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www.handsofalchemy.com -- Jerry Wennstrom is an artist, author of "The Inspired Heart: An Artist's Journey of Transformation" and the subject of two Parabola Magazine and a Sentient Publications documentary films, "In the Hands of Alchemy" and "Studio Dialogue." Book, art films and more at- www.handsofalchemy.com


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Jerry Wennstrom
PO 522 Clinton, Whidbey Island, WA 98236
soluna@whidbey.com
www.handsofalchemy.com

At age 29 after producing a large body of work, Artist, author Jerry Wennstrom he set out to discover the rock-bottom truth of his life. For years he questioned the limits of his creative life as a studio painter. After destroying all of his art and giving away everything he owned, Jerry began a life of unconditional trust, allowing life to provide all that was needed. He lived this way for 15 years. In 1998 he moved to Washington State, where he eventually married Marilyn Strong and produced a large new body of art. Marilyn and Jerry’s charming Whidbey Island home is now filled with his unique interactive sculptures and paintings. Jerry also built a 40-foot meditation tower on his property, which is featured along with his story in a book by Laura Chester called Holy Personal.


Jerry Wennstrom writes a monthly column called Between the Lines on the spirit of the times for Inferential Focus a New York City consulting firm (“Think Tank.”) Read articles on Mythic Journeys Magazine here- http://mythicjourneys.org/guest_wennstrom.html

The Inspired Heart:
An Artist's Journey of Transformation
By Jerry Wennstrom ISBN: 0-9710786-9-6
Soft cover: 200 Pages
September Spirituality/Art

Sentient Publication www.sentientpublications.com
Distributed by NBN-National Book Network www.nbnbooks.com, Ingram, New Leaf, Baker &Taylor & more.

Read sample stories on our web site. www.handsofalchemy.com

See the web site for Parabola's companion video- www.parabola.org sentientpublications.com
In The Hands of Alchemy:
The Art and Life of Jerry Wennstrom.



In 1979, Jerry Wennstrom, a rising star in the New York art world, intentionally destroyed his paintings and gave away his possessions and money. He spent well over the next decade wandering, seeking, and listening, relying only on his own intuition and an unconditional trust in the Universe to provide for him. In consciously emptying himself of his identity, Jerry was led on an extraordinary spiritual journey and ultimately, a return to creating art. In his new book, The Inspired Heart: An Artist's Journey of Transformation, Jerry tells the story of his metaphorical death and rebirth as an artist and as a man. The Inspired Heart is a self-portrait of the life of a man guided by a desire to connect to the divine, and armed only with an unwavering faith in Grace to sustain him. In sharing the tale of his remarkable survival and his surrender to life experience, Jerry writes "it is important to bring the mystery of this survival back to the tribe as story." Ralph White - NY Open Center's Lapis Magazine www.lapismagazine.org
   

Birth Place
Nyack, NY World Community
Accomplishments

The award winning documentary films made about Jerry Wennstrom's art and life have been a favorite at Parabola Magazine's Cinema of the Spirit film festivals, Damah Film Festival, International Film Festival and other venues. He has appeared and presented with Marion Woodman, Deepak Chopra, Mathew Fox,Susan McKeown, China Galland, David Whyte, John O’Donohue, Coleman Barks,Susan Osborn, Laura Simms, Christina Baldwin, Ralph Metzner, Claire Dunne, Laurence Hillman, Vi Hilbert, Phil Lucas, Mickey Lemely, Stephen Simon, and others.

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The Inspired Heart: An Artist's Journey of Transformation by Jerry Wennstrom I'm sure that many people will find comfort and inspiration in this book. Jerry is able to describe a spiritual journey outside of any ancient tradition or modern system, and I trust that originality. He avoids the many hollow words that sometimes enter contemporary spiritual thought and embodies the idea that you can be fully spiritual and fully secular at the same time. Jerry's experience shows that simply by being receptive to deep intuition and living intelligently from the heart, you can achieve a degree of holiness. In the old Sufi story people were amazed that Mojud, an untutored wanderer, developed the power to heal. I expect Jerry's book to be a source of healing, and so I can ask him the question put to Mojud: "Under whom did you study?" I would expect him to answer, "It is difficult to say." Thomas Moore, author of -- Care of the Soul and The Reenchantment of Everyday Life ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "One of the most magnificent things about Jerry is his profound and courageous innocence. He has created a friendship with a part of himself which is in love with the world, and his art displays that. Jerry is one of the few people I know who, in a very quiet way, has actually claimed his happiness in existence." -David Whyte - author of "The Heart Aroused"

Contact Information
Pomegranate Seed Production
PO 522 
Clinton WA 98236   USA
Contact Author: Jerry Wennstrom


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