was showcased last weekend at our church.
This year was our
Third Annual Art Show & Silent Auction.
It is a fundraising event that I started
to raise money to support our
Jr. & Sr. High kids on their
annual Mission Trip.
These are just a few of the kids who helped out last week.
To share how this all started I have to tell
you quite honestly that I can not sing
a note! I love music, am in awe of
people with any musical talent,
sadly that is not one of my gifts.
Our church has an amazing music program
with several different choirs, handbells,
organ, trumpets, even a contemporary
I got to thinking one day about how
while I couldn't sing or play an instrument
that God had given me other talents,
art being one of them.
So I set about praying and asking God
to use my gifts for his Glory.
Well as He often does He whispered an idea
into my head and the Art Show was born.
I figured I wasn't the only one in our
congregation that had any artistic talent
and that perhaps these folks would be willing
to share their gifts to help fund our
Youth Mission Trips.
Adults and kids alike donate their art work
and we have this annual show and hold
a silent auction where people can bid and win
an original piece of art.
It has been a huge success and I am
always amazed by the generosity of the
donating artists as well as the bidders.
I shouldn't be surprised really because
when God whispers an idea in your ear
it's always a good one!
We set up our contributions in our
Fellowship Hall, which as you can see
actually serves as a gym/dining room/stage area.
Now keep in mind we do the best with what
we have, chalk boards draped in black fabric,
settees borrowed from our own homes
along with some artificial trees for
I only managed to get a few photos
but you can get the idea from these.
We play classical music in the background
and serve refreshments.
Since we can't actually serve real wine
we do the next best thing, white and dark
grape juice in little plastic wine glasses.
There are fruit platters, cheese platters and
As you can see we get a variety of art forms.
The piece below was done by one of our freshman girls.
a colored pencil drawing of the Coloseum,
which she traveled to last summer.
What started as a way to raise funds
has turned into a real social event.
The folks love to see what type of work others
are doing and of course getting to
buy some original art is a nice bonus too.
This was one of the pieces I donated this year, sorry
about the quality of the photo.
I'll share some of my other contributions
with you over the next several posts.
Remember that God blessed you with
your talents, I encourage you to
find a way to share them for a good cause.
You won't be sorry you did!