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Gwendolyn’s Spring Spa & Art Boutique

Sunday, March 22, from 1:00–5:00 PM

At Gwendolyn’s place

7-D Blair Road, in Essex Junction

Gwendolyn Evans, Healer, Artist & Muse

Gwendolyn Evans: loving self, loving others, loving community.

Dear Friends,

I’m celebrating the start of spring with a new idea to share. A Spa and Art Boutique. It’s time to shake off this long, cold winter internally and externally. I’ve been very creative during these cold months and look forward to sharing my artwork with you. Lots of small, whimsical sculptures, tiny hanging inspirations, jewelry and cards. These all make lighthearted gifts for loved ones or yourself.

My hand-crafted spa products will ease this spring transition with scented bath salts for body & spirit, hand and foot scrubs, special herbal steam for face and sinuses, as well as herbal teas to sooth and calm jangled nerves.

In addition, my line of gemstone essences for attuning the energy body will be on sale. I’ll be demonstrating some of these products during the Boutique.

Come enjoy this mini spa, sale on small artwork, a cup of tea and some goodies.

 Bring a friend and receive a certificate to schedule a free energy treatment.  

 

For more information or directions, call or e-mail me.

I look forward to seeing you!

 

Love and blessings,

Gwendolyn

802-879-2706

"Kitties in the Garden" is one of my earlier Kitty pieces.  Come see all the new additions!  7" x 5" mixed media on panel (c) Gwendolyn Evans

“Kitties in the Garden” is one of my earlier Kitty pieces. Come see all the new additions! 7″ x 5″ mixed media on panel (c) Gwendolyn Evans

Dragonfly

 

Loving self, loving others, loving community…

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Seven new pieces from my studio will be at Vintage Inspired, 180 Flynn Ave, Burlington VT, through the end of September.
The Art Hop event itself is Friday September 5th through Sunday September 7th.

Acrylic and Polymer clay on panel, 8"x24", (c) Gwendolyn Evans 2014

Night Flight: Acrylic and Polymer clay on panel, 8″x24″, $230 (c) Gwendolyn Evans 2014

 

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Ask Me Who I Am

 

Look at me and know that what you see is yourself, your filter, your ideas and misconceptions

 

To see me you have to look on the inside, with my permission

 

You have to ask questions, be curious, be ready to be surprised

You have to be ready to see the shadows and Light within me, because it’s in you too

 

You have to see that very little separates us

 

Ask me who I am.

 

 

by Gwendolyn Evans May 5, 2014

 

 

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Gwendolyn: Artist in Residence

May 16, 19 & 20, 2014 

1 to 5 PM

Gwendolyn will be at Artists’ Mediums, 300 Cornerstone Drive in Williston VT 05495.

As an artist in residence, Gwendolyn will be creating new work and conversing about her work with the public.  She works with many themes, and IN a WIDE variety of mediums.  Her artwork is inspired by nature and spirit.  Mixed media work in clay, PAPER, and acrylics featuring brilliant color and textures.  Gwendolyn’s work is whimsical and impressionistic.  She enjoys sharing her art, insights into the creative process and engaging in conversation about how she creates art without having sight.  Stop by for a visit, catch some inspiration, and allow the Muse of curiosity to guide you to us…

Channeling with Mother Earth

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7 PM

Our host Raphael Groten lives at 220 Collamer Circle, Shelburne.

Raphael will offer a sound meditation for the group before our conversations with Mother Earth.  His ability to hold and sound into a space and energy is a wonderful healing experience.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend

May 24 & 25, 2014   10 am – 5 pm both days

Gwendolyn will be showcasing her work, along with other artists at Sweet enemy Art 52 Maple Ridge Road, in Underhill VT 05489.  Whimsical sculptures, affordable small works and jewelry.

Gwendolyn is a spiritual teacher, healer, and artist, and is available for private appointments and for phone sessions, group channeling sessions, workshops an classes.  Energy & gemstone healing, readings & channeling.  Contact Gwendolyn for more information.  802-879-2706 or gwendolyn@lovingself.net.

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I’m so excited to be Artist in Residence at Artists’ Mediums. In a world that gets busier and busier, and yet more isolating for people, this opportunity feels like a great gift that can connect and refresh those of us who are nourished by art.

The Brothers Peacock.  One of these reminds me of George Clooney. Private collection.

The Brothers Peacock. One of these reminds me of George Clooney.
Private collection.

I value supporting our local community in whatever ways I can. As an artist I’m deeply appreciative of the support and feedback I get from other artists, arts admirers and from customers. I feel the same when I buy from a local artist, even if it’s just a small thing, a greeting card print of their work, or small painting that fits my budget but carries so much more value in its meaning and connections. I’ve been able to do that through connections with Artists’ Mediums, and receive incredible support, education, feedback and supplies from this great store.

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Making time for creativity is therapy to me. If I can’t make time for it, I get a little depressed, a little anxious and sometimes cranky. Equally important to this process is my need to share my artwork. If I only sat in my house, working in my little studio corner and created, that experience would become very empty for me. This is intrinsically connected to my needs for beauty in the world and to share myself with others. I get to connect in a lovely way with this residency. I can’t imagine a better way to connect and a better crew of people to connect with.

I’ve been supporting Artists’ Mediums with my business for years. Theirs is one of the few retail places I feel totally comfortable in going to by myself, and be myself. I can go there without needing to find a sighted friend and find excellent customer service to help me navigate and help me find what I need in the store. I’ve found over the years and in various places that store personnel and customers sometimes can be put off when a blind person enters a store, because of fears about not knowing what to do, or what is expected. It’s a great thing to be able to connect with people and allow them to “see” me and share what I might be needing and offering. In my experience this can only happen in real relationship, over time and experience with real conversation.

