From your Art Comittee

The Member Art Show is hanging in the Undercroft Gallery. Perhaps you saw it this past Sunday. The show represents ten artists from our congregation, each with two or three pieces of work hanging. I describe the show as beautiful and clean. I also find it interesting to think that the age range of the artists hanging in the gallery is from their early 20’s to the almost 90’s. The mediums they represent span the range from linoleum prints to oil paintings. Be sure to visit this Member Show.

In November the Undercroft will showcase the works of guest artist, Miguel Hoyos. Miguel is a native of Colombia who followed the race horses to Saratoga Springs and settled there with his family. Decades later he followed his grandsons to Pittsburgh where he and his wife of 40 years now make their home. Miguel is a genius with color and texture whose fantastical work is both naïf and complex. His work features simple, straightforward forms in vivid colors and conveys subtle messages. Many of his subjects present a social commentary; others are pure pleasure or play. We look forward to experiencing Miguel’s work in the Undercroft in November.

In December we will hang a members and friends Fiber Arts show in the Undercroft, and we hope that many of you will contribute to this show. We welcome your quilts (old and new), felted pieces, weaving, needlework, lace work, work with paper. There is a requirement that the work comes ready to hang on the walls of the Undercroft. Please consider contributing a piece of your work (or your parent’s or grandparent’s work) to this show. If you have a friend who is a talented fiber artist, please invite them to contribute. By November 11, let Annie know if you have work to contribute to this show (

January brings the return of the member phone photo show!! We had a phone photo show in the Undercroft just before lock-down and it was a big success. We all have great pictures on our phones. Look for one you would like to share. More information coming on the photo show next week.

And we have more shows and other programs tentatively planned for the rest of the church year on to next September. Once the plans are confirmed, we will tell you more about them. Please, visit the Undercroft and enjoy the art. (HEPA Filters cover the room).

On another note – the Art Committee needs you. We are looking for additional committee members. You don’t have to be an artist. An interest in art does help as we think about what shows to hang in our Gallery, coordinators for shows, curators for shows, and folks who climb ladders for hanging shows. We are not a Committee that meets frequently. When we do meet, we get our work of planning and taking responsibility for coordinating coming shows done. Please consider joining the Committee, supporting our art community and making the Undercroft Gallery an exciting place to visit. Drop an email to Committee Chair, Ali Masaladhen at