Sunday, November 29, 2009

Inge Morath: Marilyn Monroe on the set of 'The Misfits'


Marilyn Monroe on the set of 'The Misfits', Reno, Nevada, 1960" © The Inge Morath Foundation

"Photography is a strange phenomenon. In spite of the use of that technicalinstrument, the camera, no two photographers, even if they were at the same place at the same time, come back with the same pictures. The personal vision is usually there from the beginning - result of a special chemistry of background and feelings, traditions and their rejection of sensibility and voyeurism. You trust your eye and cannot help but bare your soul. One's vision finds, of necessity, the form suitable to express it."


Inge Morath died in 2002 at age 78. Her husband, Arthur Miller, said of her, "She made poetry out of people and their places for over half a century."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

"Casa Blanca" by Gus Moran and "Renaissance" by Florin Firimita

The present exhibit in the MLT Gallery is the third of three retrospectives to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the gallery. The retrospectives have had the works of artists who had solo shows in the gallery during the past fifteen years. The gallery hours are: Mon.-Sat. 10 am - 4 pm.

Casa Blanca" by Gus Moran

Painting has always seemed an adventure to me. The face of the painting is always in motion. My way of working is like a puzzle, a joyous puzzle where things are moved around until the boundaries of expression are enlarged. Usually months go by before color and form come together and tell a story...It always seems that at the last minute a light goes on in my brain; then a few strokes with the brush are all it takes to finish what took months of work. Then I can walk away from it.


"Renaissance" by Florin Firimita

My work in this exhibit is part of my current "Reliquaries" series. It is an expression of my search for identity and a spiritual place. For me as an artist, memories, like relics, provide a spiritual link between life and death. My work, based on memories, real or imapgined, explores absence, longing, identity, and survival. I have been incorporating images of my family mixed with strangers whose images have been discarded at tag sales, people I don't know and am not related to. They all gain a new identity through my work.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Release" by Natasha Cohen and "Totems" by Susan Rood

The present exhibit in the MLT Gallery is the third of three retrospectives to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the gallery. The retrospectives have had the works of artists who had solo shows in the gallery during the past fifteen years. The gallery hours are: Mon.-Sat. 10 am - 4 pm.

"Release" by Natasha Cohen

Mysterious and alluring objects are my points of departure into the adventure of making art. New mediums set me and the objects in a given direction, but one that invariably changes... Ultimately, my goal is to generate new forms that challenge, provoke, humor subvert and engage. My work explores processes of transformation. It does not express preconceived
notions but ideas in progress."


"Totems" by Susan Rood

My images come from within. I do not start with a preconceived vision. The figures I draw suggest stories that relate to my life. However, I hope that they have a universal quality as well. After I select a journal drawing for use for a print or painting, the spontaneous process of creation ends. The drawing my be reworked many times before it is carved into a linoleum block or used on a canvas. The process is almost antithetical to that which is used for the preliminary drawing. The final image implies the duality of artistic expression where the inner and the outer worlds can meet."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Local Farmer, Wisdom House, Feed Local Cattle


Local farmer Bill Butts plows the meadow at Wisdom House each fall and leaves behind unique works of art. The hay is used to feed local cattle. He's been giving this service to the community for over 20 years.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

"Standing Figure" by David Skora

The present exhibit in the MLT Gallery is the third of three retrospectives to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the gallery. The retrospectives have had the works of artists who had solo shows in the gallery during the past fifteen years. The gallery hours are: Mon.-Sat. 10 am - 4 pm.



The sculpture "Standing Figure" is a welded baricated metal piece of abstracted forms loosely based on the human figure.This is a very formalist sculpture where I focus on the connection with the varied stacked objects tocreate the sense and attitude of a standing human form."

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Arun Gandhi Speaks on the Theme of Nonviolence

In mid-October, members of the World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy met at Wisdom House. Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, greets Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, who spoke to the group on the theme of nonviolence. Mr. Gandhi is the founder and president of Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute. The institute's website is www.gandhiforchildren.org.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

More Resources on Climate Change

As a follow-up to the Interfaith Institute at Wisdom House on "A Change of Climate," you might want access more information on

- Statements from World Religions on Climate Change,
- Climate Change Science, and
- Climate Change Ethics.

You'll find a wealth of resources here. Thank you for visiting it.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

MLT Gallery: 'In Relationship with Time, IV'


'In Relationship with Time IV" by Michael Sundra


"I respond to things that are in relationship to time. In painting the object, the idea is only pretext. The act of painting is in direct relationship with time. The essence of which is really what is being explored. The painting usually finds its way, its completion - if you allow it."

A Change of Climate: Sister Miriam Therese MacGillis Discusses the New Cosmology



Participating in the 10th Casagrande Institute for Interafith Conversation at Wisdom House from October 30 to November 1, Sister Miriam Therese MacGillis talks about the new cosmology, a new way of looking at the universe if we are to understand our place in it and redress climate change.

Sister Miriam is co-founder of Genesis Farm, Blairstown, NJ. She holds an MA University of Notre Dame and is the former coordinator of Peace and Justice Education, Newark Archdiocese. She coordinates programs exploring the work of Thomas Berry and the New Cosmology.

Click here to read more about A Change of Climate and those who participated in the conversation. Click here for more about Genesis Farm. For Connecticut's Web site on climate change, click here.

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