Parrot Gallery is a project of artists and musicians worshiping at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Art exhibits are open for downtown Lancaster First Fridays and by appointment with church office. Regular gallery talks are scheduled with each featured artist.
Parrot Gallery Celebrates Five Years
For The Parrot Gallery’s 5th anniversary celebration, fifteen artists—a woodworker, potter, digital designer, bamboo artist, painters, photographers, and sculptors—all pay tribute to Chris Longenecker's 2013-2014 year as Lancaster City's Poet Laureate. This event offers a triple opportunity: to honor the work of all of Lancaster City's poet laureates, to celebrate Chris Longenecker in particular, and also to mark five wonderful years for the Parrot Gallery!
The artists created artwork inspired by Longenecker's selected poem, "By a different road," for the First Friday 5-9 p.m. opening reception which also includes a 7:00 poetry reading by Chris Longenecker. A sampling of individual artist statements cite specifics about Longenecker’s whimsy which fueled their imaginations:
"up a thousand thousand flights of stairs"
We take stair flights, over and over, often having no idea what will await us at the top. The flights of fancy in the life of Chris Longenecker have led to countless refugee friends, botanical gardens, theater and a husband, not to mention delightful poetry—both published and recited.
Cheers to our 2013-2014 Lancaster City Poet Laureate!
"GPS Signal Lost"
Chris' metaphor comparing life's journey with traveling—especially driving—resonated strongly with me. . . There is no calm voice from the GPS to let us know when to turn -- into marriage, into parenthood, into job change, into opening our hearts to family and strangers. And the highways are gnarled and tangled; it's impossible to see anything beyond the exit ramp and the big sign that says "NO RETURN ACCESS". . .
“Redbird, fly away”
Dirty walls, littered streets.
Light, open sky.
Redbird will fly.
The 5th Anniversary exhibit runs through October 26, 2014.