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The end of this community site

Dear Members of this Community site of the International Art Section.

It has been a while since I wrote you, and that is mainly because, for a one year now, I have passed on my work as Section Coordinator of the Visual Art Section of the Anthroposophical Society in Dornach to Marianne Schubert. Since May 2015 she is in charge of leading the Visual Art Section at the Goetheanum.

My latest action was organizing the Ascension Conference 2014, and trying to pass over the work smoothly.

It is Mariannes wish to stop this Ning Community site, because there is already the website of the AAG.

It must be said: lately there was not very much activity on this site, and I can imagine that it is confusing having two sites. On the other hand: here we can "visit" each other, share thoughts and photos.

So: before closing, I will be attending the new conference in Dornach (Ascension 2015, May 14-17) and see if this is what is wanted indeed. Closure it is irreversible.



Posted by Rik ten Cate on April 21, 2015 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment


We propose a trip to visit the exhibition in Olomouc, bus from Mestre (Ve), (via Trieste, Ljubljana, Maribor), 20-22 march 2015,,.....

Proponiamo un viaggio per visitare la mostra a Olomouc, con bus da Mestre (Ve), (via Trieste, Lubiana, Maribor), 20-22 marzo 2015, 

Posted by Doris Harpers on February 6, 2015 at 4:30pm

ancient death metal

There was a lady who let me know that she had two crosses for me. When I went to visit her she turned out to be a creative person herself living in an old house in the country. At the same moment her son, a musician, was paying her a visit with his family, Such friendly and quiet people. They gave me two crosses made by her late husband.

Home again I was interested to know what kind of music her son is into. He indicated that I might not like it. Here is the link to his band: ▶ Pentacle into the fiery jaws - YouTube

They call their music Ancient Death Metal. Because I got to know him a little I could recognize him through the dark atmosphere and see this friendly face while he is growling on the stage with his guitar. It made me so happy because I could see for the first time that it can be a good thing to examine the borders and  try to find how dead death can be using music. Everything has to be found out and…


Posted by Anita Couwenbergh on July 29, 2014 at 2:30pm

"The Studio" Advertising 1901

A big second handbookshop was taken over by another bookshop here in the city and all the second hand books were sold for €1 a piece. I bought The Studio from 1901 "Modern British Domestic Architecture and Decoration". There is a supplement with advertisments: wallpapers, lead lights, stained glass, designers and manufacturers of fittings for electric light, art-metal-work. Beautiful drawings, very eleborate, totally different from today.

Excellence, workmanship, cheapness were words one had to use to find clients in 1901.

I wonder where it went "wrong"? Why did we ever start asking money or goods for things we make? Did it happen as we started to find our individuality that we couldn't share anymore what we had and couldn't give what others needed?

Are we "owners" of our talents, is it allright to make a trade out of this? Is our life not like a church, holy?

This is how disturbing it feels to make a note on my website to tell visitors my work is for…


Posted by Anita Couwenbergh on July 19, 2014 at 9:05pm — 1 Comment

Flensburger Hefte Gefühle 4

Currently I am reading the latest Flensburger Heft about Gefühle. I've read a lot of the talks with spirits of all kind through Verena Staël von Holstein. People can think what they want about it but to me it's a serious opportunity to develop my own awareness that everything and really everything is connected to spirits, everything can speak and many spirits can be heared by us. We need to practise.

I knew something like this about the colours because I read Rudolf Steiner describing their behaviour  in the rainbow. I tried (and learned of course when I studied for art therapist at the Wervel in Driebergen/Zeist) to give space to how I notice the colours want to appear while painting. And this is what I teach others. It's an endless interaction, it only stops temporarily when a work is "finished" but starts to be alive again when a person is looking at this artwork. Every painting has this interaction in which one can become aware of the fact that one isn't making this work…


Posted by Anita Couwenbergh on July 14, 2014 at 12:07pm

In the meantime I keep painting, so I want to show you my newest work, because this is what a blog is for, isn't it? I try to make images in which you can stare and start to find a world you haven't …

In the meantime I keep painting, so I want to show you my newest work, because this is what a blog is for, isn't it?

I try to make images in which you can stare and start to find a world you haven't seen like that in "reality" before. But you do recognize things. The longer you look at it the more you see (I hope). I see a pont and all kind of figures. They just pop up through the colours.


Posted by Anita Couwenbergh on July 10, 2014 at 8:24pm


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