Foster Gallery

Foster Gallery for Christianity and The Fine Arts

A ministry of First United Methodist Church

The mission of the Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts is to nurture mutual understanding and appreciation of the connection between art and faith, and to develop and strengthen relationships between artists, the community, and the church.

Current Exhibit


September 10 – October 15, 2017

“Forest Park Prairie: From Darkness to Light” is an exhibit by photographer, Barbara Hoffman. Hoffman’s photographic experience captures the true character of our midwestern eden, here in Central Illinois. “Forest Park Prairie,” explores how the stark contrasts in nature form a fully realized Peorian landscape.


Artist Statement:

Walking in Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria on dark and damp days in the late fall brought me to a small prairie, tucked between the surrounding forested hills.  I saw few people. It was a silent, dimly lit place. The prairie looked pretty rough.  Remains of the grasses and wildflowers had been trampled and slept on by animals, buffeted by autumn wind and rain.  A few green leaves could still be found, but colors were mostly neutral grays and tans.  The vibrancy and vigor of summers past were reflected in its passing. On those walks over the past five years, I was looking down more than up.  I got down very low, becoming part of the vegetation.  It was damp, sometimes wet.  The smell of decay was there, that very distinctive wet autumn smell.  But it wasn’t all dark.  The lightness in some of the grasses showed like a beacon. I feel a strong connection to this small natural environment - sadness, endurance, and hope.  


Barbara Hoffman is a local Peorian photographer with more than forty years experience.

First Friday is scheduled for November 3rd from 5:00 - 8:30 PM.


Past Exhibits

September 10 - October 15, 2017
Broken Memories by Carmen Sanchez-Lorente. 

July 23 - September 3, 2017
Reflections of Nana Ekow Maison and Margaret Allotey-Pappoe by Nana Ekow Maison and Margaret Allotey-Pappoe.  Read the Peoria Journal Star article on this exhibit, click on this link.

April 23 - June 4, 2017
Wabi-Sabi: Finding Beauty in the Imperfect by Fiber Artists Coalition
This cutting edge fiber art and mixed media exhibit was featured in the Peoria Journal Star.

March 5 - April 16, 2017
Stations of the Cross 

January 8 - February 26, 2017
Summer Revisited by Cathy Engberg .  This exhibit was featured in the January 1, 2017 edition of the Peoria Journal Star.

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Carol McPherson, PhD, Director of Fine Arts Community Outreach, at or 309-673-3641 ext 130.