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Gallery in the Round

The building of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames is a registered art gallery, open to visitors during regular office hours (Monday through Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm) or by appointment. To make an appointment, call the Fellowship office at 292-5960.

For more information about the gallery, or to purchase artwork from one of the exhibits, contact the Art Exhibition Committee.




Art Exhibition Committee Mission Statement

The goal of the Art Exhibition Committee of the UUFA is to exhibit spiritually enriching art work that supports the creative process in us all. The art exhibition area of the Fellowship building, known as the Gallery in the Round, has a dual role as a continuing aesthetic and artistic enrichment to the practice of ethical and liberal religious ideals within the UUFA and as a community-based professional art gallery, associated with the Ames Community Arts Council.

The Art Exhibition Committee supports and encourages freedom of expression in all its activities. Issues of diversity, individuality, complexity, inventiveness, artistic quality, and the presentation of ideas and issues are considered in the selection of the exhibition program. The content of each exhibit is at the discretion of the Art Committee, using the common principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the stated goals and policies of the UUFA as guideposts.

The Committee welcomes the open discussion of issues and ideas raised by the exhibited art works (and the artistic processes employed in their creation). Procedures for the educational resolution of differences in interpretation, opinion and taste are in place as the committee focuses upon the open sharing of views and support for spiritual fellowship within our religious community.


Current Exhibit

Pastel Works by Mary Ann Kainlauri Shao

April 21, 2017 - June 16, 2017

This show features Ms. Shao’s signature irises, vibrant landscapes, and other colorful subject pieces.  The artist hopes that viewers will feel light and refreshed, like having walked in a sunny garden, or perhaps enchanted, having caught a glimpse of a glorious sunset. 

Ms. Shao’s early artistic influences were those of her father, architect Eino Kainlauri, and the amazing colors of the Nordic landscape of Northern Finland. Ms. Shao received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan and she has studied pastel technique PSA Master Pastelist, Mary Muller, and IAPS Eminent Pastelist Terri Ford.  She is a member of the Iowa Pastel Society. 

Additional information on Mary Ann’s work can be found at



Upcoming Exhibit

Works by Norma Wolff & Mary Weisgram

June 17, 2017 - August 11, 2017

Come enjoy the works of Norma Wolff and Mary Weisgram!


Previous Exhibits

For descriptions and photographs of previous exhibits, please click here.


Information for Artists and Visitors

  • Exhibits are displayed for approximately seven to nine weeks.
  • The gallery receives a 20 percent commission on sales.
  • Receptions are encouraged. Artists furnish the food; the gallery furnishes coffee, cold drinks, and all paper products.
  • Each exhibit is insured up to $20,000. Individual pieces are insured up to $5,000.
  • The Art Exhibition Committee will hang the exhibit, with the artist's input when possible.
  • Additional information for artists
  • Exhibition & insurance form

For more information, contact the Art Exhibition Committee or the UUFA Office (292-5960,


Information for Artists AW.doc36 KB
Art Exhibition Committee approved May 2013.pdf27.32 KB
Bill of Sale blank 2015.09.pdf130.53 KB
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