Sunday, May 9, 2021

Thought for the Day

It is better to speak / remembering/
we were never meant to survive.
~ Audre Lorde
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Quoted from Audre Lorde, "A Litany for Survival" in The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde (W.W. Norton, 1997)
 
Audre Lorde, American Poet and Writer

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Thought for the Day

As long as we deal with the real meaning of evil and sin by some 
means other than forgiveness and healing, we will keep projecting,
fearing, and attacking it over there ("scapegoating"), instead of
"gazing" on it within ourselves and "weeping" over it.
~ Fr. Richard Rohr
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Quoted from Fr. Richard Rohr, "The Scapegoat Mechanism", March 28, 2021
 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Thought for the Day

What would you lose to bring back a time and land //
in which everything could be believed?
~ Nicholas Samaras
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Quoted from Nicholas Samaras, "Beloved Ghosts of Geography" in Image, Issue 108, Spring 2021, page 91
 
Nicholas Samaras, Poet and Author, Hands of the Saddlemaker and American Psalm, World Psalm

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Thought for the Day

As avatars, we've grown / more intimate
~ Eliza Griswold
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Quoted from Eliza Griswold, "Six Months from Patient Zero" in Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic (Knopf, 2020), ed. Alice Quinn; page 51

Eliza Griswold, American Journalist and Poet; Winner, Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, 2019 (for Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America)

Thursday, April 15, 2021

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life


Hansa (Hans Versteeg), The Girl with a Fake Pearl, 2018
Oil on Canvas
46.5 cm x 40 cm
 
© Hansa Versteeg 

PLEASE DO NOT COPY IMAGE
 
I am especially delighted to showcase work by the painter Hansa (Hans Versteeg) of Amsterdam in this month's Artist Watch column at the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life

Hansa first came to my attention in 2019 when I saw a photograph of his Madonna del Mare Nostrum ("Our Lady of the Mediterranean" Or, "Cloak of Love") featured in a visual meditation at the site ArtWay, which referenced a series of contemporary "Art Stations of the Cross" of which the Madonna was Station 1. Hansa's participation in 2017 in  the religious biennial exhibition "Art in the Holy Triangle" in Oosterhout, which was followed by the artwork's inclusion in the Amsterdam "Stations" exhibition, marked a turning point for him, prompting him to change his vision of art and to concentrate almost solely on "socially committed" work.  

Today's new Artist Watch column presents a selection of images of Hansa's exceptional paintings, as well as his Artist Statement and a brief biography. Hansa's newly published book, 'Compassionism': Poetic Contemplations, co-authored with art historian and curator Aniko Toth, bears the image of the iconic Madonna. The book, which articulates Hansa's perspective on art as a means to "think through emotion" and raise awareness of complex social problems, is available through Galerie 44, where Hansa's next exhibition will take place, beginning April 16.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Thought for the Day

A day was a corridor with many doors.
~ Liz Harmer 
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Quoted from Liz Harmer, "Proof" in Image, No. 108, Spring 2021; page 41

Liz Harmer, Award-Winning Canadian Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Editor, Teacher; Author, The Amateurs and Strange Loops


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

'Ambient Light': An Arts & Faith Exhibition

 


 

Continuing my arts-related work for my parish St. Michael's Episcopal Church, in Arlington, Va., I'm delighted to announce the mounting of a new exhibition: "Ambient Light: Real and Imagined". 

Thematically conceived, the virtual-only exhibition presents 47 paintings by the five artists who comprise the Studio 10 collaborative: Elisabeth (Beth) Hudgins, Kat Jamieson, Linda Maldonado, Elise Ritter, and Deborah Taylor. In addition to the images of each of the artist's contributions, the exhibit includes a Curatorial Statement, a note on the Exhibit Organization, biographical profiles of each artist, the painters' Artist Statements, and a Purchase List

Below is a painting by each of the artists.

