Fall 2017 • Issue No. 27

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Cover art: Marti Neveln, from The 7 Deadlies — Self-Portraits


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On Thoreau's Two-Hundredth Birthday
by Christine Brooks Cote

Thoreau lived a simple life in the company of nature, wanting for nothing other than to live deliberately. (more)

Christine Brooks Cote founded Shanti Arts in 2011 to celebrate art, nature, and spirit. Cote edits and publishes Still Point Arts Quarterly, sponsors art competitions and exhibitions online at Still Point Art Gallery (stillpointartgallery.com), publishes a wide array of beautiful and intriguing books, and works with artists and writers to offer online workshops. Cote was born in Wisconsin and raised in southern California, but now calls Maine her home. She enjoys the natural environment of Maine with her camera, her husband and friends, and two Irish setters.

image: from the cover of Walden, Boston: Ticknow & Fields, 1854.



The Art of Structure

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Online Exhibition Dates:
August 1 - October 31, 2017



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Candi S. Kalinsky

I placed my subjects in settings that seem unexpected and incongruous to reiterate that despite feeling completely submerged, or as if I am being bulldozed, or perhaps nothing more than just slightly out of place, I persevere.

Kalinsky lives in Pierre, South Dakota.
Her portfolio is called
A Little Misplaced.


Candace Law

Art for me is a way to explore and communicate an idea, thought, or emotion that comes out of my own personal landscape. In my art, I don’t generally use realistic elements that only record an object or place. Rather, I want to look deeper, below the surface, so I work abstractly to share my explorations in a way that invites a thoughtful response from the viewer.

Law lives in Berkley, Michigan
Her portfolio is called In the Abstract.


Marti Neveln

Creating a self-portrait takes me on an introspective journey into the varied dimensions of self. Recently, I picked up a copy of Dante’s Inferno and began to seriously consider the extent of my own errant ways. My latest collection of self-portraits is a portrayal of how the seven deadly sins may be manifested in my own life.

Neveln lives in Denver, Colorado.
Her portfolio is called
The 7 Deadlies—Self-Portraits.




Donna Dennis' Architecture on Paper
by W. C. Bamberger

While Dennis’ personal-scale architecture-inspired works are more immediately awe-inspiring in their room-filling power, her smaller works show the same unique understanding of the personalities we find in our surrounding structures, of the ever-shifting, ambivalent relationship we have with our built environment, and how powerfully (and wittily) art can explore that relationship.

W. C. Bamberger has written essays on artists Trevor Winkfield and Darragh Park, musicians Sam Collins and Gary Lucas, composers Christos Hatzis and Mauricio Kagel, among others. He has translated works by German Expressionist authors, including Paul Scheerbart and Mynona. He lives in Michigan.

Donna Dennis, Top O'Silo

Emile Claus, Orchard in Flanders, before 1924.

Share Generously Your Bounty
by Kathryn Hall

I am filled with gratitude for the warmth of summer, for the flowers that graced my life and I quietly celebrate the benchmarks I have met along the way.

This is an excerpt from Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden, by Kathryn Hall.
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The Tablecloth
by K. S. Hardy

Little pictures surrounded the plate in a crude style. They appeared to be in India ink, black, and almost impossible to erase from the fibers.

K. S. Hardy lives in Cygnet, Ohio, in the heart of what once was known as the Black Swamp and still has an actual oil field beneath its streets. Hardy’s poetry and prose have been published in countless literary journals worldwide. His first collection of poetry, Natural History, was recently published (Shanti Arts, 2016).

Facing Fear
by Lauren Rader

Fear and anxiety is a foreboding realm, one we don’t venture into eagerly. Maybe the women wouldn’t want to hazard there. Maybe I was taking the classes too far. But, knowing its domination over so much of our lives, even in seemingly small ways, I could no longer resist tackling the subject.

Lauren Rader is a lifelong artist and art educator. Her works in stone, clay, oils, and pastels have been exhibited all around the country and are in numerous private and corporate collections. Beginning as a teen arts-and-crafts counselor at her beloved Camp Cayuga, Rader has introduced generations of children to the wonders of art. In 2005 she opened her art studio to adult students, offering classes for women called Releasing the Creative Powers Within. The women’s personal and collective journeys into creativity became the inspiration for her book, Studio Stories: Illuminating Our Lives Through Art (Shanti Arts, 2016).


Learning to Fly
by Jan Rog

Little by little I come back to mindfulness. I’m breathing in the earth aromas of moist soil, new grass, peeling bark. Winds through the trees above are whispering then whistling alternately. Cool winds have dried my tears, and my cheeks feel a fresh tingle.

Jan Rog is active with the Greater Kansas City Writing Project and Prairie Lands Writing Project. She is also a member of Kansas City’s Latino Writers Collective, which has fostered her pride in community and personal heritage. Current volunteer work with Kansas City Voices provides her a tdeeper appreciation of the planning, discipline, and teamwork of publishing. A proud alumna of Rockhurst University and Arizona State University, she hopes to instill a love of active querying, learning, and writing in her students at Metropolitan Community College – Longview.

Claude Monet, In the Garden, 1895.

The Art of Happy Architecture
by Naomi Beth Wakan

A building must fulfill its function, of course, and in the case of a home, that means shelter and solidity. But we also want the home to go beyond basic needs and promise us happiness.

Naomi Beth Wakan is an essayist and the inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. She has written over fifty books, the most recent being The Way of Tanka (Shanti Arts, 2017). She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada, and Tanka Canada. She lives on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, the sculptor Elias Wakan.


The Koan of Cancer
by Beth Walker

“What has taken you so long? We have been waiting . . .

Beth Walker is a writing consultant at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Her work recently has appeared in South85, Deluge, Practical Composition, Critical Insights: American Creative Nonfiction, and New Perspectives on Detective Fiction. She also has scholarly essays forthcoming in various edited collections. The essay here was written for Shanti Arts’ workshops with Susan Currie and Janet Sunderland.

Aussiegal, The Gate, 2008.



A Way In
by Peter Azrak

“I have a tendency, as you know, to be idealistic and dreamy. So golf actually forces me down to the ground and shows me how impatient, controlling, and rejecting I can be.”

Peter Azrak is a psychotherapist, teacher, writer, and photographer. Originally a painter — a struggling painter — he discovered freedom in the art of photography. He lives in New York City.


The Eyes of All Horses
Vincent Louis Carrella

They huddled in a doorway while he told her about the farm. He told her about Kentucky and his little brother Jim. The barley fields and the chest-high grass. He told her that the earth sang to him. And the horses.

The photograph to the right, by Myles Gallagher, is part of Still Point Art Gallery’s current exhibition, The Art of Structure. Each quarter, Vincent Louis Carrella chooses an image from our exhibition to inspire a story.

Vincent Louis Carrella is a writer, photographer, and author of the novel Serpent Box. He lives in northern California with two daughters, two cats, and just a hint of a New York accent. Follow him on Instagram@serpentbox.





Spirit Inside Me, Around Me
by Josephine LoRe

and it seemed clear in a moment of darkness
that you had turned your back on me,
the god of my childhood, the god of my church

Josephine LoRe has shared her poetry and prose with Calgary audiences since 2009. She has featured at Woolf’s Voices, the Single Onion’s Cafe Blanca, Unspoken (a hearing-accessible spoken word celebration), and the Flywheel Reading Series. She has facilitated a poetry group at the Alexandra Writers’ Center and will be facilitating a French creative writing class through l’Alliance Francaise in September 2017. Her work can be found in Haiku Canada’s 2016 Anthology and their 2017 publication, Wordless. She is working on a collection entitled Writing Beauty and Truth.


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