Creative Spirit Show of Fine Art and Craft

Westminster welcomes everyone to enjoy our seventh biennial Creative Spirit Show of Fine Art and Craft, held February 16 through 25. The show will begin with an opening gala in our Great Hall on Friday the 16th.  The gala will feature music by the jazz trio The Originals, a champagne reception, light hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction. At the auction, guests can bid on art, stays at vacation homes, and even a sailboat excursion on the Columbia River. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend the gala or the show.

Attendees will be treated to a variety of art including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and textile crafts on display in the Great Hall. Show art is not exclusive to Westminster members; it is a celebration of the artistic gifts of our community. At the same time, a new exhibit in the Gallery will be on display called “From Our Heart to Yours: Portland to Ethiopia and Back” and will include works by a variety of artists from Westminster and beyond.

After the opening gala, the show will run Saturday, February 17, to Saturday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Sunday hours are different; on the 18th, hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on the 25th, hours are 8:30 to 12:30. To help patrons enjoy the show, scheduled 30-minute walk-throughs will be available with guides who have experience as docents at the Portland Art Museum. If you’d like to attend a guided walk-through, you must register in advance. To reserve your spot, please call Caroleigh Robinson at 503-295-4174.

We also invite you to a special workshop on Saturday, February 24, at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Mary Chapin, a Westminster member and a curator at the Portland Art Museum, will present “How Do I Look? A Guide to Close Looking and Art Appreciation.” Using pieces that have been submitted to the show, the session will delve into the ways viewers can better appreciate art.

The Creative Spirit Show is sponsored by Westminster’s Cloisters group, which also sponsors free art shows and workshops open to the community throughout the year. Lewis Sprunger, one of the art-show organizers, says, “The silent auction at the opening gala raises money to fund the work of the Cloisters’ programming, which otherwise receives no money from Westminster’s budget. In the next two years, Cloisters plans to provide artwork for the new parking lot as well as sponsor a regional liturgical arts workshop featuring a nationally known artist.” For more information about the Creative Spirit Show, contact Lewis at 503-380-3539. For Cloisters questions, contact Sally Woolley at 503-284-7797.

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