BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk July 3: “Retrospective” by Craig Spencer
BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Retrospective”
Oil on Canvas by Craig Spencer
Friday, July 3 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout July at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)
Visit the BPA Gallery for “Retrospective,” and drop by July 3 for a special artist reception and an engaging evening of art, food, and friends. The works on display in this exhibit began more than two decades ago, with the awakening of Craig Spencer’s interest in the esoteric traditions of Alchemy, Hermetic Philosophy, and Buddhism. During this period, Craig developed an intense focus on dream imagery and lucid dream practice. Integrating formal aspects of line, shape, and color, with representational and symbolic content became the primary concern in his work. Craig describes this process as “the Alchemical transmutation of base materials into spiritual gold.”
A spiritual theme is woven throughout Craig’s work. The Sleeping Poet was inspired by a medieval poem, in which the poet tells of an initiatory dream experience on the banks of a stream. Craig muses, “The fish might represent newly activated energies that dwell in the fluid element of the unconscious or inhabit the realm of pure images.” Craig painted Los's Bright Halls while reading William Blake's Jerusalem. He says, “Los represents the archetypal creator and custodian of sacred images that preserve the spiritual life of man who, once cut off from the creative and divine influx, is doomed to spiritual death.”
The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and regularly participates in the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance.
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