I grew up knowing that women had a place in the world that was less: less smart, less brave, less strong, less relevant. The patriarchal society reinforced this view for our society, politics, and education. It was only when I went to a Catholic High School, run by a feisty order of Dominican nuns, that I realised that I was more and had endless capacity to be more than more. The nuns pushed us outside of the societal, political and education bounds and asked us to look inside ourselves and answer a question: What else?
This notion of finding the next “What else?” has been one of my driving forces in my life. What else can I do? What else can I learn? What else can I contribute to? What else can I be doing to make this world a better place? And when in 1998 I first learned about The Saint John’s bible, I found my next “What else?”
The question then became: what to do. Here was an art project of monumental worth and importance to 21st century people, wrapped up as a bible and a statement on our world. Over the years I continued my studies and submersion into the illuminations and philosophy of The Saint John’s bible, letting it infuse my DNA and artistry.
Which brings me to today – one month after we opened an exhibition of original pages of the bible at The Museum at the Hjemkomst (HCSCC). More years of planning than I can really remember but working with a team of volunteers who answered the call to be more and finding what else they could do. It has been a whirlwind experience. The winds of change and uncertainty have given me sleepless nights and exhilarating encounters. I have seen the profound effects of art on people and how story telling and painted pictures alter world views and closely held principles.
And I have seen women see themselves in the illuminations: strong, brace, caring, smart, respected, powerful. So pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea and your handcraft, and listen for 15 minutes to more of my thinking on women in The Saint John’s Bible and why this matters to everyone. The interview starts at the 27:13 mark. Thank you to Ashley Thornberg at Prairie Public radio for this interview on October 30th. The direct url is: http://www.prairiepublic.org/radio/mainstreet?post=71573 so then you do not have to hunt for the interview in the archives.
Here is the link to the Facebook posting
Here is the new schedule link.
I will keep updating this page so book mark this link for the most up to date info at any time – this will probably work better than the email system. But I will still send emails to tell you to come and check here.
10/16 1:30pm Bemidji Schoolcraft
10/17 1:30pm 20 people
10/18 10am 23 kids and 5pm Nativity
10/19 4pm Catholic teachers (I will not be there)
10/20 9am Turlte Mountain High
10/22 2pm 15 Park River students
10/23 9am 30 Jamestwon Lutherans and 9:30am Senior tour
10/25 10am Barnesville Helpers and 6pm First Lutheran
10/26 2pm Touchmark
10/30 st Joe’s 50 kids.
November 2nd: 5pm Johnnies Event
November 11: Grace Lutheran 20 people
November 14: Tour with Marcia Hardy’s PEO
November 15: 6:30pm First Lutheran and 6:45pm Flame of Faith
November 16: 61 New York Mills 3rd graders
Markus will be the touch person for all the large tours.
What else do you need? Let me know.
Thanks and have a great day!
Here is the docent document:
Docent Checklist – 10/1/17 Rev 2
Start of any shift
At the end of your shift:
Things that will happen:
I am making 3 books – 2 of which you saw with Tim. The book that unfolds from a personal book to a community book and another book that shows the signatures/gatherings and page numbers.
Wendy has Post It’s and gel pens for people to write things that illuminated them as they toured the gallery. These will be posted on a board and gathered up and then submitted to St John’s for their archives. We might bring these boards out on weekends as one more activity for people to engage in.
Reminder: The key is communication. We are all here to help each other. I love getting emails of changes to the schedule. If you cannot make a shift, maybe call a friend to cover you. Let us know. Update the schedule. I am here to help make you successful.
YOU ARE AMAZING! GO AND ILLUMINATE OTHERS – SHARE THE LIGHT AND LOVE!
AND THANK YOU.
It is always a pleasure to share The Saint John’s Bible and art with others. Sometimes I get a little too carried away by it but I am not fussed – I think we can only have more art and more talking points in our lives. Caring and sharing is where it is at!
So the possibility of raising money and doing art led me to create an accessible workshop for all that I call Decorated Letters. It is a fun, non-intimidating way of connect with people around the table and doing art. Here is what The Arts Partnership had to say about the event:
Anne Kaese Calligraphy Hosting Letter Decorating Class To Benefit Upcoming St. John’s Bible Exhibit
By Kendra Klein | June 7th, 2017 |
Looking at instructor Anne Kaese’s beautifully hand-crafted calligraphy, the ancient practice can seem complex and intimidating. However, the evening of art, food, and wine Kaese is offering from 6 – 8 p.m. this Thursday at Gethsemane Cathedral will be completely the opposite.
The class is all about learning basic letters and techniques of calligraphy, then allowing creativity to take over. The food and wine is a bonus.
Anne Kaese was born in South Africa, where she was introduced to calligraphy at the age of twelve. In South Africa, calligraphy is viewed as a high art form, and Kaese brings this respect, history and tradition of calligraphy to each of her classes. She describes herself overall as a heritage artist. “If it was popular three to four hundred years ago, I’m probably into that,” she says.
Kaese emphasizes there is no wrong way to make art. She wants her students to give themselves permission to play, because her classes are about slowing down and appreciating the creative process.
Kaese is donating her time to host this event, and proceeds will go to the St. John’s Bible exhibit. The Bible will be coming to the Historical and Cultural Society in Moorhead this October, but Kaese has been following the project since 1998. It ties in nicely with everything the artist is already passionate about. She pointed out how many disciplines this project brings together: history, archaeology, theology, science, art, and imagination, to name a few.
In her classes, Kaese brings people together through art. The St. John’s Bible is a work of art that acknowledges social and technological advances of the modern world, and provides a focal point for discussion. Visitors will bring their own interpretations and background to understand the art, and Kaese believes that is the whole point. She says the St. John’s Bible “triggers something that sparks curiosity.”
Decorated letters this Thursday, and all of Kaese’s classes in conjunction with The St. John’s Bible exhibit, focus on making art accessible to people and allowing creativity to happen without the pressure of perfection. Kaese says that previous students have described her classes not as an education, but as a discovery.
If you aren’t able to make it to this Thursday’s installment of art, food, and wine, Anne Kaese will offer another class on October 21st.
Photo courtesy of Anne Kaese.
All photos are courtesy of Anne Kaese Calligraphy.