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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.

Current and Upcoming Exhibits:
  • Homage to Saint Joseph, Sculptural works by Stephen J. Balkun, November 3–December 31, 2018
    Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, November 15, 6–8 p.m.
    Woodcarving Workshop: Saturday, December 1, 10–11:30 a.m. 

    Stephen believes wood is alive. Grain, color, and texture are always changing. He has worked with wood for over twenty-five years making choices—which wood to use for what purpose, or how to communicate an idea. Using various tools such as knives, gouges and chisels, Stephen connects to the spirit of all those who’ve worked with the wood before him. He believes he pushes the spirit forward and gives the wood new life by transforming it into something beautiful.  

    In this exhibition, Stephen chose to focus on Saint Joseph because of his connection to the craft of woodcarving. The hands-on woodcarving workshop will instruct and inspire participants to create carvings of their own by introducing them to the materials, tools, and methods used by Stephen.