The Recovery of Wisdom: mixed-media works by Mary Conrow Coelho

January 17 – March 9, 2019

Journey of the Universe Film Screening, February 3, 1-3 p.m.
Reception and Panel Discussion, February 17, 1-3 p.m.

The Clare Gallery is pleased to present The Recovery of Wisdom, an exhibition of mixed-media paintings and handmade books by artist, Mary Conrow Coelho. The works use abstract and representational imagery, along with bright colors and mixed-media interwoven with ancient patterns, to focus on our connection to nature and the cosmos. Each piece is a burst of pure creative energy! 

Ms. Coelho’s work draws inspiration from the “New Universe Story” an “eco-spirituality” movement that incorporates new scientific discoveries about the origins of the universe and insights into the mystery of matter, which is now thought to be 99.99% non-visualizable. As Ms. Coelho puts it: “We are coming to understand that these discoveries can be an occasion of awakening, often a reawakening, to the intrinsic wisdom and the beauty of the earth and universe and its sacred value … The discovery of our most remarkable origins offers grandeur and intrinsic value to the natural world and to every person.”

Journey of the Universe Film Screening, February 3, 1-3 p.m. To complement Ms. Coelho’s exhibition, the Clare Gallery is offering a FREE screening of the award-winning film, Journey of the Universe. This stunning HD film is an epic journey connecting the cosmos, the earth, and human transformation. Created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars, and filmmakers, the film is set on the Greek Island of Samos, birthplace of Pythagoras.

Both the exhibition and film ask important questions: How should we value our existence within these structures? How does creativity represent itself? How should we evaluate our role as we transform within it? NOTE: If necessary, snow dates for both events will be posted on

Reception and Panel Discussion, February 17, 1-3 p.m. Panelists include the artist Mary Coelho; Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale Divinity School Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar; and John Grim, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar. Both Ms. Tucker and Mr. Grim were part of the scholar leadership team and executive producers of the film.

Ms. Coelho is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based award-winning artist whose works have been exhibited on the East Coast and in Argentina. She is also the author of Awakening Universe, Emerging Personhood: The Power of Contemplation in an Emerging Universe (Wyndham Hall Press, 2001). You can find out more at

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The exhibition, and reception is free and open to the public. Free parking is available directly across from the church in Saints Lot. The facility is handicapped accessible.