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Pleasant Hill and Citeaux: Agents and Emblems of Two Bioregional Spiritualities
11 Sep 2013
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Kentucky monk Thomas Merton noted correspondences between Pleasant Hill, Ky. Shakers and Cistercian monks in his writing and photography. Grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women furthered Vickie Cimprich's exploration of how rural landscapes at Citeaux, the 1098 founding site for the Cistercian order, as well as at the early 19th century Mercer County Shaker village, nurtured St. Benedict's "ora et labora" and Mother Ann Lee's "Hands to work, hearts to God."  Cimprich's first book, Pretty Mother's Home - A Shakeress Daybook (Broadstone Books, 2007), is set at Pleasant Hill.  A 2010 grant enabled her to visit landscapes and Cistercian abbeys in southern France, towards a new collection of poems.

The artist or arts organization telling this story was supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. KFW is based on the belief that when women and girls advance, so does Kentucky. For more information about the foundation and the social change artmaking being done by the individuals and organizations it supports, visit www.kfw.org." 

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