art ~ spirit ~ transformation

e*lix*ir   #13
Centenary Issue 2021



Sacred Stories: Beyond Joy and Pain


Global Poetry Reading Honors ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

The Writing Life

The Fountain and the Thirsty One by Mahvash Sabet


Christine Anne Pratt
Elegy with Mourning Dove and Red-Tailed Hawk by Sandra Lynn Hutchison
Dana Paxson


An Opening in the Curtain by Martha Washington


Encountering Beauty: An Interview with Painter and Photographer Chris Page by Christine Anne Pratt

Personal Reflections on Bahá’í Texts

The Wound is Where the Light Enters by Sandra Lynn Hutchison

Artist Profile

Interview with Mahvash Sabet by Raha Sabet Sarvestany
Persian Poems by Mahvash Sabet


Chris Page

Voices of Iran

Thy Court of Holiness by Mahsa Foroughian
The Silence of Being Heard by Nazanin Eslami
The All-Highest Paradise by Melika Rezvani

State of the Art

Books for Children by Allison Grover Khoury

Looking Back on Books

Pearls of Bounty and Light of the World
Agnes Parsons’ Diary by Richard Hollinger
‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Perfect Exemplar by Dariush Lami

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Eyes Toward Heaven I (4:42 PM)
Acrylic on Canvas, 6.5' x 14'

Eyes Toward Heaven III (5:08 PM)
Acrylic on Canvas, 6.5' x 14'

The above two large-scale paintings reflect a walk on July 18, 2016 in the fields of the Connecticut River Valley in Hadley, Massachusetts, and express distinct moments during a 25-minute period of transformation in the daytime sky.

Emerging Light 2018 (set of six)
Acrylic on Watercolor Paper, 22" x 30" each

This set reflects a search for the dramatic edge of an incoming thunderstorm.

Williamstown Storm Walk, (07/19/2015)
Acrylic on Photographs, 8.5" x 11" each

The basis for this group of three paintings was a walk on the grounds of the Clark Museum in Williamstown, MA as a thunderstorm approached.

Warm Wind (11/09/2016)
Acrylic on Canvas, 4' x 6' each

This large piece, composed of five paintings, is based on a set of photographs that document sustained attention on the sky for twenty-five minutes.

Twelve Moments (2014)
Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 24" each

This set of twelve paintings is based on holding attention on the sky for thirteen minutes.

Five Minutes Apart in Nine Parts (2015)
Acrylic on Photographs, 13" x 19" each

These images were taken at five-minute intervals, with the camera pointing at the same place in the sky.

Sunset Sky Dance in Four Parts (09/25/2013)
Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 36" each

This set of four paintings reflects the transformation of late afternoon light into a dramatic sunset.

Returning to Blue (2016)
Archival Digital Prints, 13" x 19" each

This piece was done as a meditation practice, maintaining and returning attention to the sky during a one-hour walk.

Cloud Be Gone (2013)
Archival Digital Prints, 13" x 19" each

These photographs track a cloud dissipating until only blue sky is visible.


Artist Statement:   My work is based on seeing the everyday world as a door into the remarkable, in which a moment opens into the timeless. Walking in nature is integral to my art practice: traversing open spaces, feeling the quality of the air, listening to the wind and birds, and experiencing the spacious wilderness of the sky as our common ceiling. During these walks I take photographs that serve as source material for my paintings and photographic sets. The vision I hold for my work is to awaken perceptions and emotions that elevate the human spirit.