“We’re really trying to reach people who may be intimidated by a more formal art show or fancy galleries,” said Tracey McWhorter-Gossett, member of the Ultimate Artist III committee. “... There’s a lot of hidden talent and people who are very creative and very artistic. And we look at that as its own language that was given to us by God. So we’re just looking to give people a place to showcase their God-given talent and just another way to really express themselves but let others enjoy it too.
“... We haven’t got all of our work in for this show but usually there’s everything from oil paintings to photography to sculptures, quilts. I think we’ve had some really nice handcrafted wood items and even some leather crafts.”
While the official deadline for youth and adults to enter their 2-D and 3-D artwork is Saturday, all entries must be received by April 26. Starting at 3 p.m. on May 3, the three-hour event will be held at NorthPointe Church, 30 Orchard Road, Adairsville. There is no fee to enter or attend Ultimate Artist III.
“It actually generated [from] a sermon series that was done by our pastor about all of the various different types of quote-unquote languages that we speak,” said Ultimate Artist III Committee Chair Donovan Lipham, referring to NorthPointe Church Pastor Jim Pinkard. “Moms speak the language of mom, techie people speak the language of technology, artists speak the language of art. In doing that he issued an invitation for us all to be really good at speaking our own language and to embrace sort of all of our unique talents and inclinations. He just put a teaser out there that he envisioned us doing an art exhibit. I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved.
“... The first one came together very organically ... May 18 of last year. The second one was [in] October. ... I think we probably had about the same attendance at both and these were sort of just the kickoff for this kind of movement. We really wanted to keep it going. [The exhibit’s purpose] really goes back to the originating invitation, which is to encourage people to speak ‘the language’ that they’re good at — the language of creativity and to see that as a meaningful part of how we live out our faith.”
For more information or to obtain an exhibit application, visit NorthPointe Church’s website at www.northpointechurch.com, call 770-387-8135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.