August 21 - September 19
In Person Reception Friday, August 27, 5-7
Artist Talks via Zoom: Sunday, August 29, 4:00 pm
and Sunday, September 12, 4:00 pm
An invitational painting exhibit held at the Chico Art Center is showcasing artists from the original Visionary Art Movement born in San Francisco out of the late 60s and early 70s. The featured artists were inspired by the psychedelic era, spiritual awakening, transformative synergy, and a search for a deeper meaning of life.
The moon landing and seeing the whole earth from space gave a renewed sense of wonder about where we live, and our vision expanded. Utopia, cosmic consciousness,
East meets West philosophies, and fantastic realism were concepts that artists would discover and draw upon. Some artists painted scenes of earthly beauty, a return to Eden, or imaginary landscapes from their psyche and the cosmos. Sacred geometry, world building, the beauty of nature and the human body were important themes. The artists became magicians of color, and alchemists of light, transmuting inner visions into wondrous sanctuaries for the soul.
This show comes at a particular time when there is a greater need for hope to sustain us moving forward. The works selected for this exhibit and catalog were chosen to foster hope, renew our spirits, create a meditative space to bring us joy and promote healing.