Article: The Sacred: Vessels of Spirit and Meaning'
Bellows Falls Town Crier, Bellows Falls, VT
Jan 12, 2007
On Jan. 19, during the Art Walk in Bellows Falls from 5 to 8 p.m., The Chapel Gallery is opening its second show since launching last October. The theme is The Sacred: Vessels of Spirit and Meaning. Around the world, the Sacred is communicated through stories, icons, traditions, practices, symbols, human beings, and more; all can convey what people have valued as sacred. This show explores those vessels of spirit & meaning.
The show features works by three local artists Cindy Bowler, Joellen Knight, and Barbara Tarantino. Cindy Bowler received her BA in Art from the University California, Santa Barbara, and her MFA from Vermont Studio Center in 2005. Her meditation practice and studying with Meinrad Craighead are among the inspirations that guide her work. Cindy lives in Westminster, Vermont.
Joellen Knight was born and raised in Maine, received an MFA from Syracuse University in 1969, and subsequently taught studio art at Mount Holyoke College for five years. She also served the Community of the Reconciliation for five years. Joellen became a religious in the Society of St. Margaret in 1979, doing missionary work, nursing home service, etc. for ten years. Now she lives in Walpole, New Hampshire. Her preferred media includes pencil, wood, and etching on copper.
Barbara Tarantino started on her education journey in 1971 as a student majoring in art, but her path changed direction and led her to both Bachelor and Masters Degrees in the field of education. In 1997 Barbara took time off from teaching to pursue her artistic interests. She has studied watercolor at various New England Art Institutes as well as private instruction with Jeanne Carbonetti (author of Tao of Watercolor). Barbara currently works and resides in Walpole, New Hampshire and Lake George, New York.
Several other events accompany the show. On Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. the Chapel Gallery is the venue for "First Supper." This is an intimate gathering of artists and those who love art. Soup and salad are provided. Please bring a main dish and/or a non-alcoholic beverage. Following the First Supper on Thursday Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m, the gallery offers a special concert called Brigid's Coracle: The Sacred Vessel, featuring traditional and original contemplative music from the Celtic traditions of Scotland, Ireland and Brittany. The musicians, Cynthia Hughes, harp, and John Crockett, 'cello, live locally and have selected and composed music to celebrate this theme, drawing inspiration from the season, the land and the sea.
John Crockett is a marine naturalist who lives in Dummerston. His main interest is in whale conservation and whale vocalization, especially the songs of humpback whales. Cynthia Hughes, of Westminster West, has been playing her Celtic harp near and far for the past twelve years and as a member of the trio, Kestrel, for the past seven. She brings her love of the land into her songs and instrumental compositions.
Finally, again during Art Walk, on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m, Meredith Young-Sowers will talk about her book, Wisdom Bowls: Overcoming Fear and Coming Home to Your Authentic Self. "Wisdom Bowls is an essential guide for discovering how to heal spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Live with more wisdom, passion, and power. The stories in this book will bring tears to your eyes and touch your heart.
"Discover the qualities of wisdom, vision, joy, love, power, intimacy, and abundance contained in your body. The more you know about these qualities, the greater your chances to prevent or heal illness. Learn how to heal the cracks and imperfections in your energy bowls that are the containers of your memories. When you repair your mind and body, you realign yourself with the Divine and become the authentic human being you were intended to be."
For more information about the Chapel Gallery, its shows and programs, contact: Cindy Bowler, 802-376-9244. For information concerning the concert call Immanuel Episcopal Church at 802- 463-3100. The gallery is wheel chair accessible.