What a joy! The people of St. Matthias are thrilled to announce that the Chapel Gallery will soon open its second season! Join us at 5 pm on Friday, September 20th to help us open the season featuring the paintings of Christine Gollner.
The vision of the Chapel Gallery is to share our chapel space as a community place for art. We want to showcase original artwork that has a socially relevant, contemplative and reflective nature in our space that is sacred, safe and respectful. As we open the year, we are delighted to echo the themes of our church calendar. September and early October mark the Season of Creation, when we join with others around the world in praying for and caring for God's Creation.
Follow the link below to get a glimpse of the artists' works that have been part of our first year. Artists Nicola Rendell, Jill Ehlert, Sharon A. Stone, Catherine Fraser, Roberta Pyx Sutherland, and Marney Ward have opened the eyes and warmed the spirits this year. Inspired by these exhibits, we closed last season with an exhibit entitled "Creatively Together" that featured art from the community (and communities) of St. Matthias, The AbbeyChurch, and Chapel Gallery volunteers.
All are welcome at the Chapel Gallery. It's lovely to have members of the art community enjoy the exhibits and the quiet, serene space of our gallery. We are, however, thrilled to welcome those who may never have visited a "gallery" before. Whether you come for a few minutes while walking in the neighbourhood or you linger for a longer, more contemplative visit, we are delighted with each visit. We hope you enjoy our seasonal, thematic links.
The Chapel Gallery continues to be an adventure and a delight. Like all good things, it requires work, dedication and talent. The Chapel Gallery team includes a wide variety of volunteers. (Of course, we're always looking for more! If you're interested in joining the team, click on the link above and send us a note.)
The people of St. Matthias want to take this opportunity to thank two very special volunteers, Jill Ehlert and Paul Peters. Jill is the artist whose beautiful work launched our formal venture. Beyond that, however, these wonderful folks "stayed on" and shared incredible talents and efforts throughout our first year. Paul loaned us superb technical and research gifts, while Jill joined the curatorial team. Together, they have supported, encouraged, and inspired all the Chapel Gallery team and all those who've walked through the doors of St. Matthias and the Chapel Gallery.
When we close our worship services, we typically say a short hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the Creator whose power "can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine." As we enter the Chapel Gallery's second year, we thank all those who have been or will be part of its life in the community.