First Unitarian’s Arts and Aesthetics Committee oversees the Social Hall Art Gallery, which serves as a visual art ministry by offering a space for spiritual contemplation adjacent to the Sanctuary.
The Social Hall Art Gallery and the entire First Unitarian Church campus are temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. When the church campus reopens, the Social Hall Art Gallery will reopen and exhibits will resume.
The committee seeks a diversity of shows in a variety of media, with content appropriate to the church. We include two-person and group shows, an end-of-year show with church members’ work, and an occasional juried theme show. We schedule our shows about a year ahead with 7-8 exhibits, each lasting 6-7 weeks. Besides enriching our Social Hall setting, the art provides income for the church, with 30 percent of sales going to the church budget.
Our selection process typically begins in August with an invitation to artists to submit images for a screening. From the screening, the committee chooses the artists who will then be invited to bring actual work for committee review. Each fall we schedule exhibitions for all of the following calendar year.
Artists may sell their work, and mark pieces with prices in the gallery. On Sundays the Arts and Aesthetics Committee handles the sales of any pieces currently hung, and the church retains a 30 percent commission on all sales from the gallery, with 70 percent going to the artist.
With the closing of the church campus in March 2020, we held what will likely be our last exhibit for this year. Exhibits scheduled for the remainder of 2020 were put on hold. When we are able to resume exhibits, we will attempt to reschedule exhibits that were postponed.
We will post updates about the Social Hall Art Gallery reopening and our exhibit schedule when they become available.