Church Provides Local-Global Connection Through Art from Gaza

April 09, 2019

Over the past year, First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Sacramento has opened its doors to local artists and community members as part of the popular 2nd Saturday Art Walk. This month – Saturday, April 13, 4:30-9 p.m. – a special exhibit will connect global to local with Gaza in Color: Stories from Behind the Wall.
The exhibit showcases original works by six Gaza artists. Many of the pieces had to be hand carried to the United States, past the blockade and over border crossings. Despite the ongoing 11 years-long blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt on the Gaza Strip, with the violence and human rights tragedies that surround them, these artists are using creativity to translate a dark reality into art.
“In my paintings, I express the lack of freedom I face, as well as [highlighting] prisoners and women’s issues. Art is a tool to deliver my message from Gaza to the world,” writes Laila Kassab (at right), one of the artists.
Short videos of the artists sharing their lives and work will screen throughout the exhibit, creating a multimedia experience.
As a mid-town church located at the corner of 21st and J Streets, FUMC makes a great venue as part of Sacramento's 2nd Saturday Art Walk. The program has been fantastically successful, with more then 200 people each month welcomed into the church to view and support local art.   
The one-night exhibit of Gaza in Color: Stories from Behind the Wall is co-hosted by the Israel Palestine Task Force and Sacramento Bethlehem Sister City and produced by Rebuilding Alliance. For more information on the exhibit contact Patricia Daugherty at