‘The Inspired Heart,’ a documentary with artists

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Kauai Museum artists Jerry Wennstrom and Marilyn Strong will present “In the Hands of Alchemy,” a presentation that includes film, music and discussion.

“In the Hands of Alchemy: The Art and Life of Jerry Wennstrom” is a portrait of the artist whose work and life have become a spontaneous exercise in joy and inspiration for many who aspire to make art out of life. 

Wennstrom made the extraordinary choice to live, work and be in relationship in a state of surrender to the will of divine energy. This choice affects everyone he comes in contact with. “In the Hands of Alchemy” is a documentary of this choice and its effect. The film was written for Parabola’s “Cinema of the Spirit” festival, New York City, October 2000. 

Wennstrom was born in New York, attended Rockland Community College and the State University at New Paltz. After producing a large body of work, at age 29 he set out to discover the rock-bottom truth of his life.

For years he questioned the limits of his creative life as a studio painter. After destroying all of his art and giving away everything he owned, he began a life of unconditional trust, allowing life to provide all that was needed. He lived this way for 15 years.

In 1998 he moved to Washington state, where he eventually married Marilyn Strong and produced a large new body of art. The two create unique interactive sculptures and paintings. 

Wennstrom has presented with Marion Woodman, Deepak Chopra, Mathew Fox, Susan McKeown, China Galland, David Whyte, John O’Donohue and Coleman Barks. He has presented at the Birmingham Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the EMP (Experience Music Project),21 to name a few.

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