by Dennis Dalman
People will have a chance to see a Bible story “come alive” in the form of a colorful painting in action when Paul Oman presents “Drawn to the Word” three times at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell.
Everyone is welcome to attend the free program, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays: Dec. 4, 11 and 18.
Oman, who hails from Deer Park, Wis., is a former teacher and pastor who is now a full-time freelance watercolor and acrylic artist. For his “Drawn to the Word” events, he travels to churches, schools and other organizations throughout the Upper Midwest where he displays his expertise in painting. During “Drawn to the Word” events, people ask him to evoke a Bible story through his watercolor painting on a big (5-foot x 7-foot) blank artist’s canvas. Audience members are always astonished at how Oman, in no time at all, transforms his white canvas into the shapes and images of a story from the Bible.
It’s the first time Oman will present “Drawn to the Word” at Celebration Lutheran Church. He is in demand at churches far and wide. The people at Celebration heard of his program through good word-of-mouth and decided to invite him.
“My gift to others is to inspire life-changing emotion by sharing visual experiences through painting,” Oman said. “My hope is to bring the Bible story to life, touching lives and inspiring faith through the creative process of the visual arts.
From a very early age, Oman was aware he had a knack for art. In grade school in Wisconsin, he won a prestigious prize and was given an award by the state’s governor. He now shares his art gift with others by teaching many workshops and visits to demonstrate his painting at schools, retreats, conventions and churches. He also offers an anti-bullying program for which he uses his art works.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.