Conversations around the Pupil of the Eye Art Show

Jul 1, 2020 | Art, Community, Pupil of the Eye, Race Unity, Social Justice, Spirituality

This video is part of the Pupil of the Eye Art Series which includes online dialogues spaces, artist videos, and an online gallery space. Parts of the series will be released over the course of the month of July.

Artist Panel Discussion

“Thou art like unto the pupil of the eye which is dark in color, yet it is the fount of light and the revealer of the contingent world.”

— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

An exhilarating evening with a panel of four artists who offered their insights and inspiration around the theme of the Pupil of the Eye art show. Hear how they view the importance of the arts in their lives and as an avenue into deeper social change and racial harmony.

The Panelists

Helen Butler
“I love process, watching how the germ of an idea unfolds. There is mystery; there is faith; there is trust. This shape-shifting dimension is abundant throughout creation but most welcomed in the arts.”

E. C. Phillips
A graduate of the Arts Institute of Pittsburgh, PA with an Associated Degree in Specialized Advertising. Ed has been passionate about the arts ever since he started drawing cartoons from the Sunday paper at 9 years of age. In 2009 Ed worked for 7 years as an Executive Director for the Phelps Art Center in Phelps, NY. This experience helped to expand his understanding of the business of Art. With that experience and his education, life training and acquired knowledge he is continuing to carry a passion for the arts into creating art with a deeper and more profound expression. Ed now says “Art is in his heArt!”

Gordon Arzu
Gordon started working with the Green Acre Art Committee with the art show “Afrofuturism” over a year ago and has been a contributing artist to the effort put forth to bring discourse through the arts around social change. Below are some comments from Gordon on the current show “Pupil of the Eye” which Mr. Arzu has contributed to.

“The pupil filters and regulates light as it travels through the eye making it possible for our brain to see and make sense of our reality. One can say that through the collective experience of people of African descent we too as humans can see, reflect and try to understand the reality of our society.”

Inger Elizabeth Gregory
Inger is a former public school art educator and artist. Born in Stavanger, Norway, her family immigrated to America. Continuously moving from state to state, she found joy and comfort in drawing. She considers herself a lifelong learner and Art advocate.

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