By Paul Rogne, Unity Church Art Team
On Friday, November 10, from 5:00-7:30 p.m., an open reception will be held at Unity Church where visitors can view the art and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served.
The Unity Church Art Team is pleased to open an exhibition of paintings by nationally known Rondo artists, Rose and Melvin Smith in Unity’s Parish Hall. The show is the culmination of a journey that began in 2021 when Unity's Art Team sought out the esteemed artists and longtime Rondo neighborhood residents, hoping to purchase one of their art works. After a tour of Unity’s permanent art collection, they agreed to sell one of Rose’s paintings, an image of a woman whom she met in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. That painting now hangs in the Center Room. The Art Team and Unity Church were doubly privileged when the Smith’s consented to a full exhibition of their latest paintings, which have never before been shown.
The Smith’s paintings have been featured at galleries in New York City, Chicago, Oklahoma, and at Minneapolis’s Weisman Museum. The new works include a series of paintings by Rose depicting flowers arranged in the style of Ikibana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement. Melvin’s works are colorful collages inspired by the classical American dance form, the Jitterbug.
The exhibition will be on view in Unity’s Parish Hall through November 2023.
Beloved Community Resources
Unity Justice Database
Team Dynamics House of Intersectionality
Anti-Racism Resources in the Unity Libraries Collection
Creative Writers of Color in Unity Libraries
The History of Race Relations and Unity Church, 1850-2005
Beloved Community Staff Team
The Beloved Community Staff Team (BCST) strengthens and coordinates Unity’s antiracism and multicultural work, and provides opportunities for congregants and the church to grow into greater intercultural competency. We help the congregation ground itself in the understanding of antiracism and multiculturalism as a core part of faith formation. We support Unity’s efforts to expand our collective capacity to imagine and build the Beloved Community. Here, we share the stories of this journey — the struggles, the questions, and the collaborations — both at Unity and in the wider world.
The current members of the Beloved Community Staff Team include Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, Rev. KP Hong, Rev. Lara Cowtan, Barbara Hubbard, Drew Danielson, Laura Park, Lia Rivamonte and Angela Wilcox.