For Immediate Release
March 3, 2017
Arts Commons Presents:
A meditative work of art as a community body
CALGARY – Arts Commons Presents is excited to showcase Calgary artist Chelsea Rushton’s Sankalpa Centre for Dreams and Visions in the Lightbox Studio, running from March 7 to May 28, 2017.
With an MFA in visual art from the University of Calgary and a 500-hour certification as a yoga teacher, Rushton’s work explores through mark-making the information about human bodies and life paths available to practitioners of yoga nidra, or yogic sleep. The work intends to promote sleep, rest, and relaxation as states of receptivity, intelligence, and creativity. Chelsea will also be inviting patrons to come into Lightbox Studio to help her create this larger body of work. Patrons will be lead through meditation practice by the artist and before the collaboration begins. This project is about dedicated ritual as a way create art work.
“My work focuses on the intersections of art, ritual, and spirituality, and the ways in which creative process can document and facilitate personal and collective growth and evolution,” says Rushton. “Drawing, painting, and embroidery become contemplative acts through which I transcribe visions of non-physical, numinous phenomena that arise during meditation.”
The Lightbox Studio at Arts Commons is an experimental studio and exhibition space that promotes studio-based projects, running in 2-3 month intervals.
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Arts Commons Presents Visual and Media Arts
Title: Sankalpa Centre for Dreams and Visions by Chelsea Rushton
Location: Lightbox Studio at Arts Commons (Beside Martha Cohen Theatre)
Date: March 7, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Artist Reception: Artist reception at Happenings #8 on the Mezzanine Level of Arts
Commons on Monday, April 24 from 6-9 pm
Please see attached for artist biography.
For media inquiries or more information contact:
Alex Bonyun, Communications Manager
Chelsea Rushton holds a BFA with distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria, an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Calgary, and 500-hour certification as a yoga teacher. She is the designer and instructor of Art of the Soul: Creative Process as Spiritual Practice, offered at the University of Calgary. Her creative endeavors have been generously supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the University of Calgary’s Centre for Research in the Fine Arts, and Calgary Arts Development. She shares her time between Calgary, Gabriola Island, and the Bay Area.