Join Alex and Allyson at CoSM for October’s Art Church to expand our perceptions of the natural world.
Throughout history, great artists have immersed themselves in God’s Nature Field and shared their unique painterly portrayal. Van Gogh channeled the rhythms of the cosmos in his brushstrokes. Georgia O’Keefe revealed the mystery of the Divine Feminine in a flower. Fredrick Church demonstrated the majesty and power of the waterfalls and exquisite beauty of our region, becoming a 20th century master of the Hudson River School, the first art movement developed by American painters trained in Europe.
Explore and share your unique relationship to God’s greatest creation and the sacredness of Mother Nature’s womb by portraying your impression of the splendor of fall colors. We will first saturate our vision with a look at both Eastern and Western artistic representations of elemental regenerative forces. Creative souls at every level of artistic experience (or with no experience at all) are welcome to draw at the “wellspring of imagination.”
“Totem Walk at Sitka” by Emily Carr, 1917 , “Light of Iris” by Georgia O’Keeffe
Bring a sketch book, colors and an exquisite object from nature to share on the altar tableau. Accompanied by uplifting music, we will gather and make art together, indoors at the altar or on the comfy covered veranda where the view is exquisite for drawing. For inspiration, check out the painters Charles Burchfield, Emily Carr, William Robinson, and the Hudson River School, the first truly American Art movement of the late 1800’s.
Alex Grey, world-renowned artist, poet, and author, is best loved for his paintings which portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. His books, Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art, Transfigurations, and Art Psalms, trace the development of his work and mystical experiences that shaped his spiritual artistic life. Alex's most recent monograph, Net of Being, addresses how his art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness. www.alexgrey.com
Allyson Grey, artist, writer and social sculptor, has co-written and edited a dozen books and all seven volumes of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture. Since 1975, Allyson has been artistic partner and studio mate of artist, Alex Grey. With a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University, Allyson has been an educator and muse to artists for over 30 years. Alex and Allyson are the parents of actress, Zena Grey. allysongrey.com Together, the Grey co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, an interfaith church since 2008, celebrating creativity as a spiritual path.
with Marin and Michael Unger
1pm – Program Begins
- Art Meditation — music by DJ Jon Ohia
- BRING DRAWING MATERIALS including colored pencils, pens or watercolor and a sketch book or pad.
- Journaling and poetic expression also encouraged.
- Meditation Ends with Closing Reflections
- Break —
- Presentation on Nature Mysticism
- Drawing Meditation — music by DJ Jon Ohia
- Closing Ceremony
“Green Buddha” by Alex Grey
Dutchess Outreach Food Drive at CoSM
CoSM is partnering with Dutchess Outreach to help stock local food banks this season. Collection of canned goods and non-perishable food items is open throughout the season. Bring contributions to the collection box, located in the foyer of the Grey House.
Rooms are available for rent in Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian guest house.
CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.