A major event in both the artistic and spiritual communities will take place from the end of February 2015 to the end of March 2015. It is a speaker series organized by St. Anselm’s Church, with five prominent Vancouver artists: Karen Jamieson, February 25th (Dance); Landon Mackenzie, March 4th (Painting); Christopher Gaze, March 11th (Drama); Jane Coop, March 18th (Music) and Kate Braid, March 25th (Writing), sharing their thoughts on the importance of “spirit” in their artistic processes. Please join St. Anselm’s on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 for this diverse lineup of thought-provoking speakers. The series began on February 25th and runs until March 25th.
The series, part of the parish’s renewal and revitalization process, has been several months in the making. A team of three parishioners, along with priest-in-charge, Rev. Canon Dr. Harold Munn, wanted to organize a speaker series for Lent to provide both insightful dialogue and increase the parish’s presence in the local community. The theme of “Art and Spirit”was chosen as a concept that organizers believe will meet both goals. The line-up of speakers has certainly met the primary goal which was to find artists from a wide variety of media and disciplines.
The parish organizing team is very pleased by the results of their search. “This series has the potential to spark a conversation about the creative process in all of us, across the usual boundaries between religion and the arts”, says Canon Munn. The wide cross-section of disciplines, as well as the high calibre and familiarity factor of the artists, will contribute to a series that should leave people from all backgrounds with a new, fresh and inspired understanding of the arts, and the spirit working from within.
Photos: Karen Jamieson; Landon Mackenzie; Christoper Gaze (Photo by Yukiko Onley); Jane Coop; Kate Braid