathing new life into forgotten objects to create unique art jewelry. Her work is often a reflection of the restoration process, as God used jewelry-making in her life to bring healing to her dark places.
Adrianne currently resides in Akron, Ohio where she lives with her husband Brannon and four children and is learning to balance her roles of artist, instructor and graduate Art Therapy and Counseling student. Her passion is to see Holy Spirit heal hearts and set the captives free through the arts.
Theresa Harvard Johnson
Theresa Harvard Johnson has loved creative writing since childhood. She fell in love with poetry in first grade after her teacher recited a poem by Langston Hughes. She later developed a reading obsession with Nancy Drew which motivated her to pursue career spanning two decades as an award-winning print news journalist, and later a freelance writer and communications director. For the past 15 years, Theresa has dedicated her life to the restoration of the ministry of the scribe among Christian writers, administrators and instructors in all segments of the community. She has authored hundreds of blogs, and wrote over a dozen books on varying aspects of this subject including, “The Scribal Anointing: Scribes Instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven,” and “The Scribal Realm of Dreams & Visions.” Theresa is a scholar, lover of biblical history, and a prolific poet. She has hosts scribe schools across the United States and has taught restorative workshops on prophetic writing as ministry internationally. She is also the founder of the Voices of Christ Apostolic-Prophetic School of the Scribe, a place for prophetic writers and scribes to learn about their calling; and The Scribal Conservatory Arts & Worship Center, a congregation for artists. Theresa is a wife, mother, a nana-gram and licensed minister.
At age 14, John first decided he wanted to try glassblowing, but it wasn't until seven years later that he got a chance to try it. When he took his first gather of glass in 2003 he felt like a little kid in a candy store and he has been doing it since. This fire dancer creates sculpture and blown forms through this substance that is much like lava. John has received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Glass and won awards for his work as well as displayed in galleries all over the nation. Almaguer has studied and worked with some of the best glass artists in the world. Many of these artists John worked for were from Murano, Venice where John lived and worked directly before he arrived in Asheville, NC where he currently makes his work and lives with his family.
Painting as always been a spiritual journey for me - a space to explore the breath of the spirit and depict it's ever present indwelling of truth. Each painting seeks to capture the essence of peace through elements of nature, by exploring the relationship between light and form. After graduating with my Masters in Art Therapy from George Washington University, my work began to focus on the correlation between the healing aspect of art and nature. Upon my grandfather's death, my passion deepened for creating art that would soothe the tattered soul. My prayer is that you will find a sense of hope and peace within my work.
Margie & Lonnie Johnson
Margie & Lonnie have both had a love and appreciation for art from a very young age. It wasn’t until her early 40’s that Margie took her first art class and discovered that she possessed the talent to create the things that she had only admired others for doing. Her passion has taken her down the path of oil painting, charcoal drawing and now, for the past few years, pottery. Her love of pottery is contagious and her husband Lonnie has caught the bug.
Lonnie has been a professional graphic artist for the past 18 years and has cultivated a passion for learning and mastering new techniques for venting his creativity. Diving into photography, illustration, 3D modeling and animation, acrylic painting and now pottery, Lonnie loves to teach and share his knowledge. Together Margie and Lonnie have formed their new business, Our Creative Adventures, and are experimenting with collaborative ventures in pottery. They are excited about the opportunity to share their enthusiasm, love of God’s amazing creative gifts and skillful craftsmanship.
Our Creative Adventure
Sherryis an Asheville area native, and has been a part of the thriving fine craft industry in Western North Carolina for thirty years. She served as General Manager and Buyer for twenty + years for two large, nationally recognized Asheville galleries. Having an ability to see where connections could be made, Sherry has helped artists build their careers, served on regional and national committees, and planned numerous special events. In 2013 Sherry became a self-employed entrepreneur, retiring from retail, and now stays busy offering curated tours into area studios for those wanting to see more of the art culture of Western NC through her business Art Connection Tours. She is Mom to two boys, Ian and Eli, and married to Mark, a local architect.
Born in south Florida, Robin has painted since she was old enough to hold the brush. She spent a short time at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, and then has continued learning and growing as an artist in a family of artists. Her favorite medium is oils and she works both as a plein air and studio painter. Robin currently lives and works in the Gainesville, Florida area.
“Some things cannot be said with words. The beauty of God’s creation explodes all around us, and my expression, my worship, comes in the form of painted colors across a canvas. For me, plein air painting captures that moment and feeling better than a photo. I also like to add a sense of lighthearted joy so that the viewer can feel a bit of the peace and appreciation that I felt during the painting process. Birds are my subject matter because I see them as having an inner strength that goes beyond their fragile bodies, not unlike the human spirit.”
Kimberly grew up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and has been living in the Black Mountains of Western North Carolina for the past 20 years.
Kimberly has had the privilege of ministering in dance with Healing In Motion. She's been a student and instructor with In His Steps Dance Ministry also located in Asheville North Carolina. And she recently received her Dance Ministers License through Dancing For Him Ministries based in Florida.
Kimberly has studied a wide variety of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, and flamenco. As well as, partner dancing including Argentine tango, ballroom and salsa. Kimberly competed in the national Argentine tango competition in 2013 and was a performer with the Blue Star dancers through the Asheville Ballroom.
Kimberly's desire as a dancer is to bring truth and beauty to the dance floor no matter what dance floor she is on. Dance has been key to her personal freedom and development as a worshipper, intercessor and warrior for the Kingdom. "I want to glorify the Lord through my dancing and help bring freedom to others through dance."