"It is true of all of us, whatever our work, that we are artists so long as we are alive to the concreteness of the moment and do not use it to some other purpose.”
M. C. Richards
The Way of the Artist: Pendle Hill Speaker Series, 2010-2011
"The Way of the Artist” series included ten Quakers who have followed a deep call to the creative life and discovered the power of the arts for prayer, spiritual practice, healing, teaching, building community, and creating social change. Each speaker shared a sampling of his or her creative work and addressed connections between the arts and the life of the Spirit.
Photographer and teacher Sharon Gunther will share her experience of over 38 years as a freelance photographer, and the uprising spirit of joy and delight that teaching photography has blessed her with.
Philosopher, musician, essayist, and poet, La Verne Shelton will tell the story of the growth of her rhapsodic relationship to poetry and photography since 2003, when a long poem was first given to her full-blown during silent worship.
Folksinger and chaplain Ben Tousley will offer songs and stories illuminating how the source of prayer and the source of music are one, rising from the heart of Creation and the rhythms of our everyday lives.
Lucy will tell stories of the deep listening process she uses to teach storytelling and of the transformation that can come by being willing to tell such tender stories in community, and be fully, deeply heard.
Blair’s career has ventured from photojournalism in Africa and Asia to Pennsylvania landscape and garden photography. Currently, reborn as an art photographer with concern about Earth's survival, he practices meditation and art as a means of transforming from a Western mindset to a mystical encounter with God and creation as Oneness.
"The Creator is calling us to wake up and listen, is calling loudly. Creativity is my connection with my creator; my listening mode; the seed; the taproot; the beginning; the life support; the transcendent; my mystical spirituality made manifest."
Carrie will discuss her own progression as a spiritual musician and songwriter, the influence of sacred texts and the mystic poets, and how most authentic calls eventually lead to calls to service. She will discuss the importance of developing a practice, finding unique voice, and the power of story to make connections and build bridges.
Zan is a teacher of spiritually led artistic practice, where art is made in service to life and artistic behavior is a path to fulfillment. Her experience is that this Creation causes her cup to overflow, requiring her to continuously 'bigger her cup.'
In 2009 Iris self-published her first book, Hands at Work—Portraits and Profiles of People Who Work with Their Hands, and is now writing a spiritual memoir. She will discuss writing as a path to Spirit by posing queries, reflecting on her own journey as a writer and publisher, and reading excerpts from her book.
Martha is a professional actor who uses the intimate power of theatre to create performances that inspire and connect people to each other. She has been a roster artist with the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and has led workshops around the country, including at Friends General Conference and for Friends Association in Higher Education.