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Encounter: Gordon-in-Orvieto Anniversary Exhibit

By September 25, 2018November 18th, 2019Art and Faith, Exhibits and Events, Italy

Exempla: Gordon in Orvieto Anniversary Exhibit

My interests in painting, theology, culture, language flowed seamlessly one into another every day in a building filled with the residue of centuries or prayer.

In Orvieto I met silence, beauty, and history.

Those years in Orvieto planted many seeds, not only for my art but also for my faith and for my personal life. The relationships I formed there continue to be among the most influential in my life. During the two-and-a-half years I was working there full-time I often felt lonely as groups of students came, we lived together intensely, and they they left again. But when I returned to the US I found that many of those 120+ students I had worked with had settled around Boston, and I had a ready-made group of Christian artists with whom to fellowship for those years.

In 2017 I had the opportunity to return to Orvieto. For 10 years of my adult life (1997-2006) I had had the blessing to return to Orvieto every year, but in 2017 it had been eight years since I had  been there.  What had been a recent college grad’s vision of a life full of potential became clouded with financial and artistic survival. Life changes such as debt, babies, moving: all had added up to a period much too long away from the place I call my spiritual home.

Twenty years from my first sojourn in Orvieto and some seeds planted then have begun to sprout again.

In those eight years away I had become resigned, or even forgotten, about some parts of myself which weren’t being utilized, though the relationships and my feeling of wholeness I experienced there remained.

Twenty years out from my first sojourn in Orvieto and some seeds planted then have begun to sprout again. In this last year opportunities have surfaced which have re-kindled that sense of integrated connectedness. I am teaching again, after a hiatus of several years. I am participating in a new movement of Catholic Creatives. In these two things I am seeing the strengths and themes re-surface which had been buried for a time while I was teaching at secular schools and  raising my young children.

I am grateful to Gordon College and the gallery there for putting together this beautiful exhibit to celebrate the place which was so formative in my life and that of so many others.

 Italy Photography courtesy of Seth Paine 

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