Photo Album: Painting the Church, Lent 2014

St. George's sanctuary, nave and narthex were last painted in 2000, with the rich terracotta color we're all used to. Due to water damage and the passage of time they needed to be repainted. Under the supervision of Felix Quist, property chair, the church was repainted in time for Holy Week and Easter.

The new colors, recommended by Vestry member and interior designer David Gorman and selected by the vestry, are a muted pink for the nave and narthex, with a pale gray in the chancel to make the white marble reredos stand out. Felix reports that the painters used 60 foot ladders to reach the top of the walls in the nave.

These photos taken by Felix show the process of the church being painted, followed by the volunteer cleaning crew who gathered on Saturday, April 12 – the day before palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week – to wipe down all the church's woodwork with Murphy's Oil Soap.

The pews draped with plastic in preparation for painting. The white patches on the walls are where the old radiators were removed.
The pews and altar draped with plastic in preparation for painting.
The Christus Rex, taken down while the wall behind the pulpit was painted, rests on the altar.
The painters used 60 foot ladders to reach the top of the walls in the nave.
Cleaning implements set out for the volunteer cleaners.
After the painting was finished, and the day before Holy Week began, a volunteer crew wiped down all the wood surfaces in the church with Murphy's Oil Soap.
Bruce cleans the pews on the south side of the church.
Jane cleans the pews on the north side of the church.
Tom cleans the pulpit.