Celebrating 35th Anniversary of International Day of Peace in Sedona
This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the International Day of Peace, established in 1981 by the United Nations. Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. On September 16, 2016, the Secretary-General of the United Nations will celebrate the Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Japanese Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. In Sedona, the public is invited to take part in “Everyday Peace”, the dedication of Sherab Khandro’s “Wheel of Compassion” sculpture at L’Auberge de Sedona on Wednesday September 21 at 11am.
In 2012 Sedona was honored to receive a proclamation from the United Nations making Sedona the 35th International City of Peace. In the past four years nearly 100 others have been added across the globe. “Everyday Peace” is one of several Sedona City of Peace events.
“Everyday Peace” guests will have the opportunity to write their intentions down and place them in a bowl next to the wheel and spin the wheel releasing billions of intentions for Peace, Love and Compassion as the wheel turns. Sherab Khandro will lead the intention setting ceremony and speak about the Wheel of Compassion. Talented singer, songwriter, musician Suzie Schomaker will perform live music.
Painter and sculptor Sherab (Shey) Khandro wishes to inspire the hearts and minds of others. She is one of a handful of early western artists to receive formal training from Buddhist masters in exile in the US, bringing forth traditional sacred art in the way it has been done in Tibet for centuries. Using the neo-impressionist style of pointillism in her paintings, tiny dots of color create vibrant imagery; each stroke of the brush holds the intention of compassion.
This healing intention also carries through in her sculpture. In 2006 she received a grant from the City of Sedona Department of Arts and Culture Commission to develop a prayer wheel in the Tibetan Buddhist style. A year later, during Goldenstein Gallery’s November 2007 show “Chi” Art as a Healing Medium”, Khandro unveiled the pre-cast of the limited edition bronze “Wheel of Compassion.”
“Everyday Peace” takes place at 11am on Wednesday, September 21st at L’Auberge de Sedona. The public is invited to join artist Sherab Khandro, and send their intentions for peace into the world. L’Auberge De Sedona is located in Uptown Sedona and has partnered with Goldenstein Gallery in creating a rich and vibrant arts scene through their collection of fine works, the gallery’s changing exhibitions and diverse Artists in Residence program. Shey Khandro is often found painting creekside at the charming resort. Check the gallery’s website for the Artist in Residence schedule.
For more information about “Everyday Peace” please call Goldenstein Gallery at 928-204-1765.
Voted Best Gallery in Sedona 9 years running and recently named the best place to shop in Sedona by USA Today 10 Best, Goldenstein Gallery is known for its diversity of world-renowned local and regional artists in all media and styles.
Open daily; Goldenstein Gallery is located at 70 Dry Creek Rd in West Sedona. Parking available. Visit www.GoldensteinArt.com for their informative monthly E-zine or call 928-204-1765.
“Art has a unique capacity to engage and inspire us to action.”
These words not only express one of my own foundational beliefs, they also express the convictions of Fran Dubrowski. Forty years as an environmental lawyer and educator, she has directed many pioneering projects implementing strategies for sustainability. She is the director of Honoring the Future, their mission statement:
“to harness the power of art to educate, empower and engage the public on climate change.”
We had the pleasure of meeting recently. I was inspired. Art as a voice, sustainability the conversation.
Women of Action
Fran Dubrowski and Honoring the Future will be presenting a Sustainability Award this year in conjunction with The Smithsonian Craft Show 2016. The award is in recognition of an artist whose work “educates the public about climate change or inspires models of a sustainable response to climate change.” According to Fran, the award serves three purposes:
Showcases pioneering artists
Challenges us to rethink consumer choices
Invites craft show visitors to discuss sustainability with creative artists
The Sustainability Award will be presented through a partnership with Honoring the Future and The Smithsonian Women’s Committee. The Smithsonian Women’s Committee produces the craft show annually to generate funds for education, outreach and research. They serve nineteen museums and galleries, nine research facilities, twenty libraries and the National Zoo.
As a fan of those who take action to better the world for all beings, thank you for your collaboration.
Mindfulness and Sustainability
We can see that our Earth is suffering. Overuse and innumerable destructive practices have compounded over time. I once again reflect on my moment-to-moment choices, the small acts that make up a day. I am reminded of the power and practice of mindfulness in all areas of life. From sourcing our food in support of sustainable and earth friendly practices to the mode we use to get about. Do we need a car? Do we need to take the car? Use that much water? Have those lights on? When we say, “throw it away”, where is away?
Do we know if our local government supports sustainability practices? Organizations and events we are involved with? Do our schools and our businesses? Can we encourage more action?
I often ask myself how I can reduce my negative impact on the environment. How can my life and my work express my beliefs? What do my choices say about my relationship with the world and those with whom I share its resources? What is my consciousness around sustainability in support of a healthy planet?
As a general practice I like small efficient spaces, keeping my environmental footprint low. More and more of my food is sourced from sustainable farming practices. I find recycling, repurposing and reusing a creative and inspiring choice. I even traded my full size pickup for a small hatchback and I am exploring the use of flex fuel. I aspire to own a Tesla. In my studio, I have moved away from the use of harsh chemicals and I operate as energy efficiently as possible. Recently, I have begun to covet old rusty things and scraps of wood, imagining the inspiring story these reclaimed pieces will one day tell. I continue to raise my awareness and welcome conversations that inspire new action. .
There is a collective impact from our choices. Small acts add up to big things. Choices about how we will impact our environment come up everyday. Present and aware, what choices will we make?
Please visit Goldenstein Gallery to talk with other artists about their sustainability choices.
In our busy, fast paced world, a Pocket Peace Garden offers us a place to pause; an invitation to center in our heart, creating space in our minds. As we breathe in deeply, we fill ourselves with Compassionate Intention. As we breathe out we wish that all beings know happiness. This state of mindfulness leads us along the path to Peace; Peace in our Hearts, Peace in our World.
The focal point of this intentional space is the Wheel of Compassion. This kinetic bronze sculpture is filled with sacred words, aspirations for a more peaceful and compassionate world. This unique, artistic piece is modeled after ancient sacred sculptures, alive with intention, a source of blessings over centuries. Legend has it that long ago, a great spiritual master created a profound experiment. Setting sacred words in motion, he observed that for those nearby the experience was likened to that of viewing a fine painting, listening to a beautiful piece of music or watching an awe inspiring sunset. The experience uplifted and inspired.
Interaction with the Wheel of Compassion brings an inner calmness that emanates outward. As we spin The Wheel of Compassion, we give rise to compassion in our minds. Setting this energy in motion, we are uplifted; our hands and our thoughts igniting our hearts. While reflecting on the power of Compassion, we are reminded of the small things that add up to great change; acts of Kindness, of Patience, of Generosity, creating positive change in our lives and the lives of others.
As the wheel turns, silent blessings of Compassion are generated, a calming and healing influence spreading in the world.
Designed for private, corporate or community garden spaces, these sculptures offer a perfect moment to pause. Reflecting on the power of Compassion, we then step back into our day; hearts open, load lighter, one step closer to Peace. Peace in our Hearts, Peace in our World.
Created as a Limited Edition Bronze Edition of 21.