Thursday, December 30, 2010


Hallelujah for gifts! In 2010, one of the most important gifts I received (and I received many) was the gift of EXPERIENCING ART-FULL-NESS in EVERYTHING and EVERYWHERE I SOJOURN.

By EXPERIENCING ART-FULL-NESS, I mean ABSORBING the fruits of creative endeavors, really SOAKING IN what other ART PILGRIMS have made. Although I have written about this topic in other blogs (See the one on the Abundance of the Georgia Coast or one about Fossil Art in Hughenden, Queensland, Australia ), let me give you a more recent example.

Yesterday, my Chiboogamoo and I JOURNEYED close to 120 miles northwest of Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to visit the Tennessee Aquarium We were craving to be in touch with creatures of the water, and we were dazzled by the Tennessee Aquariums’ collections from rivers around the world, reef animals, and ocean inhabitants. Take for instance, the sculptural beauty of jellyfish.

On our PILGRIMAGE from the Tennessee Aquarium to lunch on what Chattanoogans call "the hill," we crossed a magical green glass bridge and walked along the Tennessee River. It was as pedestrians that we discovered Chattanooga’s love of sculpture! Along the hill in front of the Hunter Museum of American Art are breathtaking sculptures of varying size and media—creating ART-FULL-NESS!

Then JOY! We approached the River Gallery Sculpture Garden! Images forged from ARTISTS’ SOULS certainly lift the SOJOURNER’S SPIRIT! Are you like me PILGRIM? Do you too have the need to SEE the concrete manifestation of the beauty of another’s soul as expressed in ART-FULL-NESS?

And then there was the human made ART, which connected and expanded our visceral awe of the jellyfish! The Tennessee Aquarium and Hunter Museum calls this collaboration nature and artist: “JELLIES LIVING ART.” Stephen Rolfe Powell named his jelly series “SCREAMERS” (See this short video to see the dramatic construction of these glass sculptures).

Cork Marcheschi, along with his partner James Nowak, made these sculptures that appear to hold a living spirit within their glass form. Who would know without an explanation that the “lightning in the bottle” is gas contained in a vacuum and then electrified! This series is called “LIQUID LUMINOUS SECRETS.”

Hallelujah! We can heighten our EXPERIENCE of BEING here on this EARTH with ART-FULL-NESS. Thank you Chattanooga for your dedication to the ARTS! You LIFTED my SPIRITS! Thank you REVERB10 for this opportunity to be thankful for the magnificent gift of ART-FULL-NESS—it is omnipresent!

SOUL BLOG with Hallelujah. Share your response to the December 30th REVERB10 PROMPT: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What's the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?

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