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.

Paths of Creativity

Ellen Hollinger Kanagy, psychotherapist and spiritual director

Friday, April 6, 2018, 6-9 pm


Psychotherapist Ellen Hollinger Kanagy, who is also a spiritual director and former hospice social worker, shares her “Paths of Creativity” on First Friday, April 6, 2018, 6-9 p.m. in the Parrot Gallery at 328 W Orange Street.

Her visual creative path–expressed through Process, Play, Prayer, and a Personal Perspective–includes collage, mixed media, acrylic paint pouring, and alcohol ink pieces. Kanagy offers this first public display of a private endeavor with hopes to engage with others in a new way.

She notes that the process of creating is at times a relief, and reflecting on finished pieces often brings new insight. Her play with medium and technique has led her from her first loves of collage and mixed media into her more recent exploration with acrylic paint pouring and alcohol inks.

Several collages are visual prayers around a theme or idea from Kanagy’s time spent with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Other pieces emerged from prayerful aspects of noticing, resting, surrendering, struggling, and yes, playing!

Often during the creative process she receives a gift: her personal perspective needs to surrender to what is, rather than to what she wishes for. Brené Brown has said, “When I make creating a priority, everything else in my life works better.” The visual arts aid and sustain Kanagy in finding balance and authenticity in her life.

Kanagy has taken classes through the Lancaster County Art Association and continues to learn much through self-education–books, online resources, spiritual directors, artists, poets, authors, friends, pastors, and colleagues


 “Paths of Creativity” runs from March 2 through April 29, 2018.
The Parrot Gallery is open on First Fridays and Sunday mornings. 

Appointments can be made during the week.
Call 717-392-7567


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