Each Sunday our chancel is enlivened with the beauty of flowers. Floral arrangements and/or visual installments are created by our Visual Arts Committee. All are welcome, regardless of experience, to join in fellowship, learning, creating, and making beauty. For more information, contact Bette DeMars at firstname.lastname@example.org, 952-929-2536
The Visual Arts Committee is composed of a diverse group of individuals who are interested in enhancing the beauty of our church. Committee members select ways they prefer to be involved. Meetings are the second Monday of the month at 7:00PM.
Each Sunday service is enhanced with flowers which are selected and arranged by committee members. Congregants who want to celebrate an event or honor an individual may donate money for an arrangement. Frequently, flowers from arrangements are distributed to those who are unable to attend a service. Seasonal silk arrangements are created by the committee for the social hall and areas throughout the building.
Artworks enhance our social hall throughout the year, offering an opportunity for congregants to experience various techniques. The Visual Arts Committee interviews potential artists who present samples of their work. Approximately seven are selected for each exhibit cycle. Several group shows have occurred, including all-church and children’s art shows. Often congregants may purchase items from the exhibit or smaller samples of the artist’s work which are available at the artist’s reception. Many of the artists are church members or friends, frequently having their first opportunity to display their works.
Textiles grace the inside and outside of our building. The Visual Arts Committee has provided many textile elements for our building. Exterior banners welcome congregants and those who pass by the church. On the interior, the committee has provided small rainbow colored UU banners for the religious education wing, a dramatic chalice with flame mobile in the atrium, Hmong story textiles in the lower narthex, lectern cloths for the sanctuary, and additional banners for Sunday services.
Creating a unique setting for the winter holiday season has been the Visual Arts Committee’s annual gift to the congregation. Almost all committee members participate in transforming the sanctuary and rest of the church. More recently the committee has become involved in creating décor for other holidays and special services.
Over the years, the building has been permanently enhanced through projects developed by Visual Arts Committee. The committee commissioned a sculptor to design and create UUs and a chalice for the Cummins Room. Years later, for the sesquicentennial celebration, the committee had the same sculptor create a much larger UU so the sanctuary would finally have an element representing Unitarian Universalism. The committee also provided glass pieces and stoles for ministers for child dedication services and had ribbons made to designate new church members.