Elisabeth (Beth) Hudgins (Theme: Energy in Light)


 Lake Dream Luster, Acrylics, 17" x 21"

 

Kat Jamieson (Theme: Light Over Water)


 Bioluminescence, Watercolor, 14" x 18" x 1.75"

 

Linda Maldonado (Theme: Emergence)

Red Dazzle, Watermedia Collage, 14" x 14"


Elise Ritter (Theme: Out of Darkness Comes the Light)

Dreams of the Afterlife, Acrylics, 18" x 13" X 1.5"

 

Deborah Taylor (Theme: Crown Shyness)

When I am Among the Trees, Oil, 8" x 10"

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Thought for the Day

absence makes the heart. / like water, i learn
what shape to take // based on the space i must fill today.
~ Fargo Tbakhi
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Quoted from Fargo Tbakhi, "american-Palestinian incantation", Poetry Daily, March 6, 2021


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Thought for the Day

In the midst of so much coming apart,
I wonder, where is home? Where is our unshakable core,
that place beyond which no harm can reach?
~ Fred Bahnson
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Quoted from Fred Bahnson, "Keeping the World in Being: Meditations on Longing", Emergence Magazine,  Online Essay

Fred Bahnson, Author and Essayist; Director, Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative, Wake Forest University School of Divinity; Co-Founder and Former Director, Anathoth Community Garden

Fred Bahnson on Twitter

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Thought for the Day

A writer or poet shouldn't accept labels and roles;
his work is to question them.
~ Najwan Darwish
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Quoted from Kareem James Abu-Zeid, "A Wave in the Sea: Najwan Darwish on Exhausted on the Cross'" (Interview), Words Without Borders Daily, February 24, 2021

Najwan Darwish, Contemporary Arab Poet and Translator [He is no relation to Mahmoud Darwish.]

Thursday, March 18, 2021

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

 


Heather Horton, Princess, Sunlit, 2020
Oil on Panel, 32" x 43"
(Available via Abbozzo Gallery)

© Heather Horton

PLEASE DO NOT COPY OR OTHERWISE USE IMAGE
 

The artwork of Heather Horton of Canada first appeared in Artist Watch at Escape Into Life in 2012. Today, as we do on occasion, we are featuring some of Heather's more recent paintings, which include her autobiographical, water, and draped-figure subjects.

Born in Burlington, Ontario, in 1974, Heather remains a remarkably prolific and successful artist whose work has appeared in a Paul Feig film, is collected worldwide, and is shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions.

Today's Artist Watch showcases images of nine of Heather's paintings, in addition to her Artist Statement, a brief profile, and her social media. A link to Heather's earlier EIL feature is provided as well.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Thought for the Day

Joy is not made to be a crumb.
~ Mary Oliver
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Quoted from Mary Oliver, "Don't Hesitate"  in Devotions (Penguin Press, 2017) and Swan: Poems and Prose Poems (Beacon Press, 2012)

 
Mary Oliver (1935-2019)

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Thought for the Day

Science takes things apart to see how they work.
Religion puts things together to see what they mean.
~ Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

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Requoted in Jonathan Sacks, "The Beautiful Institution", Plough, November 8, 2020; from Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning (Schocken, 2011)

Jonathan Sacks (1948-2020), Philosopher, Theologian, Author; Chief Rabbi, United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, 1991-2013

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Thought for the Day

Creativity flourishes not in certainty but in questions. Growth
 germinates not in tent dwelling but in upheaval. Yet the seduction
is always security rather than venturing, instant knowing 
rather than deliberate waiting.
~ Sue Monk Kidd
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Quoted from Sue Monk Kidd, When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions (Harper, 1990), page 25

Sue Monk Kidd, Author

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Thought for the Day

There is no art if we are unwilling to wait for paint to dry.
~ Makoto Fujimura
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Quoted from Foreword by N.T. Wright in Makoto Fujimura, Art + Faith: A Theology of Making (Yale University Press, 2020), pages viii-ix

Makoto Fujimura, Painter; Writer; Founder International Arts Movement; Co-Founder, Kintsugi Academy
 
Trinity Forum, Online Conversation with Makoto Fujimura, January 29, 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

 

Frantisek Strouhal, Ascension, 2020
Oil Printing/Mixed Media Work on Paper
20" x 24"
 
© Frantisek Strouhal
 
PLEASE DO NOT COPY IMAGE
 
It gives me much delight to present the exquisite work of Frantisek Strouhal of Canada in today's Artist Watch column at the international arts magazine Escape Into Life.
 
Born in the Czech Republic, Frantisek currently resides in Western Canada. Admired around the world for his flawless use of a traditional 19th Century technique* combined with a uniquely contemporary yet timeless artistic vision, Frantisek has exhibited widely and received numerous awards, including Signature Member Status by the Federation of Canadian Artists' Board of Governors. 

