Roberts Street Chapel Uses Art To Offer Solace In Downtown Fargo
If you stroll through downtown Fargo looking for Roberts Street Chapel, you’ll probably miss it if you are looking for large steeples and stained glass windows. Located on the corner of Roberts Street and 4th Avenue North, this denominational chapel might surprise you with it’s unique external architecture and interior art by local painter and musician Marjorie Schlossman.
This Thursday, Schlossman will be premiering her latest piece, a 55 foot canvas painting, for the public to enjoy free of charge during the open hours of the chapel.
The chapel’s website, fmchapel.com, states that it’s “a community space for contemplation.” Herb Ludwig, Schlossman’s son and project manager for the chapel’s events, is now focusing his efforts on sharing what the chapel has been doing for community members for years and hopes that more and more people will take advantage of what the chapel has to offer.
“People just come and sit and just relax,” Ludwig says. “It’s a place for anyone of any denomination to come and contemplate and be inspired.”
Schlossman purchased the building in 2001 and worked with architect Bruce Hella to renovate it. Schlossman made sure that there was a lot of natural light, as well as comfortable places for people to come and sit and enjoy the space. She has been decorating the interior with her own artwork and provides new pieces every few years. Her latest large canvas piece will be her seventh installment, using a medium she has never used before.
Everything that happens at the chapel is self-funded by Schlossman herself. It is an expression of her love for art and a way to give back to the community.
The chapel is usually open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:00-4:00pm. It is also available for non-profit organizations to hold retreats.
The Community Opening is on Thursday, May 7th from 4:00-6:00pm, and they will be serving popcorn, fruit, and beverages.