Come encounter scrolls that illuminate nine possible gates of spiritual passage: longing, abandonment, rage, emptiness, compassion, unbridled joy, oneness, delusion, and darkness.
These digitally printed banners resemble Chinese scrolls and invite you to reflect on the thresholds of our interior landscapes.
Bob created the Nine Gates scrolls to illuminate the 2015 Key West Literary Seminar’s theme: How the Light Gets in–Literature of the Spirit. The seminar was organized around gates of spiritual passage. Given a list of 30-some possible spiritual gates, Bob chose these nine as having the most resonance with his own experience: longing, abandonment, rage, emptiness, compassion, unbridled joy, oneness, delusion, and darkness.
Over six months, Bob created a calligraphic representation for each gate, and then a painting, integrating his understanding of spiritual journey, his discipline as a brush painter, and his skill in using digital technology. The result is a series of digitally printed banners that appear to be like Chinese scrolls.
The “silks” that surround each painting are actually a sample of the painting itself, digitally cloned to create the pattern and texture of a silk fabric. The effect is one of facing into thresholds of interior landscapes into which you are invited.
This exhibit is part of Wisdom Ways permanent collection gifted by Sue Cochrane.
Brush painter Bob Schmitt is a Quaker and a student and teacher of Chinese calligraphy and painting who lives and paints a stone’s throw from Minnehaha Falls.
Art exhibits can be viewed on the ground level of Carondelet Center, Monday-Friday and weekends. See below for specific hours.
Building Hours September 15– September 29
Building opens at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted below.
Sunday, September 15: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday, September 16: Close at 5:30 pm
Tuesday, September 17: Close at 8:30 pm
Wednesday, September 18: Close at 7:00 pm
Thursday, September 19: Close at 9:00 pm
Friday, September 20: Close at 8:30 pm
Saturday, September 21: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 22: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, September 23: Close at 9:30pm
Tuesday, September 24: Close at 7:45pm
Wednesday, September 25: Close at 9:00pm
Thursday, September 26: Close at 9:00pm
Friday, September 27: Close at 9:00pm
Saturday, September 28: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday, September 29: 12:00pm – 5:00pm