Art Church: Portraying the Self
with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey

Sunday, March 16th, 2014 – 1-6pm

Admission – $10 online / $15 at the door, Free to CoSM Members

Self Portraits from L to R: Frida Kahlo, Android Jones, Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh, and Raphael.

Portraying the Self

Few pictures through the ages are more honest or experimental than self portraits. Self portraiture can nobly and expressively convey the deepest feelings with sincerity.  The mirror enables an artist to capture their most personal view of reality. The degree of comfort with which self portraits capture physical features, environmental conditions and the artist’s inner world can leave a faithful record of self scrutiny through the creative process. Facing one’s moods, expressions and shadow, the artist can go beyond likeness and represent inner turmoil, inner spirit, and higher possibility.
This workshop will allow the exploration of various mediums, examine the history of self-portraiture, offer immersion into the soul through self-revelation, and address philosophically the nature of the self.


Program Begins at 1pm

Meditation on the Transcendental Self Within — music by DJ Jon Ohia
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 — The Mushroom Cafe and CoSM Shop will be open.

Self-Portraits Throughout the History of Art

Discussion on Drawing the Head

Self-Portrait Drawing Meditation with Mirrors — music by DJ Jon Ohia

Closing Ceremony

Program Ends at 6pm

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.

“Triple Self-Portrait” by Norman Rockwell

The CoSM Shop and Cafe will be open.

Rooms are available for rent in our fully renovated Victorian Mansion.

Many originals and reproductions of Alex & Allyson Grey’s artwork are on display in the guest house.

CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 – click here for directions.