Visual art serves to enhance our world and our worship and to express our thoughts and feelings in ways beyond everyday communication.

Seeking Solace –
Faces and Places that reflect our times

  • John Gallant
We look out a window, seek out nature, and imagine places that we can escape to.  Each person in this show has portrayed their own individual response.  Some of the works were made prior to the pandemic but continue to answer our need for solace.  Seven of the works are currently hanging in the sanctuary of UUCS.

These are the participating artists and an art statement regarding their work:

Elena Botts
Elena’s work includes altered photographs, digital media, and portrait drawings.  She has also created sound and moving image artwork, as well as multimedia and conceptual projects.  Elena is also a writer and published poet. See below for more information.

Hannah Cole
From Hope Cole:  Hannah just turned 12 on August 15th and is in 7th grade. She LOVES to draw and paint. Typically she spends her time drawing Sparky, her original Pokemon character and star of her comic series. But for the Art Show, she did a landscape. It was the first time she’s done a natural scene in two years. We’re all so proud of it!

Denise Dittmar
These works show my love of nature.  I am beginning to paint plein air as seen in the oil paining, Japanese Garden Pond.  The other three paintings are acrylic and include: and The Church, Coastal Sky, and Seeking Solace. The last one is an imagined self-portrait that I began as I recovered from Covid-19.  I am pursuing more portrait painting as well as work that express ideas about women and mythology.

John Gallant
John was part of a workshop that combined elements to make a collage of inspiring quotes and images along with abstract acrylic pouring techniques.  He chose this one for the show because of its color, inspiration, and balance.

Judy Gruner
These paintings of familiar scenes of Bethany Beach represent my happy place. I’m very lucky to be able to come here for rest and renewal and to see my beach friends.

Brent Harris
From Mary Matheny:  My nephew, Brent Harris, is from Lexington Ky.  He and one of his brothers has an inherited recessive eye condition called Stargardt’s disease that manifests itself in late teenagers.  It is considered a juvenile form of macular degeneration.  He was declared legally blind at 16, his brother at 17.  He started painting in acrylic in his 20’s, with no formal instruction.  I think he is pretty amazing!

Bonnie Lepoff
September 13, 2017, our first morning game drive in Kruger National Park in South Africa. This is my favorite picture taken barely an hour into our first day in the park. The zebras were enjoying the shade right next to the road. I thought they were being congenial but our guide said they place their heads on each other’s back so their tails keep the flies off the other’s face. Cooperative living at its finest!

Denise Lorenz
A few years ago, I joined the painters’ group at UUCS, and met a group of knowledgeable and talented watercolorists. Despite my lack of experience, they were patient and helpful. Our biweekly zoom meetings have been a great source of support and friendship to me during the pandemic. With their encouragement, I painted what I’m calling “Lost in the Clouds”.

Art in situ:

More about Elena Botts