Step into Nature—Patrice Vecchione

 

Step into Nature

Recently I attended Patrice Vecchione’s Monterey book launch for Step into Nature, a personal journal of solitary walks in and their influence on her art (as a collage artist and painter) and on her poetry. Step into Nature invites the reader to join her on a quiet and unassuming spiritual journey, a discovery of the symbiosis we share with plants and animals as thinking, feeling creatures. Her book soothes the imagination and brings a Zen-like equilibrium to the reader.

The book launch was jointly sponsored by the Carmel Art Association and Pilgrim’s Way Bookstore and Secret Garden. Vecchione read excerpts dealing with a world of surprising relationships: with a rat, a fox, a puma, an owl, a hive of bees.   Her reading exuded her enjoyment and connection with the sheer beauty of mother earth. As Patrice states on her website blog:  “I think of collage as a visual poem. Poetry distills experience into language. Often disparate ideas and emotions coalesce. Collage unites images from varied sources to tell a new story….—we retain a ribbon of memory from that day and another from years before. There in that mix are the stories of our lives.”

I look forward to co-authoring an article with Patrice over the summer on the symbol of the rat in Buddhism and evoking empathy.

 

 

 

3 comments on “Step into Nature—Patrice Vecchione

  1. Knowing both this blogger’s and Patrice’s work, I am so sorry I missed this opening in such a beautiful setting in Carmel by the Sea. We local authors need to support one another and the independent local bookstores that remain. I will be stopping at Pilgrim’s way sometime soon to pick up Step into Nature. Writers, if you haven’t read Patrice’s Writing and the Spiritual Life: Finding Your Voice by Looking Within … get it!

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