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Seeing Through Our Eyes

Fall 2008, Sedona Public Library, Sedona, AZ

with photo contributions by Larry Lindahl



This project was the result of a City of Sedona grant. Its purpose was to bring community members together to share something about themselves through mask making. The Sedona Public Library donated a room to conduct the two-and-a-half day workshop. Ten volunteers assisted in planning and preparation. Nearly forty masks were made by people ranging in ages eight to 98. On day one, masks were constructed. The second day they were explored through writing, talking, or acting. The last night they were shared with the public. The Sedona Public Library exhibited the masks for three weeks.

Photo contributor Larry Lindahl

Volunteers Cathryn Swann, Larry Lindahl, Elnajean Beyst-Martonyi and Patty Miller practice the mask making that they will teach to others prior to the library event.
Volunteers Cathryn Swann, Larry Lindahl, Elnajean Beyst-Martonyi and Patty Miller practice the mask making that they will teach to others prior to the library event.
Elnajean Beyst-Martonyi practicing mask making.
Elnajean Beyst-Martonyi practicing mask making.
Patty Miller practicing mask making.
Patty Miller practicing mask making.
Patty Miller and Elnajean Beyst-Martonyi sharing their practice masks.
Patty Miller and Elnajean Beyst-Martonyi sharing their practice masks.
Cathryn Swann sees the mask that Larry Lindahl made of her face.
Cathryn Swann sees the mask that Larry Lindahl made of her face.
Cathryn Swann and Larry Lindahl sharing the masks that they made on each other's faces.
Cathryn Swann and Larry Lindahl sharing the masks that they made on each other's faces.
"Hug a TREE!" by Deama Bowles, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Hug a TREE!" by Deama Bowles, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Exuberance!," by Marti Entin, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Exuberance!," by Marti Entin, photo by Larry Lindahl.
Mystery mask, by Liz Learmont, photo by Larry Lindahl.
Mystery mask, by Liz Learmont, photo by Larry Lindahl.
Mary Mulcaby watches mask presentations, photo by Larry Lindahl.
Mary Mulcaby watches mask presentations, photo by Larry Lindahl.
Cathryn Swann wears Liz Learmon's mystery mask, photo by Larry Lindahl.
Cathryn Swann wears Liz Learmon's mystery mask, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Blue Lagoon," by Mary Mulcaby, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Blue Lagoon," by Mary Mulcaby, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"The Mental Judge Self," by Judith Strauss, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"The Mental Judge Self," by Judith Strauss, photo by Larry Lindahl.
Louis and Amber Vaughn, photo by Larry Lindahl.
Louis and Amber Vaughn, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Colorblind: Shall We Dance?" and "Dad," by Louis and Amber Vaughn,  photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Colorblind: Shall We Dance?" and "Dad," by Louis and Amber Vaughn, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Mask Wearer,"by Cindy Ruda, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Mask Wearer,"by Cindy Ruda, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Winged Heart," by Cathryn Swann, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Winged Heart," by Cathryn Swann, photo by Larry Lindahl.
Creativity Warrior mask of Courage, by Larry Lindahl, photo by Larry Lindahl.
Creativity Warrior mask of Courage, by Larry Lindahl, photo by Larry Lindahl.
"Crystal Depths," by Susan Grace, photo by Larry Lindahl
"Crystal Depths," by Susan Grace, photo by Larry Lindahl
"Blossom," by Susyn Reeve, photo by Larry Lindahl
"Blossom," by Susyn Reeve, photo by Larry Lindahl
Mystery mask, by Liz Learmont, photo by Larry Lindahl
Mystery mask, by Liz Learmont, photo by Larry Lindahl
"Mask Wearer," by Cindy Ruda
"Mask Wearer," by Cindy Ruda
"Gypsy of my Soul," by Judy Sanders
"Gypsy of my Soul," by Judy Sanders
Cindy Ruda sharing about her mask.
Cindy Ruda sharing about her mask.
Kali Baldwin sharing about her "Peace Mask."
Kali Baldwin sharing about her "Peace Mask."
"Gene" and "Des," by Gene Spears and Des Matthews.
"Gene" and "Des," by Gene Spears and Des Matthews.
"Me and My Shadow," by Patty Miller
"Me and My Shadow," by Patty Miller
"Blue Lagoon," by Mary Mulcaby
"Blue Lagoon," by Mary Mulcaby
"Gene" and "Des," by Gene Spears and Des Matthews, on display with other masks in the Sedona Public Library for the Seeing in Our Eyes project.
"Gene" and "Des," by Gene Spears and Des Matthews, on display with other masks in the Sedona Public Library for the Seeing in Our Eyes project.

RECOMMENDATIONS

“The communal process of having a mask made of us, for us, began a wonderful sense of connection and community.”

- Larry Lindahl, professional photographer & author of Secret Sedona.


“I walked away with a deeper perspective on myself and others and how we work through this puzzle called life.”

- Louis Vaughn, technician.