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Art Gallery

Artistic expression is one way we can know God more.
At Christian Fellowship, we encourage this experience by being a place where faith, imagination, and the arts intersect.

Our Art Gallery at CF

Art is like hospitality that invites us to explore universal themes of culture, community, and faith. The cfGallery exists to foster conversations around these themes. In addition, it serves as a space for personal engagement and spiritual reflection.

We welcome collaborations with artists of diverse backgrounds in this endeavor to gain a fuller understanding of ourselves, our neighbors, and the world. We believe that the bridges we form through the arts strengthen relationships for our common good.

Our art gallery in Columbia, MO is located in the CF foyer and is open to the public during regular office hours. We also host receptions for our different shows to celebrate and honor the artists.

Current Exhibit: The Child & Parent Relationship

May - June, 2024

Josh Theus
Angela Shaffer

Josh Theus, Photographer

Josh Theus is a photo and video person still charting the directions of his art practice. Graduating from the University of Missouri in the spring of 2022 with a undergraduate in Film Production and a minor in Art Photography, his photo practices have centered around the topics of masculinity, death, grief, and spiritual wonderings. With a desire to engage these charged topics through personal vulnerability, psychological concerns and wonder.

His photographic work has been featured in the “University of Missouri Chancellor Show” (MO), “University of Missouri School of Visual Studies” (MO) and the ”Concentricity: University of Missouri School of Visual Studies Juried Alumni Exhibit” (MO).

Josh was born in Chicago in 1998 and grew up in the Middle East as a kid. He currently lives in Columbia Missouri and after doing photo, video and audio freelance work for 10 years, he currently works at the City of Columbia leading a multimedia division of video producers and AV technicians.

Artist Statement:

I’m afraid of my Dad getting older. He’s not perfect, but he is mine. I love him. Growing up is an odd balance between the ever increasing awareness of self and awareness of others. Everything bears the fragile label of temporality and never seems to pause. In photographing, I seek to take pelts of observed, staged and managed moments. These pauses invite my own thoughts, insecurities and doubts to be given voice and a dialog to begin. What is a man after he has owned, lived, loved and given? Who has owned, lived, loved and given to him? Was it ever his right?

 

Angela Shaffer, Photographer

 

Angela Shaffer is a photographer working to bring visibility to hidden aspects of mothering. In doing so she explores the psychology, vulnerability, and banality of motherhood. Her work has been featured in exhibitions with Serchia Gallery (Bristol, UK), Ortega Y Gasset Projects (NY), Woman Made Gallery (IL), Perspective Gallery (IL), The University of Iowa (IA), Vulpes Bastille (KS), and the Sheldon Galleries (MO). Angela was a Finalist for the Palm Photo Prize 2022, and she was a 2021 Critical Mass Finalist with PhotoLucida.


Angela (b. 1983, Pennsylvania) received her B.S. in Art Education from Asbury University and was a High School Art Teacher for five years in Garrard County, KY. She currently lives in Columbia, MO where she is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the University of Missouri’s School of Visual Studies.

Artist Statement:

Motherhood intensifies the fragility of time. As my son rapidly grows into new versions of himself, I beg for time to slow. These photographs are a response to the emotional labor of motherhood in relation to the persistence of time. Staged tableaus depict my neuroses as fictions. Functioning as both document and metaphor, the images reference impermanence, nostalgia, and uncertainty with what lies ahead.

With a mixture of sentiment and anxiety, these controlled images wrestle with my son’s burgeoning independence. As he continues to age, I attempt to contain him. Time is a thief and photographs become my way to cope.

portrait of Joanne Zucco Berneche
Joanne Zucco Berneche

Joanne Zucco Berneche

February 12, 1938 – February 3, 2023

This exhibit is a small sampling of the vast oeuvre created by Joanne Berneche over her lifetime as an artist, art instructor, advocate, and community leader in mid-Missouri’s creative culture. Her areas of influence included arts education in the Columbia Public Schools, at the University of Missouri, Stephens College, Central Methodist University, and William Woods University. Joanne served as a member of the Columbia Art League, including in the role of president from 1979 to 1981. Her husband Jerry Berneche (d. 2016) of 58 years was also an artist and arts educator. Their individual works created beautiful visual narratives with the other’s. Together they played a vibrant role in our community generously supporting the arts with their presence, talents, and resources.

