Our congregation has created an art gallery in our main gathering space (known as Pilgrim Hall). We are pleased to display work from various artists in our community and beyond. We feel blessed to be surrounded by these beauty and spiritually meaningful creations. We welcome inquiries from artists about showing your work.
Current Show Running (Through August 25)
A series of beautiful paintings by John Keely will be on display in Pilgrim Hall through August 25. During his career John illustrated, designed and art directed work for major national advertising agencies and companies.
He won numerous national and local awards and exhibited in galleries and museum art shows. He received his training from the MCAD and at the Art Center College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he graduated. Inspired by some of his art instructors, he became a teacher himself and taught Drawing and Painting for Illustration at the U of M Extension Campus for many years.
Here are some of the exhibits we have hosted in past years:
- Life-size puppets created by children in the First Church community for the production of “Joseph’s Colorful Coat”
- Photographs of church towers from around the world by Don Loegering
- Minneapolis Public School exhibit of students’ artwork depicting “What Is Home to Me?” focusing on issues of affordable housing and homelessness
- Serigraphs with religious themes by John August Swanson
- Hooked art (textiles) by rug hooking artists Tish Murphy, Joan LeVine and Kathy Morton Mulvain
- Nature photographs and poetry by Bob Ochtrup, photographer, and Jeff Wolvertine, poet
- Watercolor paintings by Ann and Wayne Sisel
- Nature prints by Jan Shogren
- Favorite art pieces from the First Church community
- Watercolors and pastels by Walter Breckenridge
- Exhibit of prints by 21 different artists inspired by the poem “Laughing Bear” by Katherine Tilton, which is about domestic abuse. “The Laughing Bear Portfolio” was the inspiration of Diane Eicher who is also one of the artists. First Church also hosted a fundraiser for the St. Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention Project.
- Abstract paintings in oils and acrylics and pencil drawings by Amy Smith