Muses of the
Cape Fear Nine divinely human folks who inspire us and encourage creative compassion in us all
By Gwenyfar Rohler & Ashley Wahl Photographs by Mark Steelman
n Greek mythology, the Muses are nine in number, each a divine force with a gift to help guide and inspire the human spirit. “All nine of these mythical creatures,” writes anthropologist Angeles Arrien, author of The Nine Muses: A Mythological Path to Creativity, “inspire us to create our futures and to meet our destinies; compel us to take up our own soul tasks; and require us to bring our authentic natures to earth.” In a visionary port city nestled between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, living muses walk among us — men and women who awaken something deep within us with their vision, compassion and timeless talents. Here, we present nine. While these gifted souls embody the mythic past, lucky for us, they’re firmly grounded in the shining present.
The Art & Soul of Wilmington
June 2015 •