Art and the Art Ministry
The Art Ministry
The mission of the Art Ministry is to work in concert with the Property Committee, to select and display works of visual art, including religious symbols, in the Gallery and elsewhere in parish spaces both inside and out, that are welcoming, attractive, and environmentally responsible.
Chapel of the Angels Stained Glass Window
Several years ago when an addition was added to the back of the sanctuary a beautiful stained glass window, depicting the nine choirs of angels, was installed on the new rear wall under the choir loft. The window went largely unnoticed and unappreciated until the area began to be used as a small chapel for special services. The window now serves as the focal point behind the altar in the Chapel of the Angels. It visually symbolizes the words of the hymn by J. Athelstan Riley, “Ye watchers and ye holy ones, Bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones, Raise the glad strain, Alleluia! Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers, Virtues, archangels, angels’ choirs, Alleluia…”
Artwork by sculptor Don Drumm
Ohio based artist Don Drumm is one of Saint Michael's many seasonal members. Over the past two years he has given Saint Michael's numerous religious work of art. Several of his innovative cast aluminum bas-relief sculptures, featuring Christian symbols, adorn the walls of the Parish Hall. The church choir wears Celtic crosses designed and cast in pewter by Drumm.
His latest gift to the church are two eight foot painted steel sculptures which are being installed on the church grounds in areas that will be landscaped with drought resistant native plants and shrubbery. One of the sculptures is of St. Francis. The church upholds the annual tradition of the Blessing of the Animals on the Feast of St. Francis. In keeping with the event there have been a series of St. Francis sculptures over the years but none as whimsical as Drumm’s wonderful contemporary rendition.
The second sculpture, which is similar in style and equally whimsical, is a contemporary depiction of Noah’s Ark complete with Noah
and his entourage of animals, lightening, and a rainbow. It will be located next to Saint Michael's well-known Noah’s Ark Thrift Shop where shoppers and churchgoers alike can enjoy it at the rear of the church property.
Upon entering the church building from the rear parking lot parishioners pass through The Gallery on their way to the parish hall, sanctuary or meeting rooms. The Gallery features changing exhibits and is maintained by the Art Ministry. The shows scheduled for this year include “Artwork Inspired by and Dedicated to Saint Michael's” November-December; “Saint Michael's: The First 50 Years in Photographs” January-February; “ Past and Present Members Show” March-April; “Shawls and Quilts” May-June. “Noah’s Ark Art” July-October.