Crooked Tree Arts Center

Petoskey, MI 49770



Coffee @ Ten: “The Creative Spirit” with Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, PhD


On Tuesday, May 15, join Crooked Tree Arts Center for the Coffee @ Ten lecture with artist, photographer, and educator, Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, PhD.


Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, MFA, PhD, is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary artist, author and lecturer on visual thinking, creativity, and archetypes in media. She received her PhD in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica and her MFA from the University of Washington. Her artwork is widely exhibited and is held in numerous public and private collections. It has also appeared on the covers of several international myth and depth psychology journals and books, including all eight issues of “Mythosphere.” Her recent publications include “Illuminating Letters: Paintings and Essays on the Kabbalah” (Art & Psyche), and several articles on image and psyche. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Elizabeth has been a community arts advocate for over 35 years, focusing on the expanding role of the arts in education, serving as the Chair for grants, artist-in-schools, and technology integration committees. She is a passionate educator, currently teaching in the graduate Humanities program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and she also works as a creativity consultant helping individuals find their authentic creative voice.


During her talk, Fergus-Jean will explore ways that each of us can engage in living a creative life: “One of the most common drives humans share is the desire and need to create. And although each of us is creative in our own unique ways, many of us do not recognize our creative abilities or know how to tap into this vital energy.”


Join Crooked Tree on Tuesday, June 19 for the upcoming Coffee @ Ten lecture, “Hearing the Art that you See,” with summer exhibiting artist, Cynthia Rutherford. Rutherford will lead you on a visual exploration of art – or as Buddhists call it, “the act of noticing” art. How do we push our minds to look beyond the readily visible to get to the “underbelly” of the art we see?


Coffee @ Ten is sponsored in part by Roast and Toast and Johan’s of Petoskey. The Coffee @ Ten series is free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary, and all lectures begin at 10 a.m.


For more information, contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 231-347-4337 or visit Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey.


Photo: Crooked Tree Arts Center will host a Coffee @ Ten lecture with Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, PhD on Tuesday, May 15.