After talking with the team at Ridgecrest Conference Center earlier today, we are unfortunately having to cancel our 2020 Gathering of Artisans Conference.
Even if the state of North Carolina continues to slowly open up, based on the Governor's orders it is highly likely that we will still be under strict social distancing limitations which would severely impact the spirit of the conference, not to mention the participant experience.
This decision has just been made and we wanted you to be the first to know.
Please consider visiting the websites of our Speakers & Instructors to take advantage of their online resources.
What About My Refund? Your registration refund will be processed within the next 30 days. For all United States participants, you will receive a check and it will be mailed to the billing address you used during registration. If you live outside of the United States, your refund will be credited back to the credit card you used during registration. There is no need to contact us at this time. If you do not receive your refund confirmation within the next 30 days, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about My Lodging Reservations? Please contact Ridgecrest Conference Center at (877) 245-3261 to move or cancel your reservation. PLEASE NOTE: The reservation department is working with a very limited staff until June 1, 2020. Please keep this in mind when reaching out to them.
What About Next Year? We are tentatively rescheduling for August 25-29, 2021, but even that is uncertain at this time. If we decide to move forward with this event, you will be notified via email Thanks for your desire to participate in our Gathering of Artisans conference. We know the Lord continues to hold us all in the palm of His hands and we pray God’s absolute best for you, your family and your art during this difficult season.
All the best for a safe and healthy 2020,
Matt & Tanya Tommey
Gathering of Artisans is the premier conference for Christian artists featuring extended time in the studio with master artist instructors, incredible times of worship and plenty of time to fellowship with other artists over 4 days in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Raising Up An Army Of Artists...
In 2009 a movement began to raise up an army of artists to reveal God's Glory in the earth. Since then, we have worked with artists and Kingdom creatives around the world to see this vision manifest through hosting conferences, a network of creative communities and various books and online equipping resources. Beginning in 2013, artists from around Europe, the UK and the United States started collaborating to see a multi-nation gathering happen in Europe and during July 2015, we held our 10th Gathering of Artisans weekend in Bad Hamburg, Germany.
We know God is raising up an army of artists and our vision for Gathering is a powerful time of worship, mentoring & creative expression centered in the Presence of God and the community of artisans - both master & emerging. We have intentionally planned this weekend in an environment conducive to building relationships and growing together in unity. We look forward to a time of refreshing, renewal and rekindling of vision as God’s Army of Kingdom Creatives.
I can't wait to meet you and hear YOUR story at a Gathering of Artisans 2020 here in Black Mountain, North Carolina!
Pursuing His Kingdom, Matt Tommey Founder & Host, Gathering of Artisans Author, Unlocking the Heart of the Artist, Creativity According to the Kingdom, Crafting Your Brand and Created to Thrive
Testimonies from Gathering...
"It was my first "Gathering." I'm still trying to soak in all that the Lord did and said. So much...so much. I'm blown away by the blessings, the freedom, the giftings, the ministries of the body that came together. I experienced "real church." came away with new relationships to encourage and be encouraged on to the journey of creativity. absolutely awesome. Thank you! Thank you!" Sandra R., participant.
"I was left speechless, literally! Overwhelmed by His love. The Gathering is the place where my heart and my art came together in God encounters. There, He merged my life with my tribe & I feel I’m no longer alone! He downloaded visions for direction and focus; He further healed my brokenness for my work to release His Heaven into the earth realm. He set my heart free and He gave me a new song to sing. I felt the tsunami wave of His Holy Spirit lift me up and begin moving me up and forward. I’m in a new place. I don’t know what that will look like, but I know everything’s changed! What a joy to pour out my love to Jesus with maybe hundreds of other artists for days at a time! Heaven will be like that!" Mary E., participant.
"Mountain top experience...encounter with God and I'm forever changed! The entire conference was an encounter with the Master Creator and His creative children. Laughed, cried, healed and was overwhelmed and overjoyed by His presence! I'm at peace with who He has created me to be and more confident then ever. Thank you Matt & Tanya for your obedience to the Lord and releasing His power and love at Gathering of Artisans!" Toni R., participant.
"I walked in to hearing the worship practice and other artists setting up. I knew I was home and I couldn't wait to get my art. So grateful and so thankful for being in a place where I get to be me and experience such freedom. There was freedom in worship and expression in the worship and services that was so beautiful and made me think this is what heaven looks like. Gods children being much loved and delighting in being with Him. Then, there was all the fellowship and friendship that really did transform! I am not the same person! God spoke so much to my heart. I got painting ideas. I was blessed with all the prayer and Sunday just completely overwhelmed with Daddy and His goodness. He gave answers and brought healing! Thank you so much to whole team and the life's that you touched!" Sharee M., participant.
"The last night of the worship Matt was praying over us all, asking God to heal different hurts and ailments that people were suffering with. He stated, God open up their ears so that they may hear! And how mightily my ears were opened this whole weekend. I had life changing experience after experience hearing testimony from many people that God put in my path those 4 days I was there. I felt a rebirth spiritually, emotionally and artistically even though I did not touch a paint brush while I was there." Sandra T., participant.
"Making new friends and experiencing His refreshing was amazing. I have such a peace coming back to my small island in the Caribbean (Cayman Islands). Being with other creative freaks who 'get it' in our Father's presence was indescribable. God is simply amazing and there are no words that can capture how good He is. I will never forget this experience, and can't wait for next year!!" Christina P., participant
Check Out Scenes from the 2019 Gathering of Artisans