Why devote the entry and hallway of a church sanctuary to an art gallery? Both provide space for discovery, inspiration, and growth.
Art gives you pleasure but always, always the possibility of transformation, that is the provocative nature of art.
–Dana Gioia, Poet
Becky Stender, a member of FPCSR’s art gallery committee and a local photographer, recently reflected on the importance of experiencing and living with art.
“I asked myself one day, what makes life worth living for me? I realized that if I lived in a world without art – as defined by poetry, dance, music, objects and designs rendered by the hands of people – it may not be a life worth living! How can I explain this? It must be that whatever is behind art and ultimately beauty, originates in God and I have a need for it. Like I need community and purpose, work, family, and faith, I need art.”
The Gallery at First hosts four art shows during the year with receptions to meet the artists and hear about their work.
November 2018 — January, 2019
Our new show, “Woven Illusions” — works of textile and fiber by renowned international artist Adela Akers — is up on the walls! The artistic career of Adela Akers spans the whole history of modern fiber art.
September - November, 2018
Windows Of Time—Through Hubble Space Telescope. This show consists of images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The intent in displaying these photos is to build an awareness of the enormity and expansive nature of the universe and inspire our reverence for God’s majestic creation.
May — August, 2018
The show - photography by Becky Stender - celebrates children and their expressions. The photos capture moments of spontaneous emotions and honest expression.
February — April, 2018
Peter’s art is connected to his personal story – an exhibit of art that combines the story of Peter’s personal history of survival as a refugee from WWII and his journey from fear and grief to gratitude.
August — November, 2017
Reception with the Artist
Sunday, November 5
11:30am to 1:00pm
April 30 — July 31, 2017
Three Oil Painters from the Russian River Atelier
Jay Blums, Naomi Marino, Linda Schroeter
We are a collaborative working art studio located in Sonoma County whose artists share a passion for traditional and contemporary realist painting and drawing. The atelier functions not only as an ideal space for our artists to produce their work, but also hosts classes and intensive workshops taught by our resident artists and guest artists. Students at the Russian River Atelier study still-life painting, work from the live model, master copies, landscape, pictorial composition, sight size cast drawing and portraiture.
April 9 - April 16
A way to enter into Holy Week and the journey with Jesus to the cross.
January 22 - March 13
Mary Vaughan, Artist