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First Pres Gallery, A Downtown Hidden Treasure, Celebrates Its 50th

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Sarah Savage and Patty Griest are proud of the platform First Pres Gallery offers to the community for religious and inspirational artwork.

First Pres Gallery, situated alongside the theater at First Presbyterian Church, may be one of Fort Wayne's best kept art space secrets, and come January 1st, it will be 50 years old.

To Patty Griest, the 1st gallery chair, and brand new chair, Sarah Savage, performing this labor of love, with the help and support of a very active committee of church members is very rewarding, adding that they work hard, but have a really good time.

They also refer to the passing of the "chair" baton more as an exchange, since Sarah has been Patty's assistant over the years, and now their roles will be reversed.

"Artists in the City," a special exhibition celebrating the gallery's anniversary, curated by Karen Thompson, will open this Friday.

For a look at the gallery's origin, and the contribution it continues to make to the city's art scene, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Patty and Sarah into the studio to discuss the importance of religious art, and their own dedication to the cause.

Event Information:

First Pres Gallery's "Artists in the City" Exhibition, Fort Wayne
December 1st, 2017 through January 14th, 2018
Gallery hours: weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Public Opening Reception
Friday, December 1st, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Doors open on Wayne Street entrance at 5:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the First Presbyterian Church website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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