Crystal often contributes artwork or efforts towards the community she lives in, as well as organizations who focus on helping other people around the world.
Here are a few projects she has been or is currently involved in:
VBS time of Year
Once again it is time to prepare for Vacation Bible School. The Enterprise Christian Church VBS them for 2019 is “The Amazing Race”, and Crystal is directing a dedicated group of volunteers to produce some decorations.
The group is painting backdrops with iconic images and animals from various continents. The goal is to have “traditional clothing” from these areas represented in front of the backgrounds along with a select number of items from the areas as well. For a small rural community, Wallowa County residents have an amazing assortment of clothing from all over the world!
Photos to come (if we remember to take them!)
Church Missions Board Update
Updating many of the bulletin boards was high on the priority list as our church (Enterprise Christian Church) moved into a new building… The missions board was on that list, and the lovely lady who maintains it mentioned she would like a larger map. The design team wanted to make it look a bit more like it was made with “chalk” to go with the updated look of the rest of the items. This was a fun project, painted on cork board, with the assistance of one of the talented teenagers from the congregation (who happens to also be my cousin). Looking forward to installing it soon – come take a look when all the missions are posted on it!
Unusual happenings in the studio
When your church is about to move from a beautiful, 120 yrs. old, well-loved building (with no more room for expansion) to a brand new facility that has been in the planning stages for 15+ years; treasures previously stored in barns come to light. In this case, old stained glass windows. Not the type with beautiful pictures (those have been lovingly maintained throughout past updates) but lovely non-the less.
The age and condition of the windows, however, necessitated some tender loving care. So, the studio has temporarily become a place of restoration for these lovely old windows.
Many hands have joined in the process; for simultaneous conversation and paint stripping. However, when it is only me, I sometimes imagine that my grandfather is standing right next to me helping. He taught me many of the skills that are being used in this process and instilled in me a love of old wooden things becoming new.
As soon as they are completed and hung on walls – I will snap a photo of the installation for your viewing.