Blasphemy Day Artist Showcase: Dana Ellyn

Today’s post is primarily going to concern those in or around Washington DC, and to the rest of you, I’d suggest checking to see if there are any Blasphemy Day events in your area…

Please join us in celebrating International Blasphemy Day with an Artist Showcase featuring “blasphemous” paintings by artist Dana Ellyn.

What is Blasphemy Day?

International Blasphemy Day is not just a day. It is a movement to dismantle the wall which exists between religion and honest criticism. The objective of International Blasphemy Day is to open up all religious beliefs to the same level of free inquiry, discussion and criticism to which all other areas of academic interest are subjected.

This Blasphemy Day event is a part of the Center for Inquiry’s Campaign for Free Expression. For more information, please visit

Dana Ellyn’s artist statement for the Blasphemy Day show:

At age 16, Dana heard her father say he believed in god and she was befuddled because the subject of belief was not discussed at any time before that. In her confusion, she would sometimes look up apologetically at the sky and say “if there is a god up there, you must understand why I don’t believe in you, right? Nobody ever told me you existed!”

Dana’s first real introduction to religion was through her art history classes in college. Gods and goddesses of mythology were presented as fiction and Christian themes were treated as history. But to Dana, they were all just stories.

Throughout her 20’s and 30’s, Dana continued her personal quest to learn more about religion and come to terms with her lack of belief. Now, she is finally fully comfortable with painting (and talking about) where she stands on religion. Dana’s paintings are not meant to offend. Instead, she hopes they foster open-minded discussions. And perhaps induce a giggle or two along the way.

15% of the painting sales from this show will be donated to the Center for Inquiry DC.

For more information, call (202-546-2332) or email ( Melody Hensley, or check Facebook for more details…


About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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2 Responses to Blasphemy Day Artist Showcase: Dana Ellyn

  1. Dana Ellyn says:

    thanks for posting this information about International Blasphemy – and the art exhibit I’ll be having at CFI to commemorate the event! I hope you can attend – if so, I look forward to meeting you Wednesday night!

    Thanks again.
    Dana Ellyn

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