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This permanent, international gallery - a ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church - is now in its sixth season, continues a long tradition there of providing a home for the arts. The gallery represents two years of preliminary work by the community of St. Luke's to prepare a direction and mission, ready a gallery ministry committee, determine the optimum location and attend to the many details around beginning a permanent showcase for the visual arts.
One of the questions that arose was the best process to use for actually hanging the work. Various systems were discussed, but one member of the group dismissed most of them out of hand. “Well, what IS the best way as you see it?” the group leader questioned. “NAILS IN THE WALL” was the immediate response! “Excellent,” responded the coordinator, "and that will also be the gallery name!"
The group thought about that for several months, but the longer they considered it, the more the name grew on them. It did have a certain “biblical flavor” . . . and what’s more, that is how the work in St. Luke's Gallery is hung . . . by nails solidly placed in the wall!
We hope you feel welcome here, visit the space regularly, bring friends and allow the work to dialogue with your spirit.
Nails in the Wall Gallery: A Ministry of St. Luke's is a small, non-traditional exhibition space of the Episcopal community of St. Luke’s. In an effort to bring the visual arts into the ongoing life of the parish as well as the broader community, the gallery is established in a well-used area, one that is a part of the weekly parish gathering, as well as a space that is frequented by a large number of other groups.
As an integral ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Nail in the Wall Gallery presents two shows per year, each of which hangs for six months. During the time each show is on exhibit, the Gallery Ministry plans a series of exhibit-related events.
In establishing the gallery, the Community of St. Luke’s
celebrates artists whose work addresses our human, spiritual selves and connecting them and their work to our local community.
provides audience and artists alike an opportunity for dialogue and deepened insight into the human experience.
creates opportunities for contemplation and ecstasy for all who spent time in the gallery and
generates a consciousness of the power of visual art in our homes and sacred spaces.