September 3, 2019 – October 11, 2019 all-day
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55105


Compassion by Bob Schmitt

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.