|Chalk Art News|
Editor David LeGrand chalkmart.com July 2009
Special DAN ONDRA edition
Thank You Dan!
Dear Mr. LeGrand, I wanted to say "Thank You!" to Mr. Ondra for sharing his talents and creativity with us all in providing the Chalk Art News each month. I have been a self-taught chalk artist since I was young and first saw an evangelist at our church perform a "chalk-talk", I'm sure I don't have to describe what that did for me as a young artist who wanted to use her talents for the Lord! All these years have passed and now, in my 50's I find you and the "Chalk Art News", what a blessing! So much information has come my way, especially where to find BIG chalk! Thank you all for providing us with what is new and exceiting in the chalk world and encouraging us to keep going! It is wonderful to know that so many of us are out there-praise the Lord for your work.-Ginger Freeman, OKC, OK
Dan Ondra: I first met Dan in a Ding Teuling Chalk Art Class many years ago in Muskegon, Michigan. He was someone you don't forget-(In a good way!) He stood out with his drawing style and use of bright colors. He always would approach a challenge giving 110% His love for the Lord comes through full force. He is always willing to share and help others. I truely believe he would give you the shirt off his back-even if he didn't know you very well. I always enjoy Dan's sense of Humor which we would often play off of each other. His mind was always going 100mph. He's the only man I know that has to drink "Mountain Dew" to settle him down. I also believe if he ever got on "Jeopardy" I think he'd do very well-pick a subject and Dan knows something about it! He is always coming up with gadgets in his easel like fireworks from his lighthood or a flashing light from a light house or streaks of lightning in his pictures. In my own mind I always called him "The James Bond of Chalk Art...007" or perhaps "Professor Gadget of Chalk Art".
Dan has always been a true friend and comrade in the field of Chalk Art. Most recently has help me in putting together my web-site even when his own schedule was full. A Great Man in the Lord and a True Friend-Thanks for all you've done to help promote the Artistry of "CHALK ART". God Bless You!
"Chalk for Christ"
I had the privilege of meeting Dan Ondra in 1997 at Ding's class. He has
soooo much energy and encouragement for chalk artist.. I still have many
Chalk Art News from the 90's and love looking back. He did all of this
before computers.. I know when I call Dan or email him, he has answers that
same day. What a guy and a child of the KING. --Ruth Talbott
Dear Mr. LeGrand,
Dan Ondra has been a blessing to me. When I first got interested
in chalk art I went to his website and studied the information he had
online to help chalk artists. I obtained his chalk art workbook and he
graciously also sent me his CD of chalk art ideas. He was an
encouragement to me in the correspondence I had with him and I still
treasure the copies I have of his chalk art newsletter. I never had the
opportunity to meet with him or attend any training by him but he has
had an influence in my life as a chalk artist. Sincerely, Jay Johnson
Dan Ondra has been more than just a friend and mentor through the years, he
has inspired thousands. To this day after 20 years of having Dan come to our
church to do his chalk art, people are still displaying his works in their
homes and his messages in their lives. Dan will never know how much of an
impact and how much God has used him until the day he steps on the streets
of Glory. I for one will have to say that Dan is not only my best friend but
one of the best ministers I have even known. Dan has motivated, inspired,
influenced and was literally a life line to me when no one else would even
give me the time of day. I am so grateful and honored to have Dan as my
brother and best friend in Christ. I have never known anyone who reminded me
of Christ as much as Dan has and does to this day. He truly has a heart for
God and for people. Thank you for allowing me to tell everyone what a
blessing it has been, it is, and I pray for years to come, will be to have
Dan in our lives. His ministry truly lives on and on through all he has
touched. Never have I known a man to give and give so much of himself for
others. God bless, Dr Rickey Honea. www.TheFiresWithin.com
Dear Brother David,
After using homemade easels for about 35 years, I finally was able to purchase a Flight Easel from Brother Ondra. What a blessing it has been. I can now set up and take down my easel in less than a fourth of the time it used to take and doing it by myself is a snap. Thanks to Brother Dan's expertise, I can continue to share the gospel more efficiently with much more ease.
God bless you, Brother Dan. Let His Light Shine On, James T. Lochridge, Jr., pastor, 2nd Baptist Church, 120 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
I have known Dan Ondra for several decades, and found him to be a
gracious Christian. He is a great innovator in the field of chalk-art; a
good artist; and has done much to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in his ministry.
Some of his presentations were very complicated and
involved and were very entertaining and effective.
He is a very gifted and sincere servant of Jesus Christ.
IN HIM, Ding Teuling
I met Dan Ondra in 1994 at the National Chalk-Art Conference in Muskegon,
Michigan, where he offered several classes and ministered in general
sessions that inspired me with his energetic style. His multi-media
enhancements caught my attention, and his drawing style encouraged me to
take his classes in which I thought I would simply be ignored as out of my
league. But, once in his classes, Dan's patience and personal attention
with me and others overwhelmed and gave me confidence that I could learn
some of his techniques. He taught me a great deal about saturation
techniques in drawing skies which I was able to utilize much in the
ministry. Dan's sweet spirit matched so many of the master chalk-artist
that I met that year and over the fifteen years since. I also distributed
copies of his CHALK ART NEWS in the several beginner chalk-art ministry
classes that I have taught over the past 15 years to help my students with
resources for their ministries. And, when Dan honored my dear friend,
print-shop boss, and fellow chalk-art minister, Terry Martin, in 1995-6 with
the on-line chalk-art hall of fame designation, I was privileged to help
Terry see that on the computer at that time. Thank the Lord for Dan Ondra
who has taken the time to encourage many other Gospel Chalk Artists to keep
on drawing for the Lord!
Joyfully Yours in Christ
Dwight Haynes, Th.B.
The 1995 Chalkart Training in Muskegon, MI was a time of a refreshing new experience. Ding Teuling was training students two weeks at a time then. I attended the 1996 class. I believe this was the year Dan Ondra came and helped Ding. His techniques and technical way, the vivid ways of beautiful imagery with the facts of the Titanic was really an eye opener of all the different ways to present the Gospel and impact the audience. He showed us his travel Chalkboard. I ordered one still use it today.. Thank you Dan for your influence in my ministry and your generosity in sharing your expertise along the road
Chalk-by-Faith Ministires Thanks you...
Dan Ondra has been an essential part of my minitry in chalk-art. Not
only did I purchase the wonderful and sturdy travel easel (10 years
ago) that he created but he also has done a marvelous job designing my
He has multiple online help for the chalk-artist as well as being
generous with his time for anyone needed advice.
I really do not know where my ministry would be without his
expertise. I have been blessed with wonderful invitations due to his
consulting and direction.
Dan you're THE chalk-art man!
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