Beloved is a 4 day camping, art, and music festival on the Oregon Coast, centered around using sacred music and art to help eradicate the illusion of separation from each other, from the earth and from The Beloved. It is a inter-belief, sacred festival of love, communion, and expression, featuring a blend of traditional and modern ecstatic forms of expression with workshops, ceremonies, yoga, dance, live art, and much more.
Metagnosis is proud to present the work of many visionary and inspirational artists in the central gallery, as well as the Metagnosis art tent. The gallery will display specially curated pieces by our featured artists, hand-picked for the Festival and available for purchase. All of the featured artists will be joining us at the event, giving you the opportunity to meet them and explore the origins of their creations. There will also be a silent auction for paintings created by our artists during the festival, giving you the opportunity to take home a piece of the experience.
Our featured artists:
Please join us in honoring the occasion of the first anniversary of Robert Venossa’s transition on August 9th 2011. We will be offering a special film presentation of his Biography, “In His Own Words “
Martina Hoffman, his wife, has created a special digital address to be played prior to the film and there will be a Commemorative Alter created in the Artists Gallery along with a representation of both Martina and Roberts’s work.
This intimate piece was produced and edited by his wife and fellow artist Martina Hoffman on the occasion of Robert's memorial / life celebration last year. This is a rare perspective into the life of a deeply spiritual man who is a recognized as an outstanding master of Fantastic/Visionary Art and who was a leader in the Visonary art Awakening. In this highly visual film including images of his work, you will hear “In his own words “about his life’s journey artistically, spiritually and the years that were potent to him. He also discusses his inspirations and how he became an artist. The film consists of excerpts taken from lectures, interviews and talks such as a conversation with Albert Hofmann about their belief systems concerning the afterlife. Robert Venossa’s visionary art has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in major collections, including those of noted museums, rock stars and European aristocracy. In addition to painting, sculpting and film design His work has been the subject of three books, as well as being featured in numerous publications - and on a number of CD covers, including those of Santana, Kitaro, Ornette Coleman and others. In loving memory and with open hearts participate in the magic!
Flora Bowley (pronounced bowl-lee) is an internationally celebrated painter, teacher, author and inspirationalist. Her vibrant paintings can be found in numerous galleries, on album covers and in public spaces around the world, as well as on a variety of unique products made in collaboration with Papaya Art. Flora combines eighteen years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor and massage therapist to infuse her teaching and painting style with a deep connection to body, mind and spirit. By honoring intuition and celebrating the present moment, Flora encourages her students to overcome fear and welcome joyful spontaneous expression back into the creative process. Her transformational approach to painting (and living) and has inspired thousands of people to “let go, be bold and unfold.” Flora’s book, “Brave Intuitive Painting” has been a best seller since it’s release in May, 2012. Gratefully, Flora splits her time between painting, teaching and traveling to colorful locations around the world and living among a community of artists in Portland, OR.
pssst… Say “yes” to that adventure that calls to your heart. Perhaps I’ll see you there and we can celebrate art-fully, beautifully, awake and alive, content and inspired in the brilliance of it all. Nurture your dreams with your practice. Fulfill the promise of all that you are. Love yourself that you may genuinely love others.
That’s what I’m on about. My art, my music, my teaching and life reflects that. If you’re interested in the details of my doings, you can read a bit about them here:
I’m excited and delighted to be a part of the inspiration and celebration of Beloved. I look forward to sharing the experience with you!
My purpose is to create. In that process I find stillness and rhythm, my teacher and passion. I believe that art can be a life shaking experience, or an intimate rendezvous. For me it is both. Placing intention in every creation, I aim to share honesty and awakening. To celebrate this fantastic adventure. To inspire and be inspired.
Starting with seeds of ideas, I work intuitively, not clinging to a preconceived outcome or a completed concept. Texture, colour, and mixed media bring the image into our physical space, creating an interactive and sensory experience. Each canvas takes me on a journey, and as my paintbrush follows, each time I am lead back to my center. Through exploration of “being woman” and “being human” I express my journey and my highest realization of who we are, through the language of paint.
