Flagship: A Semaphore Fellowship Gallery
Flagship Gallery is a new cooperative gallery at 237 James Street North for artists dedicated to stewarding their talents for Christ and restoring the role of the art and the artist in the church. It was opened by the Semaphore Fellowship, a group of Christian visual artists who believe that art has an important role in the church community to glorify God and bring together people from different walks of life in dialogue about the original Artist. Their goal is to provide a home for Christian artists, who today struggle to find their place in the art world, yet are often marginalized in the church subculture as well. Members come from different places in their careers and a wide variety of visual disciples are represented, but all share a faith in Christ. From August 14th to 31st, 2013 Flagship held their Children’s Juried Show: Facemakers. It featured works in plasticine, and was curated from submissions of youth in the TrueCity network and local Christian schools.
The gallery space also gives others the opportunity to engage with art and value it, through attending shows, purchasing pieces, or assisting the gallery financially. For churches who do not have the capacity to support their artists at a congregational level, Flagship is a wonderful and simple way to show artists that their gifts are recognized. It provides a community for their artistic and faith expressions to develop. Flagship accepts new member applications every November.
Be sure to visit their members’ show – Let’s Pretend: Art Matters, on September 11th – October 5th, 2013. The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 12-5 PM, and every second Friday of the month into the evening for James Street North’s Art Crawl. The next Art Crawl is September’s Supercrawl which runs all weekend September 13th, 14th and 15th! Don’t miss out!