Current Art Exhibit
Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship
1150 Fairhope Ave.
Tara Stallworth Lee is a photographic artist, papermaker, and bookbinder. Her use of imagery as a figurative language contemplates perceptions of human behavior,
interpersonal relationships, and the relevance of the natural landscape to the human condition. Tara uses her own handmade papers and personal mementos to construct
hand bound books that address themes of affinity, kinship, motherhood, and loss. Tara lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama where she is a resident artist at Ground
Floor Contemporary. For more than fifteen years, she has enjoyed teaching specialty art classes to youth for The Smithsonian Associates summer camp program in Washington D.C. Previously, Lee worked as the Arts Education Coordinator for Space One Eleven, a visual arts non-profit in Birmingham.
Miriam Norris Omura is a textile based artist. Materially her artwork follows her interests in weaving, cloth, and the tactile quality of layers. In the past her work has visually taken cues from a variety of influences including folk art and religious art. Recent works have revolved around family history and found photographs, considering what gets lost over time. She works with an ikat/kasuri influenced process of weaving,
unweaving, and then reweaving the dyed cloth. This process causes the woven grid to shift and the images become pixilated. Omura holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Fiber and Material Studies. She was a 2017 Visual Arts Fellowship recipient from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, in recent months she studied kasuri weaving at the Kawashima Textile School in Kyoto, Japan.
Thanks so much to the Paul Brock Band for the wonderful concert of Irish Music !
Thanks so much to Katya Grineva for her wonderful Piano Concert at Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship!
Christopher Sims (From the UU Fellowship in Rockford, IL)
Speaker at the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship
Christopher is an artist who writes poetry and songs and also performs spoken word poetry.
Black Man’s Prayer (Before Entering Areas with White People)
Christopher D. Sims·Monday, June 19, 2017
Dear God, dear Universe:
Please protect me, give me guidance
as I enter these spaces with white folk
who might be scared, nervous, uncomfortable,
or even feel as if everything belongs to them.
And that includes the streets that I walk on,
the neighborhoods I stroll into, the health facilities
that I work out in, the churches I step into, and
the airports I get myself to.
Dearest God, dear Universe:
May they understand I’m just a man
who was placed here living without worry
or fear; that year after year I’m becoming
more confident, brave, and at peace with myself.
May they understand God, dear Universe
that their street, their neighborhood, their health
facility is mines, too. That they create the fear
when they think, act, or say what they do.
Oh dear God, dear Universe
I don’t want no problems with them
or the police they may call when they see me
walking through their pristine blocks listening
to hip-hop in my earphones. I’m just trying to
exercise, breathe, and make it back home. Make
it back home. Make it back home.
© Christopher D. Sims
June 19, 2017
FUF hosts celebration of a 36-year relationship in same-sex marriage ceremony
On Monday, November 14, Don Sawyer presided at the marriage of two lovely women who were finally able to publicly celebrate their 36-year relationship in a moving ceremony at the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship. As Don said at the ceremony, "Hopefully, we are at the point where marriage is not defined by the limited views and religious sanctions of the past, but by the love and commitment of partners entering into such a relationship." Linda and Rita had been unable to marry in their home church and reached out the FUF. It is a real joy to be able to support and help provide legal sanction to loving couples regardless of sexual orientation.