Tuesday, April 19, 2016

LA Church Makes Art ‘Everyday Sacred’ And Secular, Too

RELIGIONS NEWS SERVICE
By Kimberly Winston
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles presents "Art & Spirit," a gallery which includes the Virgin of Guadalupe hanging above an acrylic painting of a single upholstered chair. Religion News Service photo by Kimberly Winston
CALIFORNIA---To walk into First Congregational Church of Los Angeles on a Sunday morning is to see all the trappings of the mainline Protestant denominations pundits say are dying for lack of innovation, of relevance, of connection to the world outside church walls. But step into the hall next to the main sanctuary and it’s a different story. There, the church has been transformed from 1930s Gothic-style cathedral to 21st-century art gallery, with painting, etchings, photographs, drawings, collages and prints by artists as renowned as Rembrandt van Rijn and Albrecht Durer and as obscure as the Latino neighborhood’s young men and women, hanging side by side. [link]

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles presents “Art & Spirit,” an art gallery with painting, etchings, photographs, drawings, collages and prints by artists as renowned as Rembrandt van Rijn and Albrecht Durer and as obscure as the Latino neighborhood’s young men and women, hanging side by side. Religion News Service photo by Kimberly Winston