Apr 26, 2010

Early Arrival

Well, our little girl, Havah, was ready to enter the world just over 3 weeks early. But we are 100% totally and utterly in love with this little gift from God. For the next 11 weeks, I'll be on maternity leave, however, the Arts at LW must go on! So, the May exhibit will be installed this week, with any grace. Also there will be an exhibit in June that you'll not want to miss. So, even though I'll be on maternity leave, I'll be working a little from time to time in order to get the exhibits up as planned.

I can't wait to spend the next couple of months loving on my baby girl. But don't get too excited, you've not heard the last of me! :0)

May you enjoy each spring day as the earth continues to ripen with every shade of green...

grace & peace,

Apr 21, 2010

This is a photo that I took last summer and
am placing in the MAY "Blooming Possibilities" Exhibit...

I don't know if all of you have heard the GREAT news, but deAnn had her baby girl Havah on April 20th! This news is so exciting! Since Havah came a little bit sooner than expected, deAnn won't be able to have the Studio this week and bless us with her presence...BUT she has requested me, to collect the artwork for the May exhibit, "Blooming Possibilities!" I will meet you by the coffee bar near the conference room, at the regular scheduled time that we meet for the studio, 7pm, to collect your artwork that you want to be placed in the May exhibit! Thanks for your understanding, and I hope to see you all tonight!
Excited to see your artwork!
Steph Rudisill

Apr 16, 2010

First Ever Arts @ LW Newsletter

Some of you may have recieved in your email's inbox the first ever arts at living word monthly newsletter. For those of you who didn't receive it but would like to be added to this newsletter email list, please email me and I'll surely add you. (For some reason, when the newsletter is viewed through our website, there is a random extra box. Not sure why because it's not there in my emailed version of the newsletter. Ah, the learning curve...)

Grace and peace, deAnn

Apr 15, 2010

Megan's Spring Image

Photograph by Megan Wright (c) 2010

Just wanted to share this spring time photo I took because it comes with a special Easter message. When I took this shot of the Bleeding Hearts I didn't notice until later, after I down loaded it on my computer, that the hearts were positioned over a cross section in my garden fence. I enlarged and cropped the photo so you could see the cross. When I saw it, it was a God-moment for me. Wow, I thought, God shows His love for us in amazing ways! We just need to be aware and look.

Megan Wright

That's awesome, Megan. Thanks for sharing your image and it's message. :0)
I just love springtime...

grace & peace,

Apr 10, 2010

Bob's Springtime Images - Photo Challenge

Photography by Bob Brown (c) 2010

This chipmunk makes me giggle. It's so cute!

 Photography by Bob Brown (c) 2010

The nice bright colors of these kayaks makes me jealous because I can't fit into kayaks to paddle on Muddy Creek. Maybe late summer!

Photography by Bob Brown (c) 2010

Out of your collection, Bob, I'm drawn to this one too - maybe it's because my road bike is collecting dust right now. But, hopefully by mid-summer, my Eddy Merckx and I can be reunited and hit the macadam once again.

Great springtime activities captured digitally, Bob! For more images taken by Bob, click here.

Apr 9, 2010

Eric's Springtime Image - Photo Challenge

Cherry Blossoms by Eric Martin (c) 2010

This image is refreshing to me...I love it! It was taken by Eric Martin, it's his mom's cherry tree in full bloom. I love springtime... Thanks, Melody, for sending this in!

Our tulips are about to burst open and I can't wait to get my macro lens on them! Keep sending in your images of springtime, one can never tire of such beauty.

Grace & peace ~ deAnn

Apr 8, 2010

PhotoWalk - New Oxford, PA

Hi there fellow photography lovers. Andy Smith of Visual Realia is hosting another awesome PhotoWalk, this time, in the quaint little town of New Oxford, PA. It's on Saturday, June 5 beginning at 10am. Mark you calendar!

Often the photography lovers of LWCC have gone on Andy's well organized and lovely PhotoWalks - we've never been disappointed. I hope you will attend this one in New Oxford. I hope to be there - but my baby girl is due on May 13...so, we'll have to see! :0)

Here is more info on this PhotoWalk via an email from Andy Smith:
* Our next walk will be in Pennsylvania’s historic New Oxford, conveniently located in Adams County along Route 30, the well known Lincoln Highway.

