Art Meditation

Transformation Through Meditation

by Marilyn Hurst

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Sometimes when writing for magazines or newspapers and I’m not sure what I want to write about, the trick seems to be finding a glimmer of an idea and then just running with it.

A thread of an idea can unravel into a full blown article without much effort, but having said that lots of ideas can float around and not amount to much.

This technique is a “playing with a stream of consciousness” kind of thing and one example of what I want to explore more in this particular article. Let’s call it change and its ramifications for our own transformation.

As human beings and creators it is in our best interest to know more about how and why we manifest what we do. Of course awareness is the key and knowing is the result of such exploration. We are curious beings and it’s our natural function to explore our awareness, to see and feel the results and to know how to effect changes for our benefit.

If we look outside ourselves for answers we’ll get them, “pressed down and running over” and more so than at any other time in our human history, for our lives are intrinsically connected to the Internet and electronic media.

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Experts abound on just about any topic dealing with anything we can think or dream about. Great inspirational writings of history are instantaneously available as are the great teachers of esoteric wisdom which appear on your screen with a touch of the finger. Courses in human development and betterment, how-to’s on everything from boosting self esteem to over-coming addictions can be accessed by self-help gurus who are available to us on-line 24/7.

Despite all this accessibility, we still flounder about and sometimes the mass of information only serves to confuse rather than enlighten us. We jump from one idea, teaching or another hoping to find “the definitive answer” that will end our questioning and give us some kind of respite. Somehow we have picked up the belief that there is some great plan, idea or solution, that if only we can grasp it; some perfect way of being that if only we can be it, that will ease the suffering for ourselves and humanity as a whole. Even a cursory think on this idea would prove that this is quite an insurmountable endeavor.

The universe and even our own planet is a constantly changing, ever in flux, idea, concept and imagining thing that is unknowable, despite our attempts at conquering and exploring it. Physicists study it and come away equally perplexed. Scientists are at a loss to understand it, but that doesn’t stop them from examining, studying, testing, exploring and coming up with ever more inventive and elaborate theories to explain the unexplainable.

The average human is subjected to ever more concepts which do little to ease the pain of the unanswerable question of “why we are here and what am I supposed to do with this life?” View points, events, situations, concepts, ideas, relationships, feelings in fact everything in life is in constant change, flashing in and out of our awareness. The nature of change is change and maybe we just have to learn to deal with it and accept it as part of life’s mystery.

So how do we deal with this morphing world of ours? If we contemplate this so called problem and look closely, we can see that although things, people, events, nature, ideologies, nations, everything in fact does change, it’s really our reaction or response to these changes that determine our state of happiness and well being.

Each person is a self-contained barometer of his own making and the thoughts and images that whirl about can be looked at and examined to see if they in fact are meaningful, or if they are “world thoughts” or other peoples’ ideas and not applicable to his life. Plug into the TV or internet and you are instantly at one with everyone and event going on anywhere in our world. Our minds process this information consciously and subliminally and since it’s major function is to inform us of our environment through awareness, often we find that our immediate reaction to what we view might not be nurturing, giving us a sense of well-being, but may evoke a negative reaction in our emotional system making us feel ill at ease, fearful, stressed and uncomfortable.

Thought follows thought in predictable patterns and if we are not conscious and alert, these thoughts can lead us down a path, not of our immediate choosing, but down the road we’ve paved over years of habitual unconscious, unexamined thought taking.

Breaking negative thought patterns is no easy task and most people are not even unaware that they are being taken for a ride by their own thinking. The ancient wisdom sages have likened the human mind to a wild horse. It’s up to the individual to discipline their own mind in order to gain some modicum of awareness, otherwise events, people, their own bodies and lives are like a runaway horse; you’re in the saddle but you have no control over anything.

Slowing everything down is a good start. Taking time out to sit in nature or quietly by ourselves can give us some necessary space to check in and see “how we are”. Most of us are not even aware of how noisy and busy our lives are what with cell phones, blackberries, TVs, blaring music, traffic, wailing sirens and our hectic schedules filling up our time and senses day to day. Early morning and before bed are good times to sit and take inventory with ourselves. Much of our day to day thought taking is idle banter and commentary, however this is time wasting and counterproductive to a creative, fulfilled life.

