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Celebrating “Allies, Ancestors and Angels” w/ artist and writer J. Ruth Gendler
October 21, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
In this talk to accompany her exhibit, “Allies, Ancestors and Angels” J. Ruth Gendler discusses her current work in painting and printmaking, and reads some new poems and “Qualities”. She will also reflect on how creative practices offer solace and wisdom in these mysterious, difficult times.
Wednesday Oct 21, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Pacific Time.
Topic: Celebrating “Allies, Ancestors and Angels”
Time: Oct 21, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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In this talk to accompany her exhibit, “Allies, Ancestors and Angels” J. Ruth Gendler discusses her current work in painting and printmaking, and reads some new poems and Qualities.She will also reflect on how creative practices offer solace and wisdom in these mysterious, difficult times.
Gendler writes, “Trained first as a writer and then as an artist, I feel like I speak two distinct languages. I am not translating between them much as traveling between the Country of Art and the Word Lands.
Making art invites me to look more deeply and tenderly at the world around me and also the world inside, to draw closer to nature, and find new ways to root and take nourishment from light. Often my art goes out ahead of my writing, and slowly I begin to understand what my pictures are saying.”
J. Ruth Gendler is an artist, author and educator. Her art work, including paintings, drawings, and monotypes, have been exhibited nationally and featured in all three of her books. She is the author of the bestselling The Book of Qualities, the award winning Notes on the Need for Beauty and the anthology Changing Light. The Book of Qualities has been translated into several languages, (last year into Viettnamese) used in classrooms to teach personification and values, and quoted widely in sermons and speeches. Qualities has also been adapted for theater and dance, most recently at Cornish College in Seattle (April 2017) and as a two act children’s ballet by Visionary Dance Theatre in San Diego. (May 2017) Contemplating qualities has proved to be a lively, useful and gentle way to educate the heart and mind.
Gendler has extensive experience in using art and creative processes as a way to kindle and make visible our intentions and questions. A long time poet in the school, Gendler has taught writing and art to adults and children for thirty years.
The City of Berkeley recognized Gendler’s contributions to the arts by declaring January 30, 2018, J. Ruth Gendler Day.