Each month throughout the year, Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ exhibits the work of one or more fine artists with local ties. Paintings by Christine Niles are featured in January. There are also works in the exhibit by Barbara Cecala, Jennifer Desmarais, and Ellen Hoeltgen, as well as by Carol Good, whose painting classes they attend.

Christine Niles began painting at The Swain School of Design, from which she graduated in 1989 with a BFA. She has been studying at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, Mass., since the summer of 2011. She lives in Newburyport, Mass., and is a member of both the Newburyport Art Association and the Provincetown Art Association.

“I like to show the viewer the beauty and color that is all around us and often goes unnoticed. I use color to paint the light that makes up how we see the world. It is this light in whatever form it comes in; sunny day, cloudy day, late afternoon warmth, winter cool, that communicates with us in a very personal and timeless way," she says.

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way. The paintings are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the church. The exhibit may be seen during office hours when Fellowship Hall is not otherwise being used and on Sundays after the 7:45, 9 and 11 a.m. services. For more information, call the church office at 472-0497 or visit www.sanibelucc.org.