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Gwendolyn Evans, Healer, Artist & Muse

Gwendolyn Evans, Healer, Artist & Muse

Gwendolyn’s Events,

Classes & Art Shows

April/May 2014

Bee at Rest


Bee at Rest 2.5″ tall, polymer clay & “glitz”

 

Gwendolyn: Artist in Residence

Visit Gwendolyn from 1-5 p.m. on the following dates:  April 16, 18, and 19, May 16, 19 & 20

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

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…

Tea Monster 3" polymer clay

Tea Monster 3″ polymer clay

Power Rising, mixed media 22"x32"

Power Rising, mixed media 22″x32″

April 17, 7 Pm Gwendolyn Evans presents

Channeling with Mother Earth

Join us at this open group channeling session, hosted by Chris Curtis at 152 Lyman Avenue in Burlington VT. Gwendolyn channels her spirit guide, Mother Earth and looks forward to bringing these words to both new and old faces. All are welcome. Bring your questions, open minds and friends. Donations requested instead of a set fee. For directions or more information, contact Gwendolyn (see bottom of post.)

 

A powerful grid of stones from Level 1 Class

A powerful grid of stones from Level 1 Class

Saturday, May 3, Moonlight Body Mind Spirit Expo

10 to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, 60 Battery Street in Burlington VT.

Gwendolyn will offer mini readings, her gemstone essences, and information about her work and classes.

May 24 & 25 Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Gwendolyn will be showcasing her work, along with other artists at Sweet Enemy Art 52 Maple Ridge Road, in Underhill VT. Whimsical sculptures, affordable small works and jewelry.  Join us from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Light refreshments and lots of great art to see.  Bring your friends, this art tour is a great weekend activity!

CLASSES

The Energetics of Self Care

School of Earth Centered Healing Level 1,

April 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, April 30 6:30 to 9:30 PM, May 4 from 1 to 5 PM, May 7 & 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Throughout our life journey we tend and care for our bodies, and strive for clarity and balance with our mind and emotions. So too do we need to become aware and take care of our personal energy. Our energy system is the purest essence of who we are, an energy that can be expanded beyond the physical body and is connected to and interactive with the energy bodies of all other beings. How do we navigate through the current extreme energetic fluctuations of our world? How can we become more tuned in and sensitive to our energy body, and learn to keep balance and health flowing on all levels of our lives?

This first level course will guide students in the process of cultivating conscious awareness of their own energy body and developing a practice of deep grounding with the Earth. Students will learn to expand their intuition and do hands on energy healing for self-care to attune and balance their personal energy field. Knowing your own energy body, as you know your physical body is increasingly important as more and more people become impacted by changes on the planet. Cultivating deep awareness of the energy systems, practicing deep grounding into the Earth’s nourishing energy, learning your own energetic patterns of strengths and weaknesses, and developing the use of tools and techniques to strengthen your own energy system is critical for healers, sensitivities, and everyone on this planet. This first level class is the foundational support for furthering any healing path.

Contact Gwendolyn for more information and to register.

(802) 879-2706

or

Gwendolyn@lovingself.net

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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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

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: 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.

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

It’s so out of my comfort zone to create art somewhere other than my studio.  I know how that might sound, but I’m a Taurus and we like our home environment.  I work on that.  I had an awesome opportunity to stretch myself and my perspectives this past May with a week-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

I had the opportunity to work with the VSC staff and take a tour of the place before the residency began.  When I was led into one example of a studio room that I might be assigned while attending, I was stunned.  I asked if I would be working in that type of space alone, and were all the studios that large.  To my surprise this was so.  To go from a small studio of about 100 square feet at my modest home, to a huge 250 to 300 square foot space on the campus of an internationally known artist center is quite mind-blowing.  I was thrilled and terrified.  A natural response I suppose.

I had been given some great advice from other artists who had done this residency before.  Being that it was only a week, a plan for what I wanted to work was hatched, supplies and materials gathered, and I brought extra canvas and boards in case those Muses ran amuck with me.

