Parrot Gallery

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.

Upcoming Show

Plain Meetinghouses, photographer John Herr
Fragmentation, art educator Kay Reist
Friday, september 1, 2017, 5-8 pm

The Parrot Gallery features a double-header on First Friday, September 1, 2017, 5-8 p.m., with its two new exhibits: “Plain Meetinghouses” by photographer John Herr and “Fragmentation” by art educator Kay Reist.

Upstairs at Community Mennonite, 328 W Orange Street, guests get to view the evocative Herr images and at 7:00 p.m. hear a presentation by Herr along with editor Cheryl Weber and book designer-editor-author Beth Oberholtzer whose book, Plain Meetinghouses, showcases more than 22 simple rural houses of worship. 300 photographs by Herr as well as diagrams are included in this new release that lovingly documents all aspects of the meetinghouses–from the practical aspects of design to the arrangement of benches and tables central to worship among Lancaster County’s plain communities.

John Herr is a well-known architectural photographer whose work has been published widely. Bicycling to many of the meetinghouses, Herr hopes to remind people that the startling utilitarian beauty of these spaces is a community asset to be valued and preserved. An Old Order Mennonite craftswoman created all photo frames in the exhibit out of reclaimed wood.

Beth Oberholtzer has written and photographed several volumes on the folk arts of eastern Pennsylvania, and she has designed hundreds of books for clients. Beth and John are tenth- and eleventh-generation descendants of Swiss-German Mennonites who settled in Lancaster County in the early 1700’s to escape religious persecution

Downstairs in the Parrot Gallery, Kay Reist exhibits her playful explorations of fragmentation, a postmodern artistic method which helps the viewer see the disorder and rawness of the multiplicity of ideas one carries around inside! Inspired by David Lewis’ interpretation of postmodern work, Reist also cites Romare Bearden and Faith Ringgold who present everyday images and stories of their African-American heritage in fresh ways. Her pieces are numbered chronologically with narrative about the creative process of each.

Kay Reist continues a long profession of teaching art in the Elizabethtown Area High School. She brings to the classroom an undergraduate degree from Moore College of Art and Design and a Masters in Art Education from Kutztown University. Reist is also certified in Children’s Literature from Penn State-World Campus.

 “Plain Meetinghouses” and “Fragmentation” run from September 1-October 29, 2017.
The Parrot Gallery is open on First Fridays, Sundays, and during the week by appointment.
Call 717-392-7567.


Mary Lou

Preacher’s table, Pike Meetinghouse
Photographer John Herr

Groffdale Meetinghouse in fog
Photographer John Herr

Mary Lou

“Jesus’ First Birthday Party” – Kay Reist

“Self Portrait” – Kay Reist