The Center for Spiritual Living Art Gallery

Gallery hours:
Sundays, 8:30am – 4pm & 1st Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30pm. Celebration Hall Lobby.

Our March Artist of the Month is CSL Member, Bill Ray.
Take a tour of his work in Celebration Hall lobby today!

Statement from the artist, Bill Ray:

I first became passionate about photography when I started doing black and white darkroom work as a teenager, trying to make my pictures look like those of Ansel Adams after taking them from “above his tripod holes”. Later, the great color nature photographers like Robert Ketchum, Elliot Porter, and Art Wolfe provided inspiration.

Our eyes generally see more than a photo can display. We can concentrate on part of a scene while staying aware of the totality, then instantly shift focus.  The eye can handle a wider range of light and dark in one glance than a camera. I love those times when a photo rises above the technical challenges to capture the beautiful miracle of our world. Plus the times when the camera sees glories beyond our eyes, like more of the other 200 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy.

I believe there are deep spiritual reasons why beauty stimulates the pleasure circuits hard-wired into our brains. It’s a clue there must be reasons why the Universe exists at all; it reminds us that “dominion over” means to be responsible stewards of the planet. My intent is to refresh a sense of connection within our increasingly urbanized human-centered worldview. My photography is guided by Spirit to be in the right place at the right time; to visualize an elegantly composed image; and to use the latest tools to make a print that will inspire and delight.