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Arts & Spirituality

A core component of our educational offerings at Pendle Hill is nurturing creativity through arts and spirituality. Enjoy time in the Art Studio, participate in a class or workshop, or simply explore the different gallery exhibits in the Barn.

Art Studio Open Hours

The art studio is open to the public daily from 8 am – 8 pm. All are invited to use this space to draw, paint, collage, sculpt, sew, crochet, and create!

If you’d like to use the studio, please stop by the Registration desk in the Barn to check in and purchase your day pass. Day passes are $15 for guests, and $10 for sojourners (individuals staying overnight for a personal retreat).

Guests are welcome to stop by Main House for coffee and tea during their stay. If you’d like to join us for a meal, please make your reservation at least 24 business hours in advance by contacting

Art Classes

Workshops, retreats, and courses are sometimes offered in the Art Studio. Find a program that’s right for you in our full list of upcoming events.

Gallery Exhibits

The gallery space in the Barn and the Tree Rooms of Main House frequently hold changing exhibits featuring artists whose work often reflects themes of spirituality, peace, and justice.

The Leadings in Linocuts exhibit is the spring display in the Barn, beginning March 13, 2024.  The exhibit features a collection of linoleum prints that speak to issues of importance to the Religious Society of Friends, including the peace testimony and the environment. A portion of the exhibit will include an interactive graffiti-style wall that invites viewer participation. The graffiti wall will invite visitors to consider queries including: 

  • How do we do the hard work of dismantling our war-focused infrastructure?
  • How do we build strong institutions of peace to replace our institutions of war?
  • How can we help prevent another civil war in this country?

The queries will resonate with the themes of Pendle Hill’s Quaker Institute: Living Our Testimonies in “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” 

Drake’s smaller, handmade prints will also be available for sale in the Pendle Hill bookstore.  

Todd Drake (street art name “Quaker Pirate”) is an artist and experienced teacher living in the East Village area of Manhattan in New York City. During the Covid Pandemic he stayed, along with his wife, to continue running a Quaker collaborative community called Penington Friends House. Drake has also collaborated with other Quakers in creating “Quaker Canvassing Peace Walks” that allow Quakers to engage successfully with other people across political divides. Today, Drake continues to print and post his linocuts and silkscreens. His most recent posters speak to how war begets war. Drake has exhibited his work all over the United States and overseas, including in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Palestine. Drake is a member of the Brooklyn Monthly Meeting. You can follow his work on Instagram @QuakerPirate. 

Meet the Artist: May 6, 2024, 7:30-9:00pm ET
Join artist Todd Drake for his lecture, Graffiti as Witness: The Art and Activism of a Quaker Pirate. As part of Pendle Hill’s First Monday Lecture series, this event is free but registration is required.