Art is an extension of our faith

If art is good art, if it is true art, if it is beautiful art, then it is bearing witness to the Author of the good, the true, and the beautiful.

R.C. Sproul

At Riverbend, we are deeply passionate about the arts – identifying art as a reflection of our Creator. Just as we are created in God's image, we believe that He is reflected in our creativity. Austin is a city that fully embraces art — and more importantly all of the crazy, quirky, weird, and wonderful artists that come with it — and Riverbend is no different. Art, much like faith, is seldom a one-size-fits-all experience, and we love it.

Riverbend is blessed to showcase, be involved in, and encourage the works and development of multiple disciplines and variety of Austin artists. Featuring world-class musicians, visual artists of every medium, and a state of the art performance venue, Riverbend strives to honor and glorify our Creator by drawing His people, and then directing their attention back towards Him.


Meet the Creative Arts team

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KEVIN HEDGES
CREATIVE ARTS PASTOR

Kevin, his wife Mindy, and daughter Grace, are transplants from the San Francisco Bay Area by way of the foothills of Denver. Experiencing and embracing Austin with the love of Jesus, they hope to live out the blessing that everyday we are all waking up to what God is already doing.

If you’re interested in serving on the Creative Arts Team, or if you’d like more information about the arts at Riverbend, Kevin is the guy you’re looking for >

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CARLTON DILLARD
PASTOR OF MUSIC & WORSHIP

Carlton joined the Riverbend Church staff in 1989. He spent many years in music ministry serving churches in Texas and New Mexico. He is known for his contagious enthusiasm and creative use of various styles of music in the contemporary church. Besides being a gifted vocalist and worship leader, Carlton is a conductor, arranger, and record producer. He and his wife, Sharon, have four children and four grandchildren. Sharon also serves on staff as Manager of Riverbend Centre for the Arts. Carlton's other passions include home theater design and installation, and their two dogs, Maggie and Zoe.

Check out Carlton on Bridge Radio >

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CASEY MCPHERSON
RESONATE WORSHIP DIRECTOR

Casey McPherson is a songwriter and worship leader for Riverbend Church. In addition, he performs solo, and fronts the bands Alpha Rev and Flying Colors which tour nationally and internationally. Casey is not only a songwriter but enjoys scoring films as well. His most recent score was for the comedy called "Divine Access." One of his passions is teaching young musicians and songwriters how sustain themselves on creative content driven income. Casey also runs and produces music at a recording studio in Austin, Tx called "The Ice Cream Factory" where he records most of his music and where he produces other artists. Look for his music on Itunes, and his shows and whereabouts on the links below! 

fb.me/caseymcphersonmusic
alpharev.com | instagram.com/alpharev
flyingcolorsmusic.com

To meet the rest of the Creative Arts Team, visit our staff directory >


Creative Arts @ Riverbend

Riverbend’s musicians

Under the direction of our Music and Worship leaders Carlton and Casey, Riverbend is flooded with incredible Austin-based talent each and every Sunday for our three Worship services. Few churches in the world can boast of such gifted and refined musicians as what God has blessed Riverbend, and Austin at-large, with.

We are not only thankful for their dedication to Riverbend, we are also excited to share them with our congregation each and every week.

We encourage our congregation to support Riverbend’s local musicians and artists by attending shows and concerts, as well as purchasing original recordings and other offerings.

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Wayne Salzmann II

Drummer - Educator, University of Texas at Austin

Featured Musician

Riverbend is proud to have Wayne Salzmann as part of our Celebration worship services. Wayne's discography and touring bio is a who's who of Austin and national greats - playing on Eric Johnson’s last 4 records, and touring full-time with Bob Schneider! He's also the author of "Developing Melodic Language on the Drums" - his new book about to be published and he's just finishing his 8th year on the Jazz Faculty at UT. 

On Playing at Riverbend, Wayne says:

I’m honored to be a part of the worship team at Riverbend Church. The musicians are world-class, and the facilities and staff are second to none. We play a wide variety of music, which keeps it fresh and challenging, but also gives us the opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life.

 

Inspiration Gallery

Located in the Home for Hope, the Inspiration Gallery was created as a showcase for local artists that need a place to display their works. The Inspiration Gallery has hosted a bevy of artists — from the well-established, like Mark Kohler, to the bleeding edge art of Austinite, Bill Stidham, and including the emerging art of some of the most talented graduates of the University of Texas' art programs.

You are invited to visit the gallery on Sunday’s from 9:30AM–12:30PM.

Featured Artists

 The following artists will be displaying in this show:

  • Sharon Bibbee – Artist and jewelry designer

  • Cheryl Callen – Photographer

  • Jared Dunten – Painter with art prints

  • Griffin Arts – One of a kind glass designs

  • Carol Hayman – Photographer

  • Cheryl Latimer – Glass artists, painter and sculpturer

  • Jay Levey – Resin and glass artist

  • Kathy Kelsheimer – Photographer, glass artist and painter

  • Krista Ross – Photographer

  • John Phelps – Photographer

  • Linday Sheppared – Photographer

  • Hal Weiner – Photographer

  • Carol Sue Witt – Artist and teaches Watercolor Workshops

This show will be full of beautiful and one of a kind art pieces. Please visit us and browse the gallery.

For more information on the Inspiration Gallery, or to schedule a private showing contact our Gallery Coordinator, Sharon Bibbee, at 512 465-2200.

Photos are from Jay Levey,  Kathy Kelsheimer, John Phelps, and Krista Ross.

 

Riverbend Writers

This group meets regularly and is dedicated to all things written – including blogging, vlogging, fiction/non-fiction (in flash, short and long forms), poetry, spiritual messaging, social media, screenplays and emerging platforms. We are comprised of professionals, and semi-professionals, advocates, editors, wordsmiths, voracious literary consumers, and just plain creative junkies.

Our collective WordPress blog can be found on the Riverbend Writers Blog >

For more information about our efforts, works and gatherings, contact: Krista Ross >


Are you ready to get messy with Creative Arts at Riverbend?

We encourage any artist to consider contributing their artistic voice as an extension of their faith.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our opportunities in the creative arts, please click on the button below and send a message to our Creative Arts Pastor, Kevin Hedges.

A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God … as things of beauty to the praise of God. An art work can be a doxology in itself.

Francis A. SchaefferArt & the Bible

While it may seem intimidating at first, we trust God to take care of all of that worrying stuff and allow us to partner in a way that brings about things we never could have imagined ourselves. That is the beauty and power of collaboration and partnership!

Opportunities

Choir Members - Come join 100 other volunteer choir members who sing on Sunday mornings for the 9:45 Celebration service, and for special events. Rehearsals are usually on Wednesday nights at 7:00.

Photographers - Whether you are a professional or a hobbyist, we could use you to help us photograph many of the different events that go on at Riverbend each week.

Sunday Morning Tech - From running the graphics/media systems to running cameras during services, we are always looking for people to help with Sunday morning tech.

Graphic Design - For the student to gain "hands on" experience in creative arts, graphic design, and communication departments in a church setting. 

TV Broadcast and Production - For the student to gain "hands on" experience in TV Production, IMAG and Broadcast ministry

Creative Arts and Music - For the student to gain "hands on" experience in church creative arts/music ministry