Dec 30, 2013

Come to The Well

The Well | Rest, Refill, Revive
~ A Sacred Space Experience ~

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink.” John 7:37

Come to The Well:
January 9, 10, 11, 2014
for times and location, see below

A Sacred Space is an experience created for you to be intentional about your relationship with God. The Life Center room at LWCC will be transformed into a beautiful space featuring many different artistic elements that will pull you deeper into the heart of Jesus.

The Well is designed to provide you with a restful, prayerful, and Presence-filled environment that allows you to hear God’s voice and respond to Him in love.

Dates: January 9-11, April 10-12, July 10-12, October 9-11, 2014
Time: Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Living Word Community Church, Room 160 - the Life Center

The Well is geared for adults and kids age 12 years and older. Bring your journal and give yourself about an hour to spend with Jesus at The Well. To get the most out of your experience, please click here to read more about what to expect.

For a little spiritual inspiration, check out Casting Crown's song, "The Well."
Contact deAnn Roe for questions or call 717-755-0089 x126.

May you have a special encounter with Jesus at The Well...

Dec 3, 2013

Wild Abstracts in December

November @ The Studio was our EXPLORE month, where we created art inspired by American artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), who was a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.

Twenty-two artists and creatives attended November @ The Studio and the art work you see is the result of their efforts. Their names are: Aiden Keene, Amy Gotwalt, Amy Kopperude, Becky Rau, Beth Fowler, Brandon Merson, Cheryl Handy,  Chris Gold, Cindy Kalinoski, Cliff Engle,    Corin Neff, Denise Douglas, Jackie Quoss, Jackie Dommel, Jean Katz, Kim Keene, Laura Shafer, Meg Pillsbury,Micah Neff, Rosa Melhorn, and Jutta Stallman.

For information about the artists and their work, contact deAnn Roe at or 717.755.0089 x126.


Nov 1, 2013

Kid::Life Exhibit

The late summer or fall exhibit for the past five years has been devoted to celebrating the budding young artists in our children’s ministry, kid::life. It’s a very anticipated exhibit! It’s very colorful and creative. With a bit of a challenging theme this year, “What a Prayer Looks Like To Me,” the kids did a great job translating visually what prayer looks like.
The KidsArt 6.0 exhibit is on display Sunday, November 3 through Sunday, November 24. Let us encourage these young artists to use the creative gift given to them by the Master Creator, our God. May their artwork touch you and bring a smile to your face and heart.
Grace & peace ~
deAnn Roe


deAnn Roe
Director of Creative Arts
Living Word Community Church
717.755.0089 ext. 126

Oct 25, 2013

Open Studio & Wild Abstracts

November at The Studio is our EXPLORE month.
Due to Thanksgiving, we are only meeting on these dates: 11/7, 11/14, and 11/21.

