Permanent Art Collection

The Cumming First United Methodist Permanent Collection currently resides in the narthex (lobby) of the sanctuary building.  The building is open to public on a daily basis and people are welcome to come and view the artwork at their leisure.

To view a larger image, click on the picture.  To visit the artist’s website, click on the artist’s name.

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“Trinidad” by Felix Berroa

Felix Berroa

This piece was a gift of the artist to the Festival of Arts in 2016. It is painted with acrylics and hangs on the main level of the narthex.

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“First Snow” by Celia Durand

Celia Durand

This piece was purchased in 2016. It is a digitally painted photograph and hangs on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“I Have Miles to Go Before I Sleep” by Mary Negron

Mary Negron

This piece was purchased in 2016. It is painted with oils and hangs on the main floor of the narthex.

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“Swirl” by Phillip Winter

Phillip Winter

This piece was purchased in 2016. It is a photograph and hangs on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Fun Room Folly” by Ann Thompson

This piece was purchased in 2016. It was painted with watercolors and hangs on the main floor of the narthex.

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“The Very Old Steps” by Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy

This piece was purchased in 2016. It is painted with acrylics and hangs on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

In the Beginning

“In The Beginning” by Barbara Hart-Wilson

This piece was purchased in 2016. It is created with cold wax, oil, and graphite and hangs on the main floor of the narthex.

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“Denis Diederot” by Allen Ferg

Allen Ferg

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is made from clay and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

“Under the Bridge” by Kevin Whitley

This piece was purchased in 2015. It was created with acrylic paint and charcoal and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

 

“Cerulean Dream” by Patrick McGannon

Patrick McGannon

This piece was purchased in 2015. It received the Cumming FUMC Award and it is painted using oil paint and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

 

“Line of Bradford Pears” by Jill McGannon

Jill McGannon

This piece was purchased in 2015.  It is painted with oil paint and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

 

“Making Irish Music” by Barbara Walsh

Barbara Walsh

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is painted with watercolors and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

 

“Just a Little Bit Longer” by Jeanne Matey

This piece was purchased in 2015.  It is painted using oil paint and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

 

“Lenox at Peachtree” by Sally Evans

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is painted with acrylic paint and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex. It depicts a scene very familiar to Atlantans.

“Long Room” by Jan Connell

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is a photograph and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

 

“Fall at Saint Elmo” by Jerry Bryson

This piece was purchased in 2015l.  It is painted using oil paint and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

 

“Atonement” by Richard Jacobus

Richard Jacobus

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is painted with acrylic paint. The three trees represent the three crosses at the crucifixion. The red triangles are symbolic of the pain of the blood shed by Jesus for our sins and the green leaves are symbolic of the new life they bring. The traditional cross is visible in the background and the white cloth of the resurrection is draped across the top of the painting. It is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

 

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“Great Blue Heron” by Nick Youdell

This piece was purchase in 2015. It was carved from wood then painted and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Manta Ray” by Nick Youdell

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is carved from wood and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Dolphin Trio” by Nick Youdell

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is carved from wood and placed on a sea shell base and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Breaching Humpback Whale” by Nick Youdell

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is carved from wood and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Bird” by Jerry Sanders

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is carved from wood and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Bird” by Jerry Sanders

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is carved from wood and placed on a sea stone base and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Bird” by Jerry Sanders

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is carved from wood and placed on a sea stone base and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Bowl with Turquoise Inlay” by Sam Brasher

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is turned wood with turquoise inlay and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Dish with Bark” by Sam Brasher

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is turned wood with the bark retained as the edge of the bowl and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Bowl” by Sam Brasher

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is turned wood and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Bowl with Turquoise Bands” by Sam Brasher

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is turned wood with turquoise inlaid in two rings around the lip of the bowl. It is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Plate” by Sam Brasher

This piece was purchase in 2015. It is turned wood and is located on the main level of the narthex.

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“Decorated Platter” by Sam Brasher

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is turned wood decorated with ink and is located on the main level of the narthex.

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“Bowl” by Sam Brasher

This piece was purchased in 2015. It is turned wood and is located on the main level of the narthex.

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“Ghost Trees” by Pamela DeWitt

Pamela DeWitt

This piece was purchased in 2014 and hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.  It is created by painting on the back of safety glass and then breaking the glass to create a crackle effect.

 

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“Cades Cove United Methodist Church” by James E. Daniel, Sr.

This piece was purchased in 2014 and hangs in the main narthex level.  It is painted using acrylic paint.

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“Pigeon in Dogwood” by Jane Burke

Jane Burke

This piece was purchased in 2013 and hangs in the main narthex level.  This maquetry piece is created by inlaying wood pieces cut using an Exacto knife.

