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. The installations are located in the church’s Chapel Gallery. Visitor hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Sundays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Please head to the church office on 13th Street for entrance into the gallery.



February 4 – March 31  

Mixed Media Works

By Larry Gross, Sandy Gross, & Joel Nickel


Larry Gross has degrees in art and teaching art from Concordia University, Nebraska, and Portland State, respectively. His artistic subjects vary with the different media he uses, including colored pencils, acrylic paint, and wood reliefs. Having taught stained glass, a medium invented by the Christian church, his style often utilizes a “stained glass” effect to promote a sense of the sacred in all things. Representations of Earth and its place in the universe are frequent concerns he explores.


Sandy Gross has been making quilts for over 20 years. She utilizes batik and print fabrics to develop dynamic patterns, always faithful to her craft and a beautiful presentation of color.


Joel Nickel is an artist & retired parish pastor who creates graphic designs, gouache paintings, cloisonné enamel pendants, and wall sculptures. He has been at the creative task for as long as he can remember. His style of “Geometric Abstraction” invites the viewer to look closely for harmony among the elements of shape, color, and form.


The three artists have chosen the theme of “Intersections” for this exhibit from February 4 to March 31. The idea for Intersections grew from a quilt design the Grosses saw at the annual quilt show in Sisters, Oregon. 


Intersections are an exploration of how colors, lines, forms, and patterns interrelate during the creative process. Visual ideas can be abstract, representational, or a combination of these styles. 


Art is related to the cultural context; we encounter different and sometimes opposing points of view daily through television, social media, religion, and the political arena. The artists seek to display the harmony and sometimes playful connections that result when these contrasting ideas and viewpoints intersect.


Art Exhibition & Opening Reception

Sunday, February 4 at 11:30 am

Light Refreshments Will Be Provided


Chapel Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm & Sundays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Us for Worship Service

Every Sunday at 10:30 am

First Presbyterian Church
1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

Tel: (503) 228-7331