Green Snake Arts Guild

We are a group of New Mexico artists promoting the arts that have arisen out of the anthroposophical impulse.

In 2013, a small group of local artists began gathering together with the intention of bringing anthroposophical art into more awareness in New Mexico. Originally, we helped create seasonal festivals (ex. Michaelmas 2013 at the Santa Fe Waldorf School). We shared our art. Mostly we had conversations to support each other in our individual artistic striving.

We continue with this work.

We usually meet every other month, where we are currently studying Art as seen in the Light of Mystery Wisdom by Rudolf Steiner. We have conversation, share food, either do artistic work together, review what we have created individually or share future intentions.

Over the years we have evolved, but our basic goals have remained the same. Some members have moved on; one has joined, but we are always open to interested artists working out of anthroposophy to join us. Contact Sally Rutledge, if interested: sallyskiptomylou[at]gmail[dot]com

Art Gallery

Green Snake Arts Guild Member’s Gallery

Please contact individual artist for pricing.

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The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Goethe’s fairy tale, The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily, embodies noble virtues which underpin anthroposophy.

“The golden king speaks to the snake: ‘What is more splendid than gold?’ asks the king. ‘The light,’ answered the snake. ‘What is more refreshing than the light?’ asked the former. ‘Conversation’ answered the latter.”

“Conversation then, can soar to great heights and be acted upon by a group of people in concert. This renewal of conversation in community concerned Goethe deeply. In the fairy tale, the old man with the lamp says to the disconsolate Lily, following the mystical death of the handsome youth, ‘Be calm, fairest girl! Whether I can help I do not know. One single person cannot help, but rather he who unites with many at the right hour.'”

“The grand symbol for the individual soul’s capacity to take such action is the green snake’s self-sacrifice. Action must not be too late; the opportunity missed. Nor must it be taken prematurely. All depends upon harmonious cooperation at the correct moment.” *

*Goethe’s View of Evil by Alan P. Cottrell

The Gift of Art

In times primordial
The spirit of earth-existence
Approached the spirit of heaven.
Beseechingly he spoke:
I know how to converse
With the human spirit:
Yet I wish to have as well
That language
Through which the heart of the world
Can speak unto the human heart.
Then the kindly heaven-spirit bestowed
Upon the entreating spirit of earth
The arts.

– Rudolf Steiner – December 7, 1919