Friday, August 24, 2012

Pilgrim Place exhibit in full bloom tonight

“Healing Petals,” a unique collection of flower photography by artist and breast cancer survivor Sister Elizabeth Thoman will debut at Pilgrim Place’s Decker Hall this Friday, August 24, at 7 p.m. The gallery will continue through Sunday, August 26. 

Courtesy//Sr. Elizabeth Thoman
Sponsored by the Women-Church Claremont community at Pilgrim Place, the 3-day exhibit, designed as a “prayer garden,” will be an opportunity to reflect on what Sr. Thoman sees as one of the greatest gifts of God’s creation:  flowers in full bloom.

“We’re delighted to help bring Sr. Thoman’s ‘ministry of spiritual photography’ to Pilgrim Place,” says Peg Linehan, coordinator for the Women-Church group.  Virginia Bergfalk sees Healing Petals “opening up new ways to experience the Divine.  It carries on the great tradition of visual prayer begun in centuries past by icons, stained glass windows, paintings and statues.” 

The exhibit will open Friday with a reception and reflective presentation by the artist.  The exhibit will continue Saturday and Sunday with additional artist conversations on Saturday at 11 a.m, 1:30 and 3 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Small cards will be available with “Prayer Prompts” for reflection and meditation.

Decker Hall is located at 665 Avery Road. For more information, contact Ms. Linehan at 626-9140 or

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