Autumn at artCentral
Autumn, a time when our days and nights are of equal duration, was recognized by the ancients as a seeking balance season.
Autumn leaves in the tops of artCentral’s majestic maple trees are tinting golden. The chrysanthemums on the steps are bursting into bronze. The breezes whispering over the porch carry hints of transition. The galleries are filling with splendid beauty as crates shipped from Seattle are unpacked to reveal their treasures—treasures created by the venerable Mr. Edward Lee of China and Taiwan.
In the midst of beautiful Carthage dressed up for our Maple Leaf Festival, autumn’s artCentral is an oasis of exquisitely balanced richness. On Hyde House Hill you will find both the inspiration of local talent and the wealth of talent from beyond.
This coming Sunday’s Qi Gong workshop, taught by David Matthews, 4-5pm on the lawn, will be one in a series of six sessions running through the last Sunday in October. While admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated for artCentral’s programs.
A longtime practitioner of Qi Gong and Tai Chi, David is donating his time and knowledge to offer and share with us the benefits of these art forms that nurture and sustain the vitality of body, mind and spirit.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (CHEE KUNG) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced “chee” and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
Consider Tai Chi (TIE-CHEE), if you're looking for a way to reduce stress and enjoy tranquility. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
Should you doubt the benefits of these ancient Chinese practices, just look to the everlasting vigor of artCentral’s October guest artist, the amazing Mr. Edward Lee, 97, who begins each of his studio painting days with his personal Qi Gong practice.
Autumn at artCentral will be splendid with Mr. Lee’s “East Meets West” Exhibition. The free Opening Reception takes place, Friday, October 7th, 6-8pm, with Mr. Lee giving a demonstration of his elegant splash-ink painting techniques—expressions of elegant and heightened vigor balanced with stillness and serenity.
Autumn at artCentral is magical balance.