Just days after President Obama spoke about the important role artists have in building the values of this country, an Astrology art show right in line with our own values here at DH has popped up in the quaint oceanside community of Cannon Beach, Ore.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from DH headquarters in Portland, Ore., The Cannon Beach Gallery will host an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 for its month-long exhibit, “As Above, So Below: The Astrology Show.” The show will continue through March 31.
We were excited to learn of the show and take a preview look at the exhibit’s beautiful Astrology-inspired works by artists Liza Jones and Claudia Johnson of nearby Manzanita, Ore.
Jones, a well known northwest print maker, will display etchings and pastels (shown here) based on the Chinese Zodiac and Western Astrology. And Johnson, a graduate of Princeton Seminary who has led many Astrology classes and workshops in Astrology, will show whimsical mixed media collages that pair the constellations with cultural archetypes (like Dorthy from The Wizard of Oz or Charlie Chaplin) in vibrant compositions.
Why do these artists find Astrology so visually appealing? "For the past several decades, Astrology has been undergoing a Renaissance," Johnson said. "New thinking about psychology and the soul has led thoughtful people around the world to re-examine and reclaim Astrology as a viable approach to understanding what it means to be human."
The exhibit will also include a juried component, also based on the theme of Astrology, that will be curated by Portland-based astrologer Carol Ferris.
Ferris believes art and Astrology go hand in hand because artists, like philosophers, alchemists, astrologers, and even scientists, seek to make the invisible visible. "The phrase "as above, so below" is a universal statement of our human longing for connection between our world and the world of Other: The patterns we make to explain it, the stories we tell to describe it, the images we find to relate to it," she said.
"The ancient symbolism of the heavens came about through diligent human study of the rhythms and patterns of starry and planetary movement, and found expression in calendars, zodiacs and systems of governance that related the heavenly movements to earthly experience. The images of thnge of connections between the invisible and the visible."
See? Astrology is a beautiful thing, indeed.