art ~ spirit ~ transformation

e*lix*ir   #16
Twin Birthdays 2023



The Art of a Loving Correspondence

The Writing Life

Trust in Poetry by Tami Haaland


The Beautiful Foolishness of Things, A collaborative work by poet Sandra Lynn Hutchison, composer Margaret Henderson, and painter Inger Gregory
Writing Music for The Beautiful Foolishness of Things, by Margaret Henderson


Heather Anne Hutchison
Victor Kulkosky
Linette Kuy


The Art of Losing by Victor Kulkosky
Yearning for Water: The Story of a Traveling Quilt by Bradford Miller

Personal Reflections on Bahá’í Texts

Fire and Paradise by James Andrews


Dreaming of a Better Iran: A Letter to Our Fellow Citizens by Eight Bahá’í Students


“I Want to Walk With You” translated by Bashir Sayyah


Ruhi & Riaz by Eira

Voices of Iran

Keeping the Eternal Garden by Maryam Afzal and Saam Mozafari
Mrs. Mansouri’s Mission by Shahrzad Mohebbi
Nothing but the Sanctity of the Desert by Nazgol Adyani
Five Days by Bahar Rohani


Art and the Creative Process: An Interview with Hooper C. Dunbar by Nancy Lee Harper
An Interview with Erfan Hosseini, Santur Player by Mehrsa Mastoori


Paintings by Hooper C. Dunbar

State of the Art

Books for Children by Allison Grover Khoury

Looking Back on Books

Forty-eight Fragments by Imelda Maguire
The Divine Melody: Song of the Mystic Dove by Lorraine Hétu Manifold
Walking to Martha’s Vineyard by Franz Wright
Soul of the Maine House by Bradford Miller


‘Abdu’l-Bahá in France by Perry Productions

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Hooper Dunbar at Work



Spiral Dawn (2015), Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 60"

Light Writing (2010), Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40"

Untitled (2021), Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 24"

Dark Beauty (2013), Acrylic on Canvas, 20" x 20"

Fire from Tyre (2005), Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 60"

Untitled (2010), Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 18"

Cosmic Splash (2019), Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 72"

Between the Facts (2008), Acrylic on Canvas, 59.5" x 39.5"

Meshak, Shadrak, and Abandigo (2015), Acrylic, 22.5" x 30"

As Before (2017), Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40"

Come and Gone (2011), Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 30"

Untitled (2018), Acrylic on Paper, 22.5" x 30"

Bio:   Hooper Cameron Dunbar was born in Los Angeles, where he worked as an actor on stage and screen, making films with Columbia, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Twentieth Century-Fox studios. In 1958, he left Hollywood for Central and South America, where he taught the arts and ESL, set up a graphic design business, and engaged in service to the Bahá’í community, as a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Nicaragua, as an Auxiliary Board Member for the Protection of the Faith in the Americas, and then as a Counsellor for the Protection and Propagation of the Faith for the Americas. In 1973, he moved to Haifa, Israel after being appointed to the International Teaching Center. Mr. Dunbar served as a member of that institution until he was elected to the Universal House of Justice in 1988, from which he retired in 2010.