Inspire – Camelback Arts Festival

Posted April 29, 2014

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We are hosting our 2nd annual event celebrating the Visual and Performing Arts. Camelback Arts Festival is delighted to present Witness to Faith: The Biblical Art of Sadao Watanabe, featuring original works of graphic art by Japan’s foremost Christian artist of the 20th century. Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), converted from Buddhism to Christianity at the age of 17. He soon combined his new faith with an interest in preserving the traditional Japanese folk art of stencil dyeing by creating colorful representations of biblical scenes that he hoped would speak to his people. He said, “I owe my life to Christ and the gospel. My way of expressing my gratitude is to witness to my faith through the medium of biblical scenes.” This exhibition is on display now through May 25th in the Sanctuary. A reception and gallery talk on Watanabe’s artistic expression of deep faith and his valuable contribution to the history of Christian Art will held on Thursday, May 1st, 7-9pm in the Sanctuary.

On Saturday, May 17, at 3pm we will have a Fundraising Concert benefiting CBC’s Children’s Music Ministry including some great performances, silent auction and hors d’ oeuvres. (See the back of the InTouch for more information)

On Sunday, May 18 from 10am – 4pm, Camelback Arts Festival will feature regional and local artists selling their original creations (including those from our own church family!), live musical performances, gourmet food vendors, and children’s art activities. Following the festival at 4pm, ProMusica Arizona’s 100-piece orchestra and CSA cirque performers will present the dramatic and inspiring concert The Creation by Joseph Haydn. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by visiting

Regular 9:00 am and 11:00 am Sunday worship services will still take place on Sunday, May 18 but will be slightly shorter than usual, and will also include Camelback Preschool choir.

Camelback Arts Festival, the Watanabe exhibit and ProMusica’s performance on Sunday will bring many new visitors to our church. This unique opportunity is a gift from God to be Upward and Outward with our faith, talents and resources. Come be inspired and inspire others, remembering we are salt and light – called to preserve and witness the gospel of Jesus Christ to the glory of God. We are so blessed to open our campus and host this amazing event for our community.

Come, invite your neighbors, fellow artists and art lovers and join us for the Camelback Arts Festival!

See you there! – Marilyn M. Hayes, ChairHayes Marilyn hor

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