The goal of the Visual Arts Ministry of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church is to remind the observer of our Creator's boundless gifts and His immeasurable grace. We accomplish this through exhibitions, education programs, and opportunities for the congregation and community to participate in multimedia events. Exhibits are mounted regularly in the Ministries Center.
- Photos of BMPC Mission Trips, 2017. Sunday, September 10 to Sunday, October 1. Learn about church representatives’ visit to Lebanon and Syria in February to support Presbyterian education programs and congregations, what the middle school youth did at Philadelphia’s Broad Street Ministry this summer, and how high school students helped Native Americans at the Navajo Reservation in Crownpoint, New Mexico. The exhibit will open with BMPC’s celebration of Rally Day on Sunday, September 10.
- Visuals of WW I Songs and Longwood Gardens Photos. Sunday, October 8 to Sunday, November 5. Part 1 features visuals of America’s nationalist music that developed mainly as songs of WW I. Part 2 exhibits photos of Longwood Gardens, developed by American ammunition industrialist and philanthropist Pierre S. DuPont from 1915 to 1950. See the newly restored water fountains and learn about the Aeolian organ through its International Longwood Garden Organ Competition. Joshua Stafford, 2016 competition winner, performs at BMPC to open the show on Sunday, October 8 at 2:00 p.m. followed by an artists’ reception.
- Graphic Notation: Visualizing the Music of J.S. Bach. Sunday, November 12 to Sunday, December 31. Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy reinterprets the music of J.S. Bach as color patterns, blending music theory, color theory, mathematical structures, and meticulous handiwork to create vibrant works of art. In addition to selections from the Well-tempered Clavier, Cello Suite in G Major, and more, her exhibit features new works commissioned by BMPC based on Bach’s Christmas Oratorio for its performance at the Christmas concert on Sunday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m. An artist’s reception will follow the concert.
- Duo Show of Church-family Artists: Richard Chew and Ray Sternbergh. Sunday, January 7 to Sunday, February 25. Gifted artist and church member Richard Chew, former head of the art department at Episcopal Academy, offers paintings of familiar Philadelphia scenes. Church member Jennifer Huth shares the art and portraiture of her father Ray Sternbergh, a successful New York artists and illustrator.
- Black History Month: History of African American Churches in Lower Merion. Sunday, January 28 to Sunday, February 25. As Lower Merion Township developed after the Civil War, African American families settled in the community to build and serve estates and to work in industries along Mill Creek or the later Autocar Company in Ardmore. By 1878, mission work to create Black houses of worship began. This exhibit will document four historic churches in Ardmore and two in Bryn Mawr in recognition of their ongoing religious and societal missions in our community.
Laura Ward and Jeffrey Brillhart will present a two piano recital on Sunday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception to celebrate the Duo Show of Church-famil and Black History Month exhibits.
Creativity through Autism, Timothy School, Berwyn, PA. Sunday, March 4 to Sunday, April 1. In 1966, the Timothy School opened in the education building of BMPC to educate children diagnosed with autism or other special needs. After decades of success and a need for more space, the school relocated to Berwyn in 1998. The artwork of children with special needs will be brought back to BMPC to exhibit the creativity and accomplishments of both teachers and students. An artists’ reception will be held following the concert by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem on Sunday, March 18.
Valerie Craig, Solo Show. Sunday, April 8 to Sunday, May 13. Valerie Craig of St. Davids is not only a church member but also a captivating painter of color and light whose impressionistic works have won awards both locally and abroad. Her exhibit will include rural and urban landscapes as well as still life designs and figures, all of which will be available for purchase. A reception for the artist will be held following the performance of Missa Gaia on Sunday, April 22.
Congregational Multi-Media Show. Sunday, May 20 through the summer. This show will welcome all artists of any media, but will particularly ask artists to consider preparing at least one work as a visual interpretation of a hymn from the new Presbyterian hymnal now in use at BMPC. Guidelines with more details will be available in the spring of 2018. Artists’ reception to be scheduled.
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Gloucester Room. Artists of any medium are invited to attend with their materials to create, share, and develop their talents in a community of fellow artists.