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.


January - February 2019

    Acrylic and Watercolor Artist - Paula Carlson
 Artist Talk at Peace Lutheran Church - Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM

 Raised in Illinois, Ms. Carlson graduated with a BA and MA in Art and Teaching of Art from Northern Illinois University. She moved to New York City in 1970, teaching art and art history for 32 years. After retirement, she opened a studio in Brooklyn and in 2001 had her first solo exhibition in Soho on Sept. 7, 2011. The exhibit promptly closed on Sept. 9, as lower Manhattan became off limits for months. Other shows followed in New York Galleries but none would be as memorable.

 She has been a docent at the Portland Art Museum for 10 years and a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon since 2006. Her paintings are in many public and private collections nationally and internationally.

 A sense of place has always been Carlson’s choice of subject for painting and all the artists that she admires most, Cezanne, Monet, Homer and Wyeth share that same need to express their personal experience of the world in which they live. Most of her inspiration comes from the Northwest landscape, from the woods, rocks, water and the mountains of Oregon. She has selected a few pieces for an exhibition at the Balcony Gallery at Peace Lutheran to show the range of places that she has painted in acrylic and watercolor   As with many Northwest artists, she has found that it is hard not to be overwhelmed by the beauty of Oregon.

A Glimpse of Some of Our Past Gallery Exhibits