Much of Joanne’s work was influenced by ancient architecture and sculpture, Renaissance masterpieces, and Modernist European artists. Though her decades of work represent a spectrum of imagery, she often created dream-like visions and dynamic patterns utilizing acrylic, gouache, tempera, and collage media. Much of her work speaks to ideas of beauty, aging, temporality, and permanence. This exhibit represents just a fraction of Joannes’s creative body, but viewers can detect the repeated colors, images, and patterns the artist favored in her artistic process.

This collection is graciously on loan from the Columbia Art League. Each work is available for purchase by contacting CAL’s Executive Director Kelsey Hammond at (573) 443-8838.

Previous Exhibit: Traveling Light
November - December, 2023

Kelly Durante, artist
Kelly Durante
Wendy Yelton
Wendy Yelton

Traveling Light

Kelly Durante & Wendy Yelton

November 5 – December 31

Traveling light can mean something different to everyone.

It can imply little or no extra gear or clothes. It can mean having less emotional baggage or being light-hearted.

This exhibit is a demonstration of two of the most literal forms of traveling light: the reflection of light that creates color and the viscosity and weight of paint itself.

Kelly’s method of poured acrylic painting takes advantage of the paint weight itself and allows her to control the composition of her pieces in a unique way. Her color choices enhance that result, “peaking” out under the lighter top coat.

Wendy’s choice of color, transparency, and shadow creates multidimensional work that appears to float and move on the two-dimensional canvas

Kelly and Wendy are both self-taught local artists who are painting for the joy of the process. Both women contribute and participate in the local art community as well as work full-time in the “regular world.”

Ernest C. Withers, I Am A Man (from the portfolio I Am A Man), 1968
Ernest C. Withers, I Am A Man (from the portfolio I Am A Man), 1968

Young Black and biracial men in our community selected these photographs to tell their stories. The participants were asked: “What do you wish people knew about you?” and “What does it mean to grow up as a young Black man in Columbia, Missouri?” In response, they chose snapshots taken with their camera phones and explained their significance in oral interviews and written descriptions. These gentlemen have created and shared their own visual narratives to break down stereotypes of young men of color and to build bridges in our community.

For nearly two centuries, the social and political practices of many white photographers produced a negative narrative of Black life in America. Black American artists responded with their own visual counter-narratives and counter-histories to dismantle these destructive stereotypes. In the hands of Black activists and photographers, photography has been a powerful socio-political tool to exert ownership over their individual and collective stories and to fight for freedom, equality, and justice.

For example, Ernest Withers’s 1968 iconic image, I Am A Man: Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tennessee, presents a chorus of Black voices affirming the fullness of their human dignity. Contemporary photographers of color – like the young men featured in this exhibition – continue this legacy and foster racial and visual literacy by telling their own stories.

Previous Exhibit: In Common Beauty

painted wooded scene on fabric
nature photography MKT trail
Painting of a farm and macro nature photographs in an art gallery
painted rural scene on fabric
Dave Walker, fabric landscapes
Gary Dietrich, photography

When we see something every day, it often becomes ordinary to us, even if it is beautiful or aesthetically pleasing. We no longer stop and hear its quiet invitation to wonder. Visual artists can bring those beautiful things before us again, freshly incarnated in new media.

This exhibition features two artists whose work does exactly this. Dave Walker’s fabric landscapes and Gary Dietrich’s photographs on the MKT Trail both show us what our schedule-centered lives often miss. They take what seems common—trees, flowers, animals—and show us a new perspective, recapturing our attention and imagination.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning writes that “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; and only he who sees takes off his shoes; the rest sit around and pluck blackberries.”

Dave and Gary invite you to pause, remove your shoes if necessary, and see the transcendent in the ordinary.

Dave Walker is a Missouri native and lives in Columbia Missouri with his wife Julie. He has three grown children. Dave received a BSE in art education from Northeast Missouri State University (now known as Truman State University).

