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Category Archives: River Oaks: Stories from the Studio

These articles focus on weekly stories and experiences from the River Oaks Studio artist group in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Our heart at The Worship Studio is to be a catalyst for Kingdom growth within the creative community around the world!  At the core of our strategy to help artists grow in their gifting and the Kingdom is The Equipping Center – a membership website that included 24/7 access to videos, blogs, articles, classes, webinars […]

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Stories From The Studio: Collaborative Worship : by Gabrielle Dearman

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On Thursday, February 21st, through Sunday, the 24th, The Worship Studio held our first Prophetic Creativity Retreat at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in the city of Black Mountain. Thirty-three painters and musicians gathered together to learn from Matt Tommey, Pattie Ann Hale, Linette Penney-Gainham (of Scotland!), Ray Hughes, and Brian and Ramey Whalen. One […]

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Stories From The Studio: There Is Unity In Community! by Gabrielle Dearman

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“Growing and being in community is one of the biggest challenges,” as Matt Tommey noted, during a discussion at our artists group. As a ministry dedicated to reaching out to and doing life with artists, we have so many different personalities, giftings, and creative expressions among those in our community. Because of the variety of […]

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Stories From The Studio: Grace Carries Us Through by Gabrielle Dearman

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There was a wonderful dialogue about grace that unfolded recently among our River Oaks Artist Group friends. Our group was small that night, but we went deep in honest conversation. Through our study of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, we have been discovering that fullness of grace is generously available to us daily. Interspersed […]

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Stories From The Studio: Authentic Community In Everyday Moments by Gabrielle Dearman

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Having had the day off on Friday, I took the opportunity to spend the afternoon at River Oaks Studio. It was raining outside, but inside the studio, the atmosphere was calm and bright. There was nothing scheduled, or any major event going on, but having time to be a part of a beautiful, and fairly […]

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Stories From The Studio: The Value Of Naming Our Thanksgivings by Gabrielle Dearman

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Our River Oaks Artist Group is well into our study of Ann Voskamp’s book, “One Thousand GIfts. As part of our time together, we have started placing a written thanksgiving into a box that we are passing around each week. We will revisit our thanksgivings at the end of our study. As our thanksgivings box […]

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Stories From The Studio: Wrestling With Eucharisteo by Gabrielle Dearman

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Discussion on Monday at the River Oaks Artist Group led us to a place of our wrestling with the space between where we are and where we want to be. With Chapter 2 of Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts opened on our laps, we fumbled through accounts of many difficult memories and challenging experiences to find […]

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Stories From The Studio: The Value of Play In The Creative Process by Gabrielle Dearman

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Our Monday night artist group met this week for the first time after taking a break for the holidays. As to be expected, the new year has many of us in planning mode and dreaming up new things to incorporate into our creative endeavors. We discussed these things during our group time and found the […]

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Stories From The Studio: Keep Going! by Gabrielle Dearman

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One of the harder parts of working through life creatively, is having to push forward through the darker, or more challenging times. This is what our discussion focused on this week at our Artists Group. Whether the darker times are due to a loss, finding the way through the “unknowns” of life, or navigating through […]

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Stories From The Studio: Creative Breathing by Gabrielle Dearman

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Our conversations at the River Oaks Artists Group this week seemed to frequent the subject of “breathing” throughout the evening. Not just breathing in of itself, but, more so creatively breathing as a result of being in a collaborative connection with God and others. Amber LaSada shared her experience with taking voice lessons from Nancy […]

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