Eve's Orchard by Shijun Munns

“Eve’s Orchard” by Shijun Munns

Shijun Munns

This painting was purchased in 2013 and hangs in the main narthex level.  Look carefully for the various animals depicted.

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“Winter in the Smokies” by John Seibel

John Seibel

This photograph was purchased in 2012 and hangs in the main narthex level.

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“She Wore Violet Shoes” by Kristina Laurendi Havens

Kristina Laurendi Havens

This piece was purchased in 2012 and hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.

 

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“Dark & Light Blue Bottle” by Scott Gamble

Scott Gamble

The large bottle pictured was purchased in 2011 along with two other works by Mr. Gamble.  It is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.  It is hand blown glass.

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“Lime Green & Blue Bottle” by Scott Gamble

Scott Gamble

Purchased in 2011 along with two other works by Mr. Gamble, the bottle is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.  It is hand blown glass.

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“Lime Green & Blue Incalmo Bowl” by Scott Gamble

Scott Gamble

Purchased in 2011 along with two other works by Mr. Gamble, the bowl is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.  It is hand blown glass.

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“Fast” by Keith Luengen

Keith Luengen

Purchased in 2013, this piece hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.  This photograph was also the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Festival of Arts.

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“Anna in the Daisies” by Debra Kauffman Yaun

Debra Kauffman Yaun

Purchased in 2010, this piece hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.  It is done entirely with colored pencils.

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“Austere” by Kathryn Muse

Purchased in 2010, this photograph is located in the mezzanine level of the narthex (lobby.)

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“Birds Triptych” by Nathan Skinner

This triptych (three panels) was purchased in 2010 and hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.  It is painted with acrylic paint and covered with a thick resin.

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“Indian Seats” by Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy

This piece was purchased in 2009 and hangs in the main level of the narthex.

Reverence

“Reverence” by Julie Deane

Julie Deane

This piece was purchased in 2009 and hangs in the main level of the narthex.  The medium is charcoal.

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“Mystic Pier” by Travis Rhoads

Travis Rhoads

This piece was purchased in 2011 and hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Ponce Inlet” by John Deas

John Deas

This piece was purchased in 2009 and hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Untitled” by Jennifer Folea

This piece was purchased in 2009 and hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.  The medium is charcoal.

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“Rorschach Psyche” by Albie McCann

This piece was purchased in 2012 and hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.  The medium is pen and ink.

Lweis Still Life

“Still Life” by T J Lewis

This piece was gifted to the church by the Chancel Choir.  The painting was done by choir member, Rev. TJ Lewis and was part of the 2011 Festival of Arts and is located on the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Apples” by Marsha Patterson

This piece was the first acquired by the Festival of Arts on behalf of the church in 2008.  The piece hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.  The medium is colored pencils with glaze finish.

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“Right Side” by Craig Wilson

This piece was donated by the artist in 2009.  It hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.  It is a woodcut print.

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“Bridge” by Allison Murphy

This etching was gifted to the church in 2012 after having been shown in the Festival of Arts.  It hangs in the mezzanine of the narthex.

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“Hope Angel” by Kristina Laurendi Havens

Kristina Laurendi Havens

This signed print of this work was gifted to the church in 2011 following the Festival of Arts.  It hangs in the mezzanine level of the narthex.

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“Creation Pipes” by Various Artists

In 2011 the Festival of Arts acquired a set of functional wooden organ pipes from a discarded pipe organ.  The pipes were stripped to the bare wood and the mouths, feet and stoppers were refinished.  The pipes were then distributed to 50 different artists who each painted a pipe with some sort of scene of “creation”.  The case was then designed by John Hutchinson to compliment the pipe organ case in the sanctuary.

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“Creation Pipes” by Various Artists

In 2011 the Festival of Arts acquired a set of functional wooden organ pipes from a discarded pipe organ.  The pipes were stripped to the bare wood and the mouths, feet and stoppers were refinished.  The pipes were then distributed to 50 different artists who each painted a pipe with some sort of scene of “creation”.  The case was then designed by John Hutchinson to compliment the pipe organ case in the sanctuary.  Above is a detail of the right main column.

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“Creation Pipes” by Various Artists

In 2011 the Festival of Arts acquired a set of functional wooden organ pipes from a discarded pipe organ.  The pipes were stripped to the bare wood and the mouths, feet and stoppers were refinished.  The pipes were then distributed to 50 different artists who each painted a pipe with some sort of scene of “creation”.  The case was then designed by John Hutchinson to compliment the pipe organ case in the sanctuary.  Above is a detail of the center main column.

