First Presbyterian Church maintains a revolving Art Exhibition in the Chapel,
open to the public from 9am - 4pm Tuesday through Friday, and from 9am - 1pm on Sundays.
As an artist, Robert has been greatly influenced by urban life and paints mostly cityscapes. He loves the thrum of life in the streets and the rush of humanity. Robert’s influences include Edward Hopper, Wayne Thiebaud, Henk Pander and others. After a twenty-year career as a prominent illustrator in Los Angeles, he has developed a bright color palette, which he uses to convey the beauty and excitement of urban existence. Especially Portland on days that are partly cloudy, the bright sunlit areas contrast with the reflections off water, glass, stone, metal and are enhanced by the contrasting dappled shadows. Robert’s illustration career included extensive work using the human form in movie posters, magazine illustrations, greeting cards and even included mural painting. His training as an illustrator, taught him to be careful with detail while his growth as a fine artist has brought him to a broader world of expression and more freedom with his brush.
April 5, 2020 - May 31, 2020 Tones of Nature & Beauty
Photography by Joanna Ceciliani and Maureen Love
June 7, 2020 - July 12, 2020 Shared Expressions
Exhibition of First Presbyterian Church artists including painting, drawing, photography and calligraphy.
July 13, 2020 – August 30, 2020 Gallery closed for renovation
Time to spiff up the walls with patch and new paint.
September 6-October 25, 2020 7x7 Immigration Themed Art Exhibition
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.
September 20 Display of Immigrant Children’s Art and Educational Program
Rev. Dr. Gregory and wife Nohemi Cuellar will present a theologically driven perspective on the current immigration crisis along the southern U.S. border.
Robert Gleason: Portland from an Artist's View
Through March 29th
"Blue Shadows " by Bob Gleason
"West Hills Vista " by Bob Gleason
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 7x7 Consortium of 7 art galleries in 7 downtown churches. In the fall of 2020, each gallery will present a different exhibition on the theme of immigration as part of its FOOTPRINTS series of exhibitions. 7x7 supports the work of artists and affirms the creative spirit through art exhibitions. Each gallery will offer a Wednesday evening educational event focusing on immigration, migration, the art in its gallery, and doing justice in today’s world. All events are free and open to the public. Click here for the Hope in Every Step Exhibition Prospectus 2020