As an artist, deAnn Roe asks God to be part of her creative process.
"The first thing you learn about God is that he is a creator," she said. "You see your subjects through God's eyes and let him (guide) you in bringing that out as you're creating art."
Roe is director of creative arts in the Infused Arts Ministry at Living Word Community Church, 2530 Cape Horn Road in Red Lion.
The Infused Arts Ministry provides artists and the general public opportunities to learn about and experience God's presence within artistic works, Roe said.
Artists who participate in the ministry include professional and amateur writers, painters, and people who do felting and pottery.
The Infused Arts Ministry oversees "The Studio" and "The Well" programs, which offer various activities throughout the year, Roe said.
The programs attract people from not only the church, but throughout the area as many churches do not offer arts ministry activities, Roe said.
'The Studio': "The Studio" is held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays every other month in the church's Common Grounds Coffee Bar. This year's sessions are in March, May, July, September and November.
In The Studio, participants fellowship, learn and practice various art forms, including painting and drawing, in a Christian environment.
"We talk about Jesus and recognize that we're all made in the image of God," Roe said. "It's a place where people can explore their creativity and express their creative voice as they're listening to God, the creator."
The program has been offered to the public since 2008, Roe said.
The Studio's first group of sessions for this year were held in January, with attendance ranging between 25 and 50 people per session, Roe said.
Attendees are asked to pay a small fee that covers the costs of materials provided to them by the program. For example, January's attendance fee is $5 for the month, Roe said.
'The Well': More than 150 people attended "The Well's" first ever three-day session held Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, according to Roe, who created the new program.
The Well, held in the Living Word's Life Center Room 160, provides a sacred and solitary place where people can sit in peace, reflect, read scripture and pray at various stations featuring art work done by local artists, Roe said.
"You don't rush through The Well," Roe said. "It's a place where people get away from the rush, slow down and just be in a quiet place to listen to the Lord."
The Well is free and is scheduled to be offered three more times this year, said Roe, an installation artist who sets up the program's stations.
The times will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday April 7-12 and July 7-12. For Oct. 9 to 11, the hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Roe, who also does photography and writing, said the Infused Arts Ministry also will hold several writing retreats this year. The planning phase will begin in February, she said.
"My vision is to see artists come together in a creative community, experience the presence of the Lord and create what we hear God putting in our hearts," Roe said.
—Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org.