Alice Asmar has been recognized internationally for her contributions to the field of visual art, writing and art education. Her works can be found in thousands of public and private collections throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, including the Smithsonian.
Asmar’s passion, she says, is to “transform paint and words into spiritual qualities that can be shared by all races and nations in a universal language of the heart.” She is the author of Dance to the Great Spirit: An Artist’s Sacred Journey into American Indian Ceremony, the conclusion to her inspiring studies of the Southwestern Indians of New Mexico.
“I was invited by a friend to go and see the beautiful dances that our American Indians do in New Mexico in which they give praise and thanks to the Great Spirit for all of the beautiful blessings that they receive on planet earth,” says Asmar. “The American Indian feels that there is a Great Spirit who looks after all of us, including the animals.”
The book combines Asmar’s inspiration from nature with a deep respect for Southwestern Indian Culture. Over 150 of her paintings, diagrams, poetry and prose are included in the book. Its cover features an exciting rainbow dancer in a field of purple iris.
Asmar’s work is also on display at Franklin Mint, Portland Art Museum, Gene Autry Hotel in Palm Springs, Security Pacific International Bank of New York, The Public Art Museum of Gabrova, Bulgaria, Kaiser-Permanente, and the Dr. Nicholas Townell collection in Angus, Scotland.