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SusanMcKendreeShri Meher Shrines by Susan McKendree

Shri Meher Shrines offers  one-of-a-kind hanging and table-top shrines, traveling altars, and embellished heart talk boxes celebrating the Divine Beloved, Avatar Meher Baba.  Handcrafted by Susan McKendree, all pieces are assembled from paper and mixed media and incorporate archival quality, acid free materials, featuring images of and quotes from Meher Baba and His Mandali.  Heart talk boxes are filled with hand-folded quotes.


Jay Mohler, weaver of yarn mandalas meant to reflect God’s manifestation into our lives. JayMohler2

Jay first started weaving his “Eye of God” mandalas in the mid-1960’s, after seeing remarkably similar talismans woven by both Huicholi natives of Mexico, and displayed in an exhibit of sacred objects sent outside Tibet for the first time ever, by the Dalai Lama. Since then Jay has developed his own unique twelve-sided designs, which are meant to represent a cosmology which includes such elements as a three-aspects-of-God center, twelve disciples/mandali radiating out from that center, and empty spaces that point back into the center. Ultimately the designs are meant to still the mind and facilitate the opening of the heart, as any good work of art should be able to resonate with out inner-most being.

For contact information: email: Phone: 828.707.0759


Tracey Schmidt

The Art of Tracey Schmidt –


Tel: 828-215-4716

“I was very fortunate to be given a 6-week sabbatical from work to finish a book to go with my native American museum photography exhibit… I went to the Center to write, and out of my pen came…poetry!  Baba was part of the inspiration for this, and it was under His urging that I began to recite my work, plus the work of my favorites- Rumi, Hafiz, Mary Oliver, Kabir, Yeats.

I now perform around the country, to music, and all of the work is by memory. I perform regularly in Asheville, so email me if you would like to be put on the email list, or to check and see when the next
performance is…I am grateful to be part of a community that celebrates and supports poetry as part of the arts…”

Winnie’s Art

winnieartWinnie’s love of art blossomed in the third grade when her class made a 3’X6′ diorama of an Indian village in their classroom’s sand tray, complete with wigwams, birch bark canoes, and villagers and wildlife sculpted in clay. Initially she majored in art at the University of Denver, but having varied interests,she changed her major several times,and art went onto the back burner.

winniejewelryAs a young adult she dabbled in painting, but again put art aside, this time for about 30 years.  Upon retirement she moved to Asheville in 1996. Here she once again began exploring her creative interests. Her first attempt was a three-part collage of a dream she had in 1971 about Baba breaking His silence. Since then her art has focused almost entirely on Baba, through dioramas, collage, greeting cards, jewelry making, and decorative matting of Baba’s image.

She says, “Making Baba art is exciting, challenging, rejuvenating, a way to drown myself in His remembrance”.  To contact Winnie:

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