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Wed, Sep 29



Meet the Artists!

Join the conversation with host Dr. Bill Barnett and three featured artists: Nathan Clarkson, Actor and Author, Martha Christian, Singer/Songwriter, and Peter Bakelaar, Photographer

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Meet the Artists!
Meet the Artists!

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Sep 29, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT


About the Event



Dr. Bill Barnett, Host

Meet the Artists will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM EST on Zoom.

Meet the Artists is an event designed to connect with artists of all types to engage in their stories, the intersection of their faith and art, and how artists can tell His story to transform culture.

Founded in 2002, Storytellers Creative Arts is a faith-based 501c3 ministry with a dual mission of MINISTRY TO ARTISTS: Discipling and equipping artists – the most influential people, in the most influential places, and MINISTRY THROUGH ARTISTS: Unleashing and sending artists to impact the culture in their spheres of influence, advancing the mission of Christ.

SCA has been active in Southwest Florida since 2012 combining its efforts and establishing community partnerships to reach the underprivileged, bringing hope and healing to children, families, and adults battling addiction.


Nathan Clarkson, Actor, Artist, and Author

Nathan is an award-winning actor, best-selling author, filmmaker, and well-known and beloved Clarkson Family. Nathan has appeared in national commercials, TV shows, and major feature films. As a filmmaker, Nathan’s original movies have appeared on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Pureflix, and more. With his company, Clarkson Creations, Nathan has produced such indie hits as Confessions of a Prodigal Son, The Unlikely Good Samaritan, and the recent Christmas film Miracle on Highway 34, featuring Hollywood stars Oscar-Nominated actors. Nathan’s next film, Don’t Know Jack, is currently in production.

Nathan released his first book, Different, a personal memoir of stories of and thoughts on growing up with a neurodivergent mind. The book quickly became a national bestseller after an interview on NBC’s Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Nathan’s most recent book project entitled Good Man was another personal memoir filled with stories and thoughts on whom men were actually created to be. Nathan is also the author of two children’s books, including the best-selling Only You Can Be You and the upcoming The Clubhouse. Nathan’s next full-length book is coming out in 2022.

Nathan is also the co-host of the popular podcast The Overthinkers, “A place for the creative intellectual.” The podcast covers topics of faith, art, philosophy, and the big questions of life. In addition, the program features a host of influential and exciting guests. Nathan’s words have been featured and quoted in outlets like The LA Times, Variety, The Gazette, Publisher’s Weekly, and more.

Martha Christian, Singer, and Songwriter

The eclectic musical cornucopia that influenced Martha Christian as a youth can be heard throughout her unique blend of jazz, rock, and R&B, a sound she has coined “progressive folk.” While compared to Norah Jones, Sarah Maclachlan, Bonnie Raitt, and other female pop/rock artists, Martha embraces her place as an authentic and transparent singer/songwriter.

Her passion is to see people alive and free as they learn more about their redemption story, and she feels music has always been a powerful instrument in that dance with grace. She is not afraid to trickle faith through toe-tappin’, head noddin’ melodies as honestly as she can, and that has won her audiences over. She’s a quirky gal but an honest one and that keeps people listening.

Following years of leading in camp, retreat, and worship settings, Martha toured to promote her debut project, “Dare You to Trust Me,” released June 19, 2012, and while in South Florida, a connection was made with a church in KY. So, in a true “Dare you to trust Me” act of courage, the Christian family moved to Bowling Green, KY, where Martha took on a new position as the contemporary worship leader for Broadway United Methodist Church.

After serving for many years as a worship leader in the church, Martha has a renewed desire to challenge listeners through relevant heartaches and triumphs of living an authentic life in their pursuit of truth. More honest and bold songs have come from this journey and have resonated with and encouraged her audiences.

Peter Bakelaar

Peter was always interested in art. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. He became a graphic designer and worked for an advertising agency. 

Over the last 10 years Peter was encouraged to explore using his art background and talents in a more expressive way in Japan. Through many talks, discussions and reading books, ideas started to form.

Peter attended four art residencies. Two were in India, one in Berlin and one in Cuba. Through these residencies, Peter saw art used to give a voice to people in society that had no voice. Peter saw art impacting communities and engaging people in producing beauty and excitedly sharing common interests. Two venues (Studio Tsunagaru, Gallery nani) where eventually opened that are devoted to showcasing beauty, creatively addressing social issues, providing a place for collaboration and open dialog, and developing residencies devoted to expanding world views and mentoring artists in excellence.

Peter and his wife Diane have served in Japan since 1990. The Bakelaars are committed to knowing Christ and making Him known among the Japanese. Their desire is to be used of God in Japan toward “Advancing God’s kingdom by mentoring leaders to be part of a movement that is multiplying churches that are multiplying disciples through the power of the gospel.”





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