Fireside Room Art

Upcoming Exhibit:

John August Swanson – A Private Collection

Opens Sunday, November 17, 2019

First UMC is pleased to host a selection of artwork by John August Swanson from the private collection of First UMC member Meg Flanders. Meg was one of John’s first collectors, and several of the pieces date back to the early 1970s. Stop by the Fireside Room today to see the new exhibit, held in her memory. Look for details for an upcoming artist talk with John Swanson in January 2020. 

Past Exhibits:

Big & Small: Take Flight. This annual exhibit opened Saturday, October 5, 2019 immediately after the annual Blessing of the Animals in the Courtyard. It featured art work by the congregation and local community, promoting love for all God’s flying creatures, in all sizes. View more photos by clicking here.

Art By Joyce & David Landsverk: Watercolor paintings by Joyce Landsverk, and photography by David Landsverk

Carl Greenwood Paintings

A selection of paintings by Carl Greenwood hung in the Fireside Room during the 2019 Lenten season. Spanning over several decades, the paintings include imagery of California missions, modern abstractions, and a depiction of the labyrinth floor design painted in the early 2000’s.  

Carol Greenwood (seated) spoke about her late husband’s paintings on March 31, 2019 in the Fireside Room. Proceeds from sales were donated to the church.

The Art of John August Swanson – Advent Art Exhibit 

First UMC was pleased to display the works of John August Swanson
during this 2018 Advent season.

Big & small: Creatures of the Sea 2018


leaderboard view photos

View the exhibit program.

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

James He Qi in the Fireside Room

On Sunday May 22, 2016, after worship in the Fireside Room, artist James He Qi (pronounced “Chi”) gave a moving account of his artwork and life. He described growing up during the Cultural Revolution in China and the path that led to his becoming an artist. He explained that his primary goal as a Christian artist is to “reflect peace and hope in his work.”

James is currently an artist-in-residence at Claremont School of Theology for a 2-year stay. He has exhibited extensively world-wide. We thank James for the opportunity to display his beautiful works of art here on campus

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