 here's the rundown...
  • Thursday, 11/7 - OPEN STUDIO! Bring your project and work on it in community. OR for $5 you can get an 11x14 canvas panel and use of all art supplies and let your creativity run amok!
  • Thursday, 11/14 & 11/21 - "Wild Abstracts: Surrendering to the Spirit" Fee for these two weeks is $10 and that gets you a 30"x30" stretched canvas. We'll be creating artwork inspired by artist Jackson Pollock. NOTE: Please sign up by Friday, 11/1 so that we can order your stretched canvas. Email deAnn to reserve your spot.
Here are the details for these two evenings at The Studio:
 We will focus on the art of Jackson Pollock, the innovator of a controversial, (is it really art?) loose form of abstract painting in the mid 20th century. Most of his work is energetic, vibrant and full of motion. We will learn how to swirl, drip, fling and flick latex wall paint onto large canvases using sticks, rulers, syringes, brushes, whisks and other unconventional tools (some may use their fingers and hands) to create fun, colorful pieces in the Pollack style of art.
NO PAINTING OR DRAWINGS SKILLS ARE GOING TO BE UTILIZED, so this is a class ANYONE would enjoy. Just surrender to the process of listening to the Spirit as He guides your hand and paint over the canvas.
The first week will involve a short introduction to the artist Jackson Pollack and some brief instruction. Then, you will have the opportunity to experiment with some techniques using a smaller "trial canvas" we will provide. When you feel ready, we will give you a 30 X 30 stretched canvas (included in class fee) on which to unleash your creation. In the second week, we will fellowship together to make a huge collaborative work of art.
What to bring:
  • A sense of FUN
  • Old kitchen utensils, wire whisks, rulers, sticks, brushes and other things to manipulate paint that you don't mind getting latex house paint on.
  • Any left over latex paint from previous home projects that you want to get rid of. We will supply some paint, so don't let the fact that you have none to bring keep you from coming to the classes! You can purchase some sample colors from Lowes or Home Depot if you want specific colors.   
  • Large containers (like large empty Cool Whip containers) to put paint in from the buckets.
  • If you are not comfortable getting paint on your hands, we suggest a pair of gloves to protect them (like the ones used to wash dishes by hand) .
THIS CLASS WILL BE MESSY, so wear old clothes that you don't' mind getting paint on. However, to keep the church paint-less, we will be cautious!

Oct 16, 2013

Fall Photo Walk at Lake Redman

Dewdrops on Spider Web by deAnn Roe
It's time for our annual Fall Photo Outing at Lake Redman, with leaves changing, it's always a gorgeous time with God and other photo enthusiasts.
Bring your photo-taking device, be it a cell phone with a camera, a point-n-shoot, dSLR or film SLR and the desire to capture God's handiwork of beauty as the sun rises over Lake Redman.
We'll meet at Lake Redman's boat dock area at 7am sharp. Yes, that's early but the sun is due to rise on 10/26 at 7:28am and we will pray before we set out for our photo walk. Plan on 2 hours. Dress warm, bring coffee or something to drink. If it should rain, we will cancel. Rain and cameras don't play well together. :)
I hope you will consider joining us for this awesome annual event. Tim Trexler will be faciliating this photo walk, Yay!!! Please RSVP by emailing deAnn Roe.
See you on Saturday, October 26th at 7am!
Queen Anne's Last Breath by deAnn Roe

Big Sky by deAnn Roe

Oct 11, 2013

Bruised Reed

"Bruised Reed" by deAnn Roe, the Hidden Me canvas focus.

We are two canvases into our Spiritual Self-Portrait exercise this month at The Studio. Last week we created the first canvas, "The Obvious Me." Last night we made our second canvas, "The Hidden Me." Next week, we conclude with the glorious, "Created Me" canvas - the me that Jesus died for me to be.

What a powerful exercise this is, to commune intimately with God and think deeply about who we are in Him...and who He is in us.

It's not too late to join us. The 4th Thursday this month is our "make up" evening, a night to complete your canvases or start one that you missed. The 5th Thursday this month is our sharing night... we'll show our three canvases, enjoy awesome fellowship, and of course, do some light eating. Art and food, a beautiful combination.

Join us this month at The Studio - for BeComing Imago Dei. Let your creativity interact with your relationship with God. You will be surprised by what happens...

Joy and peace,

Sep 30, 2013

October @ The Studio

BeComing Imago Dei
October @ the studio
Create a series of three mixed-media spiritual self-portraits

Three 11x14" canvas panels and use of all art supplies are given to
you for a fee of $10 (for the whole month).

If you are thinking to yourself, “Geez, I’m not very good at creating art – I’m a writer, I’m a crafter, I can’t make ART.” Just remember Whose you are. You are a child of God, created in HIS image. He’s the source of all our creativity. It’s in you, trust it. Walk out in faith and explore His creativity in and through you. This is the month to do it – step out – because God will, and I mean He WILL meet you in a very special way through this project. I’ve seen it happen in 2011, the last time we did this exercise. Ignore the negative voices in your head and listen to the still small voice of your Father who believes in you because He knows you, He loves you, He created you so that you can create. God made you as a way to express Himself. Let’s do this! 