The first day or two I was in slight freak-out mode, and I suspect that I was not the only one.  It’s quite exciting and frightening to have an entire week of unfettered time that you can choose to devote to art 24-7.  VSC is a place that not only provides the space and meals in an incredibly supportive environment, but they also know that everyone finds their own unique way into the creative process.  So you can spend as much or as little time in your studio as you want.  But no one wants to waste that precious time and space.  For me, I have a habit of needing to settle in before getting to work.  I have to arrange my space just so, which some could see as a type of procrastination, but it works for me.

I’m happy to say that I did accomplish my goals and more.  I had deliberately let go of any silly attachments to needing to complete a piece, which also helped me relax into the creative process.  I had a specific piece in mind to work on, and my main goal was to work in a much larger scale than I have ever done.

I found that I had the most wonderful balance of time in my studio space, time to connect and converse with other amazing and interesting artists, and time to meditate which always helps to spark my relationship with my Muses.  Let me tell you, there were lots of Muses at VSC, both physical and non-physical.

I’m sharing some photos of me working in my studio space, taken by my VSC alumnae friend, Zoe Barracano.  I’m so happy she was willing to take time from her projects to help me do some visual documenting of this incredible experience.  See her work here.

I had some amazing conversation with fellow artists and writers.  I stretched myself beyond what I was hoping for, and I discovered new ways to articulate my relationship to color.  I’ll save that intriguing topic for a new post in the near future.

In the meantime, the summer has been filled with adventures in bringing accessibility to the arts, and I hope to bring more people with disabilities into the arts as they become more accessible.  I’m quite excited to be in the 20th annual Art Hop in the South End of Burlington.  My work will be hanging at VCAM, 208 Flynn Avenue, and also at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery at 266 Pine Street.

Hawaiian Dream was started at VSC  and is hanging up at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery for the entire month of September.  The photo of the finished work was taken by Dan Lovell.  Hawaiian Dream is 30 by 22 inches and features a colorful landscape of shoreline in the foreground, a watery swath across the lower half, with mountainous landscape on the opposite shoreline.  Mountains rise up in gradations of texture and color, depicting a range of distant peaks.  The landscape was done with a combination of cellulose and paper clay with acrylics.  The piece is very textural and features bright colors of greens, yellows, blues, and touches of white and purples.

And please check out my new look on my website where I’ve had a makeover.  I also have a new gallery section with more photos of my latest artwork.


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Healing Work

I’ve enjoyed teaching my first level 2 class from the School of Earth Centered Healing; Healing Our Energetic Connection with Mother Earth.  Students have been learning about the  Earth’s energy system, how to dowse for Earth’s energy lines, and are connecting with all kinds of nature spirits.  We have enjoyed the summer weather in our outdoor classes as we learn to relate to our Earth in deeper ways.  One of our themes is understanding that what happens with the Earth’s body, is very much like what goes on with our own bodies.

I will be returning to teach level 1, The Energetics of Self-Care, in October.  For more information, please e-mail me.   I’ll be posting more info on dates and times later in September.

Blessings,

Gwendolyn

Here are photos of some of my work I will be selling this Open Studio Weekend.

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My life has been absorbed with art, art, and more art — and the business of art.  In February the Engage Exhibit, a juried show of Vermont artists with disabilities, debuted at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.  This show will continue on as it travels around the state.  Engage will be opening at the Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury on July 20.  I’ve been honored to be one of the juried artists in this show and to be offering consulting services on making Engage a true model of disability access in the arts.  See VSAVT.org for more details.

I continue to create art with healing and spirit in differing forms.  I recently attended Vermonters Week at the Vermont Studio Center which was a fantastic experience to work in a large studio space, connect with 60 other fabulous Vermont artists and enjoy not having distractions of mundane life.  What a gift, and I will be sharing more on this experience later.

Two events are coming up… Firstly, I will be participating in the 20th annual Open Studio weekend, along with 2 other talented artists, Kristin Richland and Lynn Powers.  We will all be hanging out at Kristin’s Sweet Enemy Art Studio from 10 to 5 on May 26 and 27.

I am selling my vegetable bling jewelry, new nature spirit figurines, and many pieces of colorful textured art.

Lynn works in a variety of media, including beautiful watercolor, photography, and she even recycles paper pulp into these painted bowls.

