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Celebration of the Arts began in 1972 and is a 13 day festival of the arts. In its 41st year, Celebration has grown to represent one of the largest juried sacred art shows in the country. It features artists from throughout the region in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, fiber, photography, and more. During the 13 day festival there are many individual events including concerts, drama, and art activities.

Past Galleries: 2014 |2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | PERMANENT COLLECTION


February 14-15, 2014 -  Artwork received from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
February 18, 2014 -  Notification Cards Mailed
February 21, 2014 -  Artists' Reception from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, open to the public
February 22 - March 4, 2014 - Show open to the public from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
February 23, 2014 - Gallery Walk from 9:30 - 10:30 am
February 26, 2014 - Gallery Walk from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
February 23, 2014 - Early Music Michigan Concert 4:00 pm
March 2, 2014 - Celebration Sunday 11:00 am
March 5, 2014 - Show open to the public from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
March 5, 2014 - Off the Wall Party from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
March 5, 2014 - Ash Wednesday Service at 6:00 pm

Tish2014 JUROR

Delbert Michel
is a Professor Emeritus of art at Hope College, where he served on the faculty from 1964 to 2003. He has studied, taught, and exhibited across the United States and around the world. Michel describes his work as lyrical and colorful abstractions and derives his inspiration from a variety of sources...."the color, atmosphere and energy in nature, the sense of history and timelessness discovered in cultural artifacts, and his roots in Abstract Expressionism." He maintains a studio in Traverse City, Michigan. More information is available at



February, 2014
•  The 2014 Gallery is now online. Click here >>
•  The 2014 Awards have been selected. Click here >>
•  The 2014 Artists have been selected. Click here >>

•  Our Congregation´s Choice Selection is the watercolor, "In Touch with the Elders of Chartres" by Alan Adsmond. This piece will hang in Wesley Hall for everyone to enjoy.

•  The 2014 Special Series Flyer has been mailed and is available online. Click here >>

November, 2013
•  The 2014 Entry Form has been mailed and is available online. Click here >>
•  The 2014 Juror has been selected.

Mailing List!
If you would like to be added to our mailing list for Celebration, please submit the "Join The Mailing List" form below or contact Ruth Strohmer, Mailing Coordinator at Please indicate if you are an artist. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS!.



Special Guest Exhibit:
The Spectrum Health Expressive Arts Program
Under the direction of professional staff, the residents and patients in this therapeutic program express themselves as individuals, gaining independence and the motivation to be artistically creative. Visit our main floor gallery to view this inspiring exhibit.

Artists´ Reception
Friday, February 21 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in Wesley Hall
Presentation of awards, jazz, and special desserts! Open to the public.

Celebration of the Arts Gallery Opening
Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Gallery Walk-through Celebration of the Arts
Sunday, February 23 at 9:30 am in Wesley Hall
Wednesday, February 26 at 12:00 pm in Wesley Hall

Experience this year´s show through the special insight of Nancy Clouse, artist and faculty member from Grand Rapids Community College.

Early Music Michigan
Sunday, February 23 at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary
Early Music Michigan is devoted to the lively interpretation of music from earlier eras. In this concert, they present the monumental work of Dietrich Buxtehude, Membra Jesu Nostri (The Limbs of Jesus), a work considered to be the first Protestant Oratorio.

Celebration Sunday
Sunday, March 2 at 11:00 am in the sanctuary
A festive morning service on the last Sunday before Lent, featuring a Dixieland band, led by Bob Nixon.

Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, March 5, 6:00 pm in the sanctuary
A service featuring music of Taizé in a reflective and solemn setting.

We look forward to having you with us!



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Oils, acrylics, watercolors, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, textiles, collage, photography, multi-media, etc.

$20.00 for the first entry, $10.00 for the second entry. Entries are limited to two pieces per person. Make checks payable to: First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Arts Council.

1. Work should express a religious or spiritual quality. A note of explanation may be attached for the juror?s use.
2. All works must be dry and ready for presentation.
3. Two-dimensional work must be framed and ready to hang with proper hangers and wire.
4. No unframed glass will be accepted.
5. Works to be hung must not exceed 5 ft. x 7 ft. and should weigh no more than 30 lbs.
6. No slides of artwork will be accepted.
7. No prints will be accepted. Original artwork only.

Works may be sold. FUMC Arts Council takes no commission. Those works not for sale (NFS) must be so marked.

Entries will be handled with all possible care. FUMC will not be responsible for loss or damage from any cause whatsoever.

1. Download the Entry Form Click here >>
2. Fill out and attach the identification cards to the back upper left corner of each entry.
3. Deliver the cards with the artwork (do not mail) to FUMC, 227 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI (use back parking lot entry) February 14 - 15 between 10 am - 4 pm. See website or call (616) 451.2879 in case of bad weather.

For shipping instructions, contact Carol McNally, Associate Director of Music and the Arts, at  Pieces must be received by Thursday, February 13, 2014 to be entered into the show.

Notification cards will be mailed Tuesday, February 18.

Entries not selected must be picked up February 19 - 21 between 10 am - 6 pm. Selected entries should be picked up March 6 - 7 between 10 am - 6 pm. All entries must be picked up by the artist or artist representative with the mailed notification card.