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 2020
Exhibits are currently shown through Zoom or small group visits to the gallery. We look forward to resuming our larger events in the future, as Covid restrictions are lifted. Contact for more details.
SOCIAL STORY TELLING: THE HOLIDAYS
Become part of our writing from home community! Stories are written from home, collected, assembled and the completed project delivered to you with a fresh bag of homemade cookies.
This community weaving project travels out and about. One loom is also set indoors for the Nativity Festival. Help weave a winter scene!
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING
Send a photo or short video of you lighting a candle in your home. This will be part of a video collage with favorite Advent/Christmas carols.
Growing and changing every year, enjoy decorated themed trees, nativities and tablescapes of the season throughout our building. We open Thanksgiving Day 4pm - 7pm and continue every weekend thru Dec 19.
A collection of juried quilt pieces from Sacred Threads that describe tranquil at home spaces through textiles.
A combination of music and art of the Baroque period in an intimate candlelit setting of the St Pauls sanctuary on Sunday, January 10 at 4pm. Music by Academy Brass. Last day to view Nativity Festival.