Love Blooms will be a part of the 2016 American Women Artists Masters and Signature Exhibit to being held at the Bennington Art Center, in Bennington Vermont. The exhibit opens September 23 and runs through November 13, 2016. An adjunct Juried Member Exhibition will run concurrently. Visit www.thebennington.org or American Women Artists website for additional information.
We are now thoroughly into the wonderful, renewing energies of spring! The beautiful crocus, tulips, daffodils and trillium are each blooming their little heads off – a display that with a little attention can effortlessly spring us into an empowering awareness. No matter where you live, there are many indications of spring amidst us. In the woodlands, the trillium is now blooming quietly – perfectly in its nature of threes. The trillium blooms with a three slender sepals, three petals, a three part ovary surrounded by six (3+3) stamen, and its leaves spread in whirls of three. Three is a divine number of creative power – and is symbolic for many in various forms: beginning – middle – end; father – mother – child; morning – noon – night; the three blessed jewels; Father – Son – Holy Spirit. This marvelous, simple woodland plant blooms quietly – echoing how we often bloom ourselves. One of my bronze, limited edition vessels is titled Trillium and inspired by this beloved plant.
Ants enable the trillium to sow its seeds, eating away the oil rich appendage and abandoning the seeds to sprout. Ants – tenacious, patient, community-builders – help the trillium flourish. Perhaps we might embrace and follow the wisdom of nature. Many trilliums are either protected or endangered. The quiet work of the ants, sowing the seeds supports their extended life. Do we appreciate the “ants” in our lives – the vast synchronicities (experiences, people and gifts) often working through invisible channels for our highest good? Trillium, with a little attention, can bring us not only the pleasure of its simple beauty but also an empowering reminder that there are indeed many people and/or events working, this very moment, on our behalf completely invisible to us. And…it may also remind us of the infinite gift of being an ant in life through quietly, invisibly giving.
May this new spring season bring to you those quiet, reflective moments that quietly, while richly empower you. Perhaps it is the season for you to bloom in all your unique perfection – trusting your support to the invisible world and gracing the world with your beauty.
Welcome to Alleman Studios new blog. While, for many, a blog is certainly nothing new, for me it’s a new step into a more sophisticated technology than I might currently prefer. As many of you may know already, I am a quiet, slow and intentional creative spirit. I cherish times working without any music – in silence – I love to hear what comes between the spaces of all the noise in the world. In between the seductive clamoring of the world, I have found the most potent creative times, reflections and inspirations. I enjoy a variety of music very much, and work with it often, but to a greater extent I love the peace of creating in utter silence. It is there, I can best listen to and hear the whisperings of my own heart. So, it is with both hesitation and anticipation that I step into this more public visibility.
The intention for the blog is to offer better communications to each of you holding interest. We have chosen this format over a newsletter allowing you to check- in when it feels convenient for you – and trust your own sense of timing. I am not certain of the frequency of the posts, so we’ll have to see how that piece unfolds. The fast world of electronics and texting versus speaking and writing, is one I view with both rich appreciation and deep concern that it not replace our very personal manners of traditional communications as well.
Within the blog I hope to alert you to any interesting art events, artists I admire, news about my own work in the studio and perhaps mostly offer yet another window into understanding the work and how the process of it flows through me to you – it is lengthy. It is often, to me, also the most beautiful gift of the work I do – the process of working with an open, intentional heart. The miracles seem to spill naturally from this place – yet it’s no real place at all. I will share this journey with you the best I can.
I hope you appreciate your time with us and feel a sense of nourishment from it. Here we go……
My warmest blessings to each of you,