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Art is Life

This group is about books. It is about art. This group is for people who see art as something that lives and breathes. The painter Mark Rothko said that a person looking at his paintings might gain the same spiritual experience he had while creating the paintings. This group is for people who think of art as a guiding principle in their lives. This group is for people who think of literary voices and characters as being "real." This group is for people who feel rapture in the presence of art. This group is for people who recognize that art gives us the power of transcendence.

My name is Theresa Williams. I'm an author, and I'm starting this group as a way of connecting with people who feel the same passion for art that I do. I am a university lecturer and I want to learn from others. I experience the world primarly through "feeling." As Theodore Roethke said, "We think by feeling. What is there to know?" I am coming to discover that the dichotomy of the heart and the intellect is not as I once thought: I am coming to see that "feeling" is not separate from intelligence but an important form of intelligence. The Native Americans have a term for this: "Seeing With The Eye of the Heart."

I hope this can be a place where we can shed our hard outer shells and share what we know about the beauty and terror of life.

I'm interested in having deep and real conversations about art and life.

Here you are welcome to express your opinions and even to disagree, but, please, this is not a war zone. Do be respectful, gracious, and giving.


The photograph is Walt Whitman's butterfly.

Group website: http://theresawilliams.weebly.com/

Total members: 241 members

Recent members: Gallery400Library, WSilsby3, blue_cat, lauramorelli, Britta_Verena_Pieper, Amber.June.Hope, Granzig, Raymond55, msheatherwebb, bibliopolitan, MYeroMorris, mypinkrainbow, justinstrange, PatrickMurtha, khrysso, ErikaAvery, lisacmiller, bowtiesarecool, leigonj, WGWright, wormbooks, PrissBNS, Hermee, StardustLuna, Terry.P.Rizzuti, Nickelini, astrophel88, SarahLeavesley, Sorendara, Tuirgin

Tags: art (3), literature (2), the arts (1), Quality of Life (1), A&E (1)

Administrators: TheresaWilliams (creator)

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What Is Art? 3razzamajazz, February 22ignore
Journal of Eva Morelli 1Raymond55, July 2013ignore
What are you currently reading? 319michaelbartley, January 2013ignore
Paintings/Painters that you love. 76Bookoholic73, September 2012ignore
The business of art...? 3krolik, June 2012ignore
What Did You WRITE Today? 32Naren559, January 2012ignore
Unabashidly emotional music. 76Naren559, December 2011ignore
Books or art that fundamentally changed the way you think or feel? 55TheresaWilliams, September 2011ignore
Some thoughts on Nobel prize (literature of couse) winners. 5Rood, September 2011ignore
identify this painting 4chellerystick, January 2011ignore
Super-duper literary figures. 7varielle, December 2010ignore
Childhood stories YOU would re-read as an adult. 24TheresaWilliams, October 2010ignore
What is a library? 9margad, September 2010ignore
Has a book or piece of artwork ever made you weep? 101TheresaWilliams, July 2010ignore
The "Hospital" part of my Library 37Naren559, February 2010ignore
The Letter Project 4TheresaWilliams, November 2009ignore
Celebrate! 2TheresaWilliams, August 2009ignore
Oh yes: "Art"! 3Naren559, August 2009ignore
Definition of art as a mode of knowing 2guido47, August 2009ignore
Which Ted Kooser works should I Buy? 3TheresaWilliams, May 2009ignore
The Making of a Graphic Novel 3tros, May 2009ignore
Anne Sexton 37TheresaWilliams, May 2009ignore
Death and the Afterlife 39Naren559, April 2009ignore
Close to the bone 15mejix, March 2009ignore
Andrew Wyeth died this morning 10Naren559, February 2009ignore
How I Spent My Summer Vacation 4guido47, January 2009ignore
The Books Around You 47hemlokgang, January 2009ignore
How would you describe your inner life? 58Naren559, October 2008ignore
short story website 3STOCeallaigh, September 2008ignore
Some things that you noticed today 227michaelbartley, August 2008ignore
Animals in literature 48ambushedbyasnail, July 2008ignore
Videos 8belleyang, July 2008ignore
How Art Made the World 1tros, July 2008ignore
Sharing our wriitng, blogs, art, etc. 15belleyang, June 2008ignore
Off to P-Town! See you in 3-mo! 5margad, June 2008ignore
Facebook 47belleyang, June 2008ignore
Writing Groups 15belleyang, June 2008ignore
Lines from works that you love. 74hemlokgang, May 2008ignore
Ralph Waldo Emerson 43TheresaWilliams, May 2008ignore
Author Chat (The Secret of Hurricanes) 5TheresaWilliams, May 2008ignore
Activities, Accomplishments, Announcements 29TheresaWilliams, May 2008ignore
robert rauschenberg 9DMTripp, May 2008ignore
Do you work joyfully...or suffer for your art? 78mejix, April 2008ignore
Robert Frost 11TheresaWilliams, April 2008ignore
The Satisfaction of the Creative Impulse by Mark Rothko, 1941 7DMTripp, April 2008ignore
Writing your dreams... 13mpramanik, March 2008ignore
Lit. you thought you'd hate 5margad, March 2008ignore
When words fail you... 9Clueless, February 2008ignore
The Seasons 46TheresaWilliams, February 2008ignore
When you just don't "get it." 20TheresaWilliams, January 2008ignore
Quotes by authors that you love 51CliffBurns, January 2008ignore
Christmas/New Year's stories? 6margad, January 2008ignore
Memoir Title? 23TheresaWilliams, December 2007ignore
Let's write a story. 73MarianV, December 2007ignore
Biting off more than you can chew? 9TheresaWilliams, December 2007ignore
Have you ever gone to a reading that turned out to be a profound experience? 38CliffBurns, November 2007ignore
Grand Epiphanies 7margad, November 2007ignore
Finding more than one path to our creative lives 7CliffBurns, November 2007ignore
What is the question? 14TheresaWilliams, November 2007ignore
We Come To Something Without Knowing Why 15margad, October 2007ignore
Art is Laugh 15margad, October 2007ignore
Ill Lit 45villandry, October 2007ignore
The Will to Believe 75margad, October 2007ignore
Poetry as non-fiction 55margad, October 2007ignore
Create a book and author 11TheresaWilliams, September 2007ignore
Richard Brautigan 15SqueakyChu, September 2007ignore
Voices and Visions Audio 1TheresaWilliams, September 2007ignore
From whence love? 14TheresaWilliams, August 2007ignore
Place: The South 40TheresaWilliams, August 2007ignore
Your voice 11TheresaWilliams, August 2007ignore
What Good Is A Group Like This? 9geneg, August 2007ignore
Price is (almost) no object 9sisaruus, August 2007ignore
Place 26southwestpoet, August 2007ignore
Artists', Poets', Novelists' letters 25TheresaWilliams, August 2007ignore
Inner, not outer life 10TheresaWilliams, August 2007ignore
some of my quilts 10TheresaWilliams, August 2007ignore

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Created: Aug 1, 2007

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