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Noted sculptor to present vespers service in April

Victor Issa
Victor Issa
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 April 7, 2007.

During his 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 creations 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 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 well over 300 sculptors from around the country and thousands of art enthusiasts from around the world.

Admission to “Testimony in Clay” is free, but an offering will be taken to help defray the costs of the program.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, February 12, 2007