Visual Arts Ministry

Visual Arts Ministry

VAM LogoArt and artists have a place in the life and worship of the Christian community.  Our God is a creative God who made physical matter with substance, function, and beauty.  He gave man the ability to be creative, honoring Him with the objects of beauty we make.  Art that reflects truths about our Lord and our faith in physical form, gives us tangible encouragement, help us focus on and trust in what we cannot see, and allows us to expand on our understanding of Biblical truth.

The Visual Arts Ministry seeks to develop a community within PBCC of folks who make and/or care about the visual arts, and through that community to bring the visual arts into the life and worship of the whole PBCC Body.

If you wish to receive the monthly Visual Arts Ministry newsletters, please contact Marilyn and indicate your desire to be put on the VAM email list.

Upcoming VAM Events

Visual Arts Fellowship 

The Visual Arts Fellowship meets quarterly at the home of a local artist; folks interested in the Visual Arts gather in a casual setting encouraging and supporting one another as they endeavor to weave together their interests in art and their Christian faith.  A focus of each meeting is enjoying and discussing the work brought by the artists and craftspeople present.

The next gathering will take place in January 2019; details will be available in November.


[God] gifted them with the know-how needed for carving, designing, weaving and embroidering in blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics, and in fine linen.  Exodus 35:35 (The Message)

This verse from Exodus tells us that when God gave His people the plans for building the Tabernacle, He also gave many of them the skills needed to implement those plans. We believe that God still wants the people He has gifted with the desire and ability to create things, to do so to serve and glorify Him.  The fine art and craft workshops offered at PBCC are designed to encourage and equip our Body to serve the Lord through the visual arts. Most of the workshops are appropriate for a wide range of previous experience and skills in the art or craft being presented; folks who have done little or nothing in the visual arts are encouraged to participate. The emphasis is on having a good time exploring the visual arts in the company of others doing the same.
All ages from 8 years old through adults, from both PBCC and from the larger community, are invited. Children from age 8 to middle school must be accompanied by a supervising adult; not recommended for children under age 8.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Cora

Next Scheduled Workshop3-D Paper-Tube Sculpture with Yeung Ha

In this workshop, you will explore the world of 3-dimensional art as you create a fabulous sculpture from everyday materials including newspaper, tape, and tempera paint.  No experience or skills in creating a sculpture are needed; Yeung Ha will demonstrate step-by-step the simple techniques needed to create your work of 3-D art. While doing so, she will introduce artistic principles of working in the round such as making the structure interesting from all sides, and understanding how a 3-D form interacts with the space it sits in.  All tools and supplies will be provided; all that’s needed is your desire to learn, create and have fun.

Sunday, August 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in PBCC’s Fellowship Hall

Suggested donation: $10/person, $8/person for families.

For age 8 and up. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Questions: Cora,

SIGN UP on August 12 on the PBCC patio or online using the following form.

Suggested Donation of $10 per person, or $8 per person for families.


JANUARY  21: Principles of Composition
FEBRUARY 18: Watercolor
MARCH 18 : Calligraphy

APRIL 15: Art History Lecture by Pastor Bernard Bell

JUNE 17:
Drawing from a Photograph with Tereasa Christopherson-Tso
JULY 15: Landscape Painting with Tereasa Christopherson-Tso
AUGUST 19: 3-D Paper-Tube Sculpture with Yeung Ha
SEPTEMBER 16: Collage with Marilyn de Kleer
NOVEMBER: No Workshop

Art in the Auditorium

Each year, up to five exhibits of two months duration incorporate the visual arts into the worship life of PBCC.  Each exhibit has a theme, chosen to glorify the Lord and expand the Church members’ understanding of Biblical truth, leading them to a richer relationship with the Lord and to experience the joy, wonder, and mystery of our Creator.  Planned and curated by the Visual Arts Ministry leadership, the yearly calendar includes invitational exhibits of one to four artists, and non-juried open call exhibits to which all members of the PBCC community are invited to submit art.  These exhibits provide our artists and craftspeople opportunities to produce art which overtly responds to God and the Christian faith and to use their work in the teaching, encouraging and worship ministries of our Body.  Previous exhibit themes have included: New Life in Christ, Window into the Psalms, The Gospel of Luke and Our Favorite Bible Stories (PBCC 3RD – 8TH Graders).  Announcements of an Open Call for Art for an upcoming group exhibit are placed in PBCC Sunday Worship Guides and weekly PBCC eBulletins.  If you are interested in participating in future exhibits, please contact Marilyn or Nancy.


