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The Spirituality of Art
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Publisher:
Woodlake Books
Publication Date:
1/1/2006
ISBN:
9781896836782
Pages:
160
Trim Size
8.5 x 9
Product Type:
Hardback

Centuries ago we shared a common visual language. The meaning of symbols, colors and patterns was understood by our largely pre-literate population and much of the art was religious and spiritual. Back then we knew how to "read" the language of the visual. Over time the written word replaced visuals as the primary communicator. In the transition we lost familiarity, and then comfort, with the rich world of images. Consequently, many of us have an uneasy relationship with art--especially "new" art. We like some of it but a lot of it seems confusing, fantastical, or even downright ugly. Why would someone want to paint atrocities, or make pictures that are so chaotic? Why would someone else sculpt beauty or paint challenge? The Spirituality of Art is an invitation to engage these and similar questions. Through stories, quotes and thoughts it's a guide to deeper enjoyment and appreciation of visual art, the spiritual journey and the connections between the two. This is also a celebration of the richness of art in forms as diverse as cave art, traditional painting, photography, print-making and found-object installation.

Lois Huey-Heck uses art as a mediator of the inner life--the spiritual/religious and the psychological. Lois' day job is Associate Publisher of Wood Lake Publishing and that also connects her to matters of spirituality and the practical concerns of putting values/beliefs into action. She has recently completed courses at Vancouver School of Theology and is a Spiritual Director. She finds the spiritual-formation aspect of soul-friending a rich source/wellspring for creative expression.


Jim Kalnin has been interested in art and the natural world his whole life. Experiencing a variety of cultures has deepened his compassion for the world's people and our utter dependence on the land--not only as our means of survival but also as the revealer of Mystery. Jim teaches Fine Arts at UBC Okanagan and continues to be a prolific artist working with conventional art materials in unconventional ways and with a limitless range of natural and found materials. His art is shown regularily in local, regional, and touring exhibitions.


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