Art Exhibit Star/Flower: Patterns of Nature by Suzanne Fisher

Join us on Friday, November 2nd at 6:00 to 8:00 pm

at Future Life Now and meet artist Suzanne Fisher

Several of her artworks will be on display. Guitar music by Todd Juengling.
Meet Suzanne and connect with new and old friends alike. 
Light refreshment will be served. We hope to see you!

Purchases from this show can be picked up the week before Christmas!

 

Future Life Now is located at 4138 Hamilton Ave, Suite B, Northside, 45223. Free parking will be available in the lot behind our building and on the street. The entrance is on the Knowlton St. side of our building. Come up to the second floor for our suite.

Artist Statement

This exhibition includes both mosaics and mixed media resin paintings. The resin paintings are all initially based on floral forms.

I have been fascinated with flowers since I was a child. In our garden, I remember looking down into the center of a red tulip and being intrigued by the elegant and stark geometry inside, velvety black and orangery yellow. I was also particularly taken by black eyed Susan’s, with their unbelievably dark centers in stark contrast to the orange petals. Each flower seemed to be turning its dark face to stare at you. I also have vivid memories of paper flat daisies on wires we bought from Pier 1. They were flat but could be twisted to become more dimensional. In these resin pieces, my flowers evoke some of these different childhood memories.

I combine several elements, acrylic paint, collage papers, and bits of plastic and metal and submerge them all in resin to get a compelling depth and gloss, like amber. The mosaics are created as a variation on Monet’s stars in The Starry Night Painting. They are made primarily of colored glass. Some of their geometric forms are reminiscent of parts of a flower. And some of the flowers look like starbursts.

About Suzanne Fisher

Since I was a child, I have been endlessly fascinated with the magic of creating something wonderful out of colorful scraps and a little bit of glue. Initially I used pieces of scrap felt; now I use shards of colored glass, broken china, and many other discarded items such as broken windshield glass and incorporate them with traditional glass and ceramic tile, stone, smalti and marble to create mosaic murals of all sizes. In addition, I combine mosaic elements with acrylic paint, resin, and collage materials to create mixed media pieces I call resin paintings. I am currently interested in abstracting elements from nature in my artwork. I also work with community groups to create large-scale mosaic murals and create separate mosaic panels in glass as well.

I received my BFA in painting from Miami University and my MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati. I was awarded a 6-month residency at PS 1 in Queens in 1987, which hosted artists from all over the world. In 1997, I spent 3 weeks at another international residency, at the American Academy in Rome. In addition, I have received numerous grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Summerfair, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women for my artwork in various media.

 

Beyond Monkey Mind

That the more one fights against, the body, the more powerfully the body fights back.

If this is true, then how can one effectively move away from sleepless nights?

Have you ever thought or said to yourself, “I’m bone tired, so why can’t I get to sleep?” Those who have difficulty getting to sleep know that the reason they can’t sleep is not because their body is up and running around.

Sometimes it is because of what some call their monkey mind. Many of the practices that are described in our Sounder Sleep sessions address the issue of monkey mindedness. Numerous people have found those practices to be very useful in getting to sleep or returning to sleep. The practices are, use the body to calm and to quiet the mind which allows sleep to come naturally and easily.  

However, there may be some occasions in which the mind is not necessarily focused on a specific issue or even flitting here and there as a bee or butterfly flying from one blossom to another. I once had a client who was almost perpetually tired and exhausted.

Her experience was that she would go to bed and drift off to sleep. However, she would awaken after an hour to hour-and-a-half and would be wide awake and would be awake for an extended period of time. When asked what she did during that time, she replied, “I say to myself, ‘I have to get back to sleep. I know I can’t, but I have to get back to sleep.” It doesn’t take much imagination to recognize that those words increased anxiety and the more she said them and the more intensely she expressed those thoughts, the more anxious she would become. The levels of stress hormones would increase dramatically. The “fight, flight, or freeze” response took over. As the degree of danger increases the ability to relax and allow sleep to come decreases. What helped her was to change that internal dialogue. She learned to say to herself, “Wow! I’ve been asleep for an hour and it seems like only ten minutes. I wonder how much sleep I can get in the next hour-and-a-half.”

