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A Benefit for Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis Featuring the Artwork of James Riddle

On View
August 27 - September 5, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010
7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
VIP Reception 5:30 - 7PM

Although James Riddle (1943 - 2005) was a very solitary man, he spent a passionate life, made immortal through color and art! An art sale and special one-time showing of the exciting works created by James Riddle, will feature 40-framed pieces with over 100 other pieces displayed separately in archival sleeves. PHD Gallery will host this exciting event.

The James Riddle collection includes works on paper using pen and ink, felt tip pen, and watercolor. His works are multifaceted and cover a wide range of styles. Some show influences by Picasso and Matisse while others are reminiscent of illuminated medieval manuscripts. Still others embrace a more modern style similar to Keith Haring. Riddle's works display an exuberant, bold style with vivid colors, fluid lines and active figures carrying strong messages of life.

The VIP Preview allows participants to purchase Riddle's art work, prior to the opening of the exhibit, and includes: wine, hors d'oeuvres and special entertainment. VIP tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased in advance by contacting MCCGSL at 314-361-3221,, or via VIP tickets will also be sold at the door, unless sold out.

Admission to the Opening Reception is a $10 donation at the door. Wine and dessert will be served. MCC receives 100% of all proceeds from both events to benefit their building fund.


Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Greater St. Louis is known as the "Human Rights Church", as members come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, and are as diverse as the City of St. Louis itself. Members are not only "gay and lesbian", but straight, bisexual, transgender, old young, you name it! Together, the members work actively for social justice. For example, while the community support ministries are working to feed the homeless, the social justice ministry team is working to end homelessness. MCCGSL provides support for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and is a safe and positive place for people to worship and be in community.

MCCGSL collaborates with other faith communities and community organizations including Metropolitan Congregations United, AIDS Interfaith Network, Pride St. Louis, the Human Rights Campaign, Project ARK, the Diversity Awareness Partnership and PROMO. Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis recently launched The Hope & Help Center, which seeks to provide physical and mental health referrals, spiritual guidance, health information and resources, and HIV/AIDS care service referrals. This ministry is the first step in establishing the One St. Louis Resource Center, which has a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Both are housed at our newly renovated facility at 1919 South Broadway.

MCCGSL strives for a Christian church community to reflect the diversity of God's creation. The mission of the church congregation is to be a microcosm of the larger St. Louis community in its demographic make up of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and culture. Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis provides a safe environment to explore what the Bible says regarding homosexuality and what it does not say. The Bible has been used to condemn homosexuality thereby excluding some of God's beloved children from God's table. Many of members grew up in religious environments that, because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, oppressed and condemned them.

For information, to purchase tickets to the VIP reception, and more about the art work gallery opening event contact MCCGSL 314-361-3221.

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