Chapel Art Gallery

A small gallery open to the public as well as church members. Past exhibits have included Racine Arts Council community art projects, congregation artist retrospectives, and Underground Railroad Quilt Collaboration with The Mahogany Gallery of Racine.

The Chapel Gallery has two new hangings this month. First, visit the east end to see representations of The Stations of the Cross, hung in conjunction with the Racine Symphony's Good Friday concert. Pull up a chair and spend quiet moments reflecting on these pieces from A Sanctified Art.

Hanging in the rest of the gallery are paintings by First Presbyterian member Don Tobias. Don has painted for years but became prolific once he retired. His teachers have included Jean Thielen and Denise Zingg. Don, also, notes his artistic bent runs in the family: his mother painted as did his brother and his daughter is a MIAD grad and her son is currently a MIAD student!

Don loves to paint the outdoors and wildlife in acrylics and watercolor. He has created his own studio in his home. And, being someone who enjoys working with his hands, he just heads down to his workshop to do his own matting and framing. Enjoy Don's work, available for purchase, during the month of April! 

The summer of 2019, RAC partnered with First Presbyterian Church and featured the Summer Educational Program of HALO led by Lauren Sommers, Director of Education & Art. The children wrote a play based on the 50th Anniversary pedal car "Sun Ray" by sculptor, Bill Reid.

The play and their artwork were presented on the Ihrman Hall Stage, August 23, 2019 in front of an audience of 60 people. The smiles on their faces when they took a bow, told a new story for them of confidence, hard work, creativity and appreciation.

In June of 2019, the Chapel Art Gallery featured artists from ages six to eighty-eight!

Francine Dee Brown

Samantha Edwards

Sarah Seversen

Marge Henze

Adrianne Paffrath

University Lake School

In April of 2019, the Racine Arts Council hosted “get beHIND the aRTS,” in the Chapel Art Gallery at First Presbyterian Church. The county-wide art show featured people from our local community and from all areas of southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. 

Artists whose work was exhibited were William Bruce, Madison – Black & White Photography; Rebecca Venn, Kenosha – Prisma Colored Pencil & Oils: Claire Zeitmsa, Racine – Pencil Drawing; Gilmore Fine Arts, Racine – Large Collage of Frank Lloyd Wright; Joyce Fleming, Waukesha – Wood Carving: Kathi Wilson, Racine – Color Photography.