If we were to watch our mind we’d be amazed at how judgmental we are of ourselves or others and likewise how critical. Most of the time we’re not even conscious that we have this running dialog going on and there is no one on the planet who is 100% free of this internal taskmaster. Sitting quietly for even a few minutes a day, watching our thoughts will prove this to ourselves. This simple practice could herald the breakthrough we need to start our own transformation.

In my opinion, taking personal responsibility for our own head space is the first major step in maturity. When we’ve exhausted every avenue for laying the blame for our misfortunes, bad luck and bad choices on ourselves, our others or the world, then perhaps we can take a long, deep and quiet look inside ourselves. When we can watch the thought patterns that habitually have led us to make decisions over and over that harm rather than nurture us, or calcified ideas from our childhood that limit our potential, we are then in a position of power and dominion.

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I had a high school art teacher that informed me I had no talent and should give up any thought of going into the arts for a profession. At 41, I began painting and discovered I had a whole well spring of creativity in my soul. Breaking out of the conditioned thinking from my childhood imposed by parents, teachers, friends and experiences took time, but success eventually came and for the past 15 years 1 have lived my life as an artist.

Through meditation I learned that nothing is impossible to the human spirit. We can move past our negative conditioning and explore new vistas and bring creativity, peace and harmlessness into our lives and by extension, the lives of those around us. It’s never too early or too late to begin this introspection. We can’t even begin to solve the problems of this world until we solve the problems of our own personal lives. Taking control of our inner world is the solution to our own personal well beingness and the world of our own creating, the one we live, move and have our being in.

Fine Art Festival Gala

The International Artist Day Flagship Gala 2016 was a rousing success!

Our walls were filled with incredible art that changed every week.

Our artists, art aficionados, and collectors went home happy.

Check out the videos, articles, and pictures below …

The Ghost of Pablo Picasso was our guest of honour. Picasso’s table turned into a popular spot for guests to hang out and have their picture taken with an icon who is considered one of modern day’s most influential contemporary artists.

Pablo had a very strong rival though in the shape of a
Cubist Cake created by Marilyn Pearson from Cuisine & Company.
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Marilyn Pearson of Cuisine and Company and her Cubist Cake …

A Sampling of IAD Friends at Instagram

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IAD Art Festival Opening

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The IAD 12 x 12 Anonymous Show Opening was a smash hit, with art lovers and collectors walking away with beautiful paintings from local BC artists, some masters.

There are still great paintings left … check out the 2 videos below …

Art & Culture insight from the Mayor of White Rock … Wayne Baldwin

Go FULL SCREEN and turn up your speakers

Some of these paintings are still available until October 25 2016 … 9pm BOOM Gone!

IAD 2016 Festival Events Calendar

Although the traditional IAD event is held October 25th, which was chosen in tribute to Picasso’s birthday, this year the White Rock Flagship Festival is being celebrated for the entire month of October!

The 2016 IAD White Rock Festival opens on October 4th at 6pm and will feature the much anticipated 12×12 Show where art buyers and collectors can score a huge find for a reasonable price. The canvasses are small, but the quality is high and comes from some of the most talented and respected artists in BC. During the first opening week, from the 4th to the 11th art aficionados will be able to sip wine from local vintner 1st R.O.W. Estate Winery, and listen to music by classical guitarist James Devon while they view and invest in art from the week’s featured IAD artists like Jill Holiday-Charouk and Richard Tetrault. Some artists will also be painting on site at the POP-UP Gallery located at 1459B Johnston Road in uptown White Rock.

October 6th at 7pm    Richard Tetrault, founder of the East Side Cultural Crawl
will give a presentation about woodcut printing.

On October 7th    Art & Wine Group Tasting Party where you will be able to create your own masterpiece under the watchful eye of three accomplished artists.

On October 8th,   Rod Lamirand author, will  read from his new book, The Eyes of the Arab Boy, and on the 29th he’ll read from his newest manuscript written over the past month at the IAD POP Up location.

Featured artists adorning IAD Festival walls on WEEK 2 will be photographers:
Marilyn Trenchard,     Wilma Maki,     Bonnie Ayotte,
plus the late Royal Academician photographer Duncan MacDougall.