Kristin paints all manner of odd creatures and ghostly beings.

After all the joyous hullabaloo of Memorial Day weekend, I will be returning to teaching classes from the School of Earth Centered Healing. Individual and group classes are available for level 1 the Energetics of Self Care.  I will be offering a Level 2 class this summer — Healing Our Energetic Connection with Mother Earth.  I am hosting an open house event for anyone who is interested.  Sunday, June 17 from 1:30 to 3 PM.  This Open House is free, but you must rsvp to attend.

InformationLimited Mobility AccessibleAssistive Listening SystemsSign Language InterpretationLarge PrintBrailleAccess to Low VisionAudio Description for TV, Video and Film

Last year my friend and esteemed colleague Judy Chalmer of VSA Vermont told me about an exciting project she and others were  planning.  The project was to produce an exhibit of juried artwork by Vermont artists with disabilities.  That kind of exhibit in and of itself sounds big, but it was the overarching process of the show that took on a life of its own.  Immediately upon hearing about it, I jumped in and said YES!… and I want to be involved.  Then I took a breath and said could I apply to be in this show?  Judy, of course, said yes to that and off we went.

Over the course of the spring and summer, we had some conversations about the process of developing the exhibit.  A title was selected that fit so perfectly — Engage. The engagement aspect speaks to all of the hard work that went into finding venues, planning for all kinds of accommodations and disability access, and making this event a real cultural event that everyone  would want to come to.

A Call to Artists went out in August, and I became more involved with some of the planning.  First, I asked Judy to come on to my public access TV show to talk about Engage and the call to artists.  Judy and I had many, many more conversations about the exhibit which always seem to inspire both of us.  As part of the Call to Artists, VSA recognized that one of the barriers to artists with disabilities is that of not having a digital portfolio.  I’ve struggled with that myself.  The economic reality of having my artwork digitally photographed in a high quality manner in time to submit to a jury seems nearly impossible for me.  And many others as well.  So one of the accommodations was that VSA set up a day for artist to come have their work photographed at no cost to the artist.  We all received  a CD of our work, and a CD was also sent to the jury.  Artists were also asked to fill out an application which was available in a variety of accessible formats anyone could want.  It was such an easy process to follow for me.

However, it was not without fear and trepidation that I went forth and applied to the jury.  I’ve never participated in a juried show and I had no idea what to expect.  So when I made my appointment to have my work photographed, I asked about the process.  Paul Gruhler, the show curator, was very warm and welcoming in his explanations.  But I knew that this was a selection process and there were no guarantees that any of my work would be selected.  So I had my work photographed, I filled out the online application, and said a few prayers.  Then I made a deep commitment to myself that no matter what happened with my application, I would support this show in whatever means I could.

Soon after I submitted my application Judy asked me to attend an audio description training.  The concept of audio description was not new to me.  As a blind person, I’ve enjoyed audio description of movies many times.  But audio description for an art exhibit was new and intriguing.  I’ve visited art galleries and shows with an artist friend or 2 and they have done a fair job of describing works to me, and artists themselves often love describing their work as well, but to an average non-artist person, I’m sure the task would seem rather daunting.

This training was a 3 day event.  The first day was to introduce the concept to as many local arts organizations as would be interested.  The plan was to get people thinking about accessibility in their own galleries and show rooms.  One of the missions of Engage is to be a model for communities on how to create a truly universally accessible art show.  I was asked to speak as part of a panel of blind and visually impaired guests on what our experiences with the arts has been like, the accessibility and what worked and didn’t work for us.  We were a panel of 4 with very diverse views and experiences.  Some had not been interested in the arts, but had experienced some audio description, some had a deeper interest in the arts and not only enjoyed good experiences with the audio description, but we were hungry for more conversation about the arts.  So we gave our local arts organizations much to think about, most likely opening their eyes to the fact that some of us blind folks would like to know what is in their gallery, and have more conversations about the arts.

The following 2 days were focused on training for a small group of volunteers who met with our fantastic trainer Celia Hughes from VSA in Austin, Texas.  I served as the eager tester for the 5 women who wanted to be describers for Engage.  I gained quite a lot of wisdom in the nuts and bolts of how to do description of pieces of art, and I’ve begun to translate that on to my friends as we venture into various galleries and exhibits.

