An Evening with the Artist: Ellen Mitchell, “The Great Waves of Change”
Description: The Great Waves of Change: Facing Our World, is a collection of drawings by Ellen Mitchell based on the book The Great Waves of Change by award winning author and spiritual messenger for these times, Marshall Vian Summers. The exhibit will be in the lobby of Iliff, May 7 – June 4, 2012. An evening with the artist will be held May 17, 2012, from 6:30-8 p.m. Mitchell will discuss her artwork, the source of her inspiration and the message for the world.
Through their work both Mitchell and Summers attempt to bring awareness to humanity of the need to face what is happening in the world and prepare for a future of increasing complexity and great predicament. From environmental decline, to escalating threat of war, to the plight of refugees and shrinking resources due to destruction of the planet’s life support systems through human greed and natural disasters, these great waves of change can be faced, and need to be faced by a united humanity.
Mitchell’s artwork expresses the message that facing the great waves of change is not only the great need of our times, it is also the great opportunity for purpose, meaning and direction that these times generate. This is the great spiritual calling of our times.
We are no longer living on a planet of isolated situations. From the economy to the environment we live in a world of global consequences. To face these challenges and effectively address them will require humanity to set aside its petty concerns and come together as one people to create solutions that work for everyone. The drive for human unity is no longer rhetoric but a need, the pressing need of our times and the times to come. The great waves of change call for people from all walks of life, all religious persuasions, cultural backgrounds and nationalities to unite, to face the world and prepare for the future.
“Through Mitchell’s provocative drawings we have access to overcome the human tendency toward denial and bring our whole selves to face what is happening in the world. These images are gentle, yet effective, at drawing us out of our personal preoccupations to begin to look, and truly see the world’s predicament so that we can know what to do to maintain a world worth living in.” says Ellen Rosenthal, an Iliff graduate and organizer of the exhibit.
Dates/Times: May 7-June 4, 2012, during office/library hours
An evening with the artist: May 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: Iliff School of Theology, Lobby, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210