Chinese performance artist, painter, and photographer Lei-Wei-Jun and Okanagan painter Mary Anne Jesperson will also display their work from the 12-19th. Mary Anne will be painting in person and will be available to talk about her work.

October 13, from 7-8:30pm   Maurice Cardinal, Promotions and Marketing Director for the IAD will talk about strategies modern successful artists use to raise their visibility and sell their work. He’ll also talk about art collectors and investors, and the shifting role of galleries, and how the internet and social media have disrupted traditional art buying networks. His presentation will address how it’s now possible for all types of artists, established and emerging, whether painters, photographers, musicians, etc., to expand their local and global market . . . admission by donation

October 14, 7-9pm   Art & Wine! Group Painting Session A great opportunity to explore and exercise your creativity.  Admission is by pre-registration (Limited number of spaces available – $50 fee) Three professional artists will be on hand to help budding artists create their masterpieces. No experience necessary! All art supplies, plus wine is included.

October 15th from Noon-2pm   Mary Mikeleson will talk about and sign copies of her book about her late husband, renowned sculptor, Arnold Mikeleson.

October 15th  from 2-4pm   April Lewis, Author “Lovingly Arrogant” and our local bon vivant raconteur will be on hand to sign her new book … musings from her newspaper columns, blogs and midlife experiences. Come and say hello!

October 17th from 7-9pm An Evening of entertainment by artist Brent Heighton. You never know what Brent will do, but you will be amused, entertained, and amazed. Come early, seats are limited … admission by donation

October 18th from 1-4pm   Bonnie Ayotte Photographer and Artist will be on hand for a Meet & Greet. Take a look at her work and ask about her inspiration.

October 20th from 7-9pm A rare evening with renowned White Rock artist Mike Svob who will be demonstrating his unique style. It’s your opportunity to meet Mike up front and personal … admission by donation

October 25th from 6-9pm The IAD GALA!  … which coincidentally, is also Picasso’s Birthday! “Picasso” is our theme for this year’s celebration. Pablo was born October 25, and in tribute to his memory it is also the “official date” of International Artist Day.

Everyone in attendance will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Picasso, or at least a very good facsimile because you know, he’s long passed into the hereafter.

The closing of the 12 x 12 show is tonight which is your last chance to purchase an original painting by 50 anonymous artists for only $150 each.

Musical entertainment will be by classical guitarist James Devon

Wine by our own 1st R.O.W. Winery

Appies by the IAD Committee

Drawing of the Framed Rare L.E. Prints Door Prize

Admission is by donation

More to come, stay tuned …

IAD POP UP Gallery 2016

I’m Maurice Cardinal, IAD Partner and Marketing & Promotions Director.

Chris MacClure founded International Artist Day in 2004 and I got onboard just over a year ago to help introduce the IAD to even more cities around the world.

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Homebase for International Artist Day is in White Rock, and it is here where we have traditionally held our flagship event. White Rock is a sleepy little seaside touristy town just outside of Vancouver. It’s a beautiful place chock full of artistic and creative people – kind of like Sante Fe  or Carmel North. You can’t walk down the street or go into a coffee shop with bumping into a painter, photographer, musician, writer, or art promoter.

White Rock is between Vancouver BC and Seattle Wa … pure sunshine by the sea.

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The walls were bare last week in our POP UP Gallery, but enthusiasm ran high.

The pic above is of Chris MacClure (far right) and Marilyn Hurst  (far left) on site at the temporary space and making plans.

We took a look at our empty space on Friday afternoon, and by mid day Saturday it actually started to look like a real fine art gallery.

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Chris with a painting by Jill Charuk – a little higher Chris and to the right, perfect!

In years past we’ve celebrated International Artist Day on October 25  – a tribute to Picasso’s birthday, but this year the celebration will last for the entire month of October, which means an incredible amount of work for all of our wonderful volunteers.

Our GALA though is still on October 25th and promises to be a blowout event!

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We transformed an empty storefront into an impressive gallery in three days.

