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Serendipity in the Believe Book Nook

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

As most of you know Infloressense is more than a fine art gallery and many of you frequent the special space in the back of the house for owner-selected, culturally inspired, bibliophile-caliber books, which was named after the owner’s grandmother who daily made her own jingle out of the phrase "you better believe it.”

Infloressense often has a table of newly received books, which inevitably finds someone specifically drawn to one.

Recently the owner of fine art gallery Hal Bromm Gallery was perusing Infloressense when he noticed a Haruki Murakami novel which had influenced artist Natalya Nesterova’s work titled “Reading Haruki Murakami, 2019.” previous exhibit. So the owner bought the book as a gift for the person who'd acquired the painting.

Another book carried in the Believe Book Nook is The Celestine Prophecy pondering twelve insights, firstly coincidences: the mystery that surrounds our individual lives on this planet; shows us there is another side of life; a world transformation taking place; and that once we reach a "critical mass" of such individuals, the culture will begin to take these coincidental experiences seriously, and we will wonder, in mass, what mysterious process underlies human life on this planet.

Ars longa, vita brevis
Art is long, life short.
- Hippocrates circa 400 BC


Natalya Igorevna Nesterova ( Russian : Наталья Игоревна Нестерова) ( Moscow , 1944 ) is a painter . She was one of the most famous artists of the 1970s in Russia .

Between 1955 and 1962, Nesterova studied at the Lower Art Academy in Moscow. She then studied with Zhilinsky at the Surikov Institute until 1968. She took an active part in the artistic movements in Moscow. Together with Nazarenko and Zhilinsky, she became one of the leading members of the left wing of the Union of Artists. Her paintings are based on folklore , biblical symbolism and elements inspired by medieval imagery. A central theme in her work is loneliness; this would indicate the lack of normal communication in Soviet society and the absurd relationship between the people and the world of objects that surrounds them. Her compositions are reminiscent of short stories or fables.

Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹, Murakami Haruki, born January 12, 1949[1]) is a Japanese writer. His novels, essays, and short stories have been bestsellers in Japan and internationally, with his work translated into 50 languages[2] and having sold millions of copies outside Japan.[3][4] He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Gunzo Prize for New Writers, the World Fantasy Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and the Jerusalem Prize.[5][6][7]

“Given Murakami's reclusive nature, we'll probably never know the truth, but here's what I do know: the beauty of his work lies in its ambiguity, in its unwillingness to take sides or judge, in its half-complete stories that leave you both restless and satisfied. He never tells us what to think as he offers random glimpses into his characters' lives.”

“... Murakami’s novel is like a weighted blanket over my worries. I become entangled in a world that doesn’t force me to decipher a convoluted plot or character motive. To me, Hear the Wind Sing asks the reader to slow down and take in the beauty of not just Murakami’s realm, but the outside world as well. The book starts with a commentary on the process of writing, so it’s only logical that it ends with a quote from a prolific writer, Frederick Nietzsche. In a time of unthinkable strife, I will leave you, kind reader, with the same quote: “How can those who live in the light of day possibly comprehend the depths of night?””

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