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Absence & Presence I Louisville, KY May 19-20, 2018

  • Preston Arts 3048 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY, 40205 United States (map)
Detail from book prototype inspired by work of Ben Shahn

Detail from book prototype inspired by work of Ben Shahn

Don't insist on going
where you think you want to go

Ask the way to the spring.

– Rumi

The theme for 2018 is absence and presence.  The blank page, the white canvas– these are universal symbols of absence for the writer, painter, calligrapher, or maker. Fear and doubt often rise to the surface. It is humbling. How, I wonder, can I ever improve on the possibility inherent in this nothingness? 

Absence is the creative force, the initiation, the spark, for the making of anything "new".

In this class we will enter the temenos, the protected place of our making, and invoke the muse, our imagination and inner imagery. The class will be structured with periods of silence and guided exercises in writing, painting, and calligraphy. The focus will be on drawing letters from a template provided by the instructor and inspired by the work of artist and calligrapher, Ben Shahn.

All levels of experience are welcome.


This class was rescheduled from January 6-7, 2018, and is currently full:

To get on the wait list, or to inquire about cancellation and refund policies, please call Preston Arts: 502-454-9954.