Leroy Forney

Painting the Church


Somehow, my painting tapered off substantially after I came back from China.  Thought I would come back all inspired, but it didn’t happen, somehow.  Until I answered the Athenaeum call for an exhibition to celebrate their 200th year, to paint the Athenaeum itself or some other site on the Philadelphia Historic Places list.  So I painted NOT the Athenaeum, but our own Frank Furness building, the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.  I did it as a 25×36 inch “hanging,” as I’m now calling my paintings on unstretched canvas.  Then I painted a smaller version, as a gift for our departing minister, Nate Walker.  I will miss  you, Nate.

The painting’s been accepted for the exhibition.  The Reception at the Athenaeum, located on 6th Street and Washington Square Park in Philadelphia, is scheduled for this Sunday June 29, from 2 to 5pm.  The Athenaeum itself is worth coming to see for its classic Reading Room, and to add to your pleasure the Locks and Bridget Mayer Galleries are within a block and a half.

And so, here’s what the painting looks like:

The historic First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia 25x36" oil on canvas

The historic First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
25×36″ oil on canvas

Author: Leroy

A scientist by training, I retired to travel, then landed in Philadelphia to paint - and recently, to explore alternative materials for art. Currently I create Bas-relief Cardboards as my unique environmental medium.

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