Today's new Artist Watch column showcases images of eight of Frantisek's artworks and includes his Artist Statement and a brief profile. 
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* See Introduction to Oil and Bromoil Printing at Alternative Photography

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Thought for the Day

 May you love yourself as you are loved.
~William Pitt Root
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Quoted from William Pitt Root, "Song of Benediction", Strike the Dark Air for Music: Poems (Atheneum, 1973)
 
William Pitt Root, Poet and Editor; First Poet Laureate of Tucson (1997-2002); Teacher


Sunday, February 7, 2021

Thought for the Day


Every act of love is a risk of the self.
~ Eugene Peterson
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Quoted from Eugene Peterson, Where Your Treasure Is: Psalms That Summon You from Self to Community (Eerdmans, 1993), page 174

Eugene Peterson (1932-2018), Pastor Scholar, Author, Poet

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Thought for the Day

We must speak honestly—but also wisely.

~ Ellen Davis

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Quoted in W. David O. Taylor, Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life (Nelson Books, 2020), page 1 Epigraph, from Ellen F. Davis, Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament (Westminster John Knox, 2014), page xi

Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School (See pdf of Davis's CV.)

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Thought for the Day

The full embrace of all humanity lifts the standards
of any human endeavor
 
A world without caste would set everyone free.
~ Isabel Wilkerson

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Quoted from Isabel Wilkerson, "Epilogue", Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Random House, 2020), pages 385, 388

Isabel Wilkerson, Writer and Author; University Teacher and Lecturer; Winner, Pulitzer Prize, National Humanities Medal, National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction



Thursday, January 21, 2021

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

 

The Resting Huntress, bclay, mason stains, glaze, c.10

10.5" x 11" x 9"

© Nancy Pirri

PLEASE DO NOT COPY IMAGE


First featured at Escape Into Life in 2011, Nancy Pirri has provided us an opportunity to feature images of some of her latest work, which appear in today's new Artist Watch column.

Nancy discovered her passion, working with clay, in 1996, although she has "dabbled" in every art form, she says. Her work focuses on the universal "Every Woman" and her "struggle to find emotional balance." Nancy most recently was showcased in SOFA EXPO 2019 (now known as Intersect Chicago), where she exhibited her commissioned piece "My Choice" in a special show titled "Women's Rights Anniversaries". Brooklyn-born, Nancy maintains a studio in Chicago, where she also resides.

Nancy has provided a number of images for today's Artist Watch, including close-ups showing the texture, expression, attitude, or gestures of her clay figures. In addition to photos, today's feature includes an updated profile and Artist Statement.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Thought for the Day

The gift the artist offers to share with us is the mindful and
prayerful act of seeing, for, in order to make material from their
 thought and ideas, they have to spend time noticing, looking
 intently and making careful observation of the minutiae of things;
 the negative spaces between objects, the expression and emotion
 of faces, the effect of light and shadow, shades of colour, 
the variety of texture, shape and form. This act of seeing slows us
 down and invites us to pay attention to the moment, to be still, 
not to rush and only take a quick glance but instead to come
into relationship with the world around it. This is a form of prayer
where we become detached from our own limited perspective and
make way for a wider[,] more compassionate understanding
of ourselves, others and the world we inhabit.
 ~ Lesley Sutton
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Quoted from Lesley Sutton, Be Still Project Booklet, PassionArt, in Jonathan Evens, "Seeing is Receiving: The art of  contemplation (1)", December 24, 2020

Lesley Sutton, Director, PassionArt; Curator; Fibre Artist


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Thought for the Day

Every journey needs to include points at which we rest,
recuperate and reflect before moving on . . . .
~ Rev. Jonathan Evens
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Quoted from Rev. Jonathan Evens, "See is Receiving: The art of contemplation (1)", December 24, 2020

Rev. Jonathan Evens, Associate Vicar for Partnership Development, St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Art Writer

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Thought for the Day

Yes I know: the thread you have to keep finding, over again, to
follow it back to life; I know. Impossible, sometimes.
~ Jean Valentine
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Quoted from Jean Valentine Poem "Sanctuary" in Copper Canyon Press Remembrance "In Memory of Jean Valentine (1934-2020)

 
Jean Valentine Profile at The Poetry Foundation