The Arts

We believe the arts are an avenue to the sacred. Our permanent art collection challenges, comforts and inspires, with exhibits throughout the program year. Our extraordinary music program, Literary Witnesses series and other offerings bring the arts into daily life at Plymouth.


Two Sisters. Two Media. One Perspective

Sally Nystrom and Tori Jensen

We two sisters have been working on similar subject matter in our still lives.  Our still lifes have metaphysical themes.  Life and death, the transience of time, spirituality, good and evil in this universe.

The contrast of our work is one of media choice.  Tori does large charcoal drawings in a monochromatic display.  Sally paints large canvases in oil with rich color and uses some similar universal icons in her work, such as crosses, buddhas, clocks, and skeletons.

The two sisters have great contrasts in their work. Although they often use the same objects, their work is dissimilar.


Virtual Gallery: I Wish I Knew How it Feels To Be Free

Dorothy Burge

I Wish I Knew How it Feels to be Free is a series of social justice art quilts that document and raise awareness on systemic criminal justice issues that restrict the lives of African Americans in this country. All people, regardless of race, religion, age, ability, gender, income, or sexual orientation are entitled to freedom.


Plymouth’s extraordinary music program is under the direction of the internationally renowned Phillip Brunelle. Learn more.

Literary Witnesses

Renowned author Louise Erdrich will read from her latest book, The Night Watchman, 4 p.m., March 1. This free Literary Witnesses event is co-sponsored by Erdrich’s own Birchbark Books and Rain Taxi Review of Books.

The fourth annual Plymouth Reads poetry reading takes place Sunday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m.

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. Susan “Sam” King and Gregory Orr discussed “Can Poetry Save Your Life?” on April 8, as part of the Literary Witnesses 20th Anniversary celebration. Contact Hawona Sullivan Janzen for more information.


Plymouth is home to magnificent embroideries. These huge artworks were designed by British artist Pauline Baynes and created by The Needlers, a multi-generational fellowship group, active at Plymouth for more than 40 years.