We will meet at 10:00 AM on June 5th on the town square for a wonderful walk, with photographs to be shared online afterward. As a new twist, all participants are invited (not required) to submit one photograph to be placed in a self-published photobook that can be purchased at cost. (Still trying to work on the best quality/price deal. More details to come.)


New Oxford is a typical small town, but one influenced by its location along one of the most travelled roads connecting Philadelphia and PIttsburgh. Its numerous homes built in the 1800s make it an obvious host for this photowalk.

Check the web site in the next few weeks as more information is added on the town, sharing photographs, photowalk details and maps, etc. To make sure you don’t miss any information, subscribe to the email list created specifically for the walk by emailing me.

Thanks! I hope to see you there.
Feel free to spread the word. :)
Well, with any luck, if Havah comes earlier in May, I just may be pushing her in a stroller at this photowalk!
Grace & peace ~ deAnn

Apr 7, 2010

Thursday Pages

Well, it's that time again - time for Thursday Pages - the monthly writing community at LWCC. As a reminder, bring your laptop or notebook and favorite writing utensil and join us in the large conference room (across the hall from the church kitchen).
Here's the scoop:
  • Thursday, April 8
  • 7:00 - 8:30 PM
  • large conference room at LWCC
If you are working on a writing project, bring that to work on during our hour of writing. Otherwise, I'll have a couple writing prompts to choose from. This month, one of the writing prompts will be very interesting, but you have to come in order to find out what it is! How's that for temptation?

Spring is here, life is blooming all around us outside. What inspiration is blooming within you? What has been  hibernating all winter-long inside you that now is bursting to the surface?

See you on Thursday! This will be my last Thursday Pages for a few months, as my little girl, Havah, is due early May. Fear not! Celesa and Roxanne will fill in for me, leading Pages, while I'm learning how to be a new mommy all over again. :0)

Grace & peace ~ deAnn

p.s. please email me if you have any questions about thursdya pages!

Apr 6, 2010

Evan's Spring Images - Photo Challenge

My soon-to-be 15 year old son, Evan, took these images with my Olympus E-500 yesterday. He used the close up kit (the cheap kind) to capture his images. He takes after me in so many ways!

A newly budding Tulip. He told me he separated the bud "leaves" a little bit so he'd get a better shot! That cracks me up.

A tiny grassland - all in our backyard. 
Awesome job, Evan! (p.s. the cover image on the hot-off-the-press April Inklings was taken by Evan).

With these crazy way-too-warm summer temperatures we've had the past few days, we may bound right from the newness of spring into the fulness of summer. I'm not ready for that. A little more spring, please?

If you have images of springtime, please email them me. I'd be happy to post them on the arts blog.

Stay cool outside today! A high of 86 is expected. Ugh.
Grace & peace ~ deAnn

Apr 5, 2010

Jutta's Spring Images ~ Photo Challenge

(I think this one - above - is my favorite!)

Beautiful "new life sprouting" images, Jutta!

Images by Jutta Stallman (c) 2010

Do you have images of spring-time in bloom? If so, send them deAnn and we'll post them here on this blog.
Grace & peace ~ deAnn

Apr 3, 2010

"In Light of the Empty Tomb" Exhibit

This exhibit idea was birthed out of the reality that we’d not be offering a Lenten Sacred Space this year. I posed this question to the artists of the monthly artists’ gathering, the studio, “In light of the empty tomb, how would you express your spiritual journey using your artistic abilities?” The art represented on the walls of the Gallery @ Common Grounds are these heartfelt expressions.

It’s somewhat easy to talk about our faith journey with others. But have you ever sat down and thought about what it looks like, visually? Consider where you are right this moment, what color would be associated with your faith journey? What shape would it resemble? Would it be two-dimensional or three dimensional? It’s intriguing to think of our spiritual journey with Jesus in this way, isn’t it? I find this to be a good prayer practice, especially if you consider yourself a “visual” person. I’d like to encourage you to reflect on this idea and maybe even ask God to show you a visual rendition of your relationship with Him. It can be a very powerful and moving experience.

Grace & peace ~

deAnn Roe

John 20:1
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

"In the  Light of the Empty Tomb" will be on display through April 25 in the Gallery @ Common Grounds at Living Word Community Church's coffee bar. There you can find a copy of the gallery companion booklet, The Heart Behind the Art which shares the stories of the artists' and the inspiration of their artwork that is on display. On Monday, April 5, the gallery booklet will be available to read online. Check back to this blog!