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Summer 2021

Art of Imagination Newsletter

Dear Members,


Thank you for being part of Art Of Imagination!

This newsletter is all about what our community is doing worldwide.
In this newsletter you will find:

  • News from the Society for Art of Imagination
  • News from Dreams and Divinities
  • News from the International Surrealism Now Exhibition

We are living during an unprecedented time in history and a lot of artists are struggling right now.  I hope you are all able to stay safe, healthy, and creative. We need to make art during this time so we have a record of this period in history through the eyes of its artists, so please keep creating and sharing your gifts with the world.  

Representational Fantastic
The Society for Art of Imagination exhibition at Kirkland Arts Center, in Kirkland, USA, March 16 - May 1, 2021

By the time the Covid 19 pandemic began to unfold, planning for this exhibition was already well under way.  With a lot of uncertainty swirling around us, we cautiously moved forward.  And, fortunately, by the time the exhibition began, the situation was beginning to ease, and so we were able to have a physical exhibition, open to the (masked-up) public.  Though we were unable to have an opening reception (large gatherings were still restricted), we still were able to assemble an excellent show, which was attended by many people over its six week span.  The public response was very positive, and several artists sold their work.  In addition, the Kirkland Arts Center was a wonderful collaborator - a non-profit art school and gallery in a lovely historically significant building, whose staff were very helpful, and excited about our exhibition.  They have already expressed enthusiasm about another collaboration, in the not-too-distant future, hopefully after Covid 19 is truly vanquished, so we can all meet in person again for the opening reception.  

The Serpent and the Seer

Dreams and Divinities will be presenting a visual cross-cultural look at the Serpent’s place in the Divine Vision.  As an artist speaker, they will take the audience on a visual, historical and personal exploration of this  powerful totem. 

Join them this July for an incredible and FREE conference centered around the Psychedelic Ecosystem.The calendar is not yet set but the list of speakers is up. Take a peek to wet your appetite:

Presentations on the Sacred Feminine and the Sefer Yetzirah

For the Vision Train the online 24-7 artist community, we did a series of visual presentations on the Triple Goddess and the Sefer Yetzirah. 

The Sefer Yetzirah is the oldest esoteric Hebrew text and is attributed to Abraham. However, unlike the Abrahamic religions, this text speaks of the Genesis of Life coming through a Triple Goddess and the Fathers they birth. 

The idea of three igniting the Genesis of life is found in many of the bronze and iron age fertile crescent cultures, such as those from Egypt, Canaan, Arabia, Mesopotamia, and Elam. 

The Sefer Yetzirah and the Fertile crescent also have a second model of the triple Goddess which represent: the Virgin Mother, the Fertile Mother, and the Grand Mother. This type of triple Goddess is more widespread and can be seen throughout Europe and India as well. 

If you would like a peek at the first presentation, then come join me for an exploration into our most ancient mythology. Wherein the divine feminine was in balance with the divine masculine. In this next presentation, we will explore the Virgin Mother as seen as the Mother Aleph, Namma, Antu, Arinnitti, Tiamat, Kiririsha, Athirat (Asherah), Neith, Qadesh, El-Lat.  

Stay happy and healthy!

Liba WS

The International Surrealism Now Exhibition
"The International Surrealism Now Exhibition" will open in May of 2021 at the Center of Arts and Spectacle (CAE) in the city of Figueira da Foz in Portugal, and in the ambit of celebrating its 11th anniversary, the 14th edition of the International Surrealism Now exhibition.

The exhibition is a project created by Santiago Ribeiro, a Portuguese surrealist artist, and started in 2010 at the Bissaya Barreto Foundation of Coimbra. In these 11 years, has been touring various parts of the country from Lisbon to Porto as well as satellite exhibitions in the United States such as Dallas, Los Angeles, University of Mississippi and New York, also in Europe in Berlin, Paris, and Madrid among others always promoted and organized by Santiago.  

This exhibition has become the largest exhibition of surrealism of the 21st century in the world, consisting of works of painting, drawing, digital art, sculpture, and photography.  

125 participant artists from 52 countries: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, India.

