Kuno-la • Ngawangdhondup Narkyid • 7-6-1931 – 2-13-2017

It is with a heavy heart that I bring you the news of our dearly beloved Kuno-la’s passing at 9:05 PM, New Delhi time, February 13, 2017. Ngawangdhondup Narkyid, (Kuno), the Official Biographer of His Holiness the Dalai Lama embodied a great swath of Tibetan history which spanned the emergence of the Dalai Lama and Tibet from total obscurity to recognition on the world stage. Kuno-la’s illuminated presence radiated a profound actualization of Tibetan traditions and practices as he conveyed the Dalai Lama’s message of compassion throughout his far ranging visits. Kuno-la was born in a tiny Himalayan town to become the closest friend and confidant of the Dalai Lama while they were still boys in Lhasa. He was then entrusted with the great responsibility of being the Official Biographer of His Holiness.

Those of us who knew him realize that we were privileged to be close to a rare, holy yet essentially human individual. We strive to continue to share his compassion, love, care, truth, humor, justice and wisdom. With much love, Gilah

Women of Valor – Exhibition

Two selections from Gilah’s “Emanations at the Lake Series” are included in the “Women of Valor” exhibition, January 23 thru May 22, 2017 at Lowy-Winkler Family Rare Book Center, American Jewish University, Los Angeles.

Letting Go, 2014, A/C, 14″ x 11″
Induction, 2014, A/C, 14″ x 11″

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Calendar of Upcoming Events: July > Sept. 2016

ART AS A HEALING FORCE / Symmetrical Reflections: Keynote speaker at International Symmetry Society (International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry) conference: The Logic of Image: Visualization, Iconicity, Imagination and Human Creativity, Santorini, Greece – July 24-30, 2016

EMANATION, RADIANCE, GLIMMER: Gilah Yelin Hirsch solo exhibition, Art Factory, Santorini, Greece – July, 2016

ART LAB: interdisciplinary residency, Civitella d’Aglioni, Italy – August 19-31, 2016

INTERNATIONAL PAINTERS’ SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION: Slovak National Gallery, Dunjaska Strede, Slovakia – September 11-25, 2016

Upcoming Solo Exhibitions & Presentation

Gilah currently has three solo exhibitions scheduled for 2016… 1.) Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2.) The Art Factory, Santorini, Greece, 3.) National Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece … as well as a presentation in Greece: The Science of Art as a Healing Force: Symmetrical Reflections, Symmetry Conference, Santorini, Greece

Book Signing & Discussion – Demonic to Divine: The Double Life of Shulamis Yelin

Demonic to Divine: The Double Life of Shulamis Yelin is a weaving of the Montreal writer’s stories, diary excerpts and family photographs that reveal a creative personality haunted from the age of ten by the “moods taking over.”

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“It is with the greatest respect that I offer a glimpse into my mother’s layered full spectrum personality, as well as the kaleidoscopic nature of the creative process. Many gifted creative people are plagued by various degrees of emotional illness. Fortunately, the stigma that had forced secrecy about mental illness during Shulamis’ life has been lifted, and now there are diverse therapies that can be helpful in alleviating the kind of mental and emotional suffering she endured.” ~ Gilah Yelin Hirsch

Gilah will be giving a presentation discussing the book as well as signing copies. Books will be available for purchase at the store.