Rieks Pepping (Zuidlaarderveen, 1949) has been an independent artist since 1976 and has been living and working since 1981 in the church of Jukwerd. He paints, draws and teaches drawing / painting to adults.
The church stands on a mound in the hamlet of Jukwerd, just outside the built-up area of Appingedam.
The drawing / painting courses are given in the studio.
Since 2013 Annemiek de Jong also lives and works in the church.