Einstein has been credited with having said, in part, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” In Neuro-Linguistic Programming, we can help clients develop their imaginary control center. In that control center there are switches, levers and buttons that manage many physical and mental systems. And the use of imagination can impact no only sleep but other significant challenges. I know of people who “go inside” and turn up the metabolism rate while they sleep. A result is fewer blankets in the winter and for some it’s an effective assist to weight loss programs. One client who had undergone a heart transplant but sometimes felt as if the heart was not his was able to lower the degree of rejection and immunosuppression drugs by “going inside and having all his organs thank the heart for the great work it was doing and by imagining a large plaque on his heart that read “Jerry’s Heart.”

There is incredible power in internal dialogue. What you say to yourself matters. Even if changing internal dialogue does not help you get back to sleep, having positive and hope filled thoughts is much more enjoyable than having negative anxiety producing thoughts.

Video: Feldenkrais Method and Chronic Pain

Since the recent article by Jane Brody in the New York Times on how the Feldenkrais Method helps with chronic pain, people have been asking but how? Based on my experience, research and the work of Dr. Norman Doidge, I lay out what I think at least a couple of the mechanisms are that reduce chronic pain. And I give you several things you can do right now to make a difference for yourself.

 

Art Opening: A Soul’s Journey Collective Collage by Pamela Lee

Join us on Friday, July 13th at 6:00 pm

at Future Life Now and meet artist Pamela Lee

Several of her artworks will be on display. Guitar music by Todd Juengling.
Meet Pamela Lee and connect with new and old friends alike.
Light refreshment will be served. We hope to see you!

Future Life Now is located at 4138 Hamilton Ave, Suite B, Northside, 45223. Free parking will be available in the lot behind our building and on the street. The entrance is on the Knowlton St. side of our building. Come up to the second floor for our suite.

 

About Pamela Lee

I am a singer.  But the silent communing through visual art has called to me often in my life, now more than ever.  I was an art major in high school.  My mom always had us doing paper Mache or some art project at home, growing up.

After two sons and a divorce, I became a successful hairdresser and so scissors became my favorite creative tool.  As a single working mom of two boys, I went back to finish art school and was recruited by the head of an interior design studio.

Now I had a lovely career arranging parts into a beautiful whole, (and yes, I was still also doing hair). I started making collages in what little spare time I had.

I have since attended Arrowmont School in Maine and taken other workshops in print, paint, and collage. My favorite teacher/mentor is collage artist and teacher, Holly Roberts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work inspires me.

 

Artist Statement

 I am especially interested in spirituality, in dreamscapes, other worlds, and especially our

 inner worlds of our experiences,

individually and collectively.

In my work there are often other paintings beneath the one that gets to stay.  And watercolor or pencil rejects get cut up and become part of something else entirely.

Through the process I enjoy being a conduit for seemingly unrelated parts to form a landscape, a “place” to experience, maybe recognize ourselves in. It’s an exploration that begins and evolves without any plan or concept, to hopefully let something meaningful to all of us come through.

Pamela Lee

 

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Pamela Mallory-Yeager is a working vocalist in the Cincinnati area.  She often works with her husband and pianist, Wayne Yeager.  They live in Montgomery, Ohio with their two dogs and lots of trees and flowers-her favorite past-time is making art with her grandchildren.

She signs her art as Pamela Lee because those are the two names that she has always been.

 

 

Prime Directive

You probably know that I am a student of the integral model of understanding the plight of human that shows humanity is still developing, becoming more and more complex and able to solve problems that are becoming more and more complex. I’m seeing that some systems that we have taken for granted for many generations are no longer adequate to deal with complexity of twenty-first century problems. Because of this I am believe that we humans have a prime directive and that is to intentionally engage in practices that stimulate and precipitate personal development. The scientific community might say it as “Evolve or die out.” The religious community would understand this as a call to become more and more like the One who created us – to fulfill the will of the Creator.

You may not know that I am also a fan of Star Trek, not that I am wowed by the great acting, but by the underlying message and theme of the show. The original series displayed great diversity in its crew and its willingness to engage with diverse cultures and life forms, even if doing so sometimes created problems. Both Voyager and The Next Generation versions of the show emphasized commitment to what is known as the Prime Directive: To explore the universe in search of unknown life forms without interfering with those life forms, their culture or development.

