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Permanent Art Collection
The Accessions Committee of the Fine Arts Board collects and displays original art that’s challenging, comforting and inspirational. This collection will continue to have a diversity of style, content and medium that’s consistent with the diversity of the members and friends of Plymouth.

Art exhibits – featuring paintings, ceramics and other media – are held in the Fine Arts Gallery throughout the year. Artists are selected by the Gallery Committee. Each exhibit is displayed for about two months, starting with an artist’s reception on a Sunday morning following worship..

Paintings and drawings by Dan Volenec and glass art by Craig Campbell are on view in the Howard Conn Fine Arts Gallery until Oct. 21. Come to the artists' reception Sept. 27.

Literary Witnesses

This program of the Fine Arts Board brings poets of national and regional stature to add their voices to Plymouth’s artistic exploration of life and the spirit. A nationally recognized poet reads each spring and fall, and a regional writer, sometimes a Plymouth member, each winter. Past Literary Witnesses include U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Mary Oliver, Lucille Clifton, Galway Kinnell, Linda Pastan and Robert Bly.

The Needlers, a multi-generational fellowship group, has been active at Plymouth for more than 30 years. They’ve completed four seasonal embroideries (each takes at least six years), the upholstered furniture and the flower panels. This self-supporting group has raised funds for all their endeavors through donations and the sale of cards depicting scenes from the embroideries. These embroideries – one of which is always on display in Guild Hall – are unique and have been recognized in Smithsonian and Needle Arts magazines and by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. They were designed by noted English artist and illustrator Pauline Baynes. A professionally produced video on the Needlers, the embroideries and how they’re made is available for purchase through the church office. [To order a copy of the video by mail, send your name and address and $10 for a DVD or $12 for VHS (two for $20) plus $3 for postage & handling to Plymouth Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403-3789. Write "Video" in the memo line of your check.]

Plymouth Summer Theater Playshop
This is a non-sectarian program of Plymouth for young people entering 5th through 12th grades. The goal is to help each young person explore his or her potential through the arts; it’s designed specifically for students interested in learning the techniques of musical theater. Staff liaison: Jo Holcomb,, 612/977-1277.


At a glance...















   The final embroidery, Summer of the First Amendment,
was unveiled July 15, 2012.

The Dancers by Carolyn Brunelle

   "The Dancers" by Carolyn Brunelle was added
   to the permanent art collection in Fall 2007.


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