|Rev. Dr. James Noel's Art Exhibit
SFTS Professor James Noel Donates Art to Benefit Local Non-Profit
Rev. Dr. James Noel meets the San Francisco Theological Seminary’s (SFTS) call for community service through an unexpected avenue – his artistic talent. In addition to his role as professor of American Religion at SFTS, H. Eugene Farlough, Jr. Chair of African American Christianity, and Pastor at New Liberation Presbyterian Church, Noel is also a gifted painter. His vibrant artwork, which is on display throughout the SFTS campus, represents a convergence of culture, spirituality, worship, and community service.
Noel recently forged a partnership with Marin City’s The Hannah Project,a non-profit college and career preparatory program that equips youth of color and their families to prepare for school, college, and career success. In an effort to support the non-profit’s mission, Noel and The Hannah Project’s President and Executive Director Bettie Hodges arranged an exhibition of his paintings in Marin City through April 30. The exhibit is titled, “The Rhythm of Our People: Blackness in Three Moods.” Part of the proceeds from the sale of Noel’s art will be donated to the non-profit’s scholarship fund.
Noel is no stranger to the Marin City community. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he served as a Pastor of Marin City’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church from 1976 to 1987. He also served as the first Chairperson of the Community Development Organization of Marin City, which developed 40 acres of land into a shopping center, condominiums with access to housing for low-income families, and a new church for his St. Andrew’s congregation.
It was during Noel’s chairmanship at the Community Development Organization that he reconnected with Hodges, who initially reached out to Noel this year to see if he would loan some of his art for a display in celebration of Black History Month.
Noel said he “views his partnership with The Hannah Project as a reunion with the Marin City community,” and is looking forward to forging even stronger ties with the organization through a tutoring partnership with the New Liberation Church, and potentially a program to expose students to the possibility of pursuing ministry.
SFTS students, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to attend the exhibit. Many of the 20 pieces have already been sold, and the most popular pieces will be printed as posters for sale. For more information on the exhibit, please visit The Hannah Project
’s events page
Date: March 1 - April 30
Location: The Hannah Gallery, 170 Donahue Street, Sausalito, CA 94965