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.

Skeins of Artistry

There’s a whole lot of clicking going on at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster.

Clicking of knitting needles, that is. On a given Sunday morning, half a dozen knitters grip needles along with hymnals during the worship service.

Several generations of avid male and female knitters bring a sampling of their creative works to the Parrot Gallery on First Friday, March  7, 2014, 6-9 p.m. for an opening reception of “Skeins of Artistry.”

Artists include: Ken Beam, Lin Bowman, Steve Carlson, Carol Eby Good, Sydney Esch, Christy Heatwole, Gladys Horst, Lauren Kreider, Janet Lind, Susanne Mundok, Sarah Myers, Carol Spicher Steve Stayrook, Carolyn Weaver, Mary Lou Weaver Houser .

Their projects, accompanied by stories about how they first learned, range from clothing to prayer shawls to innovative art pieces. A monthly knitting group of 8-10 individuals keeps the church supplied with colorful prayer shawls to distribute as people in the community face difficulty. They also knit scarves for recent high school graduates as a Thanksgiving gift.

Knitting has been making a come-back among the general public. Knitting blogs and websites abound.

Yarn-bombing erupts here and there in Lancaster around telephone poles, mailboxes, or other unexpected places. The front yard of Community Mennonite’s Steve Carlson sports yarn along with an interactive chalk art feature.

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Carol Spicher

Steve Carlson

The most ambitious of national yarn events involved a year-long Knit-the-Bridge project in Pittsburgh to wrap the Andy Warhol bridge in miles of yarn. As conceived by Amanda Gross, a masters graduate of the Center for Justice and Peace-building at Eastern Mennonite University, knitting bonded over 1900 volunteers in this ambitious 2013 community public-art installation.

Knit-the-Bridge sponsored hundreds of knit-ins all over Allegheny County to “connect and bridge communities.” See http://knitthebridge.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/sprout-video-featuring-knit-the-bridge/.

Although Community Mennonite has yet to tackle the Fruitville Pike Bridge, they are playfully bridging communities with a network of their knitted prayers.

“Skeins of Artistry” runs through April 2014.

Call 392-7567 for week-day viewing.

Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster

328 West Orange Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Lead Pastor: Susan Gascho-Cooke
Associate Pastor: Chad Martin
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