Chazuta Journey

Here’s the second gallery from Peru! As part of my residency at Sachaqa Centro de Arte, I returned to Chazuta (San Martin province) in January for a longer stay to learn from the papermaking artesanas. It was wonderful to document … Continue reading

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¡Feliz Año Nuevo de Perú!/ Happy New Year from Peru!

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New Year’s greetings from Peru! This gallery offers my initial impressions since arriving in mid-December. First stop: the nation’s capitol Lima, where street art and public life captivated me. A few days thereafter, I flew to Tarapoto — a main … Continue reading

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¿Estás listo? / Are you ready?

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Folks of Greater Lansing — and those who travel — “¡Vámonos! / Let’s Go!” is coming this Saturday, December 6, at AA Creative Corridor (1133 S. Washington Ave.)! It’s a special program with great talent from the local community and various parts of … Continue reading

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The Intertidal Zone: In Flow with Community Arts

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Monday greetings! I’m back to Kalamazoo after four days road-tripping a swath of Michigan: the Bay area, Greater Lansing, and near the borderlands of “Michiana“. I’m feeling especially grateful for the variety of persons — past and present — who … Continue reading

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¡Vámonos! / Let’s Go!

Coming soon in Lansing! A one-of-a-kind event with talented people and a variety of arts. Here’s the Facebook event listing. ¡Vámonos! / Let’s Go! is my send-off for a two-month residency at Sachaqa Centro De Arte in Peru, an eco-art … Continue reading

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“Types and Shadows” Feature

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I’m glad to share a peak at the Fall 2014 Types and Shadows, Journal for the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts! My artist book Puzzling the Moon is featured, and pictured on the front is one of the work’s … Continue reading

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Standing in the Light

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Your strength is to stand still, after you see yourself. Stand still in the Light that discovers, then strength comes, and mercy. ~ George Fox On this rainy morning here in Kalamazoo, somewhat inland from the Big Water of Lake … Continue reading

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The Deep-Deep Down: Where Book Art Meets Spiritual Community

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Fall greetings, Dey of the Phoenix readers! I’ve been Stateside a few weeks after a month’s sojourn to Europe. This phase is one of integration, because the summer provided multiple profound encounters. For new readers — or anyone who may … Continue reading

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The Horizontal Plane

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While hiking out of the Porcupine Mountains, I set down my backpack for a rest. Here a mighty Eastern hemlock had fallen. (Not in this photo, though!) The former treetop had been cut apart and set aside, presumably by a … Continue reading

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Summer-ing Spiritual Community, Part 2

Here’s a first on Dey of the Phoenix — a slideshow presented by! This book art was created during the annual Gathering (Friends General Conference), which I blogged about last month, “Summer-ing Spiritual Community, Part 1.” My inspirations stemmed from the week’s theme “Let Love Be the First Motion” and a powerful healing experience among Quaker artists in my workshop “Honoring Our Stories.”

The accompanying musical selection for the slideshow is from an album that has accompanied me much this summer. The very moving work of Breathe Owl Breathe has been good company during round-trips to Lake Michigan at Saugatuck. The songs are vibrational poetry, and “Vision Quest” is a wonderful riddle for experiences embodied by this book art created in the spiritual community of Friends.

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