2017 Multifaith Calendar - Love and Compassion
Celebrating its 31st year, the 2017 Multifaith Calendar’s theme is 'Love and Compassion.’
Look around – what in this world could not benefit from a little more love and compassion? Think about your neighbourhood, office, classroom, city, country, world – everyone benefits from an outpouring of love and compassion. In Canada, where the Multifaith Action Society produces the Multifaith Calendar every year, we are celebrating our 150th year (sesquicentennial anniversary) of confederation.
And as a country Canada has a long history of love and compassion – even when it comes to our internal and external government policies. For almost half a century, we have believed and delivered in a system of universal healthcare for all Canadian citizens. Around the world, we are known as peacekeepers and a safe haven for people fleeing oppression. We have opened our hearts and our borders and our pockets to fund humanitarian projects at home and around the world. We believe in love and compassion as integral Canadian qualities and so we asked our artists to explore this theme.
Where do you find love and compassion? We believe no matter where you live, or what your circumstances, we all have our daily sufferings and our pain. Whether it is emotional, physical or spiritual pain, love and compassion are always a balm to the body and the soul.
We can have compassion for oneself, for other people, for the environment, for animals, for a life condition or illness – in fact whenever your heart responds to pain and suffering – you are called to be compassionate. In other words, you are being called to act in a way that relieves suffering because at its heart, compassion and love are not passive but active agents in the world. Love and compassion calls us to reach us to one another: to join and not separate; to see unity and not division.
Our 2017 MFC is dedicated to exploring this theme
2017 MFC cover artist: Daniel Nevins (North Carolina): 'Haven'
"This painting, 'Haven', is concerned with the idea of one giving shelter and a sense of belonging to their beloved. In troubled times, we can each provide solace by creating a safe place for the other to simply be."
Oil on wood panel; 25" x 48"
My paintings are an exploration of embodiment, or as Walt Whitman put it, “urge and urge, always the procreant urge of the world.” Some paintings are wistful story-songs of humans relating to each other and nature.
Some are more abstract and aim to convey the ever-changing world we each carry inside of us, the emotional landscape. All of my paintings are made with the aim to imbue the viewer with the promise of increased connection and perhaps even reverie.
I do my work in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.