In this shifting, and challenging Time, I aim to inspire those around me to see the boundless potential in the each moment. May my paintings be a mirror, a reflection of your universal light, your human essence, and your timeless divinity.
Autumn Skye lives and paints in her home North of Powell River, overlooking a sweeping expanse of ocean, islands, mountains, and sky. She considers herself among the blessed of the blessed, and lives each day in gratitude and joy of being able to share her art and inspiration.
Stevee Postman’s visionary art explores the mystery of life and nature through its interconnectedness by blending technology with the organic through a kind of alchemical techno-shaman offering. Combined with a love for excellent design and deep appreciation of all thing life, his work informs the core of our being.
One of my best know projects, The Cosmic Tribe Tarot has developed a huge cult following. He is the visual force behind Beloved: Sacred Music and Arts Festival.
With her imagery, Ishka reveals a world of the eternal Beauty that is all things. A river of elementals, cosmic beings, and magical beasts swirl together in one great flood of light and shadow, emanating the shapes and colors illuminated within the Beloved’s kaleidoscope. With every turning of the wheel, an ever-changing cycle of Life appears. Dawn spills into the night sky, a blossom falls as a cherry grows; and the movement in our mind trickles down into a land where thoughts kneel before a pool of peaceful waters, watching silently, as Spirit emerges from the depths.
Ishka was born in 1982, and grew up in Northern California. She earned her Professional B.A. in Architecture (Cal Poly, SLO) in 2006. During her fourth year in college, she spent a year studying abroad in France, and traveled all over western Europe. Her experience of life outside the U.S. transformed her entire perception of art and community, and for the last five years she has been dedicated to the upliftment of humanity through art as a spiritual practice.
“We create because we are Creators. To create, is God-like. There is no reason, no agenda, no purpose. It is not for money, not for fame. We do not do it to convert anyone to anything. It is an on-going process, never-ending, and you are doing it, even now.
Simply “tuning-in” to the creation that is around us and pulling a reflection from the hologram, the process reflects each and every journey to know thyself. Like a dream, maybe it will have a message, maybe it won’t. All is possible, yet only certain creations are likely, depending on our belief systems and the stories we identify with. Reflection upon reflection, each piece is like a single facet of the inter-dimensional diamond of our Beingness.”
In 1992 I began studying thangka painting with Sanje Elliott in Portland, Oregon. Sanje became a guiding force in the realms of painting and dharma practice for me. Through his encouragement and inspiration I traveled to India and Nepal eventually taking refuge there and meeting many wonderful teachers. After several trips to India, I made it to Gonjang Gompa near Darjeeling to study with the master painters Lama Tsondru Sangpo and Rigzin Norbu for several months. During this time much of the focus was on processing mineral and vegetable pigments and dyes, an element of thangka painting which is often very time consuming, expensive and seldom employed in the west. Since that time I have continued dharma practice and painting, completing several commissioned thangkas and a year long retreat.
For most practitioners engaged in tantric deity practice it is very helpful to have a visual image that is correct according to the particular sadhana that one is practicing and at the same time inspiring. One that allows the mind to be deeply at rest and wide awake simultaneously through the clarity and the natural rhythm of form and color. It is with this intention and aspiration and the love and gratitude that has been instilled in me that I attempt to engage each painting.
There are different lineages or schools of painting within the Tibetan tradition. Each with its variants of color, tone and compositional flavor. The one that I adhere to is called Karma Ghadri or the camp style of the Karma Kagyu school. This refers to the camp culture of the early Karmapa lamas, in which large groups of followers would travel from place to place with them, camping along the way, creating their own customs and traditions. The seventh Karmapa, Chodrak Gyatso is particularly well known for this. As far as the painting style itself is concerned, it incorporates elements from three principle countries. The forms were in accordance with Indian standards, the colors and texture, Chinese, and the composition, Tibetan. The painter Namka Tashi (from the court of the Ninth Karmapa) is credited for the birth of this style in the sixteenth century. The most extraordinary and inspiring of the Karma Ghadri painters to me personally however was Situ Panchen (1700-1774) who revived the Karma Ghadri style in the kingdom of Derge and was essentially a Tibetan “renaissance man” who excelled in many areas of his life.