Academy of Lifelong Learning


Beverly Hall Smith


Wednesdays, March 22 – April 19 (five weeks)

4:15 – 5:30 pm



The art of India, like its history and culture, can be described as mysterious, complex, exotic and extremely colorful; witness Bollywood. Ancient India generated two of the world’s oldest religions and philosophies, Hinduism and Buddhism. From the ancient Hindu texts, the Upanishads, the Vedas and others, we learn about Vishnu, the blue god, and his avatars; Shiva, the Lord of the Dance; the female goddess Devi; yoga; and why a god can have four or more heads and arms. The terms “avatar” and “Lord of the Dance” might remind you of a recent movie and Irish step dancing! Images of Buddha are more familiar to us; the story of Siddhartha Gautama’s life before and after he became the Buddha is one that has brought peace and comfort to many lives. Through India’s paintings, sculpture and architecture we can delve into this exciting world. “Meditate and realize this world is filled with the presence of God.” The Upanishads ~ “Speak or act with a pure mind, and happiness will follow you as a shadow, unshakable.” Buddha


BEVERLY HALL SMITH moved to Chestertown in 2014 and has continued her career as an art history professor in the WC-ALL program at Washington College and the IAL program at Chesapeake College. She has taught numerous classes on Hindu and Buddhist art, and looks forward to increasing students’ knowledge and appreciation of this world and its culture.