My Life as an Artist
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Creativity is the theme connecting the many chapters of the author’s life journey, with over 300 drawings, paintings and photographs illustrating the story. Inspired by her daughter’s request to introduce her to the artist she was before becoming a mother, this intimate memoir includes her growing up in a leftist immigrant Jewish family in the fifties, her education and training as an artist, studies in Germany in 1958, and a year of drawing and painting in Europe in 1962. The cultural climate of the sixties significantly changed the course of her life and work. After the birth of her daughter, she began a spiritual practice that included time in India. She eventually embraced Buddhist Vipassana meditation. Included is her training as an art and body therapist and the transition into becoming a psychotherapist. She maintains a private practice as a somatic psychotherapist in San Rafael, California and continues to draw and paint during hiking adventures in high mountain... More > wilderness areas.< Less
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Jan 10, 2011Gilda Meyers' memoir, MY LIFE AS AN ARTIST, captures the zeitgeist of the 60's and 70's. The story, primarily set in California, provides a personal narrative of these turbulent, culture-altering times. With honesty and insight, Meyers reveals the joy and pain of being young during a period when women were blazing a path towards liberation. The memoir chronicles Meyers'journey from her Jewish roots as a daughter of political lefties, to her development as an artist, and finally to Buddhism. MY LIFE AS AN ARTIST offers readers a brave exploration of a time that changed America’s culture forever, and of a life lived with creative expression and compassion. Donna Galassi, Associate Publisher Seal Press: Books by Women, For Women
Dec 19, 2010How do the circumstances of our birth and the times we grow up in inform our path in life? What choices do we make and what choices are made for us? The memoir “My Life as an Artist” describes the life of a bright Stanford art major coming of age in the late Fifties and early Sixties. Intelligent, highly principled, curious, and eager to explore the world around her, Gilda E. Meyers tells of the events that form her character and condition the life she comes to lead. We are privileged to witness her successes as well as hard-learned lessons. The memoir is generously illustrated with the author’s own drawings and those that influenced her development, and well as pictures of friends and places she’s explored all over the world. Meyers is a trustworthy guide and interpreter of this exploration through a life of creativity and spiritual development. I recommend it.
Oct 11, 2010This is a beautiful book, with reproductions of many of the author's art works, and photographs. It is organized chronologically and also thematically, and is an intriguing, very honest memoir. I read many memoirs, and have for several terms taken an adult school course that deals with women's memoirs, and this is as compelling as any I have read.
Oct 11, 2010This book is a story about a woman finding her creative voice. Many wonderful threads--family, leftist politics, art, friends, community, spiritual seeking, nature, adventure--weave a most beautiful tapestry. Her courage and sense of curiosity bring the reader to appreciate a historical perspective of the maturing of a woman who hiked the mountains, plumed the depths of art and the love of friends. It is a journey of the heart and the mind. I think people will appreciate her courage, sense of adventure and a hunger to appreciate the context growing up in a time where woman could take risks and enjoy the fruits of friendship. Any part of this book would inspire people to stretch into nature, art and love. A most satisfying story of a woman’s life.
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- Gilda E. Meyers (Standard Copyright License)
- Fifth Edition
- December 16, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 2.46 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.5 wide x 11 tall
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