Your strength is to stand still, after you see yourself. Stand still in the Light that discovers, then strength comes, and mercy. ~ George Fox
On this rainy morning here in Kalamazoo, somewhat inland from the Big Water of Lake Michigan, I hear cars splashing along the rush-hour corridor outside my front door. It’s still dark, though the morning nears. And as every morning, the Light will come.
It’s good to remember that the Light shines every day with the consistent and essential return of the Sun. Even at night, even when clouds obscure the view, there is still Light with stars gazing around us and –most of the time– the Moon reflecting the Sun.
New Moon came to pass last week, a time especially for shifting habits and goals. My new work Emergence: Book Art begun its entry into the world just before then. Thanks to those who joined its debut at the Kalamazoo Friends Meeting House on October 18! Your presence was joyous with sound, silence, and movement.
Ready-made editions of Emergence: Book Art will be available in coming weeks at Lansing’s MICA Gallery and the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Editions also may be directly commissioned from me as well! Please read here to learn how to order for future delivery in support of my artist residency in Peru (stay tuned for details!).
What is happening here then in the waxing of the crescent Moon? This weekend is the last 2014 workshop for Crow’s Nest Center for Shamanic Studies USA with founder C. Mikkal Smith! I welcome your questions, being the USA Community Coordinator since February.
My next appearance with Emergence: Book Art is 2:00pm on Sunday, November 2, at MICA Gallery, Turner St., Lansing. The occasion is part of the opening reception for the Holiday Art Market, which runs from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
In Kalamazoo, I’m excited to show various work at upcoming Art Hops! These are my first features as a visual artist. I have titled the exhibitions as two parts for “Standing in the Light” inspired by (modernized) words of founding Quaker George Fox: “Your strength is to stand still, after you see yourself. Stand still in the Light that discovers, then strength comes, and mercy.”
“Standing in the Light, Part I” holds an opening reception at Retro (1301 S. Westnedge Ave.) on Friday, November 7, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Mixed-media collage, original transfers, and handmade paper are featured works. I will be on-site until 8:00pm, and look forward to seeing those who can join! The exhibition is there for the month.
Then at Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative (1240 Portage Rd.) on Friday, December 5, “Standing in the Light, Part II” debuts during Art Hop. The doors open at 5:00pm. Featured works are artist books, an installation, and a different presentation of mixed-media collage than Part I. Works are on exhibition until the holidays.
As part of my Fire exhibition, the community is invited to co-create a collective work on Fri. Dec. 5! Contributions take place from 5:00pm onwards, but the real action will culminate from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Immediately after is First Friday Poetry for which I am the featured poet! So it’s an ideal night to experience Fire’s richness as a community-arts venue. The open mic begins at 8:30pm followed by my performance at 9:00pm.
Greater Lansing f/Friends — and those who would travel! — please save the date of Saturday December 6! Stay tuned for details to follow of a group show with art work and performance. This will be a “combo” event: a send-off for two-month residency at Sachaqa Centro de Arte, a celebration of seven years of sobriety, and a(n early-ish) 40th b-day bash!