Upcoming Event

Lecture Series: Victoria Scarlett Presents “Japanese Aesthetics: Contemplation by Design”

Japanese Aesthetics: Contemplation by Design
Lecture featuring Victoria Scarlett
Director, Center for Sacred Art, Seattle

Join us Saturday, October 6th for this incredible Bloedel Reserve Lecture Series event with Victoria Scarlett, Director, Center for Sacred Art, Seattle.

You’ll learn about Wabi, sabi, the beauty of empty space, asymmetry, transience, tranquility, and other Japanese ideas of beauty through a slide presentation showing how traditional arts and culture incorporate these concepts.  You’ll see beautiful images of the setting of the Japanese Tea Ceremony—from rustic gardens spaces to the interior of the Tea Hut.  Every element of the guest’s experience—from garden gates, paths, and waiting station, to the tea house’s interior and ceramics—is carefully designed to enhance contemplation and connection to nature.

We’ll discuss the design of Japanese Dry Landscape Gardens and the elements that compose them (stones, gravel, moss).  Throughout the presentation we’ll note the influence of Chinese culture (including Taoism and Buddhism) on Japanese culture.  These influences, combined with a love of nature as expressed in Shintoism, help illuminate the Japanese sense of beauty.

Following the slide talk, you will have the opportunity to contemplate the beautiful Bloedel Japanese Gardens and reflect on the concepts presented as metaphors for personal experience.  The program will conclude with a simple anonymous sharing of reflections with the group.  Join us for this immersion in beauty and meaning!

WHEN: Saturday, October 6th at 1pm
WHERE: The Bloedel Residence
TICKETS: $15/member, $32/non-member (admission to Bloedel is included)

Click here to purchase tickets for the Saturday 10/6 Lecture

About Victoria Scarlett

Victoria Scarlett is the Director of the Center for Sacred Art in Seattle (www.centerforsacredart.org).  For over 35 years she has specialized in the understanding, appreciation, and history of sacred art, the visual culture of which it is a part, and its place in spiritual and meditative practices.

Students love Victoria’s warm-hearted teaching style, which brings together inspiration and a love of beauty.  A knowledgeable and engaging speaker, she makes a wide variety of subjects–spiritual, aesthetic, and art-historical–accessible and compelling. Victoria’s taught in a variety of settings throughout the Northwest (including universities, museums, cathedrals, conferences, and retreat centers), led museum tours in San Francisco and Seattle, and curated educational university exhibits.

Victoria comes from a family of artists and designers. Her training as an art educator is grounded in her M.A. in Art History (University of Washington), M.A. in Museum Studies, specializing in the interpretation of art (John F. Kennedy University), and B.A. in Studio Art (San Francisco State University).

Victoria’s interest in cross-cultural studies, interfaith work, and universal archetypes led her to found the Center for Sacred Art, where she develops programs that seek an integrative understanding of the human experience, spirituality, and world sacred art traditions.  Victoria is a long-time student of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), a practice that grows out of her study of Japanese arts, culture, and Buddhism, her travels in Japan, and her experience living with Japanese artists for many years.