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Apr 2016

Meet the Makers | Other

We hope you can join us for the next Makers Series evening this Friday, April 8th, at 7:00 p.m. at Third Church (600 Forest Avenue) as we hear from three artists (including painter Ryan Lauterio, poet Natasha Oladokun, and musicians The Fretful Porcupine) as they help us think more creatively about the Christian call to stand apart from but also stand for the world God has made and is redeeming. Here is some additional information on our featured Makers:

Ryan Lauterio
Ryan Lauterio
Our visual artist will be abstract painter Ryan Lauterio, a long-time instructor and mentor in VCU’s Art Foundations program. Ryan brings multiple, markedly different techniques of seeing and painting to each of his canvasses, the hard-edged and the painterly, the bright and subdued. Ryan’s MFA thesis project addressed whether art in a postmodern age could be a way to ask questions like, “Does God exist?” “Can we know for sure?” and “What might it mean to know this?” Both his visual work and his place in the RVA art world exemplify bringing ideas and communities together without overlooking their differences. For examples of Ryan’s work, check out his website here.

Natasha Oladokun
Natasha Oladokun
Poet Natasha Oladokun’s writing often addresses the possibility of knowing, speaking to, and hearing from a God who is so manifestly other than his creatures, exploring the place of poetry as a symbolic system that mirrors the way Christ bridges the gap between God and humanity: her words reflecting the Word. Natasha is an MFA candidate and Teaching Fellow at Hollins University, and writing is where she works out her own senses of closeness to and distance from God. But her poetry is also a place to name how language itself is both true and deceptive, useful and unsatisfying as a way to reach towards God and each other, to name who He is and who we are. You can read an example of her poetry by clicking here.

The Fretful Porcupine
The Fretful Porcupine
The Fretful Porcupine (Jake Armerding and Kevin Gosa) return to RVA as our musical Makers, creating “roots chamber music” with the unorthodox combination of saxophones plus fiddle and mandolin. On his own, Jake is a prolific singer/songwriter, while Kevin uses the lessons of jazz music to help organizations change to become more humane and effective. Together, they specialize in improvisational methods in creating and performing music, looking for distinctively “other” contexts than the commercial music industry to share the sounds they make with local communities. For more, check out their website here.

You can RSVP at the Facebook event here.

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