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Shahna Lax, Artist


Shahna Lax, Artist


I met Shahna when she came to Portland to exhibit her Judeo-Islamic Copperworks. She had visited an exhibit I had  up at the time and thought we might have artistic goals in common. I am so blessed to know her  and have spent time at her home and studio in Crestone, Colorado.

Here is her Artist’s Statement from her website:………”There is a Divine residence within the human being that reveals itself in symbolic imagery and language. It is the work of the artist to tap into that numinous internal reality and allow it to flow into the external world. Therein lies the hope of our species for understanding, balance  and healing.”


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Al-Andalusia Exhibit now in Seattle

The Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Ballard (Seattle), Washington hosts my exhibit of 11 paintings and 9 odes, Al-Andalusia:  Pardes/Paradise,  through the second Sunday in November. It will be enjoyed by the larger commnity on Saturday September 21, International Day of Peace.

The Interfaith Community Sanctuary welcomes all religions. It was co-founded by Imam Jamal Rahman and Karen Lundquist.

Imam Jamal Rahman has been featured in the New York Times, on CBS News, the BBC and various NPR programs. He is an adjunct faculty at Seattle University, a former host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops.

He is co-author of “Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam” and “Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith”, and “Out of Darkness Into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources.” He is also the author of “The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam” and “Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights and Practices from the Quran, Hadith, Rumi and Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart and Mind. “ 

Reverend Karen Lindquist serves the community as Interfaith Worship Program Coordinator and brings guests from diverse spiritual and faith traditions to share a Message on the first Sunday each month. She also co-creates many interfaith services throughout the year with faith and spiritual communities and interfaith organizations in the greater Seattle area.

Rev. Karen Lindquist was the 2012 Honoree of the Father William Treacy “Models-of-Hope” Awardpresented on December 8th 2012 at the 10th annual Interfaith Summit held at Cascadian Center at Camp Brotherhood in Mt. Vernon, WA.

Karen Lindquist’s spiritual practices include, but are not limited to, the sacred turning-of-the-heart of the great Sufi poet, Rumi and his whirling dervishes
— an ancient, indigenous spiritual practice spontaneously revived through mystical and prayerful experiences entered into by Rumi.

I am pleased that the exibit will also be up during the presentation of Friends of the Charter for Compassion, an offshoot of Karin Armstrong’s efforts to spread the Common Ground of all religions as the Golden Rule.