Black History

The Oprah Magazine February 2018

Oprah unleashes her inner Diana Ross on the cover of this months issue of The Oprah Magazine. The Artful Blog pick for 2018 print magazine subscription. The beloved and inspiring American high priestess media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer & philanthropist is a great icon to celebrate and honor this February for Black History MonthAn annual celebration of heroic contributions & monumental achievements by African Americans & a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. 

Becoming Wise

On Being Gathering Becoming Wise: A Calling  For This Age. February 16-19th, 2018, 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA

For years, the On Being team has aspired to gather together their far-flung universe of listeners and readers. Now, in partnership with the new 1440 Multiversity in the hills and redwood forests of Santa Cruz county, it’s finally happening! This inaugural adventure will be three days of conversation, poetry, and community with Krista Tippett, beloved teachers from the show and the blog, and the entire On Being team. Special guests include: Seth Godin, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, poet extraordinaire David Whyte, Maria Hinojosa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Omid Safi, Jennifer Bailey & activist author Parker Palmer.

The New 1440 Multiversity Scotts Valley California

In large and small groups, they will take up the possibilities of this moment to generatively inhabit the spaces of our lives and renew common life in a fractured world. There will be shared meals and music in the evenings, and plenty of space across the three days for restoration, one-on-one conversation, and quiet reflection. Participants will then return to their communities with ideas, practices & relationships to share in the spirit of On Beings’s Civil Conversations Project & Krista’s NY Times best-selling book, Becoming Wise.

About

1440 Multiversity -named for the 1440 minutes in a day, was founded on the belief that each minute is an opportunity to be present and aware of how we connect with what matters, both within and around us. The nation’s newest learning destination focusing on immersion workshops for integrated living.

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster & New York Times best-selling author. As creator & host of public radio’s On Being, she takes up the great questions of meaning amidst the political, economic, cultural, and technological shifts of 21st-century life. Her most recent book is Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery & Art of Living.

Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett, 2016.

In Becoming Wise, Krista Tippett has created a master class in living for a fractured world. Fracture, she says, is not the whole story of our time. The enduring question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the challenge of who we are to one another. She insists on the possibility of personal depth and common life for this century, nurtured by science and “spiritual technologies,” with civility and love as muscular public practice. And, accompanied by a cross-disciplinary dream team of a teaching faculty, Tippett shows us how.

On Yoga

YOGA The Secret of Life by Francesco Mastalia, Cloth Hardcover, 224 Pages, Published by powerHouse Books, Worldwide release October 2017.

YOGA The Secret of Life is a photo-documentary about the spiritual and physical journey of yoga. Through photographs and text this fine art book explores the personal experiences of 108 of today’s leading practitioners and how this ancient practice has transformed their mind, body, and spirit.

The photographs for the project are taken on glass plates using the wet collodion process, a photographic technique dating back to the 1850’s. With the use of a large format wooden camera and antique brass lens, glass plates are hand-coated to produce one-of-a-kind ‘ambrotype’ images. The collodion process transports us to another place and time. When the light-sensitive chemicals absorb the sun’s ultraviolet rays, we enter a mysterious world where art and alchemy embrace. The photographs take on another dimension with the words that accompany them. The text provides an intimate and enlightening account of each yogi’s personal journey.

Elena Brower from YOGA The Secret Life by Francesco Mastalia.

Beyond the physical postures, YOGA The Secret of Life delves deep into the purpose of our existence and how to live a happy and fulfilled life. It explores understanding who we truly are, why we are here, and what our ultimate purpose is on this planet. Included are world-renowned yogis Radhanath Swami, Sharon Gannon, Davide Life, Gurmukh Kaur Khasla, Sri Dharma Mittra, Yogi Amrit Desai, Yogiraj Alan Finger, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Dana Flynn, Elena Brower, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and more.

About

Italian-born Hudson Valley New York-based Francesco Mastalia is a documentary photographer and author that has traveled the world photographing tribal, religious, spiritual, and indigenous people. His first book Dreads, published by Workman Artisan is a photo documentary on the history of dreadlocks, which includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. His recent book Organic: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley published by powerHouse Books is a photo-documentary of the Hudson Valley’s organic sustainable food movement. The portraits of the farmers and chefs therein were also photographed using the wet plate collodion photographic process resulting in a beautifully evocative narrative with a nostalgic feel.

Making Good

Making Good: An Inspirational Guide To Being An Artist Craftsman by Jacklyn Scott (Author), Kristin Müller (Author), Tommy Simpson (Author), Stuart Kestenbaum (Foreword), 2017.

Forty-one craftspeople answer the questions of who, what, when, where, and how he or she started and maintains a career in the arts. Accompanied by more than 260 photos showing the artists, their work spaces, and their creations, each interview gives experience-based answers to anyone interested in the lives of artists. For students and career changers to makers at all levels, this resource captures insight into the entrepreneurial nature of living a life in the arts and the choices, bits of luck, joys, and tenacity one needs to overcome hurdles in useful and surprising ways. The 41 artists from across the United States work in many types of media; they include, for example, woodturner Dixie Biggs, fiber artist Carol Eckert, metalsmith Pat Flynn, glass artist Judith Schaecter and ceramist Mara Superior. As their answers unfold, what develops is a collection of independent voices that follow unique, creative journeys in the arts, despite the twists and turns life takes. This distillation of expertise is a valuable resource to all who are considering a creative career. Great gift for artist hopeful grad!

One of The Artful Blog’s favorite New England independent bookstores,  The Hickory Stick Bookshop Washington Depot CT, will host a book signing with authors Kristin Muller & Jacklyn Scott and local artist Tommy Simpson June 17th 2017.

Beyond Words

Tilt your head slightly to one side and lift your eyebrows expectantly. Ask questions. Delve into the subject at hand or let things come randomly. Don’t expect answers. Forget everything you’ve ever done. Make no comparisons. Simply listen. Listen with your eyes, as if the story you are hearing is happening right now. Listen without blinking, as if a move might frighten the truth away forever. Don’t attempt to copy anything down. Don’t bring a camera or a recorder. This is your chance to listen carefully. Your whole life might depend on what you hear.

~Joyce Sutphen

Sangha Cinema

2017 Lion’s Roar BuddhaFest Online Film Festival June 12th-July 23rd. Curated Sangha Cinema: A cinematic experience that skillfully joins the wisdom, diversity, and art of Buddhism in six carefully selected films & six dharma talks by leading contemporary teachers of buddhist wisdom of our time. Films: A Thousand Mothers; Don’t Know; Tzu Chi: Doing Good In The World; One Mind; Wandering; Drokpa. Teachers: Sharon Salzberg; Noah Levine; Ani Choying Drolma & Dawa Tarchin Phillips; Mushim Patricia Ikeda; Christiane Wolf; Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Festival access, discounts and privileges for current and new subscribers to Lion’s Roar Magazine. Festival Pass + Film & Teacher Details here.