The latest episode of Hawthorne Valley’s “Roots to Renewal” 50th anniversary podcast features local artist and educator Martina Angela Müller. Martina worked as an art teacher at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School for many years. She is the co-founder of the Alkion Center for Adult Education and co-director of Lightforms Art Center in Hudson.
“Martina’s artwork has been a source of inspiration for me over the years, and I’m always humbled by and appreciative of her insights and wisdom when we speak about the artistic life,” says Martin Ping, Hawthorne Valley executive director. “I’m so glad we can use this podcast platform to share Martina’s work with our broader community.”
In this episode, Martina spoke with Martin about the many ways that art enlivens our lives, from the practice of observation intrinsic in the experience of making art and its impact on our interpersonal relationships–and even society as a whole–to the way that creativity allows us to access our more divine selves. Martina believes that everyone is an artists because everyone can all learn to make art.
For more information and to access the podcast, click here, or listen wherever you get your podcasts. Hawthorne Valley is grateful to Tierra Farm for their support of the podcast series, and Grammy Award winning musician Aaron Dessner for providing the music.
Martina studied art and English at Ruhr University in Bochum Germany and Emerson College in England, and holds a four-year full-time Waldorf Teaching Diploma from the Institute of Waldorf Pedagogy in Witten-Annen, Germany with a specialization in teaching high school art and art history. A faculty member of The Alkion Center at Hawthorne Valley since 2003, and Senior Artistic Director and Curator for the new gallery Lightforms Art Center in Hudson, Martina taught middle and high school art for two decades at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. An accomplished artist and internationally published children’s book illustrator, Martina is a founding member of Gallery 345 in Hudson. She has exhibited her artwork in numerous venues throughout New York and Massachusetts including Sculpture Now at the Mount in Lenox, MA, Flying Horse Sculpture Show, Hamilton, MA, Diana Felber Gallery, La Mama La Galleria in New York City, Center Point Gallery, in New York City, and many others. She creates her paintings, sculptures and installation pieces by bringing meditative content inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner and great spiritual documents from many spiritual traditions together with the living forces of nature. She lives in Ghent, NY where she maintains her studio.