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Art Church: The History of Visionary Art
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Art Church: The History of Visonary Art
with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey
Sunday, May 18th, 2014 1 - 6pm
The Ancient of Days, William Blake
The History of Visionary Art
An emerging worldwide Visionary Art Movement is sweeping the internet and festival culture, bringing forth contemporary sacred translations of Mystical Experiences. For many creative spiritual artists, for seekers of the postmodern shamanic journey this growing genre is increasingly relevant. Visionary art encourages the development of our intuitive inner "eye of the soul." The visionary realm embraces the entire spectrum of imaginal spaces, from heaven to hell, from the infinitude of forms to formless voids. The visionary realm is the space we visit during dreams and altered or heightened states of consciousness. An artist’s mission is to make the soul perceptible.
Visionary mystical experiences are humanity's most direct contact with God and are the creative source of all sacred art and wisdom traditions. The best currently existing technology for sharing the mystic imaginal realms is a well-crafted artistic rendering by an eye witness. Since mystic visionary artists paint the transcendental realms from observation, their work offers a growing body of evidence substantiating the divine imaginal realms and by extension, Spirit itself.
By projecting forms which are crystallized visions of spiritual illumination, Mystic Visionary Art helps engineer higher mind states in the viewer. Relevant Sacred Art renews the subtle light body surrounding and interpenetrating our physical body. Our subtle body is purified, uplifted and healed by visualizing deities and ideal forms. Presence of Ultimate Reality absorbed through Mystic Art helps magnetize the viewer toward their own spiritual template and Supreme Identity.
For eons, artists have created images and temples born from their mystic visions. Traces have been left in sacred art the world over; prehistoric human animal hybrids on cave walls, throughout Egypt and Greece, in cathedrals throughout Europe, in Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples. Places of divine remembrance are endowed with imagery passed through a specific cultural lens. Unique in spiritual history, we now have access to a spectrum of wisdom traditions, connected in the shared truth of love and higher intelligence that founded the universe. Visionary art allows us to see the cosmos, ourselves and others as a reflection of the divine.
Join Alex and Allyson for a journey through the venerable tradition of Visionary Art.
Meditation on the Temple of the Body and Soul -- 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 -- The Mushroom Cafe and CoSM Shop will be open.
History of Visionary Art -- an illustrated talk by Alex & Allyson
Discussion on the Basic Elements of Composition and Design
Vision Practice Drawing -- music by DJ Jon Ohia
Program Ends at 6pm
Bring a sketch book and colors to Art Church. Basic supplies will be available at CoSM but it's more fun to bring your own favorites.
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.
The CoSM Shop and Cafe will be open.
Rooms are available for rent in our fully renovated Victorian Mansion.
Many originals and reproductions of Alex & Allyson Grey's artwork are on display in the guest house.
CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 - click here for directions.
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