Friday, September 27, 2013

MLT Gallery Opening - "Collage: A Cure for a Disordered Life"

On Sunday, September 15, an exhibit of the collage works of Ingrid Freidenbergs of Lakeville, CT opened in the MLT Gallery at Wisdom House.
Some sample photos of the event are here. Click on the following link,  and scroll down to see a video of her artist talk.

About her work, Ingrid says: "In collage, one can restructure and rejoin parts from the past, from private passions, from the lost, from a shattered world. World War II transformed my life. Collage has become my mode of expression; a cure for a disordered life."

The exhibit will be at Wisdom House until December 31, 2013.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gift of Shawls

The Spiritual Life Center, West Hartford, CT, at their 30th Anniversary closing celebration presented prayer shawls to 30 organizations which support and nurture spiritual growth and community well-being.
Wisdom House was one of the recipients honored.

Pictured here is Daughter of Wisdom Pat Schmidt, DW, prayer shawl creator, presenting the shawl she made to Rosemarie Greco, DW, for Wisdom House.

The celebration took place on September 12, 2013.


Friday, September 20, 2013

The Beguines: In Their Own Words - A Reflection

After attending the close reading of the Beguines with Elizabeth Dreyer, PhD, what surprised me is how Mechthild of Magdeburg, who wrote in the 12th century,  touched what I'm going through here in the 21st century.

Her writings spoke of her desire to please and also to share herself by entering into a dialogue with her soul. At another time, she describes in detail how she prepares herself with her wardrobe and patiently she waits to be approached, hoping that she is ready and able to meet her dancer (The Lord).

She writes "I cannot dance, Lord, unless you lead me. If you want me to leap with abandon, you must intone the song. Then I shall leap into love."

This beautiful image shows her vulnerability and willingness to trust and to be led.  These readings  brought to my attention my own inner struggles and desire to be able to follow and the willingness to take the risk to leap into that mystery of ardent love.

Thank you, Sister Mechthild for confirming that my feelings are genuine and true.

Sue O'Brien
Associate of Wisdom

Monday, September 16, 2013

In the Governor’s Garden

New Hartford artist David Skora was invited to have a piece of his work placed in the sculpture park at the Governor’s mansion in Hartford. The title of his piece is “Crosscut.”

David is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Western Connecticut State University. He also is a member of the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery Exhibition Committee at Wisdom House.

Friday, September 6, 2013

To Live Out What I Am

During a study day reading the texts of three Medieval Beguines, I was impressed with the writings of Hadewijch of Antwerp. Her passion was to pursue Love - to "live out what I am." This love was joy, but it also contained suffering from being absent from, yet seeking, Love... which knows God most deeply in Wisdom.

This writing disrupts the hierarchical dualities of the values of her time.

It searches for another way, in a little known spirituality, to escape boundaries imposed by some Church authorities at the time. This mystical voice of protest is phrased in this way by Dorothea Soelle in her work, "The Silent Cry:"
Now in acting as what I am, I find delight that gives me love and new ascent. It weighs me down that I cannot obtain Knowledge of Love without renouncing myself.

~ Bonnie Odiorne, Associate of Wisdom