Artists started arriving Friday night with art deliveries, and by Saturday morning we had set up a Greeting & Signing in station. ArtistsSignUp1000-520SigningingIn1000-953

 

We are excited and will be ready to launch our 2016 IAD Festival on October 4 so come out and join us at 1459B Johnston Rd in UpTown White Rock in the street level storefront adjacent to the Bosa Towers and Rexall Drugs.

Our opening on the 4th starts at 6:00pm and goes to 9:00. The main theme of the day will be our well anticipated 12 x 12 Anonymous Show where local artists (well known & emerging), contribute small paintings  – ALL PRICED AT JUST $150.00 

You won’t find a better deal for fine art in the region so come early before the painting you want is gone!

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IAD Festival 2016

The IAD fine art event started in Canada twelve years ago is now celebrated around the world and is happening in White Rock BC throughout the entire month of October 2016!

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Popular local artist Chris MacClure developed the concept way back in 2004 because he felt artists weren’t being recognized for the contribution they make to society. Everyone else had “Their Day!” so Chris thought it was time artists did too. Consequently, he launched his idea online and watched as the IAD slowly gained traction worldwide.

A couple of years ago he partnered with artist and promotions advisor Maurice Cardinal to help him grow his dream even faster and higher. Between the two, plus with the help of Chris’ partner in life and art, Marilyn Hurst, the IAD is reaching new levels in places like the USA, Qatar, Tanzania, Spain, India, Saudi Arabia, and of course across Canada.

Although the traditional IAD event is held October 25th, which was chosen in tribute to Picasso’s birthday, this year the White Rock Flagship Festival is being celebrated for the entire month of October!

The 2016 IAD White Rock Festival opens on October 4th at 6pm and will feature the much anticipated 12×12 Show where art buyers and collectors can score a huge find for a reasonable price. The canvasses are small, but the quality is high and comes from some of the most talented and respected artists in BC. During the first opening week, from the 4th to the 11th art aficionados will be able to sip wine from local vintner 1st ROW, and listen to music by classical guitarist James Devon while they view and invest in art from the week’s featured IAD artists like Jill Holiday-Charouk and Richard Tetrault. Some artists will also be painting on site at the POP-UP Gallery located at 1459B Johnston Road in uptown White Rock.

Richard Tetrault, founder of the East Side Cultural Crawl
will give a presentation on October 6th at 7pm.

On October 7th there will be an Art & Wine Group Tasting Party where you will be able to create your own masterpiece under the watchful eye of three accomplished artists.

On October 8th, Rod Lamirand author of The Eyes of the Arab Boy,
will give a talk and read from his new book,

On October 11th well known celebrity artist Dave Benning will give a talk and demonstration on the art of portraiture.

The following three weeks will see many more artists featured and also deliver a number of surprises for art lovers and artists alike.

Stay tuned for many more exciting IAD events in October …

QF Art Atelier

For the second time, the first was in 2014, Qatar Foundation is organizing a fine art event called QF Art Atelier. It is a creative platform for local artists to showcase their work.

The 2014 event, which was also affiliated with International Artist Day, was attended by fifteen artists. It received tremendous publicity from the art community as well as the State of Qatar and it is expected the 2016 event will have even greater impact and success.

Their 2nd event in 2016 will feature ten artists, who will work in a live studio.

It will be themed Art in Action and will last for an entire week from October 20th to 27th.

During Art in Action each artist will receive two canvases and supplies to create their work.

Their Art Clique on  October 25th will coincide with International Artist Day – a day the IAD celebrates contributions artists make to society. The QF event will include an intimate gathering of all the artists who will sit down to discuss art culture in the State of Qatar, art history, and various aspects of the art industry that affect the art community.

The Art in Action exhibition will open on October 30th in the AaQool Atrium, Community & Recreation Center, Qatar Foundation – Education City and run until  November 11th.

Qatar Foundation has developed installations like Graffiti Art Wall
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The foundation’s Event Logistics and Support Supervisor, Ameera Mohammed Al-Aji, is a brilliant artist in her own right. Her latest project is called “Different” and is both an intellectual and artistic representation of the challenges of humanity respective of change.

Ameera Mohammed Al-Aji … Different Installation

Learn more about International Artist Day Events here …