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The Gallery at Willow Creek

We now have some beautiful artwork adorning the main corridor just outside our Worship Center. The purpose of The Gallery at Willow Creek is to praise God, share His followers talents, and enrich and inspire the cultural life of Willow Creek Church and the community. We are so thankful to Jeff Leimbach and others for their tremendous work in orchestrating and launching this new offering!

Our Inaugural Exhibit: Joseph Ephraim Duvall

IMG_0698.JPGOur first exhibition features the work of our own, Joseph Ephraim Duvall. Joe was born on January 16, 1942 in Jacksonville, FL. In 1967, he earned his Bachelor of Design degree from the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at the University of Florida. 

Joe was drafted in the Army and spent 11 months training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, then was sent to Vietnam as a Huey helicoptor pilot. He received a Purple Heart after being shot down during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Joe survived; his crew did not. 

Returning from Vietnam, Joe landed in Texas where he trained world wide as a pilot and art director for Army Aviation Television. That launched a strong career in Orlando, Florida as a Creative Director in television and advertising marketing. 

In 2002, Joe went into outside printing sales with Rick Roy at Creative Printing and Publishing. 

Joe has 5 kids, 13 grandkids, and has been married to Donna, the love of his life, for 35 years. 

The Duvalls have been members of Willow Creek Church since 2001. 

An Invitation

Stop by Willow Creek Church some Sunday or throughout the week to enjoy Joe's work. Two of my favorite pieces include a portrait of his beloved, Donna, as well as a portrait of three friends. Also, if you look closely at some of the floral paintings on display, I think you'll find a beautiful symbol of our Savior's love within them.

With Gratitude

Also, on behalf of the entire Willow Creek Church family, I want to thank Joe and Donna for their loving commitment to our church for so many years, and for this beautiful exhibition as one more expression of it. 

PK