 

That’s what I have at Artists’ Mediums. They are like that old TV show “Cheers” for me. “Sometimes you just got to go where everyone knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” That’s what real community and relationship is.

Biter.  Sometimes you just have days like this.  Making art makes it better.  Private collection.

Biter. Sometimes you just have days like this. Making art makes it better. Private collection.

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Blogging for me is an inconsistent process.  I’m in and out with it, and what does appear needs to be truly heart-felt.  But that is the way I live in this world.  I have no patience for anything less than heart-centered stuff.

This first 6 months of 2013 has been about finding what is heart-felt within and around me.  Winter is  a time in which I want to hibernate, but there’s too much to do.  Spring usually gets me up and inspired in some ways and I feel a sense of reconnecting.  Perhaps that’s also about sunshine and vitamin D.

Recently I’ve been thinking about the concept of inspiration, its sources and how it shows up in my life.  From Merriam Webster’s online dictionary, here are a couple of definitions:

1: a : a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation

b : the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions

c : the act of influencing or suggesting opinion

2

: the act of drawing in; specifically : the drawing of air into the lungs

I particularly like the concept of inspiration as an act of drawing in and how that relates to meditation practices.  The definitions intrigue me, but I’m all about defining my experiences in my own framework.  This redefining of my life experience changes constantly as I grow.

Inspiration used to be an uncomfortable word for me.  In fact I got downright cranky when this subject came up in my life.  The source of my crabby attitude came in the context of how others define me as the application of inspiration.  It’s a very old cultural misperception that people with disabilities are superhuman beings of inspiration to regular folks.  I worked with that idea earlier in my adult life and it didn’t sit well with me because I just wanted to be seen as one of those regular folks.  I was not an inspiration!  It’s also a common attitude on the part of folks with a disability to be cranky in our responses to this misperception.  But thank God for age and wisdom…

As I began my conscious spiritual life in my early thirties, my definition of inspiration began to shift.  All of a sudden, I began to feel inspired!  And I was being inspired by many different influences – mostly external ones.  Eventually I found them coming from within myself.

Well, to me this meant that inspiration was a deeply personal experience, and what inspiration someone else had by looking at me, or experiencing me, had nothing to do with me.  Whatever people see in me, as they experience me as a blind woman moving through this world, doing all manner of wild, weird, spiritual, human and creative things,  had so much to do with whatever Spirit was showing them.  Whatever we see in each other we are meant to seek within ourselves.

With that understanding of inspiration, I was so able to let go of being cranky with people, and allow them to experience whatever they needed to.  It’s not about me.  This profoundly changed my inner landscape as well.

I was now able to begin working with what was coming forth for me as inspiration, and what that meant for me.  What was I seeing (energetically speaking), experiencing and hearing that needed to be paid attention to?  That experience of some pulling or tugging toward something or someone becomes more and more palpable.  I think that’s when I feel Spirit (or whatever) moving within and around me; it’s the mystic concept of being present with the Divine.  BUT IT’S SO MUCH MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN WHAT WE REALIZE!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s where my thinking has been taking me lately.  I’ve been very consumed with the notion of artistic inspiration, what themes, concepts and techniques inspire me.  This has been alive and intense for me in these past 2 years.  But it’s not my only source of inspiration, and it’s not to be applied in such a narrow way.  I can’t limit my life experience by seeking artistic inspiration in order to only move my artwork forward.  There’s  a whole lot more to me than that.

It’s quite ironic that I am now a channeler, healer and teacher for others.  I guess I really was able to get over my blocks about being inspirational to others.  But at the same time, I can’t just go out and decide that I’m going to be an inspiration for Sue, especially if Sue isn’t open to that.  Inspiration is a process, led by God, not us.  So I really believe we can channel God at any time.  The best ways of channeling God are to just show up and be in your own heart space, attuned to what is inspirational and alive within your own being.

In future posts I’m planning on exploring more on the sources of inspiration.  I’d love to hear from you.

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It’s time again for Gwendolyn’s Annual Holiday Boutique & Open Studio Event, Saturday, December 2, 1 to 6 PM, at my house. Here’s a sneak preview of my offerings this year:

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What a year it has been.  Many friends, students and clients tell me they have had a lot of extremes in their lives.  Lots of ups and downs and intensity of experience and response to that.  So is it the 2012 Mayan phenomena?  I choose not to make any pronouncements on that, except to say that we have the opportunity to choose love and peace going forward into 2013.

May we all have happy and peace-filled holidays.

For me, I’m hoping to tone down the level of intensity, soften the sharpness, and create more peace on all levels.  Creativity, connection, energy work and self-care will be the tools I use.

This summer I had the privilege of teaching  a class, Healing Our Energetic Connection with Mother Earth, to four fabulous women.  We worked with various landscapes in Chittenden and Addison counties.  We worked with the devas of incredibly wise trees and rocks, and had encounters with many nature spirits in our adventures.  Each time we met, my students’ intuitive awareness and connection with Mother increased and soon folks were positively vibrating with the attunement that our Earth offers us, if we learn to ask.

I look forward to returning to teaching more classes from my School of Earth Centered Healing this winter.  Stayed tuned for more on that.  Individual and group classes are available for level 1 the Energetics of Self Care.  I will be offering a Level 3 class –  Healing for All – in the upcoming year.  If you are interested in learning more, please e-mail Gwendolyn at lovingself dot net.

The Engage Exhibit, a juried show of Vermont Artists with disabilities, will move to the Bennington Museum in February.  This exhibit has been traveling around the state and we are very lucky to have its final showing in Bennington.  I’ve been honored to be one of the juried artists in this show.

May we all have happy and peace-filled holidays.

Blessings,

Gwendolyn

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