Artist Hyatt Moore to Bring Mural to Life at Global Access Conference

International leaders convene to share disability ministry expertise

hyattmorrepaintingAGOURA HILLS, Calif., Feb. 9, 2015 – Renowned painter Hyatt Moore will bring to life his depiction of the Great Banquet referenced in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 14, as a 17-foot mural painted live during the course of the Joni and Friends’ Global Access Conference Feb. 17-20. The first-of-its-kind conference brings together disability leaders, ministers, educators and practitioners to share experiences, forge relationships, and learn how to practically and effectively promote disability ministry in the Christian community.

Moore began a full-time painting career and partnership with his wife and printmaker, Anne, in 2004. Without formal training Moore has gone on to become a distinguished artist with an ever broadening array of subjects and styles. He is most commonly recognized for his painting “The Last Supper with 12 Tribes,” an oil canvas commemorating the inclusion of all peoples under God. Moore has worked on several occasions with the Joni and Friends team, and his work “Wheelchair Praising” is featured on the cover of Joni and Friends’ disability ministry curriculum, “Beyond Suffering.”

“This idea is very ambitious and has taken a long time to pull it all together. Making the photo from which to paint was a major challenge, most of the credit for that going to staff member Mike Yuen, said Moore. “I am looking forward to my part, putting it all in paint. The end result should portray the heart of the organization. Painting it live, during the event, amongst all these people makes it all the more powerful.”

photoshootSteve Bundy, vice president of Joni and Friends, first met Moore at a Lausanne Conference in 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa, where Moore was live-painting 12 separate full-body portraits of international attendees.  Bundy was so impressed; he knew that Joni and Friends needed to partner with Moore in the future, which led to a long-term relationship with Moore and his work.

Hyatt’s passion for the work that Joni and Friends is doing paired with his incredible artistic ability make him a blessing to work with,” Bundy said. “We are looking forward to his depiction of the full banquet table from Luke 14, which we thought was the most visual of themes for this mural.  We hope that the conference attendees enjoy watching him work, slowly revealing the final product, and we look forward to hanging the mural at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center once it’s complete.”

The conference runs Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, through Friday evening, Feb. 20, at Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village, California. Registration is $299, which includes all sessions as well as lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages during the conference and transportation from pre-arranged hotels. More information is available online at www.globalaccessconference.org.

In addition to Moore, conference participants include: Joni Eareckson Tada; Doug Mazza, president and chief operating officer of Joni and Friends; Nick Vujicic, international speaker and founder of Life Without Limbs; Dr. Charles Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College; Dr. Joseph D’Souza, international president of the Dalit Freedom Network; Dr. Eddy Bazin, pastor of Delmas Christian Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Lon Solomon, senior pastor at McLean Bible Church; and international missionary and speaker Bernadette Todd.

For more than 35 years, Joni and Friends has worked to accelerate ministry to the disability community around the world, offering a wide array of life-affirming ministries, including the Christian Institute on Disability; the International Disability Center; international radio and television programs filled with inspirational stories; Wheels for the World, which every year gives thousands of individuals wheelchairs and the life-giving message of the Gospel; and Family Retreats, where families affected by disability learn they are not alone.

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Note to Editors: For more information or to arrange an interview with Hyatt Moore, please contact Melany Ethridge of A. Larry Ross Communications at 972.267.1111, melany@alarryross.com or steve@alarryross.com.