ABOUT HeART GALLERY
HeART Gallery is located in historic St. Paul's Lutheran Church in downtown Toledo. The church has a rich 165-year history of innovative worship and outreach that has adapted to meet the changing needs of its congregation and surrounding community. Many landmark events, including the formation of the American Lutheran Church (1930), took place in its sanctuary which still boasts seating for 600 and one of two German-made Reuter pipe organs in the area. In 1927, a Parish Hall was built that included a large auditorium, gymnasium with showers, commercial-sized kitchen, and beautifully adorned spaces for meetings. It remains an exquisite example of Gothic architecture in the heart of Toledo.
Throughout its history, St. Pauls has remained involved and committed to the downtown Toledo community. By 1967, much of the Toledo residential population had moved to the suburbs. Numerous times proposals were put before the congregation to follow trends and relocate, but each time, the group was unswayed and held to their decision to remain downtown. The commitment to serve this area has remained steadfast, even as economic changes have impacted the city.
A new ministry has emerged, appropriately named HeART Gallery. It's first steps of infancy have proven very successful due to the hard-working efforts of the arts committee, staff, and members of the congregation. This new avenue of out-reach intends to engage many people through monthly exhibits, participation in vibrant Toledo Art Loop activities, monthly Lunch & Learn events. Riverside Writers (a creative legacy writing group for seniors), and other art, music and food events planned around the unique interests of those living in the Toledo area. We believe visual art creates discussion for spiritual thought and inspiration for daily life. We strive to create a community where all can belong, grow, and become better equipped as caring citizens of the world.
St. Pauls and the HeART Gallery ministry is a vital and unique destination: the heart in the heart of Toledo. It is a place of inclusion regardless of age, gender, income, race, beliefs, or life circumstance - all are welcome. Through collaboration with downtown agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations, and local arts groups, HeART Gallery reaches out and brings people together through the arts. We offer an environment where all people can experience the love of Christ through the gifts of artists, writers and musicians, that our eyes may be open to the deeper love of God and the gifts of the community around us. Our events are varied: missional, entertaining, reflective, or healing. Come and experience HeART Gallery!
COMING EVENTS . . .
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Old Time Radio Show
Sunday, Feb 6. 4:00pm
Mystery radio-show with dinner.
Thursday, Feb 17 noon
Lunch & Learn with talk on the Shroud.
Sunday, Feb 20
Take out a quart of homemade soup with
bread and cookies for the big game.
Thursday, March 17 noon
Lunch & Learn program about the
Athena Society Art exhibit
Cherry Blossom Tea
Saturday, March 26 11am
Our spring tea with cherry blossom theme
Athena Society Luncheon
Monday, March 28 12:30pm
Local female artists invited.
Toledo Choral Society
Saturday, April 9 7:00pm "The Seven
Last Words of Christ" cantata with
organ; 100 voices
The Earth Sings
Lunch and Learn
Thursday, April 21 12:00pm
What hymn writers tell us about the earth.
(Earth Day April 22)
Spring Entertaining Event
Sunday, April 24 2-4pm
Chef Demos, Art Exhibit, Spring Food Tastings
Our signature Sip and Still event
Harry Potter 20th anniversary
Saturday, April 30 7pm
Interactive experience for Harry Potter fans.
Food, trivia and Hogwarts activities
Southern Lady Tea
Saturday, May 14 11:00am
Enjoy southern tea delicasies
Rivets & Rails
Lunch and Learn
Thursday, May 19 12:00pm
Food and stories from railroad boarding
houses in Northwest Ohio.