Dante,V alentinus and the Art of Love
An exploration of the Gnostic bishop Valentinus (reputed author of several of the works discovered at Nag Hammadi) whose teachings honored the role of women and who emphasize a mytho-poetic path of awakening that influenced the tradition of Courtly Love in France and Italy and formed the background for Dante Aligheiri's Divine Comedy. Art activist Tracy Ferron, founder of Life on Earth Art, joins us to share her latest community creation, Unbound, an installation of 2,000 winged hearts painted by the local community, symbolizes the power of hope, love and resilience for those struggling with mental illness.
Love Letters to God
Saturday, November 13, 2021
We follow the thread of Mary Magdalene to focus on three Medieval mystics: Mechtilde of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Antwerp and Marguerite Poorete. Join Kayleen Asbo and Polly Paton Brown in a celebration of the poetic writing of these Beguines whose passionate lives were infused with longing for sacred union, and whose images of Paradise are believed to have influenced Dante's Divine Comedy. Music by Robin O'Brien.