Tonight the Gallery Show “Creation and Rest” is opening at Commonwheel. I am one of 4 members that are contributing work to this show. This morning, as I write this blog there is a snow storm outside my studio window, complete with sleet, snow-thunder and delayed starts for school. I appreciate the late start, as I was working on my final contribution well into the morning hours and my third cup of coffee this morning is just beginning to do its magic on my sleepy head.
“Big Love” is what I would title this piece, although giving a title to a globe seems strange to me. The canvas is a well-worn and well-loved world globe that a homeschool family donated to me for the cause. I had a hankering to do a painting on a globe, so I posted on my Facebook page, “Anyone got a globe?” Yep, someone did and they left it on their front porch for me the next day, which happened to be their moving day. The homeschool mom loved that it would have second life. Her kids had outgrown it and were on their way to college (good job mom). “I had to glue the equator back on” she said (no doubt from years of sticky fingers turning the globe around and around while imagining where they would land). The equator was still dangling a bit when I got it, so I gingerly glued it into place.
I really procrastinated creating this work. Somehow the globe seemed sacred, holy and the project a bit overwhelming. It is the WHOLE world, after all. What does one paint on the whole WORLD? Because I am an optimist, and because I see the creation story as one of love, that is what I chose to paint, LOVE (and joy and peace and hope).
Not all Commonwheel artists bring spirituality to their work, but all of them bring their hearts. That is what makes this gallery amazing and unique, we have this in common...we own, run and have invested our hearts in this place. We bring to the table, who we are, religion, or no religion or something in-between.
For this month-long show, our theme is based on the account of Creation as it is in the ancient Hebrew text of Genesis 1. On each day the Creator formed the light, dark, sun, moon, land, sea, plants, animals and lastly ... man. After each creation he said, “It is good” and then on the seventh day, he finally rested.
So today Kathy Sullivan, Marica Hefti, Juanita Canzoneri and myself enter our “rest.” We will celebrate this evening, with our community of artists by having a communion of sorts, with wine, eats and fellowship at the gallery. And I say, "It is good". -Lori Vafiades
A few notes:
I am just ONE spoke in the wheel called Commonwheel Artist’s Co-op and the opinions and beliefs in this blog are mine and may not reflect every member. I look forward to having guest-members post on this page as well.
Commonwheel opens the "gallery" portion to any applicant... member and non-member. Each show goes through a jury process and is displayed for one month. The Gallery portion takes up about 1/4 of our store. The remainder of the store is shared between our membership of about 35 artists.
In town? Please visit the show which runs April 17- May 11, 2015.
Out of town? Join our Facebook page and visit our store.