Music is important in the spiritual life of the congregation. Music enhances every worship service, the music club provides a venue for monthly informal gatherings of musicians both members and visitors, and the Music Committee provides the planning and budgeting for the music programming. Worship services feature piano accompaniment and solo vocal offerings by Elliott Dainow, Music Assistant to the Minister, and musical celebration by invited musicians of all kinds, including acoustic guitar, violin, cello, world music, and much more, in a variety of musical styles. meet Elliott Dainow
The Chalice Choir, led by Donna Brown, is a group of approximately 45 people who love to sing. Some are church members and some are not, some have degrees in music and others are learning to read music and sing in harmony. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 9 pm from September to June. The choir sings at two services a month and usually performs two concerts each season. We are a friendly bunch and welcome new people! We also sing beautifully, showing how great a nonprofessional group can be. If you are interested in joining contact Donna Brown or drop by any Thursday night. meet Donna Brown For information about joining the choir, email Donna Brown
Arts Committee The Arts Committee is responsible for monthly visual art exhibitions in the Sanctuary and in the Fireside Room. We seek out artists, most of whom are Unitarian church members or adherents, and arrange exhibition dates for their shows. The Arts Committee sponsors an annual children’s show usually in June, a members’ group art show in November, and arranges an arts and crafts sale each December.
The Dorothy Paschal Fund is used to fund a Festival of the Arts every few years.
Exhibiting visual artists may use these spaces in the Sanctuary:
- six side wall panels: each 7’2″ wide by 5’7″ tall
- two back wall panels: each 10’6″ wide by 5’6″ tall
To contact the committee for calls to artists, dates and times for exhibits, committee meetings, phone or email UCV for forwarding to the co-chairs.
Sanctuary Weavings Weavings hang on either side of the platform at the front of the sanctuary. They were designed by Hilda Gerson, professional weaver and wife of the architect of the church buildings. The weaving was done by members of the church under the guidance of Penny Gouldstone, art education instructor at UBC and UCV member.
Hall Murals by Don Jarvis The murals were commissioned by Dave and Rosemary Manley in memory of their son, Sascha. Don Jarvis (1923–2001, born in Vancouver) was a Canadian artist and a member of UCV. He graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design (originally the Vancouver School of Art) in 1948. A scholarship enabled him to study in New York under the well-known abstract expressionist and teacher Hans Hoffman. Jarvis returned to Vancouver in 1950 and became a drawing and painting instructor at the Vancouver School of Art, where he remained for 36 years. He died in Sechelt, BC, in 2001