Thursdays, September 17 and 24 and October 1, 2020
7:00 – 8:00 pm (Central Daylight Time via Zoom)

In this time of pandemics and great social movement, how do we nourish that little seed of hope? What is the practice of hope? How is it an art form? How does the practice of art inform our hope?

In this online class, artist Bob Schmitt will lead three reflective conversations around these questions, inviting us more deeply into a practice of hope. The starting point will be his massive 15′ x 2′ painting of dawn at Mather Point, Grand Canyon. Since March 25, Bob has considered hope from many angles as he developed the piece during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Come explore hope in reflected light, hope looking into the abyss, and hope in rebrilliance, while you nurture your practice.


COST:  Donation. RSVP to 651-696-2788 or

Each session will be held via Zoom and has a total contact time of one hour.

Progress on Mather Point, Grand Canyon Painting:

Online Course Expectations + Details:

  • After registering and prior to the date of each of the art of hope / the hope of art sessions, you will receive an email from Wisdom Ways with the Zoom link and other information.
  • Have the technology and internet connection that allow for stable video and audio connection through a computer or a hand-held device (e.g., tablet or smart phone).
  • Each Zoom session will open 15 minutes prior to the start time so that any technological challenges can be addressed.
  • Each Zoom session will include a facilitator from Wisdom Ways who will help navigate the small groups, and the questions and comments that are shared through the chat function.


Bob Schmitt

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. He began brush painting as a 12-year-old watching public television and has studied weekly with a Chinese painting master for over 20 years.

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