The main mission of the Arts Committee is to fill gallery spaces in the church building with work by local and regional artists, each exhibit usually on display for two months. Art sales generate commissions to support the building and All Souls programs. (Commission rates are 20% for members and 25% for non-members.) The committee chair is Joy Wallens-Penford, who keeps an eye on the local art scene and contacts potential exhibitors, writes publicity for the shows, and arranges for an opening reception.
New members of the committee are always welcome. Their assistance is helpful with hanging and otherwise displaying the exhibits, as well as working on artist receptions as hosts or providers of refreshments.
The annual Members & Friends Art Show offers artists and craftspeople in the congregation — whether official ASC members and their extended family, or occasional Sunday attendees — a chance to display and sell their work. In the past, these shows have included paintings, drawings, prints, and calligraphy as well as items from the realm of fiber arts that have been knit, quilted, sewn, felted, and/or painted on fabric. Others work in pottery, wood, sculpture, and collage. Poems and books published by members are also welcome.
The group meets occasionally to work on exhibits and receptions. Joy can be contacted through the Church Office.