Sanctuary Art Gallery Exhibit Celebrates First Church Artists

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During the month of September in the Sanctuary Art Gallery, you can enjoy art created by three members of First Church!

Rich Saxon has some of his beautiful photography, including a celebrated still life for which he is known. Rich won first prize, in its category, with his piece entitled Clock and Violin (pictured here) in the Exploring the Light photography show at the Lone Tree Art Center last spring.



Barb Middleton has a lovely series of watercolors about the soul journey between her and a close friend who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. The first piece in the series, Watery Moon-Blood River Journey, is pictured here. Barb writes that “as she struggled for recovery, our souls worked together during my visits with her.”


Barb Olson has two series, one celebrating color in vibrant circles and squares, and the other a series of embroideries about domestic women’s work done on old quilt squares. The squares were from an 1930’s quilt top given to Barb by FUMC member Elsie Teets. Elsie had received the top from her grandmother when she was 10 years old. She never liked the quilt because she thought it was ugly. She rediscovered it while going through an old trunk when she was 70 years old, and then gave it to Barb. Barb made a short video about the quilt squares art.

The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 25. You can see it before or after church on Sundays, and also during the Third Thursdays open gallery time on September 15 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Come enjoy the art, talk with the artists, and nosh on some refreshments. Free admission, ALL are welcome! The Labyrinth will also be open for walking during the same hours on Third Thursday, 5:00-8:00 pm. Join us! ALL are welcome!


First Church Boulder is a Reconciling Congregation, fully welcoming of LGBTQIA+ people and their loved ones. Black lives matter.
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