The Balcony Gallery @ Peace Lutheran Church

Through our visual and liturgical art program, we are broadening our vision of the Christian faith and engaging/welcoming our Salem community. In the past year, the Visual and Liturgical Art Team has sponsored gallery and church tours, established the Balcony Gallery, organized exhibits and art talks. Thanks to Peace members and friends--especially Joel Nickel--we are expanding this new ministry.

Please consider making a donation for gallery costs, honoraria for artists, and art transport. Make tax-deductible gifts to Peace Lutheran Church, with "Visual & Liturgical Art" in the check memo line. Thank you!

Our balcony gallery is open Sunday mornings and other days or evenings upon request. 
To arrange a free tour, call the church office at (503)362-8500.


September - October 2018 "SNIPPETS AND LARGER PIECES"

Scissor cutting (or Scherenschnitte) is a German art form combining elegant composition and exquisite detail. Each drawing is cut with small scissors from a single piece of paper mounted delicately and matted to enhance the depicted scene.

Jim Bornzin, a Silverton artist, and now retired Lutheran pastor, uses fine-pointed, surgical scissors for his art. Inspiration has come from Hans Bittner and Jim’s cousin Merrilee Ottenbacher. Jim’s work is dedicated to the glory of God who is the true creator of nature’s beauty, infinite variety, and detail.

About the Artist

Jim came into contact with scissor cutting, when as a teenager, he watched his aunt’s father, Hans Bittner, doing one of his delicate works. He did one scissor cut in college and one during his seminary years.

In high school Jim served two summers as a commercial art apprentice with his Uncle Verl at Advertising Associates in Chicago. This experience helped refine his watercolor skills, but convinced him that art would make a better avocation than full-time profession. Jim studied Science Engineering at Northwestern University and in the summers worked as a draftsman for several engineering firms. After graduating Jim entered the seminary to study theology. There, he finally identified his calling to be a pastor. Jim was ordained in 1967.

Jim’s work combines elegant composition with exquisite detail. Each piece is dedicated to the glory of God, who is the true creator of nature’s beauty and detail. Unlike silhouettes his cuttings portray depth of scene and subject.

A Glimpse of Some of Our Past Gallery Exhibits