Journey of Peace: Art as Meditation

Haiku Four by Bibiana Huang Matheis

Haiku Four by Bibiana Huang Matheis

November 2 – December 2, 2012

Join us for an Opening Reception and Gallery Talk

November 16nd at 7pm

Free and open to the public

OSilas Gallery at Concordia College–New York invites you to embark on a Journey of Peace

Historically art has been associated with devotional practices and expression of the deepest realities, from the monk whose illumination of a sacred text is meant to glorify God, to the Zen master whose spare brush stroke against paper conveys the truth of emptiness and fullness simultaneously. The focused attention of the artist, like the focus of meditation, may usher in an awareness that is deeply present and responsive. Art making and meditation have parallels—self forgetfulness, a sense of peace and harmony, the suspension of time.  Hours pass in the studio.   Instead of striving to capture the subject, the artist becomes actively responsive to the subject’s emerging reality.  Like knitting, prayer beads and mantras, making art can still the noise of the mind.

In Journey of Peace: Art as Meditation, viewers have the opportunity to share the meditative experience by pondering and contemplating each work of art. The potential for this state of mind is not limited to the process of making art. Gazing is also a form of meditation. This exhibition at OSilas Gallery provides the space to linger, savor and reflect. How do the various works speak to you?  Is there one that connects to your story?  Stay with the work. Take time to see rather than scan, pause rather than hurry.  Sensitive to the desire for balance, beauty, and peace, the artists in this exhibit invite you to look at each work with focused awareness and enjoy the journey.

Images from the exhibition are available upon request.

Gallery Events

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk
Friday, November 16, 7pm

Free and Open to the Public

Children in the Gallery : ARTyFACTS
Saturday, November 10, 3:30-5pm
Join us in the Gallery to explore the Exhibition, followed by a hands-on art project inspired by the exhibit. The event is free for children ages 5-10, accompanied by an adult.

Reservations required. Please Call (914)395-4520 to RSVP

Art and Meditation
Sponsored by Yoga Haven
Thursday, November 15, 7 – 8:30pm
Join us for a special evening of meditation and yoga in OSilas Gallery. This event sponsored by Yoga Haven will be held in conjunction with our exhibition Journey of Peace: Art as Meditation. Betsy Kase, owner of Yoga Haven, will combine yoga, breath and traditional meditation techniques with a visual exploration of art, facilitating a multi-dimensional experience of peace. Reservations are required as space is limited to 25 participants. Please call (914) 395-4520 to RSVP.

Yoga Haven has locations in Scarsdale and Tuckahoe – to find out more please visit

The OSilas Gallery Welcomes Groups! Contact us to create a program tailored for your needs.

Lectures, receptions, and films are free and open to public and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted. Ample, free parking is available on the Concordia College campus. The OSilas Gallery is located in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library on Concordia College’s Bronxville campus.

Gallery hours:

Tuesday – Friday 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm – 5:00pm