by Christa Wells
Masterpiece is incredibly close to my heart.
I was once a very lonely teenager, despite being in the middle of a large and loving family. Although I didn't yet identify myself as being an "artist," I didn't identify with other established groups at school, either. I didn't play a sport and was pretty shy–didn't volunteer for student council or anything like that. And I had no idea why my music-making should ever really matter beyond my own pleasure.
If the intimate environment of this week-long summer camp had been available to me then…a place where I could be mentored by adult artists of faith, where I could get to know other young people who were wired towards the arts, and where I could find encouragement as I practiced the various art forms…I cannot begin to tell you what that would have meant to me.
But if you come to be with us on April 17, some of our students can tell you firsthand. If you are in the Chicago area, please come. I'll be there, along with internationally renowned calligrapher Timothy Bottsand author/art historian Daniel Siedell (God in the Gallery).
If you aren't able to join us, please watch the video promo I posted last week, and tell a young artist in your life about this tremendous opportunity.