We have a rich offering of arts this winter at Aryaloka Buddhist Center - from photography and fabric arts to Buddhist inspired musical performance, you won’t want to miss this celebration of contemplative creativity. Here’s what’s happening in November and December:
Rebekah Younger, an interdisciplinary artist from Bath Maine, will exhibit thirteen of her contemplative photographs in a solo exhibition titled “Earth, Water, Fire” from October 5 to November 14 at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center.
As a Buddhist practitioner, Rebekah’s work is grounded in her studies of Shambala Art with its deep investigation of art/life as a meditative practice. Join her for a reception and discussion of her work at the Aryaloka Arts Evening on Sunday, November 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., where she will be hosted with a night of contemplative music and poetry from our talented Aryaloka Community.
Aryaloka Buddhist Center welcomes you to a spectacular autumn evening of the arts! Maine interdisciplinary artist Rebekah Younger will speak about her contemplative photography exhibition Earth, Water, Fire. This is an excellent chance to hear more about the inspiration behind the work directly from the artist. And we’ll also have music and poetry from several sangha members as part of the event.
The evening begins with a reception and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. Then, at 6:30, Rebekah Younger will speak. Afterwards, Jon Prichard will serenade us with Native American flute music, and Cathy Okhuysen shares sacred chanting accompanied by the spiritual drone of the shruti box – a traditional Indian instrument. And finally we’ll be joined by sangha poets Dh. Vihanasari, Dh. Candradasa, and Dh. Samayadevi, who will share their work.
It promises to be a full, festive evening for contemplation of the arts. All are welcome, and please share with others and bring your family and friends!
Akashavanda loves playing with colorful fabrics and finding unique and beautiful images of the Buddha to be reproduced with fabric. This solo show will present a collection of art quilts made with the theme of celebrating the Buddha though vibrant color. To convey the Buddha’s transcendental quality, Akashavanda uses embellishments, diaphanous fabric and unusual construction techniques on some of the pieces. Other pieces present a more traditional quilting technique, but add a touch of humor or novel color combination. An artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, November 18 from 2-4 p.m. at Aryaloka.
Fee: By Donation
Concert: An Evening with Heather Maloney December 16th Times: Stay tuned for more announcements!
Heather got her start singing in the jazz clubs of New York City – then she started to get a buzz and she let it go and drove to Insight Meditation Society in Barre MA. She went to explore her growing interest in meditation and to be of service to others who had the intention to live a life of love and self examination. After two years she started to write songs, songs that spoke to human suffering and the path away from it.
Since departing IMS in November 2009, Heather has since independently released two critically acclaimed albums and played over 300 shows in 25 states bringing a message of love, sacrifice, and forgiveness to all who will lend an ear. The Huffington Post called her music “terrific, with lyrics that cut to the chase.” The Portsmouth Herald says, “Sharp, poignant lyrics housed in clever acoustic compositions, accented by Maloney’s melodious, ‘operatic’ tendencies, are really what separates her music from straight-ahead, folky/pop tunes. You have to hear it to fully understand.” The Wire had to say this about her latest release: “Heather Maloney is a gem of New England’s music scene, with a dazzling voice she’s not afraid to flaunt on her album “Time & Pocket Change.”
At her first public show with her own original material in Northampton, Massachusetts in September of 2009, Heather was so nervous and timid that she had to be prodded onto the stage. In July of 2011 she walked out onto the stage at the Calvin Theater in front of 1,500 fans of the Grammy Award-winning artist Jonny Lang and brought them to their feet in applause. Jonny immediately asked her to open three more shows and called her an extremely talented songwriter and incredibly great singer. She has performed several times at Aryalokaand is always a welcome arrival at Heartwood Circle!