Fireside Room Art


October 6 – November 2, 2018

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BIG & small:Creatures of the Sea
Community art exhibit to promote love for all God’s sea creatures, in all sizes.

I am thrilled to bring back the animal art community exhibit in the Fireside Room for a second year.  This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to bring together a local community of artists and animal lovers to simply share their talents, whether professionally trained, a dabbled hobby, or somewhere in between.  I’m also very happy to welcome back a few artists from last year’s show.

I hope you enjoy the exhibit and please do sign our guestbook and let us know what you think and share your info if you’re an artist (or you can shoot me an email).  The wheels are already spinning for next year’s animal theme!

Thank you so much to the artists and volunteers who helped make this show happen.  

  – Shalimar Carducci

The exhibit will open immediately following the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 6 and will run until November 2.   View the event postcard.

2018 Artists include:

Allan D. Walker

Cortney Matz

David R. Landsverk


Fabian Lewkowicz

Georgia Vestakis

Gerry Stewart

John August Swanson

Joyce Landsverk

Kathy Levine

Lauretta Coumarbatch, M.D.

Lisa Goldfarb

Mary Kay Wilson

Terri Pearson

Tina Gage

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Past Exhibits



View photos from 2017 Blessing of the Animals and Big & small Exhibit opening. 

Changing Nature and Us

By artist Christian Kasperkovitz (aka Elkpen)

A Los Angeles-based artist, Elkpen looks for novel ways to talk about nature to a wide audience. 

Part of my elkology practice is an engagement with the question of ….if you can name something does that lead to caring for something and does that lead to doing something? – Elkpen

@Elkpen on Instagram or visit her website

Artist Talk With Elkpen

First UMC hosted an Artist Talk and Reception on Sunday March 18, 2018 for Elkpen.  Introduction by church member Todd Erlandson.  Click the image below to view the livestream from the talk.

First UMC hosts a variety of artists’ work in the Fireside Room on a seasonal basis.  To find out what is currently on exhibit check out the monthly Sentinel newsletter. 

Get to know the community and join the Fireside Room Art committee!

Contact Shalimar Carducci (310) 393-8258 ext. 113 or