Dharma Center Art Exhibit
Intention - Stillness - Activity
Opening Reception, Friday, September 14, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Second Reception after the Monday Night Sit & Talk, Sept. 17, 7:00 pm
The Durango Dharma Center is hosting its first-ever art exhibition in our downstairs gallery space between September and December. Five artists from our sangha, Carol Meckling, Barbara Klema, Ilze Aviks, Melissa Percell, and Andrea Martens, will be showing more than 20 works of art, each a unique reflection on dharma themes, including impermanence, compassion, kindness, joy, equanimity, being in the present moment and appreciating the nature of things as they are.
We invite the sangha and the public to two receptions. The first will be held on Friday, Sept. 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. A second reception will take place after the regularly scheduled Monday night sitting meditation and dharma talk on Monday, September 17. (The sit will start as usual at 5:30 pm and the reception will be at 7:00 pm.) Refreshments will be served at both events. Please join us to enjoy the exhibition and to meet the artists.
There will also be an opportunity to purchase the art at any time (please contact Carol Meckling at 360-510-1550) with half of the proceeds benefiting the Durango Dharma Center and the other half benefiting the artists.
The works will include paintings, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, notecards, books and prints. These works aren’t all traditional Dharma-related images but rather speak more to the present-moment process of creating art.
“Dharma art refers to art that springs from a certain state of mind on the part of the artist that could be called the meditative state,” writes Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. “It is an attitude of directness and unself-consciousness in one’s creative work…our message is simply one of appreciating the nature of things as they are and expressing it without any struggle of thoughts and fears.”
VENUE: The Dharma Center’s downstairs space, 1800 East Third Avenue, Suite 109
QUESTIONS: Carol Meckling, 360-510-1550