Winter Solstice 2019 Nature and Poetry Gathering
Ancient cultures have long marked the Winter Solstice as a sacred turning point in the year, a special day, in which the darkest days come to a close and the sunlight returns. Attune with the Winter Solstice during an afternoon sunset walk on the Marin Trails followed by coming inside for a fireside poetry reading with hot spiced wine and cider.
Where: Location given upon RSVP
When: 4PM – 8PM, Saturday, December 21, 2019
Please bring appropriate footwear for walking on Marin County trails, and a poem to share.
And, Please RSVP here.
(I want to be certain to have enough hot spiced wine and nibbles for everyone.)
This ourSPHERE event is being offered by donation. Please offer what you feel reflects your gratitude and thank you for your generosity in supporting the work of ourSPHERE.
I love the few homely colors of Nature at this season—her strong wholesome browns, her sober and primeval grays, her celestial blue, her vivacious green, her pure, cold, snowy white. ~Henry David Thoreau
I embrace these darker days of rainy weather that commit me to be indoors and hibernate, of sorts, it becomes a time of solitary contemplation, writing, sitting by candle light, and snuggling up with a book and loved ones. ~Katherine Meadowcroft
October 17 – November 10
The Lye Residence / 2014 Delaware Street, Berkeley, California 94709
Triggered, a group exhibition and related program presented by SPHERE, brings together art and dialogue responding to gun culture in America. Triggered reflects upon and reveals the impact that guns have in our lives through the works of contemporary artworks in a range of media that comment on the history and psychological impact of guns.
Gun culture in America is an important and undeniably urgent issue, that cannot be avoided or ignored. No longer a peripheral issue; it has seeped into the daily political, economic, and social realities of our time. “Trigger” operates in both active and passive senses; either way, triggering is all too pervasive. There is the trigger of a psychosis in the gunmen and the resulting mental and emotional anguish of their victims. The sound of a gun’s triggering mechanism–and, even more so, its firing–triggers fear, terror, anger, grief, and enduring trauma.
We often hear that the effort to change gun laws and policies in the interest of a safer America is a marathon not a sprint. But a sprint is exactly what we need at this time! Consider it a relay where each of us is called upon to take the baton and sprint. Together we can unite to make change happen–faster than bullets take lives. We need to start sprinting, while also understanding that gun control is a complex and controversial topic.
SPHERE’s intention to host Triggered in a private home relates to the grim statistics that the majority of gun deaths take place in the home, whether by accident, homicide, or suicide. The Brady Campaign (in alliance with the AdCouncil of America) launched the “End Family Fire” initiative in 2018 to raise awareness to the many deaths per day that are caused by guns in the home. Some mass shooters have shot and killed family at home before enacting a massacre elsewhere in the community. For these reasons, SPHERE presents Triggered in a domestic setting so that the impact of the artworks may resonate more deeply.
The artists featured in Triggered share unique perspectives that reflect and respond to the current state of guns in our society in a variety of ways.
Andrew Ellis Johnson
Cara E Levine
Jennifer Nagle Myers
October 17, 2019 Pre-opening wine & hors d’oeuvre reception, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, meet with the artists and join a discussion with Susanne Slavick, artist and Andrew W Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, and curator of Unloaded. This gathering is an opportunity to talk about the exhibition with a small group and to learn more about the social, material, and aesthetic dimensions of the artist’s work.
October 24, 2019 Dinner and Dialogue, 6:00PM – 9:30PM Readings from Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence with Dean Rader editor and poet, joined in conversation by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz historian and acclaimed author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, and Hannah Shearer, Giffords Law Center staff attorney and Second Amendment specialist
November 8, 2019 Closing weekend This Is Not a Gun creative art workshop with Cara Levine and Angela Hennesey 4:00PM – 6:00PM. Followed by an autumn dinner for Brady with Erica Rice, Brady’s Oakland Crime Gun Project Manager and Jessica Gerber, Brady Community Donor Engagement 6:30PM – 9:00PM.
A percentage of sales from the exhibition will support nonprofit initiatives and organizations that address gun violence, gun control, and gun laws, including, The Brady Campaign and Giffords Law Center.
Read here to learn more about the exhibition and artists.
The Movie That Played a Star Role in My Life | July 25th, 2018
Mingling beginning at 6:30pm | Dinner at 7:30pm
our SPHERE invites you to join in a conversation about cinema. Before taking seat for dinner, your evening will have a brief presentation from our conversation engagers (Scilla Andreen and Ana Blanco, moderated by Katherine Meadowcroft, SPHERE founder) to whet your appetite for a deeper conversation at the table while savouring a delicious feast prepared by Hanif Sadir. Come prepared to share your unique and insightful experience with film.
Scilla Andreen: CEO & co-founder of IndieFlix and Executive Producer, Angst IndieFlix: Content With Purpose, is a streaming media site that provides movies, documentaries, shorts, and TV that start of conversation
Ana Blanco: Executive Director of the International Ocean Film FestivalA leading venue in the U.S. showcasing films related to the health and protection of our oceans. This film festival is held in San Francisco, California over a four-day weekend, featuring more than 50 films
Click HERE to get the list of movies that played starring roles.
Why Art Matters and How Does Art Matter | May 1, 2018
Whether you believe art matters or you don’t your perspective matters.
During a delicious dinner prepared by chef Hanif Sadir, SPHERE conversation engagers (Bridget Watson Payne and Ramekon O’Arwisters, moderated by Katherine Meadowcroft) and guests shared an insightful and open conversation about art in the everyday and in community, and art as access to healing and activism.
Bridget Watson Payne: Writer, editor, and author of How Art Can Make You Happy
Ramekon O’Arwisters: A social practice artist, founder of Crochet Jam a collaborative art project and former art curator at SFO airport
Katherine Meadowcroft: Blogger, writer, and founder of Our SPHERE
Here you can read more about SPHERE inspired art