Nine Gates: Thresholds of a Spiritual Journey

January 4 - January 29, 2016 (Exhibit)

Bob Schmitt

Artist Reception:
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 pm


The Nine Gates scrolls, created by Minneapolis brush artist Bob Schmitt, now have a permanent home at Wisdom Ways.  Thanks to a generous donation by former family court judge Sue Cochrane, the scrolls will be available through Wisdom Ways for churches, organizations and groups to use for spiritual meditation and reflection.

To create the Nine Gates scrolls, Bob Schmitt chose spiritual gates or thresholds that resonated  most with his own experience: longing, abandonment, rage, emptiness, compassion, unbridled joy, oneness and delusion. In this blend of ancient materials and forms, Bob transforms the aesthetic of the traditional Chinese scrolls into digital internal landscapes.

Sue Cochrane practiced family law, including eighteen years on the family court bench in the busiest district in our state.  After 10 cancer-free years, Sue’s cancer returned.  After a life of setting goals, she now practices letting go of goals.  Her focus is on positive, uplifting and inspiring people, ideas and stories.  Read Sue's blog, The Movement of Healing




Come view the scrolls and meet the donor and the artist. A brief presentation at 7:00 pm will acknowledge this generous gift to the Wisdom Ways community.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

COST: Free; please RSVP



Bob Schmitt is a Quaker and a student and teacher of Chinese calligraphy and painting. For over 50 years, he used ink and brush in the manner of Asian sumi-e (black ink) painters, primarily as a self-taught artist. Since meeting Chinese masters Lok Tok and Yitong Lok and his current teacher, Hong Zhang, he has more deeply explored Chinese calligraphy and painting, which he teaches in weekly classes. He lives and paints in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at Laughing Waters Studio--a stone's throw from Minnehaha Falls.

Art exhibits can be viewed on the ground level of Cardondelet Center, Monday-Friday and weekends. 

Building Hours January 19 - January 31
Building opens at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted below.

Tuesday, January 19: Close at 8:00 pm

Wednesday, January 20:  Close at 8:30 pm

Thursday, January 21:  Close at 10:00 pm

Friday, January 22:  Close at 4:30 pm

Saturday, January 23:  8:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday, January 24:  8:00 am-1:00 pm

Monday, January 25: Close at 9:30 pm

Tuesday, January 26: Close at 10:00 pm

Wednesday, January 27:  Close at 7:00 pm

Thursday, January 28:  Close at 6:00 pm

Friday, January 29:  Close at 6:30 pm

Saturday, January 30:  7:00 am-6:00 pm

Sunday, January 31:  7:00 am-3:00 pm