One last thing about October at The Studio – the art we make is about the process NOT the product (the completed work). Although I know you will be so impressed by what you create and how God speaks to you through your faith-filled creating.  

Okay, I’m done twisting your arm J But in all seriousness, I do hope you come each Thursday (6:30-8:30pm) in October to The Studio. You will be blessed. I know it. God is about to blow your hair back! Haha! 

Please email me or call me (717.755.0089 x126) to let me know you are coming so I have enough canvas panels for every one!

Hope to see you this Thursday, 10/3 at The Studio. Below is the handout you need to read and reflect upon so you are ready to create on Thursday evening!


The Studio | GROW
BeComing Imago Dei [Image of God]
October 3, 2013

The Obvious Me

To be human is to be complex. In Genesis, God says we are created, uniquely created, in His image. This means we are both body and soul. We have a very obvious, or public, side to our lives. This obvious life is what we see in the mirror and what others see and experience when around us. Physical traits, our role in our family, in employment, our hobbies and interests are all quite obvious. So are some character qualities. 

Below are a few questions to reflect upon as a way to prepare for the first spiritual self-portrait The Obvious Me

Remember, we are created in His image, which means we have His “creative blood” in us. Think of this project prep as a time to be with God in prayer as you examine your obvious, public, self. Invite God into your creative process and He will show up.

» What are some of my physical traits?
» What are my hobbies and interests?

» What am I known for?
» How would people describe me?
» How have people experienced life with me?

Are there items around your house that you’d like to incorporate into your Obvious Me self portrait? If you are addicted to coffee, bring coffee beans/grounds, photos of you, an image of your sports team or mountain bike, whatever. Be creative and think outside the box! No need to be literal here. It’s totally acceptable to think abstract. Please feel free to bring these items on Oct 3 to use in our project time.

Aug 19, 2013

engage @ the studio

September kicks off the studio for its new season. We'll focus on three areas: engage, grow, and explore. Each designed to take artists, writers, and creatives deeper into community, into their relationship with God and with their creativity.

Beginning on Thursday, September 5 we'll launch into engage @ the studio. What does this mean, exactly? Using Francis Chan's excellent and super-artistic video teaching series BASIC, we'll explore in depth Biblical Truth - how it relates to our personal walk with God and how it fleshes out in our creativity, be it the visual arts or literary arts.

The month of September will be a time of engaging with His Truth in the context of a creative community. Will there be any art making? Not formally, but we'd like you to bring your sketchbook or journal and be prayerfully considering how God may be speaking to you then work it out through your art work. More will be explained on the first night, 9/5 @ 6:30pm in the coffee bar at Living Word Community Church.

I have a real sense that God desires the whole heart of His artistically gifted and creative people. He wants to speak to us through our art and speak of His Kingdom through our art. Being in alignment with Him first and foremost will give our artwork power that we can't attain on our own efforts. We must co-create with His Holy Spirit.

Come, engage @ the studio in September alongside other artists, writers, and creatives and let's see what God does in us as an artistic community!

Joy and peace,

Jul 29, 2013

The Studio - New Look for the Fall

For those of you who've been around Infused Arts and The Studio, you know that come each fall, The Studio has a "new" look in some way. Beginning in May, God starts speaking to me about the direction for The Studio for the fall. This May was no exception. This fall, what can you expect to see that's different at The Studio? Let me try to lay it out...(I'm SO excited!!)

First, The Studio is moving to Thursday nights, 6:30-8:30pm, still in the coffee bar, beginning Sept 5.

Second, each month will be one of three specific categories:
  • Engage - small group community/discussion of topics around faith and art
  • Grow - spiritual formation through creating art
  • Explore - play, new ideas, techniques, open studio time
More details on these categories:
Engage - artists, writers, creatives will meet at The Studio, watch a DVD or discuss topics from a book, that have to do with our walk with Jesus and how that intersects with our creativity and art work, writing. We will really engage with one another as a group of creatives in the context of Christian community and engage more deeply with the work of God in our lives and our art. Bring your sketchbooks too.

