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Neighborhood churches to exhibit art

A two day conference, and following art exhibit open to the public, uses art to bridge the gap between cultures, with over 300 pieces of original artwork and eight participating churches.
The Bleeding Border, Sergio Gomez

The Bleeding Border, Sergio Gomez /Courtesy of Eyekons Gallery

Underwriting support from:
Kings Solomon and Sheba, Steve Prince

Kings Solomon and Sheba, Steve Prince /Courtesy of Eyekons Gallery

Last Supper, John Swanson

Last Supper, John Swanson /Courtesy of Eyekons Gallery

Beginning on April 25-26, a conference will kick off the "Who is My Neighbor" event that will feature eight downtown churches exhibiting artwork through May 11. 

According to a report, the event is "an ecumenical art conference and exhibit hosted by eight neighborhood churches in downtown Grand Rapids. The central focus of the conference is to use art to bridge the gap between different cultures (primarily focused on Latino/Hispanic, Anglo and African American) as well as different Christian religious views. In other words, create a bridge to learn about our neighbors. There will be over 300 pieces of original artwork on display."

The two day conference will have 25 workshops and feature nine presenters. Fees for the conference range from $50 to $150 with student and group rates available. For registration information visit  eyekons gallery event page or call 616-235-2929.

Artwork will be on display and open to the public April 27- May 11 with free admission.

Participating churches:

  • First United Methodist Church
  • Westminster Presbyterian 
  • LaGrave Avenue CRC
  • Bethlehem Lutheran 
  • St. George Antiochian Orthodox 
  • Catholic Information Center
  • Grace CRC
  • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox 

The event is being organized by The Catholic Information Center,  Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) and Eyekons Gallery.

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