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The Gallery at Woods

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This show is in honor of and a tribute to 
Nancy Saarlas Woods Gallery Curator 1995 - 2015 

May 31 - July 12, 2015



About the Artists

The current exhibit in the Woods Gallery features art by members of the Woods Art Ministry Committee. We are all members of Woods and celebrate God's love and our faith through art.

Our work represents a variety of styles and mediums, yet each artist shares in the affirmation of the relationship between faith and art. God's blessings and love is the source of all inspiration. The art exhibited may be specifically religious or not obviously religious but all is inspired by the artists' faith convicitions and a celebration of Gods creation, what inspires us. This is our "Expression of Faith and Love." Our hope is that the viewer will be similarly inspired when viewing the art work offered.

Exhibits in the gallery are varied through out each year featuring: solo "one person" shows, small group shows and themed shows, to open shows inviting anyone interested to contribute art to the gallery.

Throughout the years the committee has been responsible for maintaining the gallery, offering museum field trips, receptions, and workshops for church members and the community. The gallery exemplifies God's creative spirit which permeates the life of Woods Church and inspires its support for the arts.

Woods Art Gallery opened in 1995 and is celebrating it's 20th Anniversary. From its inception Nancy Saarlas has been Gallery Curator, Art Committe Chair, and guiding inspiration. nancy has worked tirelessly these past twenty years to create an Art Ministry and an open gallery which welcomes all artists and celebrates their gifts and talents as God's blessings. It is her passion for the arts and her expertise and professionalism that have set such a high standard in bringing art and faith together.

Committee members are Marty Dowdle, jane Ferguson, Jenny Henry, Jan Lynn, Fred Oakes, Nancy Saarlas, Marlene Sweger, Sharon West and Harriet Yake. Marty Walker is Curator; Jane Ferguson is Committee Chair.

Art Ministry

The Woods Art Ministry was created out of the conviction that the arts have an important role to play in the life of the church. Throughout history, the arts have been one of the significant ways that people express and understand religious truth.

The Art Ministry is responsible for art exhibits in the Wood Gallery and, from time to time, offers programs and resources related to the visual arts. These have included workshops, field trips and tours to view significant art, as well as providing visual arts for use in worship (banners, projected images, etc.)