October 23-27, 2019
at the Ridgecrest Conference Center
in Black Mountain, North Carolina
at the Ridgecrest Conference Center
in Black Mountain, North Carolina
Matt has been engaged in creative ministry for over 20 years in both 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", "Created to Thrive", "How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art" and founder of The Worship Studio.
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.
Aeron Brown, Painter, Worship Pastor at New Creation Church, Banning CA, Recording Artist, Owner of The Threshold Art Gallery, Redlands CA.
Mixed media painter, working on canvas and wood with Acrylic and collage.
I love the journey of Creating with God as my Father, It's one of life's greatest passions. I love sharing the heart of the Father to the world, I have found nothing more beautiful for my life to offer the world. -Aeron Brown
Art that invokes the deepest part of a human being's spirit, art that can make a grown man cry, make a woman labor in thought and cause a child to pause in curious reflection has always been a compelling force in Aeron's life. Seeing through multi-colored lenses, everything becomes a source of inspiration and a form of raw creativity. Waiting, longing, groaning to be painted. It can be as simple as an outlined figure or as complex as precariously placed scripture, phrases or magazine clippings across a canvas to convey a message. Art is what inspires the soul and gives wings to the caged bird. This is just a small way to describe the art that issues forth from a man who creates out of the seasons of his life.
Jacob Daniels is a NC born artist whose art is focused on regional, spiritual, and humanitarian influences. His goal in art is to create thought-provoking imagery that is universally relatable, yet each viewer walks away with his or her own personal story. Being creative to him is discovering rather than contriving and striving. He focuses on the precise principles that are seen in nature and translates them through his style on canvas. He lives in the mountains of Blowing Rock, NC with his wife Melina and two sons Lucca and Forrest where they run their arts based business Overflow Studios.
Melina LaVecchia Daniels
Melina LaVecchia is a BFA Art Education graduate from Appalachian State. Originally drawn to ceramics, she specializes in modern, handmade tableware inspired by her deep culinary and Italian roots. Melina co-owns and operates Overflow Studios with her husband, Jacob Daniels. Together they create fine art originals, illustrations, giclee prints and reproductions (for their own work and other artists'), as well as interior design for commercial and residential properties. For more information please visit:
Amy is a contemporary mixed media artist, art instructor and creativity coach. She focuses on helping people find freedom and grow artistic skill through play and abstract art.
From Amy's Website: "Abstract painting is a vehicle to outwardly express the deep inner work of the Spirit in me. When I begin to work on a piece I do not usually have a finished work in my mind. I may have a shred of an idea to start from, but I never have a plan. I am inspired by emotions, relationships, current events, the natural environment, and most centrally, my faith in relationship to all of these things. I work intuitively, moving among my paints, charcoal and collage papers as the piece develops and tells me where it wants to go. I am not sure that my pieces are ever really “finished,” but they come to a resting place that seems to make sense within the framework of the story being told. Like my own story, there is always another chapter to move on to, but each piece of art captures one moment in time."
Jeremy Ashburn has a unique blend of graphic design, web design, sales and marketing, business, and internet marketing experience. He's the President and owner of Pushleads.com, a marketing company with the vision to 'be visible and grow.' Be visible in Google and other search Engines and grow your business! After college graduation, Jeremy worked for a 'fast and furious' advertising agency then worked 8 years an Executive Recruiter in the transportation industry. After creating a tech blog in the mid 00â€™s, Jeremy spent years studying the art of ranking websites in Google (SEO). In the past five years with Pushleads, he's designed and created dozens of websites for his clients, become a pro at ranking websites for them, and has developed a keen understanding of how Google Works.
I've been a professional artist since 1992. I've been painting walking and hiking sticks and selling them since 2009. I have an Associate of Art degree. I have an etsy shop and a website and I sell them out of my gallery space.
Judy Goddard's Art
Karen has been a member of the Southern Highland since 1983. She is a lifelong resident of Western North Carolina. Her designs draw deeply on the natural beauty of the land of her ancestors - stitching and weaving prophetic messages into each piece. Her fiber works have appeared in national magazines, a series of books by Lark Publishing and various galleries. She also has a piece in the permanent collection at the White House. Her most current work was for Manna Food Bank. She was asked to interpret their logo for their fundraiser, Empty Bowls, into fiber. The finished piece will hang permanently in their administrative building.
