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Colorado sculptor to present vespers at University Church

Colorado sculptor Victor Issa will present a live sculpture program at the University Church of Seventh-day Adventists on Sabbath, April 7, at 5:00 p.m.
Colorado sculptor Victor Issa will present a live sculpture program at the University Church of Seventh-day Adventists on Sabbath, April 7, at 5:00 p.m.
Colorado sculptor Victor Issa will present a live sculpture program titled “Testimony in Clay” at the Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists at 5:00 p.m. on Sabbath, April 7.

During this most unique 40- minute delivery, Mr. Issa will be transforming a life-size clay sculpture of the head of Jesus to depict several stages of His life. The depictions include His ministry, suffering and crucifixion, resurrection, and finally, His mighty return as King of Kings. A brief video, full narration, and musical selections that accompany the sculpture program provide a powerful telling of the story of redemption in a new and unforgettable way.

Over the past six years, Mr. Issa has been invited to present this constantly evolving program across the United States, as well as overseas.

The unique attraction of this offering is the combination of its appeal to art lovers, as well as those seeking to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Gospel.

Mr. Issa’s sculptural career began in 1984. Life-size and larger bronzes of his creation are collected publicly and privately around the world. His first public monument was dedicated in San Dimas, California, in 1992. The sculpture is titled “A Welcome Sight,” and it depicts frontiersman Jedediah Strong Smith. Other monuments include “The King Is Coming,” a 12-foot-life-size-figure composition depicting the Second Coming of Christ that is permanently installed at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Mr. Issa is also co-founder and president of the Loveland Sculpture Group, which hosts the largest outdoor sculpture event in the country, attracting more than 300 sculptors from around the country and thousands of art enthusiasts from around the world.

Admission to “Testimony in Clay” is free. A free-will offering will be taken.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, March 26, 2007