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.

The Web of Life

Conn Gallery

May 5, 2024–August 31, 2024

Forum and Reception June 9 at 10 a.m.

The Web Of Life celebrates the universal connection between all living creatures and the Earth, the web of life. We humans must understand that all of life and the earth are interconnected. We are not separate, we are one. Both artists in this exhibition celebrate life through the use of form, color and shape. They experience joy in making the art and share with us their treasure.

Bradley Scott Davis – Painter

I am an American painter passionate about nature and animals. At Harvard I studied with E.O.Wilson who said that rain forests are the “storehouses” for biodiversity on Earth, and that frogs are the canary in the coal mine. Biodiversity, Wilson said, is essential to human survival. This is why I paint frogs.

My connection with Nature inspires and informs my subjects and studio work. I love color, expression, and truth.

Contact: Instagram @artbybsd; Email bradleyscottdavid@gmail.com

Lynda Buscis – Ceramicist

I do not consider my ceramic pieces as my “work.” I prefer to think of them as my “play.” I make using a variety of processes: on the wheel, by hand-building, and through cutting and altering forms.
The world seems so fast-paced and heavy right now. My pieces represent a reprieve from the serious issues of our time and transport us to a moment of beauty, cheerfulness, and joy.

Contact: Instagram @Lyndabuscis; Email lyndabuscis@gmail.com

Music

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

Literary Witnesses

Embroideries/Needlers

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.

Past Exhibits

Lift Every Voice

Conn Gallery

January 7, 2024–April 2024

Lift Every Voice features 15 rugs recently hooked by American and Canadian women based on block prints from 1947 by the African American sculptor and graphic artist Elizabeth Catlett. Join the curator of Lift Every Voice, Maddy Fraioli, at noon on Sunday, January 7, 2024 in the Conn Art Gallery for an introduction to the exhibit. The event is free.

Elizabeth Catlett’s The Black Woman is a series of linocuts commemorating African American women’s historical oppression, resistance, and survival. The prints were later published as part of a children’s book about James Weldon Johnson’s 1900 song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which today is the Black National Anthem. During the pandemic in 2021 and 2022 the rug hookers met via Zoom, chose the prints, discussed the artist, and reflected on how they might create their hooked pieces to accurately reflect what Ms. Catlett conveyed in her block prints 75 years earlier.

Lift Every Voice will run in the Conn Gallery through late April.

Uncaged Art

Jones Commons

February 1–29, 2024

Plymouth’s Board of Fine Arts and Immigrant Welcoming Working Group are exhibiting Uncaged Art in Jones Commons for the month of February.

The exhibit is a collection of beautiful, inspired artwork by the children held in the Tornillo, TX Detention Center, which opened on June 14, 2018. Over the eight months of its operation, 6,200 children were held in tents in Tornillo, a small border town. Tornillo came to symbolize the mass detention of migrant children. Local teachers visited the children, inviting them to express their pride in their countries of origin through art, and the children produced over 400 pieces of art. When the Tornillo detention center closed, officials began disposing of the artwork. A local Catholic priest recovered 29 pieces, and later stated, “What came through in the art was the strong spirit of these young men and women…who, even under those conditions, were still inspired to do something beautiful.”

Dr. Yolanda Chavez Leyva, director of UT at El Paso’s Institute of Oral History, curator of the exhibit writes:

I hope that people take away two things from this exhibit. One is that people see through all the rhetoric and remember these detainees were kids, teenagers, humans. They were not gang members or criminals. The second is that in the midst of ugliness, these kids were able to create beautiful art.

The objective of Uncaged Art is to share the experience of immigrant detention, particularly of children, through art. Plymouth in honored to join Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in displaying this exhibit. It is sponsored by the NorthStar Alliance, The Episcopal Church in Minnesota, and St John the Baptist Minneapolis.

Click here for information on the NorthStar act.

For information on the exhibit contact the Reverend Rex McKee.

The Lines That Got Me Here

Artist: Melodee Strong

September 10 – December 31, 2023

The Lines That Got Me Here is a follow-up exhibition from last year’s “Lineas de Sangre” (Bloodlines). While I continue to examine and reflect on my experiences growing up as a “mixed” girl in Minnesota, a year later, I am in a different place. Our story doesn’t begin at birth. It’s a continuation through the bloodlines of our parents- their history and trauma unfold within us and around us through our upbringing. The choice of where to raise a family also contributes to our identity and culture. Through my reflective writings, recordings, research, and sketches I have come to the conclusion that solely creating work about my race was not enough. I needed to examine the traditions and beliefs that collided together from two completely different cultures to shape who I am.

“The Lines That Got Me Here” chronicles many aspects of my lineage- stories about abandonment and loss, alcoholism and dependency, assimilation, and racism. It also embodies my lineage from the Andes of Peru and the cobble streets of Lima to the dirt roads and poplar trees of Minnesota where all lines have converged to bring me where I am now. The linear experiences prepare and lead me to the path ahead of me. I stand here with my ancestors, with my parents, and with God.

This exhibition is just one personal story within a vast collection of experiences by others from within the diverse culture of immigrants and first-generation Latin Americans. It speaks about a journey navigating through a rural (mostly white
American) upbringing while still trying to preserve my Peruvian heritage, maintaining a pride of who I am and where I come from. These are the lines that got me here.