Art Church 2020: Art & Nature Mysticism

“Catskill Mountains” by Frederick Church

Join Alex and Allyson at CoSM for October’s Art Church to expand our perceptions of the natural world.

Throughout history, great artists have immersed themselves in God’s Nature Field and shared their unique painterly portrayal.  Van Gogh channeled the rhythms of the cosmos in his brushstrokes. Georgia O’Keefe revealed the mystery of the Divine Feminine in a flower. Fredrick Church demonstrated the majesty and power of the waterfalls and exquisite beauty of our region and became a 20th century master of the Hudson River School, the first art movement developed by American painters trained in Europe.

Explore and share your unique relationship to God’s greatest creation and the sacredness of Mother Nature’s womb by portraying your impression of the splendor of fall colors. We will first saturate our vision with a look at both Eastern and Western artistic representations of elemental regenerative forces. Creative souls at every level of artistic experience (or with no experience at all) are welcome to draw at the “wellspring of imagination.”

“Totem Walk at Sitka” by Emily Carr, 1917 , “Light of Iris” by Georgia O’Keeffe

Bring a sketch book, colors and an exquisite object from nature to share on the altar tableau. Accompanied by uplifting music, we will gather and make art together, indoors at the altar or on the comfy covered veranda where the view is exquisite for drawing. For inspiration, check out the painters Charles Burchfield, Emily Carr, William Robinson, and the Hudson River School.

With Your Hosts: Alex Grey & Allyson Grey

Alex Grey, world-renowned artist, poet, and author, is best loved for his paintings which portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. His books, Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art, Transfigurations, and Art Psalms, trace the development of his work and mystical experiences that shaped his spiritual artistic life. Alex's most recent monograph, Net of Being, addresses how his art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness.


Allyson Grey, artist, writer and social sculptor, has co-written and edited a dozen books and all seven volumes of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture. Since 1975, Allyson has been artistic partner and studio mate of artist, Alex Grey. With a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University, Allyson has been an educator and muse to artists for over 30 years.
 Alex and Allyson are the parents of actress, Zena Grey. Together, the Grey co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, an interfaith church since 2008, celebrating creativity as a spiritual path.



Event Schedule

1pm – Program Begins
• Art Meditation accompanied by music
• BRING DRAWING MATERIALS including colored pencils, pens or watercolor and a sketch book or pad.
• Journaling and poetic expression also encouraged.
• Meditation Ends with Closing Reflections
• Break — [store & cafe will be open]
• Presentation — Nature Mysticism
• Discussion
• Drawing Meditation accompanied by music
• Closing Ceremony



Rooms are available for rent in the Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian.

For assistance in booking your stay, please call 845-297-2323 ext. 104 or email us at [email protected]


Guest Room Photo

The artwork of Alex Grey & Allyson Grey plus many other visionary artists are on display in the guest house.

The CoSM Store and the Mushroom Cafe will be open.


CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappinger, NY 12590.