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Sep 2015

Meet the Makers | Sojourn

We hope you can join us for the next Makers Series evening this Friday, September 25th, at 7:00 p.m. at Third Church (600 Forest Avenue) as we hear from three artists (including designer/photographer Ansel Olsen, singer/songwriter Rebekah White, and poet/novelist Marly Youmans) as they discuss the sojourning paths they have followed to their current creative work. Here is some additional information on our featured Makers:

Rebekah White
Rebekah White
Former Richmonder Rebekah White is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter/worship leader. She made her debut in the music industry writing and performing pop music, signing as an artist with Printz Board of the Black Eyed Peas. She performed all over Los Angeles at venues including the Hotel Café and The Whisky A-go-go, and has opened for artists including Fergie. While initially focused on performance, her experience making music with some of the top writers and producers in the industry suggested a different path. About four years ago Rebekah’s aspirations turned towards being a sought-after songwriter who could write for other artists and help them find their voices. She signed a publishing deal with Michael Blanton of Nashville’s BE music, and began the next stage of her journey as a songwriter. Since then Rebekah has worked with Disney’s Ashley Argota and Drew Seeley, The Voice’s Taylor Beckham, X-Factor’s Drew Reinewicz, and many more up-and-coming artists. Continuing as a performer, too, Rebekah has 30 songs circulating and playing regularly in film and TV, with her own voice featured on each of them. Rebekah also has a passion for leading worship, and even though she has a plethora of work circulating in the pop market, her heart is found in the Lord’s presence and in worshiping her creator. She is currently recording her first full-length worship album, which she hopes to have released this year.

Marly Youmans
Marly Youmans
Marly Youmans has been exploring the experience of journey and sojourning for most of her personal and professional life, being dragged about the country as a child (from South Carolina to Louisiana to Kansas to North Carolina and many places besides) before ending up in Cooperstown, NY, where she works and has raised three kids. Her education included Hollins, Brown and UNC, and she was a tenured professor at the State University of NY before she left academia and turned to writing full-time. Youmans is the author of thirteen books of fiction and poetry, including works for young readers as well as adults. Her most recent novels are the just-out “Maze of Blood,” inspired by the life of Robert E. Howard; Glimmerglass, the story of a painter’s later-life thresholds-crossing transformation; and A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage, a tale that follows a Georgia orphan boy’s search for light and home. Recent poetry books are the collections The Foliate Head (UK: Stanza Press) and The Throne of Psyche (Mercer), as well as the epic adventure of Thaliad (Montreal: Phoenicia Publishing.) Along the way, Marly has won various awards, publishing with the Big 5, with university presses, and with small presses. You can find more about Marly here. She’ll be our guest for a more extended time of exploring the writer’s craft on Saturday morning, Sept. 26, at our next MakeRVA Writer’s Round-table.

Ansel Olson
Ansel Olson
Born in El Paso, Texas, Ansel Olson grew up near Washington, DC, and earned his design degrees at VCU. His ancestors include a cartographer, a decorator, a master carpenter, and probably more than a few Vikings. As a photographer, Ansel specializes in architectural and fine art photography. He also works as a designer, collaborating with architects and interior designers for close to two decades now. Despite following a winding path in the arts, himself, Ansel also specializes in wayfinding, designing innovative visual clues to help others figure out where they are and how they can get where they want to be. Ansel’s award winning work has been exhibited in multiple shows, galleries, and private collections. including the Federal Reserve, the Virginia Center for Architecture, Page Bond Gallery, and a number of historic resorts and hotels. He currently has a show of work at Westminster Canterbury. Ansel also co-founded one of Richmond’s first creative co-working spaces, The Marvin Lang Building. He was also a founding participant of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s i.e.* initiative, aimed at growing Richmond’s creative community. In this role he designed the launch event program, and helped found the initiative’s Shop Class series, which has operated out of the Marvin Lang Building for four years in a row. Check out some of his work here.

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