​Current Exhibition

"Awakenings" - Through November 4, 2018

Roanoke artist Ruth Koomler weaves and paints with acrylics. Her love, however, is encaustic art. She uses a combination of beeswax and damar resin, melted and applied with a brush or by any other creative means, alternating thebuilding up of layers with carving and scraping as she develops her image.

"Art is my happy place, and being the joyful soul that I am, you normally see bright, joyous colors in my paintings and weavings."















November 9, 2018 - January 19, 2019

Parish Show #50

50th Anniversary Celebration

Public Reception: Friday, November 9, 5:30-7:00pm;  Congregational Reception: Sunday, November 11, 12:15-1:30pm

This biennial show features the creative expression of our own talented congregational members.  There will be paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, weavings, and photography, as well as poetry and other writings.

The First Pres Gallery and First Pres Theater were launched in 1968. In celebration of fifty years of continuous operation, some previopusly-shown pieces of art will be exhibited again. 



February 1 - March 24, 2019

"Abstractions" by Michael Poorman and "Throw, Slap and Pinch" by Steve Skinner

Public Reception: Friday, February 1, 5:30-7:00pm;  Congregational Reception: Sunday, February 3, 12:15-1:30pm

Michael Poorman began his career around age four drawing cartoon figures, and by high school was producing comic books with two buddies. He went on to pursue his love of art as an abstract painter.

Steve Skinner of New Carlisle, Indiana, makes contemporary sculpted and functional stoneware and porcelain pottery.







March 29 - June 2, 2019

"Vision Eternal: ArtisticTestimonies of Faith"

Public Reception: Friday, March 29, 5:15-7:00pm;  Congregational Reception: Sunday, March 31, 12:15-1:30pm

The exhibition features four artists whose creative works are defined by their personal faith: Art Cislo, Jon Detweiler, Justin Johnson, and John Leavell. Also on display will be a collection of historic illuminated manuscripts and Russian icons.




June 16 - August 26, 2019

FAME - Foundation for Music and Art in Education

The joyous work of kids' creation in our annual summer exhibition.