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pamela whitman: creating a space through light, color, and darkness

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We at The Art Hall are both honored and pleased to host Pamela Whitman as our exhibiting artist in March. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, March 11, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., and meet Pamela for her presentation titled Creating a Space for Spirit through Light, Color and Darkness at 6:00.

We are especially grateful that Pamela will also be offering a two-day veil painting workshop for all levels of experience the weekend of the opening: Watching Paint Dry: Exploring Color Space through Veil Painting. Please join us! As Pamela says, “we develop ourselves as we develop our art”.

Pamela Whitman, M.A., is a certified Light, Color and Darkness Painting Therapist and an international teacher of the work of Liane Collot d’Herbois, Rudolf Steiner and Goethe, including as an adjunct faculty member of Rudolf Steiner College. She has always had multifaceted interests spanning art, science and spirit and the relationship between them. She brings her love, enthusiasm, patience, understanding and dedication to this work to her students and clients.

Pamela has done art since childhood, often inspired by religious themes and calligraphy. From an early age, she was also drawn to science and worked actively to develop this interest. Her dream of attending MIT became a reality and she was one of fifty women in her class of 950. She pursued her love of crystals and science through Materials Science but felt something was missing. Halfway through, she changed her major to Humanities and Science, to be able to include more art, philosophy and psychology in her studies. In retrospect, she feels that what she was really looking for at that time was Goethean Science. Her B.S. thesis focused on the work of Teilhard de Chardin, integrating science, spirit and the evolution of consciousness, themes she took up in various ways until she found anthroposophy about fifteen years later.

With a foundation in both science and the humanities, Pamela has worked across the spectrum, including teaching in a boys’ reform school, making and marketing radiation detectors for medical and space applications, being a milieu therapist in a psychiatric hospital, doing environmental research and monitoring on Lake Tahoe, and being an educational activist. She has traveled widely, seeking the perspective of the rest of the world, including driving from Germany to Nepal and back again with a friend. She studied calligraphy and other arts over many years and did freelance calligraphy and graphic work. Teaching has woven through all of her adult life, and she helped to found and administrate a Waldorf School. Through Waldorf education she discovered anthroposophy, which eventually led her to her true vocation in the pioneering work in Light, Color and Darkness of Liane Collot d’Herbois, anthroposophical artist and therapist.

Pamela has done considerable study of art and anthroposophy at Rudolf Steiner College and has sought out and worked with many of the early practitioners of the work of Collot d’Herbois in this country and in Europe. She has studied painting most extensively with artist Leszek Forczek. She participated in the second international training in Light, Color and Darkness Painting Therapy at the Emerald Foundation in The Hague, completing her requirements as a Painting Therapist as part of her Masters degree program in Human Development. She feels fortunate to have met and worked with Collot d’Herbois during the last five years of her life. She received her certification as a Painting Therapist from the Medical Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.

Pamela’s career and interests bridge the fields of science, art, spirituality, consciousness, psychology, healing and education, all of which she incorporates as a painting therapist and adult educator, and on occasion, as a lazure artist. She is grateful now for the impetus to devote more time to painting, research and writing. Her husband is an acupuncturist and healer; they have two children and two grandchildren and live in Grass Valley, CA.

A rare opportunity in Portland has arrived! Please come meet Pamela on Friday evening, March 11, and then join her for this “artistic and practical, challenging and inspiring” two-day veil painting workshop that weekend. Please see the accompanying flier below (or click here) and contact Robin Lieberman at 503-222-1192 for more details.

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