Each month, the Creative Gateways studio chooses a theme to inspire our work and act as a focus for our events. Here’s what’s coming up in September…
Expressing the Source
This September we are pleased to present our theme: Expressing the Source. This is a time for honoring the connection between an artist and the Sacred when creating. We will explore the emotions and creative power used in communicating with an artist’s audience, and the likening to an expression of divine truth from the greater part of themselves or something beyond.
The Artist’s Mission
Creative Gateways was founded with the intention of creating an environment where artists are encouraged to collaborate and empower one another to express their unique vision. Pilisa Rainbow Lady, the founder of Creative Gateways, was a visionary from a young age. She brings her lifetime of experience with the healing arts and indigenous cultures, reminding audiences of the power of intention, flow, and nurturing the creative spirit within ourselves. Every day the artists in our studios bring their own visions to life, portraying strong and subtle influences, sourced from their own origin stories.
What things in life help you feel closer or more connected to something larger within or beyond yourself? What can you, or do you already do, to nurture that connection?
Source in Joy
Art that is made from a place of trust and flow is an expression of source that is channeled directly through the individual. Artists bring the vision into physical form for others to appreciate and enjoy. Sumati Colpitt’s skillful ceramic work speaks highly of joy and playfulness, which serve as good reminders for all of us to keep in touch with our inner child. From bright-eyed owls, to frisky river otters, bunnies, and hippopotami, everything she skillfully crafts contains the essence of innocent exuberance. In May, we had the opportunity to talk to her about her inspired animals and the child-like spirit within her work. Perhaps these are qualities we could all afford to indulge in more often.
Who or what in your life inspires play? What can we do to help ourselves and others feel inspired to keep their inner child alive?
Source in the Feminine
Meg Munro’s watercolors communicate a certain kind of divine feminine beauty that is often forgotten in our culture. She sees it as a force that is being reawakened in our society and that she is simply a vessel through which this is expressed. When art expresses source, it brings about a message or concept that this world is in need of, or may greatly benefit from. In a special May Day post, Meg shared with us the stories behind her inspiration found in feminine beauty.
How widespread is the influence of divine femininity in historical works of art? Does the idea of source often conjure maternal images in your mind?
Celebrate the creative spirit with us during our 1st Friday event this September 1st at Creative Gateways. Don’t miss your chance to connect with the artists, experience what their art means to them, and witness what their mission is in their work. If you don’t get a chance to stop by during 1st Friday Art walk, we invite you to join us during our other exciting September events, including the upcoming Creative Celebrations: a toast to Creative Gateways’ first anniversary and the birthday of our founder, Pilisa Rainbow Lady.
Take advantage of our new falls hours, now open 10-5pm seven days a week!