Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Art and Images of Unitarian Universalism: Fifty Years of liberal religion in Greeley.

            The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley is marking its 50th anniversary this year with an exhibition in the sanctuary of the church depicting its history, as well as many other
related events, and special speakers.

            The 50th Anniversary Celebration will open on Saturday September 24, with a public reception and celebration from 6 to 8 pm. Special guest Neal Carpenter of Colorado Springs, one of the original founders of the church will be present. Dr. Denise Hall, a former member will speak and sing at that program.

              Much of the history of the church spans a much earlier time (1880 on), and is interwoven with the history of the evolving community of Greeley. Residents of the city interested in Greeley's history should enjoy both the images and the information Judith Meyers will also present in a historic review of the church to the present, to be presented at 7 pm on  First Friday Oct. 7, 2011.

            The Exhibit is curated by Judith Meyers, a Unitarian Universalist Church member since 1964. Meyers is been a practicing artist and art educator, who has designed a number of church and community quilt and wall hanging projects. She is a member of Madison and Main Gallery, where she exhibits drawings, watercolors, fiber pieces and paper cuts. She holds two degrees from the University of Minnesota and has taught art at various levels for many years.

            The exhibit collection contains 8 banners, three quilts, numerous photographs, photographic collages, and mementos from the past.

              A special feature of the show is a quilt borrowed from the Greeley History Museum created in 1902 by women of the Unitarian Universalist Church which existed in Greeley from 1880 to 1938.  The current church was founded as a fellowship in 1961 and today is located at  15th Street and 10th Ave.

               The exhibit can be visited on Sundays beginning Sept 25 through November 26th  from 10 am until noon, and on First Friday Oct. 7, 2011, from 6 to 8 pm, and First Friday Nov.4 TBA. The address is 929 15th St, and 10th Ave. Greeley, CO. 80631. Ph 351-6751 or 970-352-9530

Submitted by Ruth Zachary, Chalice Arts Coordinator, UUCG.

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