Come See Elements in the Sanctuary Gallery

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“Branching Out” by Cynthia Jarest

Come and see Elements, the current exhibit in our Sanctuary Gallery! The show features 38 pieces by 27 artists, and the works span a variety of media including painting, photography, and fiber arts. All pieces were created by local artists. There is no admission charge to come enjoy Elements, and all are welcome!


Elements are simply the fundamental, essential or basic components of anything. Most of us have heard of the Periodic Table of Elements in chemistry. And we remember the elements of the universe as defined by ancient peoples as water, air, earth, fire; some systems add wood and metal. This exhibit invited the participating artists to think about the elements of their art, including basic principles in physical and biological sciences, but also looking beyond these to the elements that comprise their lives.

And as you view the exhibit, YOU are invited to consider what elements make up your daily life? Think about recipes and cooking, gardening, sewing, clothing, houses, and cars and other vehicles. And what are other elements of your life? Music? Language? Parenting or other kinds of caregiving? Your job? Your hobbies? The natural world? Come and experience Elements to think about the many elements in your own life in new ways.


“Rain” by Tyler Alpern

When Can I See Elements?

You can view Elements after the 10:30 am worship service on Sundays; the exhibit will stay open until 12:00 noon each Sunday.

THIRD THURSDAYS! There will also be open gallery times for Elements on the Third Thursdays of June, July, and August from 5:00-8:00 pm. Those dates are June 16, July 21, and August 18. Come see the exhibit, meet some of the artists, and enjoy wine and other refreshments. FREE admission! Our peaceful indoor Labyrinth will also be open for walking during the open gallery times on Third Thursdays. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Labyrinth.

You can also EMAIL Barbara Olson to arrange an appointment to view Elements at another time.

The show runs through Sunday, August 21.

Parking Suggestions: Parking is available in the underground garage below the TGTHR (formerly Attention Homes) Apartments, next door to First Church. To access this garage, turn into the alley from either 14th or 15th Street (between Spruce and Pine Streets), and enter the garage opposite the church building. There are also two paid parking lots on 15th Street, both within two blocks of the church. One is between Walnut and Pearl, and one is between Pearl and Spruce. All street parking in the neighborhood is free after 7:00 pm, and some free spaces may be found earlier than 7:00 pm on both Pine and Spruce Streets; please read signage carefully. Please leave parking spaces in the church’s circle drive available for folks who need closer access to the building.

Public Transit: First Church is located two blocks from the downtown Boulder Walnut Street bus station (corner of 14th and Walnut). Both local and regional busses serve this station.


Want a Sneak Peak?

Check out this video for a taste of what you’ll experience when you come see Elements.

Thank you to the NoBo Art District for their support of our Sanctuary Gallery!