His original media of choice were oils and watercolor. In 1992 he became interested in fabric piecing and has constructed over a dozen quilt tops. In late 2009 he segued into making fabric collages which he calls “fabricscapes.” Current fabric choices give him an unlimited range of possibilities and subjects.

His art is accomplished by using a “cut and glue” or “hold and sew” technique of raw edge machine applique, textile painting, and tread-work. Most, but not all, “fabricscapes” are completed using free-motion machine quilting that complements the design and adds interest or shading. All his “fabricscapes” are matted and framed under glass and appear to be a painting or a photograph. The closer you look, the more you see. Each work depicts a story of travel, a record of time, or an impression from nature, either real or pictured in his memory.

His ”fabricscapes” have been well received by the public and have been accepted into several galleries for special showings. His “fabricscapes” are currently displayed in patrons’ homes from Florida to Alaska and he is a Juried Best of Missouri Hands Artist.

His work can be found at Art Off the Trail Gallery in Rocheport, Lake Academy & Galleria in lake Ozark, Garriott Porter Art Studio in Fulton, The Serendipity Salon and Gallery in Columbia and online at Best of Missouri Hands.

Gary Dietrich graduated from the University of Missouri in 1971 with a Bachelor of Journalism. He also graduated from the Navy ROTC program and received his commission as an Ensign. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hancock, CVA-19, during the Vietnam War. After his service ended, he worked in advertising sales for the Trenton Times newspaper in Trenton, New Jersey. After three years he returned to Missouri where he received a Bachelor of Science, with a major in fisheries and Wildlife. He married his wife, Michelle, in 1980 and they have resided in Columbia since then.

In 2010 he published Seasons of the MKT Trail, A Pictorial Journey. The book is a collection of photographs he had taken of the trail over the previous 10 years. He is now retired and working on book two, an accumulation of random thoughts inspired by the Holy Spirit, and book three, a fictional account of Artemis, the bookkeeper of the books of heaven.

 

 

Previous Exhibit: "She works with her hands with delight"

February-March, 2023

Sandra Scott-Revelle

Textile Artist and Storyteller

“My art unites stitches and sacred stories. Both highlight testimonies drawn from narratives of African Americans in bondage. Their simple, yet complex lives, heartbreaks, and victories are unveiled using original appliques stitched by hand and machine. 

Through story and art, the curtain is drawn back on these ‘lesser-known lights in the vast heavens of Black History,’ who sought to live out their full God-given potential.

I gift these precious stories to anyone willing to see, hear, and learn.”

Artist Bio 

Sandra is a Show-Me state woman born in Sedalia, MO. Most of her life has been spent in Arizona, and most recently, east Texas. Having come full circle, she is excited to get reacquainted with the Midwest.  

She is a self-taught artist who learned basic sewing skills on her mother’s antique Singer. Not long thereafter the detail and quiet rhythm of hand stitching got her attention. The twists and turns of recent years have steered her to explore textiles as art.   Sandra has a longstanding interest in biographies and Black History. This in part stems from W.E.B. Dubois being in her mother’s lineage and her mom discussing life “back in the day.” When studying art masterpieces and history Sandra often asked herself, “Where are the Black people?”

Discovering the US slave narratives was like uncovering jewels. These common yet extraordinary people Sandra calls, “The lesser-known lights in the vast heavens of Black History.” Her growing compilation of historical fiction weaves color into the white spaces of their accounts.  

Sandra’s artistic process is uncomplicated. When she reads a narrative, a scene becomes prominent, sparking creative ideas. Imagination and prayer lead the way in fabric choice, creation of appliques, and type of stitching. She has learned to relax and flow with the inspiration, especially since fabric is a forgiving medium. Just as life can be wild, sometimes the edges are left raw and strands dangling.

Learn more about Sandra and her art at her website Remnants Arise: Stitches and Sacred Stories.

Watch the cfGallery “Ask the Artist” video series below to learn more.

Women with gray hair laughing and smiling while looking at bright and colorful paintings in an art gallery.

Creative Culture Group

This group is designed to help you integrate your faith with your artistic interests.
Come discover ways you can grow, be encouraged, and find opportunities to serve with your unique gifts.

Connect with this group by contacting Kristin Gadsden.

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