Monday, October 01, 2018

Studio Sunday-Monastery Gallery

Last Sunday I was at the Monastery Gallery in West Hartford, CT as part of my exhibition there. The show started with what is now the traveling exhibition of The Power of Words, originally created at the Clare Gallery at the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry in Hartford. These are the large wide banners in the photograph. There are ten all together with quotes from Mary Oliver, Eudora Welty, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Camus, Jack Kerouac, and John Greenleaf Whittier.

The Monastery Gallery has two additions thanks to gallery director Kathy Parulski. One is the Spirit Books. Nine were exhibited on pedestals and shelves. I never would have thought of putting the them together with the lettering. I thought it worked really well and am so pleased Kathy thought of it.

The calligraphy from Clare Gallery was lettered live in the gallery in January 2017. Kathy asked me if I could do the same before an audience at the Monastery Gallery. When I delivered the Spirit Books, we agreed that we would use two of the pillars in the gallery which were narrow. Lucky for me, the passage she chose from Psalm 25 had short words. The longest were five letters: "Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me." The longest words were five letters—perfect for a 12" wide banner. Here's a short video of part of the process: 

The background music is from Lammas Ladymass by Anonymous 4.

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