Currently she teaches sewing, quilting and fiber embellishment locally in the Asheville area. Her work has evolved from tatting, a form of lace making, to art garment and pattern design, traditional quilting and art quilting. One of her favorite areas of teaching is younger sewers and men. She loves to push the boundaries of the "normal" and explore the freer side of designing . This stems from her background in physics as well as the freedom found in her relationship with Jesus, the ultimate creator and designer.
Carol received a B.A. in 1970 in Secondary Education in English and History from Dordt College in Iowa and returned to Alberta to teach sixth grade, and High School art and French for six years. Her art career began after moving to Kansas, where she worked professionally as a painter from 1976-1981. She took art courses in Kansas and continued to study art at UNCAsheville after moving to North Carolina in 1981. Carol is involved locally with a studio in Asheville's popular RIver Arts District, and nationally and internationally. Last year she taught a mixed media workshop at Luxan Fine Art Academy in Shenyang, China.
Carol's work seeks to evoke both image and impression, the tangible world and the spiritual world. Her work has been called "a silent form of poetry." She views her work as "a form of play rejoicing before the face of God" (Rookmaaker). This is reflected in the name of her Asheville studio, SOLI DEO GLORIA STUDIO
I am a passionate, acrylic artist. Art chose me … it is therapeutic, healing and inspirational. Art can change your attitude in an instant. I embrace a passion for color, love and spirituality. Art speaks a deep, uplifting language to the soul. I embrace color, abstraction, and fluidity in my style. I share this passion willingly with my viewers.
Mary Martin is best known for her mixed media collages with organic deckled edges that incorporate painted tissue papers, sheet music and hand written scriptures. Her work is influence by her love of nature and nearly 40 years of being a church choir singer and cantor, which has imprinted the words of the Psalms on her heart and mind. The words of scripture and sacred music are so deeply rooted in her being that they naturally express themselves in her art. Working with themes of peace and joy expressed through scenes in nature, Martin begins each work of art by choosing a scripture that matches the theme of the collage. She incorporates the scripture into the artwork by writing it on the base layer of paper, and by mixing scripture blessed water into her paints. She layers sheet music with lyrics about peace or joy under painted tissue papers, creating tranquil landscapes, seascapes and floral images. Her intent is to create a space with the art where viewers can experience a moment of peace and joy within themselves.
Elli & Dimitra Milan
Elli is a professional fine artist and is the founder and owner of Milan Art Institute with her husband John.
John and Elli Milan met and fell in love in Hawaii while Elli was still in high school. Deciding early to make a career as artists, they enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design and later transferred to the University of Georgia where they received their BFA in painting. It was in this small, but vital city, that the couple developed personal styles and began showing their work in local galleries.
The couple has worked as professional artists since they graduated in 1996. They have sold their work through galleries and art consultants throughout the US, and Europe. Their artwork can be found in private collections all over the world. Although they have been successful as fine artists, it didn't feel like enough for them. They wanted to help other artists live out their dream as successful professional artists. While they continue to build their own fine art careers, they have opened the Milan Art Institute in 2010.
Elli will be joined at this conference by her daugher Dimitra. Dimitra ispassionate about art and has been dedicated to her career from a young age. She is committed to the trueness of her voice and is always aspiring towards excellence in her skills. Her abilities, vision, and dedication have inspired many people who have come to know Dimitra and have watched her evolve
Jim & Pat Banks
Jim and Pat are founders of House of Healing Ministries and have been involved in inner healing and deliverance for 35 years, the last 17 of which have been full time. Their primary focus is on helping individuals resolve the issues related to wounding and trauma which most often occurred during childhood and are now impacting personal identity, relationships and hampering professional success as adults.
Linette Penney-Gainham from 'Penney Lane Studios' in Ayrshire, Scotland has been a prophetic artist for over twenty years and is regularly booked to lead or join art teams for various organisations and events. Linette is also a renown international teacher and worship leader. Whether solo or with her band 'Cadence', Linette and her husband Keith's passion is to release the Scottish sound in worship.
All this and she is a loving wife and mother of three!
