Posted on May 25th, 2009 2 comments
Phil, my husband, and I drove over 1000 miles to Estes Park, CO for the Colorado Christian Writers Conference (CCWC). We loved seeing mountains and more mountains. We were told the forceful winds in Wyoming were normal. Herds of elk and antelope grazed near the highway. We stopped at Bridger’s Fort, an important layover for pioneers of the past.
While at the CCWC, I learned more about independent publishing. They want to redefine self-publishing, and so the new name, independent publishing. Not only is there more profit for the author, but more freedom for the author to develop ideas. Authors need to market their books whatever route they take, quite a challenge.
I learned more about myself. On the final morning of the conference, I met with a radio talk show host, Roy Hanschle. He helped me understand how to prepare for radio interviews. I worked on defining the central truth of my message. Here is my statement:
Doing prophetic art connects me to Jesus releasing peace and joy in my heart and into the designs. These designs release heavenly grace to others. I want to help people understand that God’s grace may be expressed in the arts. It’s a way to get in touch with the Lord in a fresh way that brings joyful freedom.
On the final afternoon of the conference the bright sunny day and majestic mountains beckoned to me. So, Phil and I trudged through the muddy snowy path in the Rocky Mountain National Forest up to Alberta Falls. As I sat looking at the falls, suddenly I heard my name. I turned to see my new friend Lori, also a CCWC escapee, with her daughter. God is so good!
Posted on May 5th, 2009 2 comments
By Lula Adams
Profile of Prophetic Artists Michele & Kreg Mebust
“For us, prophetic art tells a story. It’s a bit of a journey that we take people on.” Kreg Mebust
Kreg and Michele recently used their skills to help Pastor Bill graphically depict his message, God’s Masterpiece, at the Bridge Church in Reno. The pastor preached a sermon that told about God’s grace toward us, and then he stepped aside. We watched as the band, Thou Art, came onto the stage. Kreg and the empty canvas took the spotlight. Michele’s heavenly voice filled the sanctuary with the words to the song, I Will Lift My Eyes, by Bebo Norman, as Kreg quickly used broad strokes to brush paint onto a life size canvas. He used buckets of latex paint and large brushes, the kind used to paint a house. The energy that Kreg saturated into the painting flowed perfectly with the music. His contemporary free style filled the canvas with movement that was felt.
I watched in the audience as Kreg created something. But, what was he painting?
Suddenly, Michele sang the last line of the song and Kreg stopped. He turned the painting upside down. The audience let out a loud, “Ah!” all at once as the picture became comprehensible. Together we understood the mysterious painting. The cross on a hill and a large sad face clearly illustrated the cost of grace. Church felt fresh and alive. The picture took only 7 minutes to complete. The audience signed the painting that would become a part of the church.
Kreg and Michele do their utmost to catch the essence of God and share this experience with the people who actively watch. Although about 20 hours of prep time is invested into each painting, every live experience and painting is different. “We always allow God to come into the process,” Kreg commented. “With live art, you’re moving pretty fast.” The energy, the joy, and the focus of the artist become part of the event.
“The song never is performed the way we practice it.” Michelle noted.
God works through both of them to bring everything together. Kreg wants to be an extension of the brush, Michele an extension of the music, so the focus is on the message and the painting. They try to present a smooth process so people focus up, to God, instead of on them.
Prophetic art indeed took us on a journey by telling a story.