The other benefit for me was that much of the training was about practicing those core skills that Celia was teaching and that meant there were lots of images of well-known works of art to describe.  Having 5 people practicing their skills on me, with all this artwork was a little like an all-you-can-eat buffet, I wanted more and more, until I was so full I couldn’t take in anymore.  It was an inspiring 3 days for all of us and for different reasons.  I came away feeling very inspired to help others learn these skills, and really excited about how arts organizations are opening up to the concept of accessibility in such incredibly welcoming ways.

A week later, I found myself with Judy Chalmer on an audio described tour of the Shelburne Museum, a place that I’d never been before.  The Museum was new to audio description and had partnered with a group of blind consumers to create a few tours that were focused on specific collections and aspects to the Museum.  Shelburne Museum is quite large and spread out over a lovely landscape.  Imagine 25 blind and visually impaired folks with a few sighted assistants grouped together with a handful of Museum staffers as our guides.  I must say, I was impressed by the staff’s endurance.  By the end of the afternoon, many of us were feeling a bit overwhelmed, but pleased with the tour and all of the efforts the staff had made to create accessibility.  Interesting to note that I returned a week later to the museum with one friend and spent the day touring by ourselves and had a completely different and even more inspiring experience.

Over the course of the next 4 and a half months, I continued to have conversations with Judy Chalmer and Paul Gruhler, and many others about Engage.  I was deeply influence by the trainings and my visits to galleries and museums and I began to think about how I could support accessibility by becoming an accessibility consultant.  I rather hesitantly approached Judy about this notion, and was met with enthusiastic support.  This is one of those byproducts of Engage that was not foreseen, nor planned for, but meant to be,.

In November I was informed that a piece of my artwork had been selected by the jury for the Engage Exhibit.  Needless to say, I was over the moon about that.  Paul also reminded me at the time that the jury was a panel of artists who were given copies of the digital images we submitted, but not given our names, disability information, or any personal data.  These selections were made solely on the merits of our work.

This is a concept that I really want to emphasize and fully explain its true meaning.  I’m always redirecting my perceptions to take a broader view, look at the positive side and not focus on a sense of victimhood.  But no one living with a disability can escape the frustration of being misunderstood or undervalued in this world.  We have the power within ourselves to redirect that, but we are constantly exposed to these misperceptions.  So we walk a thin line to be part of our communities, who don’t always see the value we offer.  This is the paradox we deal with daily.

As people with disabilities, we are judged by our conditions, the perceptions of limitations and our society’s definition of what normal is.  Many of us somehow find our way through life, working through these misperceptions, as well as our own self misperceptions.  Hopefully we can come to create our identity from a deeper more heart-centered place, rather than the perceptions of limitation.  That makes all the difference in daring to dream, daring to create goals and intentions for ourselves and what we want our lives to be like.  Whether the world around us sees our value and strength is a constant question.

So for the first time in my life, here was an opportunity to put my work out into the world, without the attachment of limiting perceptions.  At first I didn’t quite get that.  It was such a foreign concept to me that it took a while to sink in.  It was not until well after I found out that the jury had accepted my work, that I really got that they accepted my work because it was good and worthy to be in the exhibit, not because I was a nice blind lady.  This has been a huge shift for me, and I think, for many of our Engage artists as well.  We can truly say that we have broken through a barrier.  And I think the flood gates are open now, and arts organizations as well as the art-loving public are beginning to truly see us and the value we hold for the community.

Within Engage, we find the paradoxes of disability intersecting in the most creative and lovely ways.  We’ve created a process that offers accessibility for everyone without labels and barriers, and a way for the greater community to engage with us beyond the conversation of limitation.  From start to finish the process of creating this show, has been truly engaging.  It absolutely lives up to its name.

To listen to VSA Vermont’s Engage audio tour from anywhere, dial 802-622-3084. Listen to the instructions. A complete list of stop numbers is available and can be downloaded in large print format (PDFMicrosoft Word) as well.