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.

Theater 45°

Theater 45° presents

What We Hold: Plays of Black Healing

Theater 45° presents What We Hold: Plays of Black Healing. Commissioned two years ago, these three plays by Antonio Duke, C. Michael Menge, and Atlese Robinson are rooted in an experience of reading My Grandmother’s Hands together. Directed by Kymani Kahlil, this performance is free of charge with no registration required. 7 p.m. in Guild Hall at Plymouth Church, Minneapolis.


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

Literary Witnesses


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.


Saving Mother Earth: Treasured and Endangered

We are privileged to be hosting Saving Mother Earth, a group exhibition showcasing artists from varied backgrounds, using diverse materials to express their concerns, champion activism, and cherish the beauty and abundance of our earth.

April 3 – June 30, 2022

Opening Reception, Earth Sunday

April 24, 2022

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

10 a.m.- Exhibition Discussion led by Seth Patterson, Minister of Spiritual Formation and the arts, in the Conn Gallery. 

12:15 p.m. Artist Introductions.

Janet Essley – Painter, Daughters of the Earth Series

Janet Essley, M.A. is a painter, muralist, and teaching artist with 20 years of experience creating collaborative murals with youth and adults. Her personal artwork focuses on themes of environmental and social justice.

Janet lives in White Salmon, WA a small town on the Columbia River, close to wilderness where she and her husband love to backpack.;

Claudia Poser – Ceramicist and Author of “Dreaming in German”, a memoir

Claudia Poser fell in love with clay thirty years ago and never looked back. She has installed sculptural wall pieces in homes and public spaces all over the Twin Cities.  Her current work is rooted in her love of trees and the natural world. Like Parker Palmer, she envisions heaven to look like the BWCA.

Dreaming in German, Claudia’s memoir describes her immigration to South Carolina at age 13, a childhood spent shuttling back and forth between East and West Germany, and her struggle with the meaning of home as Germany transformed from two states to one.

Deb Miner – Artist and illustrator 

Deb Miner is a Twin Cities artist and illustrator who loves nature, whimsy, and exploring. As a long-time designer, she’s also a big picture thinker who develops ideas to be functional, delightful, and engaging. Deb is currently creating drawings and surface patterns for a range of uses—including fabrics, wallpaper, and useful items for everyday use in the home, office.

Instagram: @debminerdesigner

Rob Larson – Photographer, Digital Photo Impressionism

Rob Larson, a native Minnesotan, has been interested in photography his entire life, particularly in the art of nature. After all, he believes Mother Nature is truly the greatest artist. Rob explores a distinct digital photographic art form that reminds us of the painted renderings of the impressionist. His images can be alternately recognizable or totally abstract.

Past Exhibits