Fall Artist of the Season – Holland Cunningham
Thursday, September 13, 2018. Opening reception for our first Artist of the Season, Holland Cunningham. 6-8pm in the Undercroft.
Fall Artist of the Season is a new initiative that grew out of our Heavenly Lights All-Parish Art Show. The first solo exhibition, 49 Things, features the paintings of parishioner and fellow Arts Committee member, Holland Cunningham.
The centerpiece of the show is a powerful remembrance of 49 separate images that, alone, appear to be the things of ordinary life. When grouped together they create a moving portrait of Jack, her beloved husband and father to their three children, who died of brain cancer at the age of 49. At the time of his death, Jack was also a respected Vestry and Search Committee member at Heavenly Rest.
Also on display is her new work, which uses found photography, or other people’s discarded memories, as a starting off point. In Holland’s own words, “In essence, I intend to create a new story formed from the lives of others.”
The exhibition will be on view through January 6, 2019.
Sunday, September 30 Sunday Forum. The Artist Speaks. Curator Diana Smith interviews Holland Cunningham about her exhibition. 9:30am in the Undercroft.
Sunday, January 6, 2019 Art Therapy Workshop on Bereavement
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one and are in need of healing, come to our first small-group art therapy bereavement workshop led by art psychotherapist, Chris Major. No artistic ability is required. Cost is $45 per person. Scholarships are available. To RSVP either call Lucas Thorpe at 212-289-3400 ext. 218 or e-mail him at email@example.com. 1-3:30pm in the Undercroft
Fall Art Walk at the Met
Sunday, November 4, Drawing Meditation at The Met led by Stephanie Burette*. 2-4pm.
On average, most visitors in a museum spend only a few seconds looking at artworks. And yet, they can find them breathtaking. What if we truly spent time meditating on them and drawing them in order to get to know them better?
*Stephanie has a PhD in French Literature and Art History from the Sorbonne. She is on the ordination track to the priest hood and is a third year Masters of Divinity student at Yale Divinity School, Berkley Divinity School, and the Institute of Sacred Music. In her supervised ministry at Heavenly Rest, she particularly focuses on exploring and cultivating spirituality through the arts.
Thursday, January 10, 2019. Opening reception for our Inaugural Darlington Hall exhibition: Illumination. 6-8pm in Darlington Hall. To RSVP click here.
Illumination will be our very own 21st century large-scale version of a medieval illustrated Book of Hours. Ours will consist of a series of eight panels (6’ high x 5’ wide), one for each office: Matins (just after midnight); Lauds (before dawn); Prime (morning prayer); Terce (mid-morning prayer); Sext (mid-day prayer); None (afternoon prayer); Vespers (evening prayer); and Compline (night prayer).
Benedictine spirituality is based on the concept of ora et labora, which roughly translates as “my prayer is my work, and my work is my prayer.” Medieval books of hours not only showed hours of prayer, but also portrayed contemporary people at work, at leisure, and in community. For our version, we hope that the eight pairs of writers and artists will consider what ora et labora looks like in 21st-century New York City. What are we doing for labor and leisure, in community and at home, during all the hours of the day? And how do our lives reflect God’s love for us, and ours for God? Tim Lively is the Artistic Director for this project.
Sunday, January 13. Sunday Forum. Praying Through the Day: How the Monastery ‘Hours’ Become a Popular Devotion. 9:30am. For centuries through the Middle Ages, communities of monks and nuns had prayed “the hours” as a daily cycle of worship, focused on the liturgy and psalms. In the later Middle Ages, the so-called “little hours” dedicated to the Virgin Mary became popular not just with communities living by a rule, but also with laypeople living in the world. These “hours” became available in other languages besides Latin, and prompted the creation of beautifully illuminated books for private prayer. This talk will explore the religious culture around these extraordinary artifacts.
Winter Artist of the Season – Ellen Warner
Thursday, January 17: Artist of the Season Opening Reception featuring the work of professional photographer and parishioner, Ellen Warner. 6-8pm in the Undercroft. To RSVP click here.
Exhibition will hang through April 24, 2019.
