Pax Bellissima: Paintings, Pottery, Photography with Dr. Lisa Schirch


We’ve been talking about it for weeks, folks, and it’s finally upon us.


WHAT: Pax Bellissima: Paintings, Pottery, Photography with Dr. Lisa Schirch

WHEN: Saturday, 11/03 from 4-6 pm (light reception)

WHERE: Hartzler Library Gallery, 1st Floor


“Pax Bellissima” by 2012/13 Peacebuilding Artist/Practitioner-in-Residence Dr. Lisa Schirch illustrates and articulates the use of arts as a practice of reflection and transformation in peacebuilding. Pax Bellissima means “beautiful peace” in Latin. The show is presented by Eastern Mennonite University‘s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and the Visual and Communication Arts department.

We talk at EMU about being ‘reflective practitioners’ who use our right and left brains to process and prepare our work. The show includes my pottery, paintings and photographs – but the point is not these products. The point of the show is the process of making these art forms.” Says Schirch.

Drawing on artistic inspiration from Gustav Klimt to Sigmar Polke and from the Italian Renaissance to Indigenous art, the art show relates Schirch’s work in Washingtonand Afghanistan to coming to terms with the costs and challenges of peacebuilding efforts and her own Mennonite heritage.

Come out and see the show this weekend. If you can’t, don’t sweat it! We, here at paxbellissima, will be covering it. Be ready for some reviews, photos, and maybe even some live streaming of the event.