A Celebration of Art
 
Sunday, October 20
4 – 7 pm
 
Free and Open to the Public
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As part of our 150th anniversary celebration, KUMC is also celebrating the significant works of art that we have collected throughout the years. On Sunday, October 20, from 4 to 7 pm, the church family and the community at large are invited to an art festival open house featuring key pieces of art from KUMC’s collection, dating from the late 1800s to the present.
 
Docents will be on hand to provide insight into the history of each piece. The event will also include new pieces of art recently created by church members of all ages around the theme, “One Touch.”
 
Make plans to attend and bring the whole family! For more information, contact Lee Meyer (meyer1980@att.net) or Dolan Bayless (dolan@kirkwoodumc.org).
In the Press:
 

Art Exhibit to be Held at Kirkwood United Methodist Oct. 20

Extensive art collection on display as part of 150th anniversary

(Kirkwood, MO – September 15, 2019) – The expression of ministry through art is at the heart of the wide-ranging collection of art at Kirkwood United Methodist Church (KUMC), 201 W. Adams. Much of the collection will be on display Oct. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. during a special exhibit open to the public. The exhibit is part of KUMC’s year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary, most of those years from its familiar location at the corner of Clay and Adams in Kirkwood.

Docents will be on hand to provide insight into the history and meaning of the featured art. The event will also include new works of art recently created by church members of all ages around the theme, “One Touch.” Music and refreshments will be provided.

The church’s art collection is extensive, including paintings, prints, sculpture, stained glass, metalworks and ceramics. Some of the works of art are incorporated into the church building itself, such as the sanctuary’s wood and metal altar table depicting the 11 shields of the apostles, and stained glass windows highlighting the creation and Pentecost.

While there are pieces of art in KUMC’s collection that date back to the late 1800s, much of the collection has been acquired through Christ in Art Festivals sponsored by KUMC beginning in 1975. Through the festivals, professional artists were invited to submit their works celebrating specific themes, and the award winners and as well as some other entries became part of the church’s permanent collection. Among the artists whose work is featured at KUMC are Edward Boccia, Bro. Mel Meyer, Randy Carrier, Don Pavelka, Ray Harvey, Ellen Bales, Kent Addison, Larry Pogue and Rosemary Tissot.
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