New SICA Board Member Lawrence Pevec
Lawrence Pevec Bio December 5, 2019
I was born near Geneva, Ohio, Ashtabula County, on a small farm. My father worked in Cleveland as a machinist and farmed and built houses. My mother was a home maker. I had one older brother; William who died in 1968 and a younger sister, Andrea who now manages my business. I enjoyed a rural, natural childhood that involved playing hard in nature; camping, hunting, swimming in the creeks, and working on local farms in the summer. I graduated from high school in 1966. That fall I enrolled in The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and spent four years there. I thrived in art school where I developed a lifelong appreciation for all aspects of art and culture and wanted to make it a career. These were stimulating and creative years for me. I enjoyed nearly every moment I was there. I developed a career that spanned several design disciplines including graphic design, interpretive and commercial exhibit design, interior design, architecture, and, lastly, motion picture design where I designed sets and props for TV series, movies of the week, and feature films. My lifelong spiritual quest is related to my attraction to art. My family were Roman Catholics until the death of my father when I was five years old. At age seven I began attending a rural Pentecostalist church. At fourteen I left the church behind but continued looking for spiritual truth and beauty which I instinctively knew would be a mystery beyond doctrines and rules. I had lots of experiences that foreshadowed Subud. I was introduced to Subud in Columbus one afternoon in the spring of 1969 by Joseph Curran. There was a large Subud group there and I started the probation period that evening. I was opened on Bapak’s birthday that year. Subud has been essential to my life for fifty years. I attended the Subud World Congress in Indonesia in 1971 and met Illene Lawyer during the Ramadhan that followed at Wisma Subud. After returning to the US we met again in Albuquerque, married, and started a family. Together we raised five children; three girls and two boys. In 1980 we moved to Vancouver, BC, where I was offered a job with Dharma Design and Consultation, a Subud media production company owned and operated by several Vancouver Subud brothers. I currently live in Boulder, Colorado where I own and operate a home services business. Making art has been an intermittent activity in the past few decades but I continue to enjoy visiting museums and galleries whereever I go and have seen hundreds of art collections around the world. Most recently, visiting the contemporary art museum in Jakarta, was a highlight of my recent stay in Indonesia .