Grow - artists, writers, creatives will meet at The Studio and participate in a spiritually formative creative project that will cause you think deeply about your relationship with God. Grow months at TS are more about the process than the end product. This means it's really for anyone, no matter where you are on the artistic spectrum.

Explore - artists, writers, creatives will meet at The Studio and we'll have a mish-mash of cool and creative ideas, techniques, etc to explore. Open Studio's will also take place in the Explore months of TS. There will be lots of art being created! Explore months are also good for anyone, no matter where you are on the artistic spectrum.

Here's the schedule for The Studio:
  • September - Engage
  • October - Grow
  • November - Explore - not meeting on 11/28 - Happy Thanksgiving!
  • December - not meeting - Happy Holidays!
  • January - Engage
  • February - Grow
  • March - Explore
  • April - Engage
  • May - Grow
Now, if you know me, you know that I desire to move with the Holy Spirit. That means that the above schedule is subject to change depending on where He leads.

I am so very excited about fall at The Studio! I believe God is going to move in powerful ways in each of our lives, transforming our hearts and renewing our minds to be more like Jesus.


There are some other off-the-charts exciting things happening within Infused Arts this next year as well, like a quarterly sacred space! Yes, you heard that right! It will be called The Well | Refresh, Revive, Renew. O God, You are my God, I seek You, my soul thirsts for You. Psalm 63:1. A space saturated with the presence of the Lord for prayer, worship, reflection. Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of Living Water will flow from His heart.’” John 7:38 NLT. I'm jumping out of my skin excited about The Well, a place to be refreshed in the presence of the Lord.

The Well is a ministry of Infused Arts, which means we, as a ministry community, own this and will make it happen. I'm looking for people who'd be interested in serving our church family's spiritual needs by partnering with me on The Well's installation team. More details to come on this!


Lastly, we'll be offering a Portrait Drawing Class on Saturdays in October. Cost is $25 and it's from 9am to 12pm. Spaces are limited. Very soon, a site will be set up for online registration for this workshop. I'll keep you posted!

As Christians and as artists, we need to be honing our skills, developing the talents God has entrusted us with. We plan to offer regular workshops that will help with this.

Okay, I think that's enough new news for now! Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

See you at the August Night of Art - 8/15!!

joy and peace in the Lord,

Jul 10, 2013

July | Night of Art

Yes, it's that time again! The July Night of Art, 7/18 from 6:30-8:30pm! Come stretch your creative muscles in the context of community filled with encouragement, inspiration, and fellowship.

For $5 you get an 11"x14" canvas panel and use of all art supplies. Or if you prefer, bring your own supplies and there's no fee. We'll be setting up some still-life vignettes for inspiration or jumping off points.

The next Night of Art is August 15th. Then starting in September, we'll kick off with our weekly creative gatherings, we can't wait!

Hope to see you on 7/18's Night of Art!

May you be blessed by God's presence this day.
Joy and peace,

Jul 5, 2013

Writer's Write | Retreat

God is bringing me lots of inspiration for the July 13th Writers' Retreat, focus: Writers Write. Classy title huh? :0)

Bring your writing notebook or laptop. This will be a time to get away from distractions to give time to your writing voice. If you have a project you are working on, bring it. Prompts will be given if you need inspiration or a jumping off place.

Pack a lunch. Breakfast sweets and coffee will be available.

I'm very excited to meet with other writers who desire to draw near to God through giving time to the gift He's given them.

RSVP to deAnn at 717-755-0089 x126 or via email.

Hope to see you there!
joy and peace,

Jul 3, 2013

July Night of Art

Hello Creatives and Artists!

Join us for the Night Of Art: Still Life @ OPEN STUDIO on 7/18!

Several still life vignettes will be set up and you can create from that inspiration using paints, mixed media, or textured papers.