*(Society for Art of Imagination artists are bolded)
Achraf Baznani, Morocco / Agim Meta, Albania-Spain / Aissa Mammasse, Algeria / Alessio Serpetti, Italy / Alvaro Mejias, Venezuela / Ana Neamu, Romania / Ana Pilar Morales, Spain / Andrew Baines, Australia / Asier Guerrero Rico (Dio), Spain / Axel Blotevogel, Germany / Brigid Marlin, UK / Bien Banez, Philippines / Can Emed, Turkey / Carlos Sablón, Cuba / Cătălin Precup, Romania / Chuang Chih Hui, Taiwan / Cristian Townsend, Australia / Conor Walton, Ireland / Cynthia Tom, China / USA / Dag Samsund, Denmark / Daila Lupo, Italy / Dan Neamu, Romania / Daniel Chiriac, Romania / Daniel Hanequand, France / Canada / Daniele Gori, Italy / Delphine Cencig, France / Dean Fleming, USA / Domen Lo, Slovenia / Edgar Invoker, Russia / Efrat Cybulkiewicz, Venezuela / Egill Eibsen, Iceland / Erik Heyninck, Belgium / Ettore Aldo Del Vigo, Italy / Fabrizio Riccardi, Italy / Farhad Jafari, Iran / France Garrido, USA / Francisco Urbano, Portugal / Gabriele Esau, Germany / Genesis Cabrera, USA / Graça Bordalo Pinheiro, Portugal / Graszka Paulska, Poland / Gromyko Semper, Philippines / Gyuri Lohmuller, Romania / Hector Pineda, Mexico / Hector Toro, Colombia / Henrietta Kozica, Sweden / Hugues Gillet, France / Isabel Meyrelles, Portugal / Iwasaki Nagi, Japan / James Skelton, UK / Jay Garfinkle, USA / Jay Paul Vonkoffler, American / Argentine / Jimah St, Nigeria / Joanna Budzyńska-Sycz, Poland / João Duarte, Portugal / Keith Wigdor, USA / Leo Wijnhoven, Netherlands / Leo Plaw, Germany / Liba WS, France / Lubomír Štícha, Republic Czech / Ludgero Rolo, Portugal / Lv Shang, China / Maarten Vet, Netherlands / Maciej Hoffman, Poland / Magi Calhoun, USA / Marnie Pitts, UK / Maria Aristova, Russia / Mario Devcic, Croatia / Martina Hoffman, Germany / Mathias Böhm, Germany / Mehriban Efendi, Azerbaijan / Mitchell Pluto, USA / Naiker Roman, Cuba / Spain / Nazareno Stanislau, Brazil / Nikolina Petolas, Croatia / Octavian Florescu, Canada / Ofelia Hutul, Romania / Oleg Korolev, Russia / Olesya Novik, Russia / Olga Spiegel, USA / Otto Rapp, Austria / Paula Rosa, Portugal / Paulo Cunha, Canada / Pavlina Boroshova, Switzerland-Germany / Pedro Diaz Cartes, Chile / Penny Golledge, UK / Peter MC LANE, France / Philippe Pelletier, France / Radhika Menon, India / Richard Shannon, USA / Roch Fautch, USA / Rodica Miller, USA / Ruben Cukier, Argentine / Israeli / Rudolf Boelee, New Zealand / Russbelt Guerra, Peru / Sabina Nore, Austria / Sampo Kaikkonen, Finland / Santiago Ribeiro, Portugal / Sarah Zambiasi, Australia / Serge Sunne, Latvia / Sergey Tyukanov, Russia / Shahla Rosa, USA / Shoji Tanaka, Japan / Shan Zhulan, China / Shia Weltenmenge, Germany / Sio Shisio, Indonesia / Slavko Krunic, Serbia / Sônia Menna Barreto, Brazil / Steve Smith, USA / Stuart Griggs, UK / Svetlana Kislyachenko, Ukraine / Svetlana Ratova, Russia / Tatomir Pitariu, USA / Tersanszki Cornelia, Romania / Tim Roosen, Belgium / Ton Haring, Netherlands / Victor Lages, Portugal / Vu Huyen Thuong, Vietnam / Yamal Din, Morocco / Spain / Yang Sumin, Taiwan / Yuliya Patotskaya, Belarus / Yuri Tsvetaev, Russia / Zoltan Ducsai, Hungary / Zoran Velimanovic, Serbia.

Centro de Artes e Espectáculos
Rua Abade Pedro
3080-084 Figueira da Foz
Tel: 233 407 200
Fax: 233 407 209

Santiago, the mentor, and promoter of the largest exhibition of surrealism in the 21st century in the world, the International Surrealism Now, already has numerous presences around the planet as well as Berlin, Moscow, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Indiana, Denver, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Nantes, Paris, London, Vienna, Beijing, Florence, Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Lisbon, Belgrade, Monte Negro, Romania, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Minsk, New Delhi, Jihlava (Czech Republic) and Caltagirone in Sicily and many cities in Portugal. 
Thank you for reading, all of us here at AOI wish you health, happiness, security, and creativity in this strange time!
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