Death Ritual / Good Intentions
During the opening night reception for Betty Nguyen’s “In Praise of Shadows”, the artist wrote a note on a card that read, “Please write your good intentions for Betty in the next life. Add your name and kindly drop into the bed of flowers.” As night came, she was veiled and processed hitting a bronze heart chakra bowl through the audience into the gallery that was lit with candles, a black light, her “Dream Machine” work and video “Mudras, Mantras and Gang Signs” playing. She circled the bed of lilies on the floor in the shape of a vulva or eye several times behind a “reader” who walked and rang a “Koji Bell”. As she stepped into the bed, and laid down to rest, the Reader took the cards out of the bed and read them aloud. Laying all her past traumas and behaviors, patterns and past lives to decay into the ether surrounded by friends and community, she listened to each blessing.
Music by Earthtones
The multitalented artist, producer, yoga instructor and deejay played music at the opening for Nic George’s “Pictures for People Who Close Their Eyes”. Specializing in global music, Serge travels the world certifying others in yoga in places like Bali, Cuba and the high desert and on his travels, digs through record crates to bring home the organic rhythms to share with our community.
Serge generously donated his time and happily deejayed for three hours in front of the fire pit in the Chiron House garden. He activated the courtyard with dancing and bliss, radiating from his zone underneath a ponderosa pine tree.
You can find more about Earthtones music here.
Photo by Din Morris
Mined Music play Nic George's Opening for "Pictures For People Who Close Their Eyes"
Friends, Brendan Willing James, Daniel Wright, Syd, Josh Moreau, Scott Hirsch and friend play an elegant set of improvised music together activating the pool area for Nic George’s opening night celebration.
1:1 Star Chart Readings
I learned about the Chiron, and hence named the gallery and healing space, Chiron House, shortly after my Natal Astrology Workshop with Ellen Nguyen, the founder and creator of United Other. There, she unpacked everything from our 12th house in Jupiter to what our ascending sign tendencies are. It’s a dense amount of “information” that can be confusing on several sheets of paper, an app, or in a one day class.
Her 1:1 natal astrology chart readings are an extension of her continued and deeply valued work to help clients unlock clues that the universe is guiding individuals towards. The chart reading helps you to understand who you are, your tendencies and strengths. Ellen is there to put together what sometimes may seem like a puzzle of information. She clarifies what the planets in your chart and positions mean so you can get a practical and spiritual sense of who you are in this lifetime to enable your life’s work.
Being an artist, a human, a spiritual soul means to be on a lifelong journey in this physical time and space. Living multidimensionally, we want to walk on our higher path and find our true calling, level up our energies to attract life partners. Chiron House offered this map and support to assist artists and our community who need clarity and understanding. As creative beings, we need to lift the veil to hear and channel our artwork into our daily lives.
August 24, 11am-4pm. SOLD OUT. Thank you.
United Other ritual kits will be available at the gallery
Artist Talk with Cara Bonewitz
This was an opportunity to host an intimate talk with local Ojai artist Cara Bonewitz about her process and connection to the mysterious and delightful sculptures, she titles “Seaweavings” included in our “Community / Humanity” exhibition.
Cara forages the plants and processes them in her downtown studio, carefully hanging, drying and then weaving them together to bring the outdoors indoors. Beautiful to behold, the works suspended in the air give new life to these otherwise unregarded “weeds” of the ocean.
Three “Seaweavings” and four photography works of seaweed were on view at Chiron-House through the end of August. Thank you to all who attended and the female artists who commuted from Cal Arts and UCSB.
August 1, 6-8pm Gallery opened at 6pm for viewing. Artist talk commenced at 7pm.
Wine and snacks were served.
Community "Plank Dinners"
For two nights, Alexis Plank and volunteers transformed the property into a communal dinner party. Over the course of two nights, enveloped in fire pit smoke and laughter, amidst friends and new friends, people from all different walks in Ojai came together; artists, writers, farmers, jewelry makers, film directors, landscape architects, florists, foodies and mainly people crossed over into a vortex that was my backyard into another place. Away from the public, we sat together and celebrated eating together on a dinner table that Alexis Plank carved the dinner settings into with the intentions of gathering and honoring people who work hard in agriculture. It was also the opening for “Community / Humanity” with artists Ilka Hartmann and Cara Bonewitz.
25 people were seated each night. Thank you Sutro Wines for your in-kind donation and Alexis for working hard to make the dinner accessible to everyone who wanted to come.
July 21 + July 22. SOLD OUT.
Pie + Tea Party with artist, Sat Puran
An afternoon where curator Betty Nguyen and artist Sat Puran shared a more in depth conversation about the photo exhibition “Heart Sutras”, how and why SP organizes trips to India and the spiritual discoveries she experienced immersed in Tibetan monastic culture.
This was another opportunity to see the rich, photographic works in the warmth of the sunshine and to create a space for light merriment spilling out from gallery to garden. All were welcome to bring a bathing suit to swim in the pool after the talk.
It was delightful that those who have made the pilgrimage to Nepal and India were able to join and share in the smells, tastes and memories of this sacred culture and place.
July 1, 1-3pm
For one day, at an accessible price of $40 for 40 minutes, Chiron House offered acupuncture by local healer, Juliana. We laid down blankets and pillows during the “Heart Sutras” exhibition, so that people could find ease and recalibrate on this self-care day. Artists participated, massage healers received, a PhD ecologist and her partner, myself and an arts patron were able to take a day to recalibrate.
July 9th, Noon - 3pm. SOLD OUT.
Image by Olaf Breuning
Kundalini Yoga "Heart Yoga" Thursdays
Every Thursday evening during the “Heart Sutras” exhibition, my kundalini yoga guru, Shiva Preet taught evening classes in the gallery for one hour. Artists, a letterpress printer, a gardner, a graphic designer and others participated. One night after a “release” class, the pool was offered to cleanse fully, as we know that anger, frustration and life’s worries can sometimes “stick” to us.
Shiva Preet also played a gong bath for the opening night party of “Heart Sutras” where 60 people who attended sat folded on the gallery floor or laid in their partners laps in the dark, while a fire pit outside was lit and tended to. The fire tender saw the barn owls in the tree above take flight into the night and caught its feather.