Shelley Hitz is the lettering and watercolor artist behind YourCreativeAdventure.com. She is also the author of over 40 books and in 2016, while writing her book, Broken Crayons Still Color, she was looking for an artist to create coloring pages for the book. However, she sensed God saying to her, “you do it.” This led her to design and illustrate seven hand-drawn coloring pages. In the process, she stumbled upon the art of brush lettering and watercolor painting. She has been hooked ever since and now creates art on a daily basis in the art studio in her home.
She opened her Etsy shop in 2016 and sold a few digital downloads. However, in April of 2018, she decided to start selling physical products and to optimize her Etsy shop for sales. And in just 8 months, she increased her sales in her Etsy shop by over 15,000%, earning over $11,200 or about $1400 per month.
She is the best-selling author of two art books, “Calligraphy for Beginners,” and the “Brush Strokes Workbook.” She lives Colorado Springs, Colorado and enjoys exploring the mountains where she gets much of the inspiration for her artwork.
You can learn more and sign up for her free classes at:
Theresa Harvard Johnson
Theresa Harvard Johnson is the founder of The School of the Scribe and originator of the teachings on The Scribal Anointing, a 21st revelation of the office of the prophetic scribe. A rising scribal historian and sought-after speaker, she has dedicated her life to digging out this area of ministry prophetically and historically. Professionally, Theresa is a former award-winning print journalist and freelance writer. She earned a M.Div. in Biblical Studies and an MA in Professional Writing from Liberty University. She has published 19 books and hundreds of blogs on scribal ministry, the worship arts, and ministry integrity. Theresa is also an illustrator with a passion for charcoal and oil pastels. Her passion, however, rests in writing poetry and spoken word where she collaborates with other creative artists to bring awareness to social issues as well as hope and healing to the broken. This is her eighth year with the GOA family.
Bryn Gillette is a painter and teacher defined by his identity as “husband, father, and passionate follower of Jesus Christ”. He earned his B.A. in Visual Art from Gordon College in 2001 and his M.F.A. in Painting from Western Connecticut State University in 2009. Bryn is the co-founder of TeamOne:27, a non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of Haitian orphans, and spends much of his artistic time as an artistic ambassador of Haiti. His regular live painting at churches and worship events reveals his passion to collaborate with the Holy Spirit as a visual scribe, and that same posture defines his studio and commissioned work. Bryn has been a full time art teacher since 2010, and recently moved to Charlotte, NC with his wife and four kids to answer a call to be a father to artists, and to live out his life mission statement of "raising up a generation of Kingdom-hearted artists" as a family at Charlotte Christian School.
Janice VanCronkhite is a prophetic artist with a desire to capture God's heart on canvas and a passion to help others get released in the fullness of their own creativity. For years she has been painting live at conferences and instructing for her Free to Create Art workshops. retreats, and online art mentoring.
"COME ON UP HERE AND I’LL SHOW YOU THE ART OF HEAVEN.”
That was the invitation that transformed and changed the focus of the life of artist Janice VanCronkhite. Soon something amazing happened. God began flooding her with supernatural creativity and accentuating portals into heavenly realms of color, light, and design. This fresh outflow allowed Janice to begin imparting a release of creativity into others as she spoke and painted in workshops and conferences across the United States.
Now she is taking creative impartation to a more in-depth and intimate level in her retreats at two “magical” locations: FireCreek Mountain in Burnsville, North Carolina and Diamonds on the Lake, her studio gallery on beautiful Lake Oconee in White Plains, Georgia. There she helps others reach their own imaginative pinnacle by tearing down the walls that have kept them from exploring their own artistic journey of heavenly creativity.
Janice is recognized for her bold energy on stage creating (painting), speaking and challenging the Church to be released into the fullness and anointing of God’s intended creativity. In the end, her desire is to see His love and supernatural power exhibited through every kind of earthly artistic medium.
Margie & Lonnie Johnson
Lonnie and Margie Johnson are a husband and wife creative team that share a passion for working in ceramic clay. For the last several years they have been collaborating on a variety of projects, including hand built ceramic floral pieces and wheel thrown vessels. They love to share their joy of the creative process and especially enjoy seeing others learn to create with the fantastic medium of ceramic clay.
Our Creative Adventure
A native of the Asheville, NC region, Sherry Masters is self-employed as owner of Art Connections Tours. Art Connections, established in 2013, is a company designed to offer participants interested in experiencing the art culture of Western NC curated tours of artist studios, galleries and art attractions. Masters’ background includes over 20 years with Grovewood Gallery where she was involved in all aspects of the business, and was general manager and buyer for 16 years.
