Visual Arts

First Presbyterian Church maintains a revolving Art Exhibition in the Chapel Gallery.


Summer 2021

Seeking Beauty

Photography by Joanna Ceciliani and Maureen Love

Hummingbird by Artist Joanna Ceciliani
Hummingbird by Artist Joanna Ceciliani

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.

The Visual Arts program of First Presbyterian Church is partnering with six other downtown churches as part of the 7×7 Gallery Group to cooperate on a series of art events highlighting issues of our time.

This video features artist Emma Berger describing downtown Portland’s Apple Store Mural.  In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, there were widespread demonstrations in Portland seeking justice for people of color.  In the early days of what became a summer of protest, a mural appeared on the boarded-up Apple Store near Pioneer Square.  That mural became a local touchstone and a national symbol.  In this video, Emma talks about her inspiration, artistic process, and the evolution of the street art movement last summer.



September-October 2021

Hope In Every Step Exhibit

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.  Online Exhibition is only available at this time.  An in-person exhibition is scheduled for September 2021.



Click below for an Exhibition Preview

Hope In Every Step Exhibit

7×7 galleries video about the Footprints Exhibits features selections from our exhibit “Hope in Every Step”


In the fall of 2021, each of 7 downtown Portland church galleries will present a different exhibition on the theme of immigration as part of its FOOTPRINTS series of exhibitions.

7×7 supports the work of artists and affirms the creative spirit through art exhibitions.



Future Exhibits

TBA 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)



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Portland, Oregon 97205

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