DECEMBER 2020 EXHIBIT
Below are the artworks from the December 2020 exhibit. To see the current exhibit please click here.
Today, we’ll dip a toe into the rich mythology surrounding death in Chinese folklore. In Chinese mythology, there are 18 levels of hell. Meng Po, or Old Lady Meng, the goddess of forgetfulness, awaits souls on the Bridge of Forgetfulness in the 10th level of hell. It’s her job to serve the Five Flavoured Tea of Forgetfulness (or Mi Hun Tang, literally waters of oblivion) to each soul before they are reincarnated, so that they forget their previous life (and time in hell). The tea/ soup induces immediate and permanent amnesia.
In some versions of this myth, Meng Po was once a woman who was unable to get over her husband’s death, and found herself unable to be reincarnated due to her grief. To help others relieve the pain of memories from the previous life, she created the special brew so that they would forget their suffering.
I guess whether this Tea of Forgetfulness is a blessing or curse depends on how one’s life was like… 😕
Easter egg: Ox-Head and Horse-Face are two guardians of the underworld in Chinese mythology. I added them in here because I remember seeing them in Chinese TV series as a kid 😂
Possibly rarest large mammal on earth,
72 left living in one forest on the Indonesian island of Java.
Living in such remote forest & being very shy, has resulted in very few sightings or knowledge of them.
This is one species surviving in a remote area which includes a volcano.
Such a gentle creature at the mercy of man yet again.
A4 acrylic paint pens
Title: In This Sign
Artist: Julie Peterson Shea
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I actually enjoy doing research for my drawings because I find symbolism thru out history so interesting. According to the research that I did if this piece, in Egypt the heron is the creator of light. As a Chinese symbol it represents strength, purity, patience, and long life. In Africa the heron was thought to communicate with the Gods. Most Native Americans see the heron as a symbol of wisdom and good judgement.
The Jesuit Sun was the inspiration for the background and the title of the illustation.
Title: Mauritian Fruit Bat
Artist: Rachel E
The endangered Mauritian flying fox-purposefully culled (to reduce numbers by 20% leaving them critically endangered) by the Mauritian government to reduce fruit farming losses though there is no evidence it helps. Fruit loses are significantly higher from birds and rats humans introduced to the island as invasive species. They also suffer loss of valuable forest habitat for farmland.
Title: Middle Sister
Artist: Maria Gehrke
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Part of my 100 portraits challenge, this one is of my lovely sister and her boyfriend. I probably would have waited until I got a little better at this, as this somehow does not look like her. Close, but not quite. But Christmas is coming up and shipping takes a while nowadays 🤷🏻
That’s the thing about painting people you know, you see exactly if it’s right or not. I still really like the outcome for this early into my 100 portrait series. Maybe I need to do a comparison next year 😁
Title: Mountain Reflections
Artist: Ruth Einfeld
While experiencing my first zoom video call with all 4 of my siblings, a framed photo in the background of my oldest brothers home (he’s an avid nature/night sky photographer) caught my eye. I knew I just had to paint it, so I asked if he would send me the photo. He did, and I did…. And it’s one of my all time favorite paintings!
Title: My Magnolia
Artist: Gina Carranza
More prayers for my grandmothers spirit and those who have passed this year from Covid. My grandma and I always sang to each other a song she taught me about magnolias in Spanish. We would echo each other which is how it came to be that we called each other Magnolia. And by some miracle, she never forgot me… even almost at 99 years of age.. First holiday season without her, its surreal, but I know she is blooming in the place she always talked to us about.