The Tenth Annual New Life Festival of the Arts will be February 1 & 2, 2019 Doors open both evenings at 6:00 pm. The Festival features various forms of the arts including, painting, photography, sculpture, fabric arts, dance/choreography, dramatic arts and music.

“The President’s Own” US Marine String Quartet will perform Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8:00. The event is free and this is a chance to hear a world-class string quartet perform. They have delighted audiences with their professional performances and their charm.

Saturday evening, February 2rd, Jisang Lee, a graduate candidate in Tuba Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park, will perform works by Marcello, Rachmaninoff, Arban, Handel Broughton, and Monti. Mr. Lee is a graduate of Stafford Senior High School and Peabody in Baltimore. He will be accompanied by Scott Oberlin on piano.

The display area for the visual arts will be open from 6-9. The performance schedule for the event is as follows:
6:00 Doors Open
6:05 Tell Your Heart to Beat Again, Emily Williams, dance
6:15 “Don Quixote, Act 3, Kitri Variation”, Juliana hinson, dance.
6:25 Dance of the Reed-Flutes from Nutcracker, Sarah Burrows and Veronica Allison, piano duet.
6:35 Fall on Me, Sarah Worman and Caroline Bond, dance
6:45 Jesus Loves Me, original song by Becca Griffitts with New Life Youth Choir
6:55 Rescue, Grace Griffin, dance.
7:05 The Narrow Gate, Spoken Word and Media, Sam Capitano and Joe DiBella
7:20 Wings Beneath Water, reading by author Yaasha Hepperle (Feb.1)
Tightrope, Esther Servais, lollipop lyra, Sarah Burrows, vocals, Betsy Nelson, piano (Feb. 2)
7:40 A Selection of Madrigals by the Festival Chorale
8:00 (Feb. 1) “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine String Quartet.
8:00 (Feb. 2) Jisang Lee, tuba, Scott Oberlin, piano

FEATURED ARTISTS for 2019: The Leaman Family
Artist Statement

Lead with Creativity
Festival of the Arts 2019
Sharon Leaman

In His Word, God first introduces Himself as Creator. Have you ever wondered at this? Why, considering all God’s character, why did He lead with Creativity? I think because, within it and through it, God expresses to us all of His Glory. His authority, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth are all expressed through that first verse: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

Because we are made in His image (Genesis 1:27), we are designed to lead with creativity, just like He led. God’s first command to us is to take dominion over the earth and subdue it (Gen. 1:28). How could we obey His command without Him graciously giving us creativity? In whatever we do — in every vocation, not just the creative arts – we are to lead with creativity. The creative arts are a gift to train our eye to look for God’s creativity – in each life, in every area of life. Creativity is not limited to the exceptionally “gifted” or the “talented.” It’s His mark in each of us.

When I look back on my life, I want to be known as someone who led with creativity wherever the Lord places me. I have discovered that God draws me nearer to Him when I exercise my creative expression. I realize how much I must trust Him and His grace to gird my efforts.

I’m thankful that the Festival of the Arts gives me and our family a venue to continue to trust Him to develop an expression of His work in our lives.