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"Call to Artists - Centering: Ancient and Contemporary Expressions of Sacred Art"
2002-02-25 until 2002-04-01
Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts
Santa Rosa, CA, USA United States of America

This call to artists is for a show to be held at the Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts (SMOVA) located in the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa California. The exhibit will be part of a three week festival entitled Centering: Ancient and Contemporary Expressions of Sacred Art. The exhibit will feature the work of artists who work with Labyrinths, Mandala's, Sacred Geometry and other contemporary expressions of Sacred Art. The intention is to highlight the approaches and practices of artists who consider Sacred or Spiritual Art to be their life's work. Artists whose life work involves using art as a vehicle for spiritual awareness and growth are invited to enter this juried show.† Slides are due April 1st.†

Please contact the curator (and director of the festival) Dana Lynne Andersen via email: dana@AwakeningArts.com

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts has commissioned a permanent earth mound Labyrinth.  Designed by Alex Champion the Labyrinth will be built by Sonoma Academy on the grounds of the Arts Complex. The Sonoma Museum of Visual Art will host an accompanying symposium and art exhibit. From May 11th through the 28th, the museum will host a delightful array of special events and workshops that explore the role of the Sacred in art, creativity and community.

The festival will kick off May 11th with a large scale public consecration of the Labyrinth followed by the opening reception for an exhibit of contemporary Sacred Art and an eveningís slide lecture presentation on the history and significance of the Labyrinth. The public consecration of the

Labyrinth will feature spiritual and community leaders in a ceremony which dedicates the Labyrinth as a symbol of our communityís underlying unity. The art exhibit, opening May 11th in the LBC foyer, will show the work of contemporary artistís whose life work and passion is in the creation of Sacred art. The exhibit will include artistís who work with labyrinths, Mandalaís, sacred geometry, art as meditation and other contemporary forms of art as spiritual practice.

The following weekend on May 17th Mark Levy (from JFKU) will present a slide lecture on the spiritual aspects of modern art. Levy, author of Technicians of Ecstasy: Shamanism and the Modern Artist, is currently completing a book on the void in modern art.

Friday May 24th Susan St. Thomas, a renowned Mandala artist, will present a slide presentation on the cross-cultural history and healing applications of the 'circle arts'. Her hands-on workshop on Saturday May 25th will guide participants on a journey of self -discovery.

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