Art Church: Portraying the Self


  • $10.00




Art Church: Portraying the Self

with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 - 1pm - 5pm

Admission - $10 online / $15 at the door, Free to CoSM Members



Self Portraits from L to R: Frida Kahlo, Android Jones, Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh, and Raphael.

Portraying the Self

Few pictures through the ages are more honest or experimental than self portraits. Self portraiture can nobly and expressively convey the deepest feelings with sincerity.  The mirror enables an artist to capture their most personal view of reality. The degree of comfort with which self portraits capture physical features, environmental conditions and the artist's inner world can leave a faithful record of self scrutiny through the creative process. Facing one's moods, expressions and shadow, the artist can go beyond likeness and represent inner turmoil, inner spirit, and higher possibility.
This workshop will allow the exploration of various mediums, examine the history of self-portraiture, offer immersion into the soul through self-revelation, and address philosophically the nature of the self.

"One Faith" by Alex Grey



12:30 - Doors Open
1pm - Welcoming & Orienting Generalities
1:15 - Art Meditation -- music by DJ Jon Ohia
          BRING DRAWING MATERIALS including colored pencils, pens or watercolor and a sketch book or pad.
          Journaling and poetic expression also encouraged.
2:15 - Meditation Ends with Closing Reflections
2:30 - Break - The Mushroom Cafe and CoSM Shop will be open.
2:45 - Presentation on Portraying the Self, followed by a discussion
3:45 - Self Portrait Drawing Exercise
4:45 - Closing ceremony
5pm - End of Art Church



Workshop Leaders

Alex Grey
, world-renowned artist, poet, and author, is best loved for his paintings which portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. His books, Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art, Transfigurations, and Art Psalms, trace the development of his work and mystical experiences that shaped his spiritual artistic life. Alex's most recent monograph, Net of Being, addresses how his art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness.    

Allyson Grey
, artist, writer and social sculptor, has co-written and edited a dozen books and all seven volumes of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture. Since 1975, Allyson has been artistic partner and studio mate of artist, Alex Grey.  With a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University, Allyson has been an educator and muse to artists for over 30 years.
   Alex and Allyson are the parents of actress, Zena Grey. Together, the Grey co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, an interfaith church since 2008, celebrating creativity as a spiritual path.

The CoSM Shop and Cafe will be open.

Rooms are available for rent in our fully renovated Victorian Mansion.

Many originals and reproductions of Alex & Allyson Grey's artwork are on display in the guest house.

CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 - click here for directions.


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