$5 for a 11x14" canvas panel and use of all art supplies. Or bring your own supplies and there's no fee!

Come and create in the context of community!

Night of Art
Thursday July 18
6:30-8:30 pm
Coffee Bar at Living Word

Hope to see you there!


Jun 17, 2013

TRUST::Prayer Wall

For years this prayer wall has occupied space in the main lobby of Living Word Community Church. It's a bit hidden down toward the Kid::Life entrance. Last week I gave it a new look with the help of artist, Ange Bentivegna, who painted the large "TRUST" circle which hangs in the center of the wall.
I'm making a commitment to start off each Monday morning reading the heartfelt prayers and lifting each person, need, concern, and praise up to the Lord in prayer.
This morning I unlocked my office door, tossed my bag onto the desk and headed out to the prayer wall. It was evident that many new prayers had been added since last week and was thankful that that people are seeking prayer and desire to be heard by God through the Holy Spirit, who intercedes for us.
Next Monday I'll have a box of tissues with me. As I read the vulnerable prayers of broken hearts I was overcome with compassion for our church family and their great need for comfort, healing, restoration, deliverance, and hope. I just stood there and sobbed uncontrollably. One that really touched my heart was from a pre-teen, I'm assuming, who was struggling with his/her parents constant fighting. This young person's heart poured deep sadness and confusion onto the colored paper and asked for peace in the times of conflict.
Another was asking God not to let her daughter die. One mom/wife was praying for her husband to come home to the family. Many prayers for healing from cancer and addictions. One simply stated, "Lord please heal my wife's cervical cancer. And if not, may Your grace be enough." I was undone. With a heavy heart, I held up to the Father each prayer on the wall and asked God to provide exactly what each person needed. It is a privilege to hold these people in prayer and to know that God will provide. In my spirit I feel a connection with each person, even though I don't know their names.
"O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge." Psalm 62:9
That is what the prayer wall is... a place to pour out our hearts before the Lord and take refuge beneath His wing.
Trust. Believe. Faith. Lord, in Your great mercy, give us more trust in You, the ability to believe with our whole heart and to grow deeply in our faith. Amen.
"He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise of our God. Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord." Psalm 40:3

I can't think of a better way to start off the week then interceding for my church family and their prayerful needs. Please visit the wall. Place a prayer upon it. Say a few prayers for those already there. Your heart will be blessed. Honestly.
Joy and peace,
deAnn Roe

Jun 10, 2013

Urban Renewal - the June Exhibit

The gallery booklet, the Heart Behind the Art. Click here to read it online.

Brandon Master's work

Brandon Master's work in the foreground. Ramon Trevino's work in the background.

Brandon's work

"Strong" by Ramon Trevino

"Dream" by Ramon Trevino

Brandon's work

Brandon's work

Brandon's work
Ramon's work

Brandon's work

Brandon's work

Brandon's work

Ramon's work
Brandon's work

The Urban Renewal exhibit runs the month of June. Join us on Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 for an artist reception, featuring Ramon and Brandon, and Open Studio at our monthly summer gathering, NIGHT OF ART.
We meet in the coffee bar - for the Open Studio, bring your own art supplies or for $5 you can get an 11x14 canvas panel and use of art supplies. Come create with other artists and creatives in the context of community!

got questions? contact deAnn at 717-755-0089x126 or via email.

Jun 3, 2013

The George Street Artists

My friend, Clifton Kern, sent me this video of The George Street Artists. Yes, York's George Street. It's awesome! York is really moving toward the arts and renewing the downtown area through local home-grown creativity. I believe you'll be inspired and encouraged through this 22 minute video to visit and support the arts in York City. I know I am.

Joy and peace, deAnn

May 16, 2013

Artist's Feast @ The Studio

Wednesday, May 29th from 6:30-8:30pm!

Bring your lastest piece of work (poem, visual art, etc) and we'll have pizza for everyone. 
Please rsvp to deAnn so we have enough pizza.