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“Creation Pipes” by Various Artists

In 2011 the Festival of Arts acquired a set of functional wooden organ pipes from a discarded pipe organ.  The pipes were stripped to the bare wood and the mouths, feet and stoppers were refinished.  The pipes were then distributed to 50 different artists who each painted a pipe with some sort of scene of “creation”.  The case was then designed by John Hutchinson to compliment the pipe organ case in the sanctuary.  Above is a detail of the left main column.

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“Egg” by Marsha Patterson

The “Eggstraordinary Outdoor Art Exhibit” is a project of the Women’s Club and the Parks and Recreation Department of Forsyth County.  The eggs are placed throughout the county at various locations and were painted by various artists.  As “The Arts Church”, Cumming FUMC is the only church to host one of the eggs.  The egg was painted by Marsha Patterson and installed in 2010.  It contains numerous Christian symbols including the Monarch Butterfly, Rose of Sharon, Morning Glories, etc.  It is located in the main yard immediately outside the main sanctuary.  It is constructed of fiberglass, painted with acrylic paint and covered in Clear Coat.

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“Egg” by Marsha Patterson

The “Eggstraordinary Outdoor Art Exhibit” is a project of the Women’s Club and the Parks and Recreation Department of Forsyth County.  The eggs are placed throughout the county at various locations and were painted by various artists.  As “The Arts Church”, Cumming FUMC is the only church to host one of the eggs.  The egg was painted by Marsha Patterson and installed in 2010.  It contains numerous Christian symbols including the Monarch Butterfly, Rose of Sharon, Morning Glories, etc.  It is located in the main yard immediately outside the main sanctuary.  It is constructed of fiberglass, painted with acrylic paint and covered in Clear Coat.  Above is a detail while the egg was in the artist’s home.

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“Egg” by Marsha Patterson

The “Eggstraordinary Outdoor Art Exhibit” is a project of the Women’s Club and the Parks and Recreation Department of Forsyth County.  The eggs are placed throughout the county at various locations and were painted by various artists.  As “The Arts Church”, Cumming FUMC is the only church to host one of the eggs.  The egg was painted by Marsha Patterson and installed in 2010.  It contains numerous Christian symbols including the Monarch Butterfly, Rose of Sharon, Morning Glories, etc.  It is located in the main yard immediately outside the main sanctuary.  It is constructed of fiberglass, painted with acrylic paint and covered in Clear Coat.  Above is a detail while the egg was in the artist’s home.

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“Egg” by Marsha Patterson

The “Eggstraordinary Outdoor Art Exhibit” is a project of the Women’s Club and the Parks and Recreation Department of Forsyth County.  The eggs are placed throughout the county at various locations and were painted by various artists.  As “The Arts Church”, Cumming FUMC is the only church to host one of the eggs.  The egg was painted by Marsha Patterson and installed in 2010.  It contains numerous Christian symbols including the Monarch Butterfly, Rose of Sharon, Morning Glories, etc.  It is located in the main yard immediately outside the main sanctuary.  It is constructed of fiberglass, painted with acrylic paint and covered in Clear Coat.  Above is a detail while the egg was in the artist’s home.

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“Waters of Jordan” by Kevin Whitley

The first piece to be hung in the narthex is also the largest.  It occupies one entire wall and consists of thirty 4’x4′ panels.  The piece was created by artist Kevin Whitley who sketched the work on a grid and then transferred the grid to the panels.  Latex house paint was used to create the work.  It was the inspiration behind starting the Festival of Arts.

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“Celebration Cross” by Kevin Whitley

Commissioned by the Festival of Arts in 2012, the Celebration Cross was originally conceived by Director of Music & Arts, John Hutchinson, who designed the form, commissioned the cabinet maker Richie Erwin, and collaborated with artist Kevin Whitley on the content. Kevin then took the concept further by painting it with his interpretations of traditional Christian symbols. The cross is made of wood, is hollow, and fits over the existing cross above the organ case in the sanctuary like a sleeve.

At the end of each arm are the traditional symbols of the four gospels: St. Matthew, a divine man; St. Mark, a winged lion; St. Luke, a winged ox; and St. John, a rising eagle. At the center of the cross is the traditional symbol for Jesus: the Lamb of God, carrying the banner of victory.

Represented in the arms are the primary seasons of the church year: Advent, the Old Testament scroll; Christmas, the nativity star; Epiphany, the crowns of the three wise men; Lent, the communion cup, bread, and crown of thorns; Easter, the traditional trumpet lilies; Pentecost, the descending dove.

The cross is used during high holy seasons and us up from the first Sunday in Advent through Baptism of the Lord Sunday and then again from Easter Sunday through Pentecost Sunday.