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What does beauty have to do with faith? Everything!

In collaboration with community partners and local artists, Sanctuary hosts a monthly gallery installation that invites attendees to discover the shared human condition through the experience and inspiration of beauty.

These works of art not only transform our worship space each month, but they transform us as well.

Scroll down for some of our recent artists. Better yet, come and experience it for yourself!

Are you an Artist interested in showing at the Gallery @ Sanctuary? See our Artist Agreement and contact the office.

upcoming arts events

Sep
23
Sun
ARTChurch w/Thaer Abdallah | Sunday Circle
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Artist Biography – Thaer Abdallah

I am Palestinian from Iraq. I grew up in Baghdad. My people have lived in Iraq for sixty years, but have neither citizenship nor freedom. Since 2003, they have been attacked by various militias and have suffered kidnapping, torture, imprisonment and assassination. I am a human rights worker and torture survivor. I left Iraq in 2005 and fled as a refugee to Syria. I created many paintings in the refugee camp. Eventually, the secret police imprisoned me and deported me back to Iraq. I fled again, and finally arrived in the U.S. in April 2008, to begin a new life.

I have painted and drawn since I was a child, when I discovered that art was a world so much larger than the one room which I shared with my parents and ten siblings. I drew on everything – the walls, the door – to my mother’s chagrin!

Today, I use art to express the pain and also the strength of my community in Baghdad and of those scattered as refugees in many corners of the world. I also paint scenes of nature and people interacting with nature. Life does not stop, and it is still beautiful.

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About ARTChurch: Inspired by the rich spirituality and deep themes inherent in art, ARTChurch looks at scripture and liturgy through the lens of the art installed in the Gallery at Sanctuary UCC. On the second Sunday of each month, we experience the Holy—and the holy in each other—through the images, colors, themes and creative energies of the installation, the artist’s perspective and that which is seen by the observer.

Oct
12
Fri
NO Gallery Reception This Month
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Watch for more information about a Community Art Project to be held in conjunction with the West Medford Halloween Block Party on Saturday, October 27.

Oct
21
Sun
ARTChurch | Sunday Circle
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This Month’s Artist is still creating!  Check back later for details about the artist and art being installed for this month’s ARTChurch!

About ARTChurch: Inspired by the rich spirituality and deep themes inherent in art, ARTChurch looks at scripture and liturgy through the lens of the art installed in the Gallery at Sanctuary UCC. On the second Sunday of each month, we experience the Holy—and the holy in each other—through the images, colors, themes and creative energies of the installation, the artist’s perspective and that which is seen by the observer.

Nov
9
Fri
Gallery Reception and Reflections | Artistic Spirit Series
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

BYOB: Bring your own Beer, Wine or Soda to this month’s new art Installation.

Hear from the Artist(s) about their inspiration and process – and join the conversation about your own experience of their creativity.

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