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Published on Thursday, April 14, 2011

Elizabeth Murray Discusses Creating Art from the Heart

Elizabeth MurrayMedia Contact:  Jeanne McCombs
831.646.3949 /

The Friends of the Monterey Public Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee will present Elizabeth Murray, author of Monet's Passion, discussing Creating Art from the Heart, on Thursday, May 5, from 3 - 4 p.m., in the Library Community Room. The talk is part of the Next Chapter: Designing Your Idea Life series of programs, which covers health and well-being, planning for the future, following one's spirit and other interesting topics for the second half of life.  The artist, author of Monet’s Passion, will talk about ways to live a rich life using imagination and creativity to connect to what has heart and meaning. This is an introductory talk to The Green Heart series of workshops that Ms. Murray she leads at her artist cottage in Monterey.

Elizabeth Murray, an author, photographer, painter and garden designer, is a voice that inspires and ignites a commitment to Beauty, Nature, Spirit and Sustainability. As a speaker and workshop leader, Elizabeth uses the beauty of her photographic images, personal stories, garden metaphors, and warm humor to inspire the imagination of her audience to connect with what has heart and meaning and to express their own creativity.

Elizabeth's passion for Nature and appreciation of beauty inspired her dedication to diverse projects around the world, from Monet's Gardens in Giverny, France, to remote African villages to the Amazon rain forest. Elizabeth is perhaps best-known for her work helping to restore Monet's gardens and photographing them for 25 years. Her photos have traveled with Monet's paintings to eight museums, and are published annually in calendars. Her all new 20th anniversary edition of Monet's Passion, ideas, inspiration and insights into the painter's gardens is now available.

Adults ages 50-up are invited to attend.  Admission is free, but seating reservations are required. For reservations or information, contact Sirie Thongchua at 831.646.5632 or email  The Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey. 

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