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We write reflections about our explorations in the arts, creativity, prayer, retreats, and spirituality.

We would love to be in dialog with you. Share your thoughts on these topics or respond to what we have written.

We are also available to lead arts & spirituality workshops and retreats. Visit our website for more details: www.DrawingNearer.com
Blessings, Suzanne & Wanda

Moment by Moment

Moment by Moment
Spiral Mandala, oringinal artwork by Suzanne Halstead

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Labyrinth & The Wall

Last year the Labyrinth was built!

This year the Wall will be adorned!

It is a joy to work with two dear friends on this massive project -
Mosaic artist Margaret Almon and
Stain-glass artist Wayne Stratz
Together they are known as Nutmeg Designs and are collaborating on 9 signs using the "fruit of the spirit" from Galatians 5:22&23.

The refereed to Wall is cinder block, 4 feet high x 22 feet long. The nine Fruit of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patients, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Wayne will be designing the letters and cutting them out of stain-glass, each word a different color. Margaret will then mosaic in and around each word with contrasting colors. Then I will be expanding the mosaic with shells, stones and tiles to fill out the 1 foot by 4 foot substrate on which the words are adhered.

I am so excited as Wayne has already started on the longest word in orange - faithfulness!
Stay tuned as this project progresses!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Passion Week

Passion Week
In a Word - Love
The Word
The Logos
The Christ
There is no other greater...
Then to lay down one's life...
Palms, Trial, Cross, Tomb,
Sorrow, Emptiness
Death Defeated
So Be It

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Earth & Spirit Art Show

Earth & Spirit
March 18 - April 24
Special Openings & Meet the Artists on Fridays March 18 & April 1, 5-9 pm
~~refreshments, live music, book signing~~
Water Gallery is in the Dresher Arcade #5
319 Main Street Lansdale, PA 19446

Pastels by Suzanne Halstead
Jewelry by Bette Conway

Art Show & Book Signing April 1st (no fooling!)

Greetings from Drawing Nearer!
We are excited to announce that our newly self-published book
Drawing Nearer: Devotional Workbook of Creative Prayer will be available for sale at the Water Gallery in Lansdale during the exhibition Earth & Spirit March 18 - April 24, 2011. Come visit us on Lansdales's First Friday night April 1st between 5 - 9 pm when we will both be present and signing our books. We would love to see you then!

Also that evening will be refreshments and live music by singer/songwriter Joel Halstead with guest jazz singer Emilia Halstead. In addition there will be live Traditional Irish and Folk Music being played by Bette Conway and other guest musicians throughout the evening. The opening evening of Earth & Spirit is Friday March 18, 5-9 pm when a full evening of Irish and folk music will be performed. Come celebrate with us either or BOTH nights.

The Water Gallery is located in the Dresher Arcade #5, 319 Main Street Lansdale, PA
wwww.watergallerylansdale.com - 215.393.7180

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy New Year from Drawing Nearer!
Wanda & I are excited about all the new energy and upcoming adventures on the 2011 horizon.

This original oil pastel, titled Offering of Color, along with 17 others were selected to be showcased at the new Water Gallery in Lansdale, PA March 18 through April 24.

This was the first in a series of 52 oil pastels I did as part of my early morning devotional time while I was up at Mensch Mill Camp & Retreat Center from 2002--2005.

Each of these oil pastels are unique unto themselves and yet themes would appear in the images and the groups of such themes are used in Wanda's and my book, Drawing Nearer: Devotional Workbook of Creative Prayer, where many of these artworks are displayed.

For more information about the oil pastels, Water Gallery and the book please visit our website www.drawingnearer.com

We wish you all the joy and adventure this new year will bring to each of you!
Blessings, Suzanne & Wanda