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August/September Art Gallery: Stories from the Kitchen Table
Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm

Sanctuary UCC Art Gallery Presents: Stories from the Kitchen Table
Doors open 11 AM, Saturday, August 20th, 2019 at Sanctuary UCC
Dates & Hours:
August 20th – September 22nd
Tues-Fri: 11AM-6PM
Sat-Sun: 9AM-12PM

Special dates:

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019, 7:00 pm- Reception & Reflections
Sunday, September 8th, 2019 10:00 am- ARTChurch

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Artist Statement
Stories from the Kitchen Table

I created “Stories from the Kitchen Table” to preserve and honor a fading way of life in my childhood home, a continent away. Going home means traveling the long distance back to a small village in northern Germany and my family’s old farmhouse, a house that seems untouched by modern time, and, one day soon, will be left behind.

The hardship of farming and events during World War II cast a prickly shadow over family members that can still be felt today. Telling these tales gives me a chance for reflection and transformation. Memories and emotions intertwine into new stories.

When I visit, I absorb the ingredients of home: the flavors of dishes that are so familiar, and the same furnishings, photographs, knick-knacks, and worn kitchen tools that have been there since well before I was born. Most of all, the very essence of home for me is gathering around the kitchen table to sit down for a meal with family and friends and share stories old and new.

Connecting past and present, my composites include old family photos combined with images reflecting how I perceive my heritage today. I use flowers and fragmented images of fabric: these dish towels, tablecloths, napkins, and decorative wall hangings (dating back to 1799) were passed down from generation to generation – a salute to the women who lived and worked under the roof of this old house. Pieces of the traditional costume, buried for decades in an old farmer’s trunk, add a layer of local history to my images.

My grandmother was a great influence. She was the overseer and guide of a local farmhouse museum across the street; she was the keeper of local history and the keeper of family stories and tales that often were shared among women in “spin clubs.” In past times, “spin clubs” met with the purpose of spinning wool, doing needlework, and stitching tablecloths and wall hangings. These close-knit groups of women stayed together until death. Today, these clubs barely exist. “Stories from the Kitchen Table” transforms this tradition of storytelling into a visual journey.


Messy Church
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Traditional worship services can be hard to enjoy as a family.  
That’s why we made Messy Church!

Messy Church is a worship service designed especially for children, ages 0-5, and their parents.

At Messy Church, we sing, we read bible stories, we play games, do crafts, and eat dinner together.

And, even more importantly, we send home with resources to help you keep the conversation about faith and values going!
or Text UCCMESSY to 51555

Laura Brereton – Music studio
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Laura Brereton – Music studio
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Safe Medford Meeting
Oct 1 @ 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm