Artist-in-Residence Week: Jan 31-Feb 8

Creativity and Community

16154291589_f080bf7df6_mJanuary 31 – February 8

The Worship Committee is pleased to announce the First Congregational Church Artist-in-Residence Project from Saturday, January 31 to Sunday, February 8. We invite and encourage you to participate in this unique opportunity to help make and paint seasonal liturgical banners for our Sanctuary with artist Moira Kelly.

Moira will guide us through a collaborative creative process designing, painting and installing Lenten themed panels for either side of the pulpit area, and a second pair appropriate for the time after Pentecost and before Advent: Ordinary Time.

Our “Artist-In-Residence” schedule includes many open sessions to choose from for all ages to come and contribute design ideas and help paint the panels. The wider community is invited to connect with the church through this project as well. The Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) will host painting sessions on weekday mornings.

Moira Kelly is an artist with a mission to involve communities in the artistic expression of their shared values and hopes for the world. Moira studied Fine Art and Art History at the University of Newcastle on Tyne. Practiced in painting and restoration, she has worked on paintings owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Frick Collection. Moira Kelly lives and works in New York City and Amenia, NY. In addition to being a gifted artist and collaborator, Moira is Rev. Peter Cook’s sister-in-law.

16291089261_9a41385147_zEveryone is encouraged to participate!  

The Artist-in-Residence schedule includes open sessions that stretch from 1 p.m. into the evening and are open to all ages and to the wider community to gather to paint the panels and participate in liturgical art activities. Sessions are planned so that you can come and participate for an extended period or paint for an hour before or after an afternoon or evening meeting or choir practice at church.  Healthy snacks will be available at every session.   


Saturday, January 31, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Design Session:  Moira will discuss and generate design ideas for the banners. All ages welcome!

Sunday, February 1: Moira will visit the Church School and be our guest at a First Church Forum at 11:15 a.m.

Tuesday, February 3 through Thursday, February 5, 1:00 p.m.:
Open/Drop-in Painting & Liturgical Art Activity Sessions open at 1p.m.

  • Evenings: Tuesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 5:
    Evening Sessions will extend from the open afternoon sessions until 9 p.m.
    The Wednesday, February 4 session closes at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 6, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Open/Drop-in Painting & Liturgical Art Activity Session

  • Faithful Friday Worship & Dinner at 6 p.m.: All are invited to this unique evening for all ages.  Snacks, beverages and activities for early arrivers will be ready at 5:30 p.m.  Worship begins just after 6 p.m. and is followed by dinner – make your own Taco for dinner (vegetarian option) and ice cream sundaes for dessert.  Cost for dinner is by donation; RSVP welcome, not required.  The worship service includes communion and is designed to appeal to all ages. The dinner is followed by an open time with the liturgical banner project.

Saturday, February 7, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Open/Drop-in Session – All are invited to help complete the banners!

Sunday, February 8: Worship in the Sanctuary at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. – the completed banners will be displayed!

To learn more, please contact Ann Vivian of our Worship Committee, or staff members Lucy Samara, Laura Elder-Connors, Sally May or Rev. Peter Cook.

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