Mission 225! This Week In St. Paul’s History

September 16, 2022

Church News, Community Ministry

This year marks the 225th Anniversary of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ!  Our congregation has accomplished a lot over the past 225 years!  We plan to honor our forebears in faith, celebrate the present, and vision our way into the future throughout the remainder of 2022.  Periodically, we will feature a St. Paul’s moment in history in our weekly update and bulletin.  A special thank you goes out to Helen Brown and Andra Snyder for spearheading this effort!

Noted Artist Nina Scull’s Contribution to St. Paul’s

Nina Scull was the wife of Edward Scull who died in 1926. She was an artist who painted three pictures for St. Paul’s: one of the Apostle, Peter, one of the Apostle Paul, and one of Jesus. The pictures are hung in the Salem Chapel. Here is an article published after her death:

“Daily American”

David H. Reiley, Publisher

Nina Scull was Active in Arts

“Nina Woloshukova Scull died February 22 in Linwood Convalescent Center, Cape May, N.J. Burial was at Cape May. She was 80.

Mrs. Scull was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Scull, in 1926. She had been a teacher of music in the public schools of Somerset and later taught both music and art privately.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Edward Scull of West Hartford, Connecticut, a brother, Msgr. Nicholas Woloshuk, retired of Cape May, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. 

Mrs. Scull was born in Leningrad, Russia, where she studied art at Petrograd Academy. She continued her studies at a number of schools including Columbia University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She held degrees in both fine arts and music and was a noted lecturer and teacher.

Her works, which are included in public and private collections on both coasts of the United States, won her numerous awards and acclaim in every decade since 1930. Her affiliations included fellowship in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Who’s Who in American Art, the Da Vinci Art Alliance, Provincetown Art Association, and Arts Alliance of Philadelphia.

She founded the Nina Scull Art Fellowship to encourage young artists. Over the years, her art studios and gallery at her landmark 1117 New Jersey Avenue home became an institution in Cape May, where she had been a resident since the late 1940s. 

Mrs. Scull was honored as First Lady of the Year by the American Federation of Women’s Clubs for establishing the first Boardwalk Art Show 15 years ago in Cape May, and she was honored by the Cape May County Art League.”

Reflections on Nina Scull by Henry Cook, Member of St. Paul’s and one of her great-nephews:

She was my great aunt through marriage.  Nina, I believe, was the first art teacher at Somerset High School.  She was a painter and also taught music.  She was married to Edward Scull, who was the heir apparent to running the banks.  He died ver young, in his 30’s.  They had one child also named Edward who was and medical doctor and practiced in Hartford, C.T.  Nina spent her later years in Cape May, N.J, as a painter.   

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