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!

Current Exhibit

Summer 2018 “For The Time Being”  
Artist Joel Nickel

“For the Time Being” suggests that contemporary art, while it can interpret the present, is marked by time itself, and it will soon surrender its meaning and power to allure the eye when ignored and forgotten.

Joel Nickel

About the Artist

Joel Nickel is a retired Lutheran pastor living in West Salem. He served inner city parishes in Detroit, MI and Chicago, IL; campus ministry in Champaign, IL; and Calvary Lutheran Church in
Stayton, OR. Along the way he attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, the Oregon College of Arts & Craft, and summer cloisonné enamel workshops with Jean Tudor at the Grünewald Guild in Plains, WA.

The gouache paintings in the exhibit are for the most part painted in the style of geometric abstraction, balancing color and form in an asymmetrical manner.


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.



A Glimpse of Some of Our Past Gallery Exhibits