John Holliger, Photographer
In that ancient time when humans moved with the rhythms of nature, we knew we lived in a Garden that was enchanted with mystery and Beauty.
Every year at the same time the migrating cranes flew out of the morning fog and landed in the meadows before us.
We sensed that we, the cranes, the wetlands, the fog, were all part of something infinitely larger than what we were observing. This is the origin of the word “contemplative.”
“A Contemplative Nature” is a collection of moments in nature, moments of wonder and symmetry, rhythm and mystery--found, maybe stumbled upon, noticed out of the corner of an attentive eye, always gifts.
When the cranes fly out of the fog and land in the wetlands before dawn, it is a mystery where they have come from and a mystery where they will land next, after they disappear.
To be present at dawn and wait, attentive to the mystery of what unfolds in the new day, fills me with contentment and joy, a solitude I cherish.
My joy is to bring back these moments for you.
The Beauty of Nature that you see at the Button Up Gallery on Sandusky Street in Delaware unfolds from this mystery, A Contemplative Nature.
I cherish the ambience of Button Up, because you can engage
with such enjoyment with Kathleen Miller, the owner, but also, Kathleen creates such a delightful space of hospitality that you can also go into your own interior world and ponder the art you see at Button Up.
I love to stop by the Beehive, pick up a coffee, and then when I cross over the threshhold of Button Up, I know I can move at a much slower pace, relax, shake off my stress, and melt into the ambience of Beauty that is everywhere. I can also plop myself into one of the chairs and just look and wonder.
I have wanted A Contemplative Nature to have a home away from home like Button Up, and so I encourage you to go to the Beehive, pick up the book you ordered, and get a treat of their coffee, and then slow down, and experience the rare joy that oozes from Button Up, engage with Kathleen who knows personally the artists and their work, and also allow yourseslf to take a deep breath, and enter into the world of Beauty at Button Up.