11/1/2018 0 Comments
Artist Spotlight - Leah Dorrian
We met Leah Dorrian as she traversed her way across the U.S. in her transition move from Maryland to California. She found herself in Austin and decided to see if there were any visionary art galleries in Austin. She walked in and we were instantly attracted to her spirit. As we spoke, Leah began to effuse art, light, and empathy and it quickly became obvious that she was more than just a traveler who stumbled into our visionary establishment.
Leah's art is a form of communication which expresses the subconscious, spirituality, beauty, divinity, and nature in various archetypal modalities. It is embedded with symbols and messages that invite the viewer into intuitive contemplation of the intrinsic nature of the human experience beyond our physical reality. Venturing deep into the mind, Leah's art captures the reverberations of what she has discovered and wishes to share with the collective consciousness to illuminate an ambience of mystery, magic, and peace.
In 1995, Leah Dorrian was gifted from the universe to her mother Jill and father, John in Rockville, Maryland. She came into the world with two older siblings and one more to come. Her childhood was filled with creative freedom in the realms of art and music, where she developed what would become a lifelong passion for both.
When she was six, her mother encouraged her to develop her artistic skills further by submitting works to a professional artist's guild where she was accepted and began to create amongst inspiring and accomplished artists. She says she will never forget her first day. She spent three hours at an adult-sized stool, hovering over her workspace, creating a landscape painting of a mountain and lake with a sailboat floating off into the distance.
"This was the beginning of my humbling journey within the artistic world where I started studying and making art with intention, using it as a tool to explore my imagination, spirituality, and the vast possibilities of creation."
She attended the Arts and Communications Academy in Frederick, Maryland where she continued studies in art history and studio art, becoming a featured artist in galleries of the Walter’s Art Museum of Baltimore and the Delaplaine Art Center of Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s degree in graphic design at the University of Maryland.
In her sophomore year, after delving deeper into yoga and meditation practices and experiencing profound shamanic and transcendental experiences, her art began to take on a surrealistic quality that matured into the visionary artworks that epitomize the messages and energetic representations of matter in other realms of the subconscious that she was exploring. She has live painted at various music and art festivals including Envision Festival in Costa Rica, the Conscious Collective in Pennsylvania, Clustxr in West Virginia, and Kinnection Campout in Tennessee.
After graduating, she created began a freelance art and design business Dorrian Designs, working with clients on projects from logo designs to huge mural paintings, tattoo designs to documentary music scores- and anything else creative that was in alignment with her heart! She is more than just an art creation machine, she embraces traveling, photography, reading, hiking, dancing, singing, and connecting with nature and people.
On September 1. 2018, she set off from her studio in Maryland to embark on a month and a half long adventure across the country to paint en plein air in awe-inspiring settings within National Parks. Drawing from her love of nature, wildlife, music, and environmental sustainability, I created works of art and musical pieces that brought an awareness to the importance of cherishing nature. Her work is a conduit and invitation to the viewer to unconditionally embrace the vast expanse of their consciousness. She views herself as a dedicated artist for the global awakening of humanity.
Join us November 18th at Gallery Lucid from 6pm-9pm for an evening of beauty, insight, and expression.
A portion of the proceeds go to All Things Wild, an Austin organization that promotes respect and compassion for all wildlife through public education and awareness; to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife and release them back into the appropriate habitat; and to provide sanctuary for all animals in need.
Join us on the 21st of August for Gallery Lucid's monthly Meetup.
This gathering is to bring artists together to meet, collaborate, and network in an environment that fosters creativity and collaboration. You are welcome to bring an easel, brushes, pastels, etc. Novice to master, all are welcome.
Wire wrap jewelry artist, hula hoop and flow artist (as well as international instructor), and all-around crafty woman, Caterina Suttin is a wellspring of creativity and earthy healing avenues.
This year she celebrates her 15th year as a wire wrap artist, producing ever more inspired, intricate work. She loves not only producing from her own intuition, but making custom pieces.
Caterina is an Austin native who travels abundantly, leaving sparks of her art and knowledge in her wake. Catch her while she’s still here in the US...it’s hard to know where the wind might take her next!
7/20/2018 2 Comments
Artist Spotlight-Melanie Farris
Melanie Farris is a visionary artist based in Austin, TX. She began drawing and painting after a friend introduced her to sacred geometry in 2012. Since then she has been on a journey to create visionary art to brighten the world! She is inspired by the mysteries of the cosmos and geometric patterns found throughout nature, just to name a few. Creating art began as a meditative therapy and blossomed into a thriving passion. Her paintings are meant to illicit calm, happiness, and reflection.
She works primarily in acrylics and creates hypnotic paintings intended to take the viewer to the unknown. Her art represents the familiar and that which is alien. Viewers may be compelled to touch her textured creations, inspired by naturally occurring harmonies and patterns in nature. Her paintings are meant to be meditative, eliciting calm and reflection.
You can check out more of her art on her Instagram page or at Gallery Lucid August 4th through the 27th.
...To a very unique healing center encased within an art gallery specializing in visionary, surrealism, and psychedelic art.
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