January 7 – February 25: Will God Go With Us? Exodus 32-34

March 25 – May 13: Two simultaneous exhibits: Who Are God’s VIP’s? –  Art created by PBCC youth in Grades K – 8, and Watercolor Prayers – Art created in the 2018 Winter Adult Seminar, Whispers of Rest

June 10 -June 24:  “Spiritual Discoveries” – Art by Carolyn Chaffee.  If you missed Carolyn’s exhibit but would like to see the exhibit brochure, you can do see here.

August 26 – October 21: The Body of Christ: Unity in Diversity;  Art by PBCC members in response to an Open Call

November 11 – January 6: TBA

Current Art Exhibit

COMING on August 26:  The Body of Christ: Unity in Diversity;  Art by PBCC members in response to an Open Call

Current Call for Art

The Body of Christ – Unity in Diversity

The Bible tells us that all people who know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord become members of the body of Christ of which He Himself is the head and, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:4)   We, the worldwide members of this body, represent many ethnic groups, cultures, traditions, and nations, and hold diverse perspectives, likes and dislikes, and opinions.  We come from a vast variety of lifestyles, and economic, educational and social contexts, and were each born with a unique constellation of personality traits, talents, and interests. Out of this diversity, God creates unity by placing in us His Spirit, giving each of us a unique set of gifts and functions, and filling us with His love so we accept each other, care for each other, and so bring praise to Him.

Create art that explores and celebrates this reality – untold numbers of unique and diverse individuals united by God’s Spirit and love into one body, the Body of Christ.

Important Dates:

  • EXHIBIT DATES:                                 August 26 – October 21
  • August 6:                                            Submit a photograph (digital or print) of your work, the artist statement and the completed Information and Liability Waiver Form to Marilyn de Kleer*
  • Sunday, August 19:                         Deliver artwork, ready to hang, to the Visual Arts Ministry table on the PBCC patio after either service.

To read or download the Call for Art, click here: Call for Art

The Artist Agreement and statement can be submitted online below:

h" x w" x d" including frame
put NFS if item is not for sale
h" x w" x d" including frame
put NFS if item is not for sale
h" x w" x d" including frame
put NFS if item is not for sale.

Liability Waiver

I agree to exhibit the artwork listed above in Living the Beatitudes exhibit as described above.

I hereby release Peninsula Bible Church Cupertino (PBCC), all others affiliated with PBCC and all individuals involved in the preparation of and installation of this Exhibit from liability due to loss or damage of my artwork. I understand that I am solely responsible to provide my own insurance for my artwork, from the date of drop-off until the date of pick-up of that artwork.

I grant PBCC the right to photograph my art work and to include those photographs and any provided by myself, in the PBCC eBulletin, in the Arts in the Auditorium History Scrapbook, and in group photos posted on the PBCC website.

Image Library Permission

I grant PBCC the right to photograph my art work and to include those photographs and any provided by myself in the password-protected PBCC Visual Arts Ministry Image Library that will be made available to a limited set of people (such as PBCC pastors) to use in support of their teaching and preaching ministries. For more information, refer to the contacts listed on the previous page.






Contact Us

Marilyn de Kleer               Contact: Marilyn

Nancy Woodward             Contact: Nancy

Cora Marandino (Workshop)  Contact: Cora

If you wish to receive the monthly Visual Arts Ministry newsletters, please contact Marilyn and indicate your desire to be put on the VAM email list.