I recently watched an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which problem to be solved was the legal question of whether the android Data was or was not a sentient being. If Data is only a machine, “it” then is the property of the Federation and must submit to being disassembled with the possibility that much of “its” experience with sentient beings could forever be lost. If Data were a sentient being, then he would not be required to submit to that demand. The purpose of disassembling Data was that it seemed necessary so that more Datas could be created. The long-term implications were the Federation could create a race of beings which it owned and could use or sacrifice as it wished, a race of slaves, so to speak. All the empirical evidence, history of having been made, not born, super-human mental and physical abilities, etc. seemed to point to his being certainly not human.  It fell upon Captain Jean Luke Picard to demonstrate that Data was more than “just a machine” and he did so by showing that Data could and had established relationships with other beings, he also had self-awareness and other qualities that complied with the definition of a sentient being. The judicial decision was, “I don’t know whether Data has a soul, whatever that is, but I cannot condemn him to destruction without knowing that he absolutely does not.” Data was saved or spared.

Humanity has the capability of destroying the world in or on which we live. (Don Beck says the only things to survive a nuclear war would be cockroaches and viruses.) The problems we face will not go away or become easier to solve. Nuclear war is not the only way we may destroy ourselves. There are environmental issues, physical and mental health issues that outpace our ability to deal with them, and economic issues that continue to divide and create conflict.

Yes, we have the ability to destroy, but we also have to ability to use our collective intelligences to create flexible systems that can adequately address the hard issues at hand. But it will not happen by accident. It will be intentional. It is up to each of us to grow up, wake up, clean up and show up. We must mature intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. We must wake up to our true nature and our Oneness. We must face our own prejudices, biases and blindness. And we must join with others in whatever way we can to help make a difference.  This, I believe, is the Prime Directive of our time.

Small Works of the Spirit

Marie Kennedy

Small Works of the Spirit, a collection of small mixed media paintings inspired by the idea of various aspects of “spirit” as perceived by the artist Marie A. Kennedy.

Drop by to see the opening on
Friday, April 13th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Guitar music by Todd Juengling
Meet Marie and connect with new and old friends alike.
Wine, tea, and nibbles provided.

Show open from April 13th to June 2018

Artist Statement: Marie has been a working artist since her first two years of college at the Howard University (Washington, D.C.) Fine Arts Department. Since then, she has shown and sold her work at both private and public art events in Hawaii, California, and Ohio. One of her sculpture pieces was selected for the 2015 National Black Heritage exhibit at Central State University’s National African-American Museum & Cultural Center. Her work is held in several private collections.

Dream by Marie Kennedy

Dream by Marie Kennedy

Marie’s artwork reflects her multi-cultural heritage as well as the spiritual connections she finds in symbolism, literature, nature, and humanity. Texture, atmosphere, and color are important elements in her work. In addition to paintings, drawings, and small sculptures, she makes one-of-a-kind costume jewelry in mixed media, three-dimensional textile objects, and wall hangings.

 

The Magic of “We”

We had a really good time during the “Lightness of Spirit – Blessing of Gravity” retreat in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. One of the amazing things that we experienced was the number of “we’s” to which we belonged. There was the we that formed our group and the we that formed either the leaders, participants, and retreat staff.

Surprising was the automatic formation of a we as we rode the bus to various parts of the community. Ajijic has approximately twelve thousand residents. Of those twelve thousand, around four thousand are American or Canadian citizens. On almost every bus ride, walk down the street, or shopping experience conversations would break out between and among the we that were English speaking. Conversations that would never have happened, had we been in the states. We were easy to spot and, at the very least, there was a nod of recognition of our we-ness.

We-ness is a rather remarkable thing. Our diverse group, mostly strangers to each other, chose to become a we. One participant said, “Who knew this would be a heart opening experience?” The act of coming together with hearts open was a part of the spiritual experience. The more we develop spiritually, the larger the we becomes.

Early on in our development we consists of only “me and mine”, perhaps the immediate or even extended family.  The process of maturing widens the boundaries of we. We begins to include my school, or of all those who are in school. We may include my colleagues at work, or the entirety of those who work for a company, in an industry or all the business in a community. As Red Green says, “I’m pulling for you. We’re all in this together.”

One way of monitoring one’s spiritual development is to ask who are those that make up my we? How close can we come to moving from thinking just of “us” to thinking of “all of us”? The maturing process is one of transcend and include. One does not quit thinking about what’s good for me and mine, but progressively includes more and more diversity within the we.

All the great spiritual leaders indicate that ultimately there will be no them, there is only us. Our thoughts and anticipation is that, in the words of Star Trek’s Jean Luke Picard, “Make it so.”