In 2018 Sherry was tour chairperson for Summer of Glass in Western NC, and is presently co-chairperson of American Craft Week, an annual celebration in its 10th year, created to celebrate and build awareness of the craft industry in the United States.
Robin is a woodworker and painter - a combination that joins beautifully together in pieces of art that tell a story. Her north Florida farm and surrounding area provides much of the subject matter for her oil paintings and she often works “en plein air” on location capturing the color and light of the natural world. A native of Florida, she attended Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, and earned a certificate at PTEC's Cabinetmaking program in Clearwater. She works from her farm studio/workshop, and teaches throughout the south.
Kate is an abstract artist from Cambridge in the UK. She describes herself as a Song Painter, using paint to 'sing with color'. Visceral, visual utterances of shape, hue and mark are her vocabulary. Kate is passionate about color partnered with movement, pattern and mess! She's excited by the extravagant dimensions and intricate details in creation – a joyfulness in the very act of creating that she aims to reflect in her own work. Seeking to represent things unseen, going beyond the ordinary. Kate is excited by the potential of abstract art, 'color stories', to communicate things of heaven. She believes that color has a whole language of it's own, revealing grace in fresh and accessible ways to everyone and anyone. Kate has created more than 90 pieces of live art, in the last few years, in a variety of places from festivals to hospitals, from schools to shopping centres, sometimes before audiences of over 3000. She heads up the arts ministry in her local church and regularly serves as artist in residence at a number of Christian conferences. Kate is passionate about enabling people to engage with God through their creativity.
Jill Williams is a contemporary abstract watercolorist pursuing expressive freedom to create emotive, glowing “Naturescapes”. With the natural world as her greatest inspiration, she uses a blend of abstract and representational styles, while employing value, negative painting and a limited color palette.
Jill grew up in rural Georgia and spent her youth exploring local woods and creeks, discovering a special magic in the majesty of creation. She is still compelled to visit those emotions in her work, and strives to produce images that capture those moments of childlike awe and wonder.
She has been creating art for over 40 years and earned her BFA in Painting from the University of West Georgia. Jill enjoys investing her skills and creative insights into others while inspiring them to grow in their own creative gifts, regardless of where they are on their artistic journey. She currently teaches an average of 50 students on a weekly basis, and utilizes a practical hands-on approach with students. Offering clear, individualized instruction with demonstrations and feedback, Jill equips students to explore water based media with confidence. She especially has a heart for artists who have abandoned creativity at some point along the way, and invites them to launch out into a new journey of freedom and self discovery as they pursue their creative abilities to the fullest.
Mayra is a Mixed Media and Coldwax artist with her own studio and a gallery in her hometown. She conducts seminars in Germany and abroad. One of her passions is to bring people into their full identity as artists, finding their unique voice and to connect with God in the creative process and help them to position themselves as sons and daughters in their church communities, so that they can be send out and fulfill their mandate of transformation in society.
Her works are to be found in Europe, New Zealand and in America. Her dream is, that her art will find ways to bring positive change in areas like politics, finance and innovation. Mayra Pankow is an artist, who was born in Honduras and lives in Germany since 1990. She leads the prophetic creative work in the Christ Church community in Duisburg/Germany and is the founder of the European Academy of the arts and of Transforming-Arts.de Married to Dietmar and together they have 4 adult sons.
My passion is for restoring the love of painting to students who were taught to paint inside the box, and outside of themselves. I LOVE to see an artist move from recording to creating by providing conceptual direction, demonstration, encouragement and safety!" I have been teaching Path to Abstraction for many years at prestigious art institutes in NJ.
I have been a professional artist all of my adult life. My work can be seen @patbutynskiarttalk on Instagram
Diane McFerrin is a mixed media artist living in Black Mountain NC, She began with an art degree from Georgetown College and began to fully step into her call as an artist in 2004. Recently she has taught workshops on art and prayer in her home studio, The Gathering of Artisans, Draw Near Retreats, in the South East and at Nest Studio in Asheville North Carolina. "I believe that creativity is a universal language, and when given the opportunity, most people enjoy the process of exploring what their hearts love."