Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Free. Open to the public daily through October 3, 2018
From now through October 3rd an exhibition of a variety of artwork by Jean Heidenreich is on display at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis (where Lyndale and Hennepin cross). Park on the east side. When a person at the desk inside sees you at the door, it will be opened for you. Or push a button on the post. The exhibit is in the large first floor room and extends into the hallway between that room and the sanctuary.
This exhibit consists of about one third calligraphy pieces and about two thirds a variety of multi-media works. Many are in the genres of Experimental Art and Abstract Art. If you want to know more about any painting, look in the Notebook About The Artwork In The Exhibit By Jean Heidenreich which is readily available at the desk. You can learn about the kinds of papers, inks, paints, tools and techniques used, as well as sizes, prices and additional information.
While there take special notice of a painting by Diane von Arx located on the elevator wall across from the desk. Enjoy the gold leaf letters “In the beginning was the word”. Also, see the incredible slate carving created by Janey Westin and Charlie Hughes (next to the elevator door).
A note from Janey Westin on the slate carving:
The letter carved work at Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church is a quote that John Wesley, founder of the church, referred to often. When we were researching the quote with Jean Heidenreich, we found out that Wesley did not compose it. The author is unknown. Perhaps Wesley's mother had cross-stitched it and had it hanging on the wall when he was young?? Who knows?
It is carved in a 4' x 5' piece of Brazilian slate. Charlie and I both worked on the layout-- one of the most difficult layout challenges that I've ever worked on because of the multiple repetitions of wording. We wanted the content and message, not the repetitions, to be the focus of the piece. I did the carving and painting of the inscription. The Methodist Church symbol at the bottom is variegated copper leafed. It is permanently mounted in its space. We added the framing after the slate was mounted.