Ellen’s photography includes both spectacular photojournalism and a variety of portraits (from an author series, to family portraits, to the girls of Freetown). The centerpiece of Ellen’s exhibition will come from a book she is currently working on, entitled the Second Half, in which Ellen combines portraits of women over the age of 50 and from around the world, with reflections and insights, told in their own words, of what it means to be living in the second half of life.
Perhaps you remember Ellen’s penetrating portrait of Odette Walling, Resistance Leader and Ravensbruch Prisoner #47321, that hung in our first Heavenly Light’s All-Parish art show. While these women’s images and stories will undoubtedly appeal to women in the second half of life, there are also poignant take-aways for men and women and boys and girls of all ages.
See Ellen’s Website: https://www.ellenwarner.com
Ellen is available to lead private group tours of her show. If interested, please contact her directly at ECWarner@aol.com.
Sunday, Jan. 20. Sunday Forum. The Artist Speaks. Curator Diana Smith interviews Ellen Warner about her work. 9:30am in the Undercroft.
Thursday, March 14. Panel Discussion: Challenge and Opportunity for Women over 50, using Ellen Warner’s new work, The Second Half: Women Describe life after 50 as a stepping off point. The facilitator will be Dr. Janice Steil. The panelists will be Elaine Pagels, Marilynn Preston, Gail Sheehy, and Gayle Robinson: 6-8pm in the Undercroft. RSVP
Although our culture tends to emphasize the cognitive and physical loss that accompany aging, the women over 50 whom Ellen interviewed focus almost universally on their newfound confidence, independence, and belief in the possibilities that still lie ahead. That said, those possibilities are highly dependent on the life experiences and choices of the first half of one’s life. This panel discussion is for women over 50, for younger women looking for guidance, and for men of all ages who wish to support the women in their lives.
Dr. Janice Steil, professor emeritus of the Derner Institute of Psychological Studies at Adelphi University is a social psychologist whose career and her 1997 book, Marital Equality: Its Relationship to the Well-Being of Husbands and Wives, focused primarily on issues of gender.
The panelists will represent different life experiences with the intention of examining with both the panel and audience members how these and other factors have influenced both challenge and opportunity in the Second Half.
Elaine Pagels, the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, writes about the early history of Christianity. Author of many articles and books, including The Gnostic Gospels, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity, and Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, her honors include a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and the National Medal for the Humanities. Her most recent book, Why Religion? A Personal Story, is scheduled for publication in November, 2018.
Marilynn Preston spent 18 years as a TV, film and theater critic at the Chicago Tribune. She is an Emmy winning TV producer, healthy life style expert and the author of Energy Express, America’s longest running syndicated fitness column. Her book All is Well: The Art (and Science) of Personal Well-Being is based on her 40-plus years writing about healthy lifestyles.
Gail Sheehy is a world-renowned author, journalist, and popular lecturer, who has written 17 books. Her earliest revolutionary book, Passages, was named by a Library of Congress survey one of the ten most influential books of our times. Others include Understanding Men’s Passages, The Silent Passage (menopause); Sex and the Seasoned Women, Passages in Caregiving and, most recently, Daring: My Passages.
Gayle Robinson has more than 25 years of corporate, consulting and not-for-profit executive level management experience at Russell Reynolds Associates, Citibank, Ambac Financial Group, Bankers Trust, Marble Collegiate Church, Montefiore Medical Center, The Episcopal Diocese of New York, New York State Council of Governing Boards, and Barnard College where she was Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Second Annual Heavenly Lights Art Show:
The Second Annual Heavenly Lights Art Show and opening reception will take place Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6 – 8 PM. The show will center on the theme, We All Belong. Selection of works will be by jury and will hang in Darlington Hall and the Gallery Undercroft from May 9 through September 6. Registration begins on January 13, 2019 – click here to register. The Art Show Committee invites the greater community to answer the call for submissions.
And Save the Date: Thursday, April 11th. Preview party for our BIGGEST Arts Initiative event of the year. Also stay tuned for exciting programs to be scheduled around it. Formal announcement to be made at the Annual Meeting, Sunday, February 3.