If your last name begins with an A through L, bring a drink or dessert to share.
If your last name begins with a M through Z, bring a side dish or salad to share.

This will be our second artist feast. The last one was a great time of community, art, and food. What could be better?

Hope to see you on the 29th!

joy and peace,

May 7, 2013

Open Studio this Month at The Studio

One note: The last Wednesday in May, the 29th, is not open studio - it's our ARTIST FEAST!

Bring your lastest piece of work (poem, visual art, etc) and we'll have pizza for everyone. Please RSVP to deAnn so we have enough pizza for everyone.

If your last name begins with an A through L, bring a drink to share.
If your last name begins with a M through Z, bring a side dish or salad to share.

This will be our second artist feast. The last one was a great time of community, art, and food. What could be better?

Hope to see you at the Open Studio this month and the Artist Feast as well.

joy and peace,

Apr 26, 2013

Michael Card at LWCC

Please join us for this very special evening. And yes, there is no fee. Just come and enjoy.
See you on the 16th,
joy and peace, deAnn

Apr 24, 2013

Beginner/Intermediate Watercolor Class

Beginner/Intermediate Watecolor Class
  • Saturday, May 4
  • 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Taught by Micah Neff
  • Fee: $20
  • Limited to 15 participants, RSVP ASAP as this will fill up!
... This will be a watercolor workshop for beginners/intermediates. I include intermediates because I consider myself an intermediate. The learning never ends in the art world and watercolor has so many facets! This will be strictly watercolors, no mixed media this time round.
Many people pop out of the woodwork when you mention watercolors. "I cannot do watercolors"......"it is a scary medium...I stay away from it!"....."I tried them long ago and could never get the hang of it". Sound familiar? Thought they'd ring a bell. And it was the same for me. What watercolors do when you put them on the paper is take on a life of their own. As a control freak, this is not I thought. Finally, I just caved in one day and threw paint all over the paper, not caring what it might look like, or not look like! It was magical. Then I learned a few techniques for textures.....more magic... Oh, wait, but it looks nothing like I planned! I had to learn to look at the completed work like a stranger. They do not see all the labor of an idea or it preparations. It is "fresh" to them.
In this workshop I want to spend time showing colors, making them bleed. Getting the paper wet and being bold about just making that paper be your space to fill. The paper can become an enemy if you just stare at it and fret. We will do washes, blends, and techniques for rubbing out color and saving whites to create unusual effects.
The first hour to maybe an hour and a half I will spend going over materials, preparing a nice work space, some color theory, and how to shop wisely/economically for the basics in the medium. I will also do a short demo. Beware!...demos can be very fun/funny. I've seen some wonderful pieces come out of professional demos, and some real "flops" from those same professional artists! I got a LOT of courage from seeing big names do funny demos.
The $20 for this workshop will give you 2 brushes to keep, small ( about card size) pieces of professional grade papers to work with, enough student grade watercolors to give you a taste, and a small plastic palette of your own to get started..........oh, and a "door prize"! We will throw your names in a hat and during the break one of the leaders will do the drawing. Hint: the door prize is nice!
Please bring any photos you might want to work with or share with others. Copying others is a good way to learn, too. There will be books with examples in for you to try. There are so many wonderful watercolor books to find today.
Come join us for some art fellowship and get your brushes wet...and be BOLD!

Apr 17, 2013

Drawing with Markers | Tonight @ TS

Ramon Trevino, the amazing graffiti-style artist showed us how to use the marker this evening at The Studio. It was an amazing time. I had NO idea a marker could be used so many different ways. I was petrified of markers! Now, only half petrified. :)

So, that's my cool arrow, guided by the cooler Ramon Trevino. Thanks Ramon for sharing your gifts with us this evening!

See you all next week as we conclude April @ The Studio with heading outside with our picture-taking devices. Our prayer gardens will be blooming and we ought to have lots of beauty to capture with our lens.

Joy and peace,