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Clare Gallery


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The Clare Gallery is a not-for-profit professional exhibition gallery located in the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry. Clare Gallery exhibitions, receptions, and artist lectures are free and open to the public. The Clare Gallery Committee promotes the arts through its exhibits and educational programs which focus on world religious, interfaith, and social justice themes.


Committee members promote the Gallery by generating written and visual publicity materials; setting up and taking down exhibits; providing hospitality at receptions; coordinating scheduling with other parish ministries; researching art and artists for exhibits; and coordinating the Gallery's finances and fundraising opportunities.

Clare Gallery hours are from:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays;
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and
  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.

Free parking is available directly across from the Church and Urban Center, and the facility is handicapped accessible.

Upcoming/Current Exhibit:

THE MINIMUM BIBLE by Joseph Novak, Presbyterian Pastor and Graphic Designer. August 11 to October 12, 2017.

A New England premiere, The Minimum Bible, an exhibition of graphic design artwork by Michigan artist and Presbyterian Pastor, Joseph Novak. Being a pastor and a graphic designer, Novak considered whether the books of the Old and New Testament could be rendered utilizing essential symbols and themes. If successfully done, the images would visually communicate the books’ overall stories. The result is the series The Minimum Bible. The Clare Gallery will be exhibiting 30 of the 66 images, from both the Old and New Testament series.

This exhibition extends from August 11 to October 12, 2017. A reception will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 5–7 p.m. At the reception, Novak will present via Skype from Flint, Michigan. He will discuss his intention in creating the series, his process, as well as how he hopes viewers will interact with the work.