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


Two painters who are also art educators will exhibit their

“Four Weeks”
in the Parrot Gallery on July 7, 2017,
with a 5-8 p.m. First Friday opening reception.
Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster
328 W. Orange Street.

Cara Longacre Hurst and Nancy Cridland Baum have invested years in the classroom—Longacre Hurst at Conestoga Valley High School, and Cridland Baum in many different districts as well as the IU 13. Outside of the classroom, they have devoted “four weeks” to creating for this exhibit.


“Four Weeks.” Cridland Baum writes:

Four weeks, home to lake, lake to home, four weeks.

Painting at home, painting at the lake, sketching here and there.

Observational painting practice asks that you show up. When I show up to paint, particularly in public places, I meet the extraordinary in ordinary people. These momentary friends are thrilled that I bother to paint what we are both seeing. I believe this contributes to the essential goal of a painting. That goal is to reflect beyond the craft into the experience of being alive and into perhaps a deeper mystery.


“Four Weeks.” Longacre Hurst notes:

Her “four weeks” might be considered a visual journal of hope and challenge. Her recent work revolves around wanderings of the imagination related to themes of the mind and heart–themes that she is sorting out . . . and celebrating.

In artistic exploration she seeks to inform herself of ideas, experiences, and divine presence in the process of discerning new directions or places which invite attention.


These two artists met 10 years ago and knew their similar approaches would lead to more conversations.  They support each other and the excitement of sharing this show, and the hope that the work on the walls may reveal something surprising. The belief that art pulls us into unexpected places and directions is one that both artists value.

Nancy Cridland Baum has studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Millersville University—BSE, BFA, and The Mount Gretna School of Art. She has continued study of the human figure in various places, including The Fleisher School in Philadelphia and The Frudakis Academy of figural sculpture.

Cara Longacre Hurst began pursuing a variety of local art classes several years after graduating with a BA from Messiah College. She studied art education at Kutztown University and received her teaching certification in 2001. Since then, she has enjoyed teaching art, painting, and pursing a variety of graduate studio art classes.

“Four Weeks” runs from July 7–August 31, 2017.

The Parrot Gallery is open on First Fridays, Sundays, and during the week by appointment.

Call 717-392-7567.

Mary Lou

“Shoreline” – Nancy Cridland Baum

“Flight” – Cara Longacre Hurst

Mary Lou

“Still life with plate”– Nancy Cridland Baum

“Possibilities” – Cara Longacre Hurst

“Still life with pitcher” – Nancy Cridland Baum