Visual Arts

Visual Arts at First Presbyterian Church

Our Visual Arts Committee maintains a full calendar of curated art installations from local and regional artists across the Pacific Northwest. Installations are located in the church’s Chapel Gallery. Visitor hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9-4 pm, and Sundays from 9-1 pm.


Summer 2021

Seeking Beauty

Hummingbird by Artist Joanna Ceciliani
Hummingbird by Joanna Ceciliani

Photography by Joanna Ceciliani and Maureen Love

Artist website: Joanna Ceciliani

Artist website: Maureen Love

The Chapel Gallery walls are now filled with images from Northwest Photographer and Harpist Maureen Love and Northwest Photographer and Singer Joanna Ceciliani. Photos from around the world and from local settings as close as Portland’s waterfront welcome visitors back to the Gallery after a long year’s absence.
Maureen Love’s bio: “my love of photography and music was nurtured in childhood when I assisted my father in his home darkroom.  It was magical to see the images appear in the developer.  About that same time harp lessons began. For over 15 years I have enjoyed performing with Pink Martini.  My favorite subject matter includes Venice and French street scenes, gardens, vineyards, and flowers. “
Joanna Ceciliani’s bio: “from my first Kodak camera, my interest in photography has only increased. As a young singer, I was thrilled traveling throughout the world with the New Oregon Singers and later performing with the Portland Opera Company for many years, I always had a camera in my hand.  I continue my passion to this day, photographing people, groups, wildlife and anything beautiful that catches my eye, on the ground or in the sky!
The reception date will be announced this Summer.



September-October 2021

Hope In Every Step

Breakthrough by Dimeji Onafuwa

Artist’s Reception: Sunday, October 3 at noon

Gallery Tours: Sunday, October 3 and 10, from noon to 4 pm

Artwork from Immigrant artists focused on their experience- that which they left behind, adjusting to a new reality, struggles to assimilate, building community in a new country.

Hope in Every Step is an exhibition sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church, Portland, Oregon under the supervision of the Visual Arts Committee.  First Presbyterian Church is a member of the 7×7 Consortium of 7 art galleries in 7 downtown churches.

Hope In Every Step Exhibit Overview


Click below for an Exhibition Preview




Future Exhibits

Beth Yazhari (TBA)

Greg Lewis, “A Sacred Space for the Home – An Art Installation” (TBA)

Hilarie Couture (TBA)

Michelle Buffton Retrospective (curated by Joanne Kollman) (TBA)



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