Thursdays, February 18 and 25, and March 4, 2021
6:30 – 8:30 pm (Central Time via Zoom)
As we move from winter towards spring this three-part workshop invites you to attend to your soul in community. You’ll engage in different art practices designed to draw you more deeply into reflection, transformation, and connection with other participants. The focus will be on process over product. The artistic process will be fueled by our curiosity, surprises and intuition.
Working remotely we will invite colors, shapes and different practices to reveal insights as we reflect on the things we have been tending during the winter and the things we want to focus on as we move into a season of new life and rebirth. Each week, as we build our practice and explore different media, we will return to the same questions: what we are tending and what is being birthed?
February 18: Collage as a Spiritual Practice, Cindi Beth Johnson
Working with a Lectionary Text we will create a meditative artistic response to a scripture designed to invite new understandings and insights. The process, while simple, invites us to go deeply into familiar texts in new and revealing ways. The process is a dialogue between what you are looking for, what presents itself and what is created as the pieces come together.
February 25: Transformation, Lynda Lee
You are what your deepest desire is. As you desire, so is your intention. As your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny. – The Upanishads
Using a wall photo calendar or glossy magazines you will select colors of chakra energy and focus on an intention of becoming. Individually and as a group we will invite the colors to guide our awareness of what we are most curious about, what (if we could do anything) we would do first and what we know to be true.
March 4: Circling our Intentions, Lori Greene
Supplies will be provided for the final session in which participants use glass to continue to explore questions about what we are tending. Glass tiles will become the conduit for spiritual and artistic observations. The completed glass circle will provide you with a reminder of the process and the ways in which you can continue to hold space for the revelations that come from these practices.
COST: $75.00; includes supplies for the third session. After registering, participants will receive a supply list for the first two sessions (also found here); supplies will be mailed for the third session (no experience necessary).
This series will be held via Zoom and has a total contact time of six hours.
Cindi Beth Johnson is a professor in the practice of theology and the arts at United Theological of the Twin Cities, teaching arts and social transformation, arts and leadership, and spirituality and the arts. A minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she believes that the arts are a vessel for imagination and the creative spirit that opens doors for understanding and connection.
Rev. Lynda Lee is an ordained minister with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and currently serves as Chaplain for the State of Minnesota, Department of Corrections, Lino Lakes facility. She has specialized in trauma-informed care, using art as a reflective spiritual practice. She holds weekly creative art meditations for Corrections and therapy staff at Minnesota Correctional Facility, Lino Lakes. Lynda has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from North Dakota State University and a Master’s of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
Lori Greene is a mosaic and textile artist whose work draws from her African and Native American (Mississippi band of Choctaw) heritage and connects deeply with her community. Greene’s process of working with primarily tile and glass is both artistic and spiritual, as her mosaic textiles tell stories embodying strength, power, and memory of the cultures and history woven into them. Her work is community-oriented and community-focused. Through her public art and collaborative projects, she works to reflect the untold narratives of people of color in her community.
She is the owner of the art studio Mosaic on a Stick. She is a recipient of two Bush Artist Fellowships, MN State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership award, COMPAS Community Art Program Grant and Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant. She is recognized both for her artistic work and community and cross-cultural efforts and has art in collections all over the world.
Participants are required to attend each date in this event. Use the “Subscribe to filtered calendar” button at the bottom of this event list to add each date to your calendar. For questions about this event, please contact Wisdom Ways at 651-696-2788.