A different way of Seeing

A silent mini retreat at the YAM

On “Painting A Pandemic”: The Paintings of Michael Haykin and the Poetry of Jessica Argyle


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Since March 2020 we have all been living with COVID-19 in varying states of intensity as the disease has waxed and waned with variants and sub-variants. It has impacted our families, our schools, our households of faith, our museums and other institutions, our businesses, our supply chains, and our economy and shaken our confidence in much we have taken foregranted. It has traumatized all of us to some degree. Add to that, the trauma of the recent flooding that has made some of our most sacred places of natural beauty for refuge, rest, and recovery inaccessible.


Montana artist Michael Haykin responded to the pandemic by painting his despair and hope on large canvases, which are now on exhibit at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings. The exhibit, entitled “Painting a Pandemic,” opened June 30 and continues through October 2. As Michael Haykin was completing his paintings during the pandemic and sharing them with friends, poet Jessica Argyle was inspired to respond with poems on six of the paintings.


Barbara Gulick, in her “retirement career” as Spiritual Director, facilitates retreats, Enneagram Workshops (with Shelly Ellison), and Illuminated Labyrinth Walks at Billings First Congregational Church and offers group and individual spiritual direction in her home office. She is delighted to invite you to contemplate this most evocative show.


For more information regarding “A Different Way of Seeing,” contact Barbara at barbaragulick@billingsfirstchurch.org or 406-661-4831

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