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Chinese Brush Painting and Meditation

Teaching others how meditation and art can come together is among the hundreds of ways that our Sisters and Associates try to be a healing presence today.

Sister Mary Gavin is known for her beautiful Chinese Brush Painting, her lovely liturgical enhancements and her instructive art classes. Her Contemplative Arts Classes–now in their 17th year–start again October 3, 2012, at our North American Headquarters in Fox Chase, Philadelphia.

Chinese Brush Painting is rooted in a rich tradition of many thousands of years. It is a spiritual discipline with principles and refined techniques, with purposeful use of brushes, ink, paper, color and composition. There are many people who find Chinese brush paintings to be some of the most understated, beautiful paintings around the world. Depicting subjects such as people, birds, flowers, and landscapes, these paintings represent one of the oldest styles of art in existence today.

Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Sister Mary worked as a nurse-midwife and nurse-midwifery instructor for many years before pursuing her strong interest in art. She studied Art Therapy at Temple University and learned Chinese Brush Painting and Eastern Meditative Arts prior to beginning her Contemplative Arts ministry.

Sister’s classes introduce participants to all the steps involved in creating what appears to be “simple” artwork. They also offer 10-15 minutes of Silent Sitting Meditation. Sister Mary uses meditation because of its benefits to the body, mind and spirit. The practice of using simple breathing techniques helps one to focus and relax, reducing stress.

She says, “During meditation, you are focused on breathing. During the painting, you are focused on the brush and becoming one with the brush. Then, you have complete focus.”

Class Schedule:
Wednesdays beginning October 3, 2012, from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Thursdays beginning October 4, 2012, from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
and 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. There will be seven weeks of classes.

For more information or to register, please call Sister Mary Gavin, at (215) 725-1843.

October 1, 2012