Third Floor - Lemon Wing & Foyer
"Jonathan" by Ozora McCarthy, oil painting, ca. 1980 (in the Lewis Room)
Ozora showed her paintings at the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair for several years, and she said this one was always a favorite. She did not want to sell it, but she wanted it to have a permanent home where all could enjoy it, so Ozora gave it to the church in the 1980s. Ozora said of this painting, "There is a feeling about this painting, a bird is near shore or near heaven. You don't know if he is coming or going. But you feel he is at peace."
"Holy Family" by Mildred Danielson, wool sculpture, purchased February 1971.
"The Holy Family was woven in a sculptured pile technique. The high pile, sometimes four inches in depth, is set off by the flat twill background, and housed in an arch-shaped 'frame.' The sculptured area is of varying shades of natural yarn of varying depth, and clipped to shape the abstracted figures." (From notes for Church Art Tour, February 1993 by Betty Anderson)
"This Is the Way" by Emil Weddige, color lithograph.
This lithograph is one of several in the church by Emil Weddige. The other three are in the French Room. The description of this picture says, "In this moving and deeply symbolic representation of the Sacrament of Baptism, the presence of Christ is invoked in a space that is meant to recall our own church's nave. The mood is celebratory of the presence of mystery of God's spirit. The colors and the fantasy-like nature of the work recall the style of Marc Chagall, who was Mr. Weddige's roommate when he studied art in Paris."
Mr. Weddige was a professor of art at the University of Michigan where he taught for 38 years. John Laird was his executor.
"The Congregation" by Wendel Heers, 2007. Water-shaped stones on a limestone base. Purchased with anonymous donations.
Wendel Heers, a member of the church and a professor of Art at the University of Michigan, said, "The inspiration and motivation that caused this piece to be made and to take the form that now defines it ... has a long history, but one with a message that is direct and understandable. ... The stones that make up the forms that represent people are varied as to size, shape and color-just as are the people who make up the membership of the church. The stones also have origins from across the United States-from the Eastern seaboard to the Pacific Coast, and with the preponderance of the stones coming from the Great Lakes Region."
"Tears" by Malcolm Powers, bronze sculpture, gift of Sue Beutler about 1995.
The sculpture was actually cast during the 1970s.