Monday, April 02, 2012

Upcoming Events at Life Force Arts Center!

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This week!


The Power of the Feminine:

Honoring Women's Strength

Anna Applegate
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
7 PM

Suggested donation:
$10 advance/$15 door

For info and registration: or 773-327-7224

Read Anna Applegate's article "The Divine Feminine Propels Us Onward" in LFAC's Transcendent Journeys ezine.

Please join us for an amazing evening as poet Anna Applegate, singer Amy Christensen and visual artist-poet Vivian Gutierrez honor the feminine energy through the arts.

Gutierrez says, "The environment we live in frequently dismisses the feminine qualities of empathy, simplicity and cooperation with others.  Emotional vulnerability to the sufferings of others does not translate to me as a submissive insecurity; on the contrary, it is strong in compassion and humanity. Women build circles of love that keep expanding, touching the lives of many as a great lesson of inner strength and feminine wisdom." Read Vivian Gutierrez's article "A Woman's Strength" in LFAC's Transcendent Journeys ezine.

Chicago native Anna Applegate is a wordslinger for fun and profit. Her poems have been published in two anthologies by Scarlet Imprint Press: Datura (2010)
; and Mandragora (release date, May 1, 2012). Much of her work is informed by a mythic lens of perception that peels back the layers of mundane awareness to expose the throbbing pulse of the Numinous in Divine Feminine form.    
Amy Christensen is a neo-pagan priestess and singer who endeavors to create magic through music.  She performs songs that evoke manifestations of the female divine, the world of the fae, and magical possibilities. Amy performed musical theater professionally for many years, is a company member of the performance group Terra Mysterium, and is currently creating her own musical theater production to premiere this fall. Amy is the mother of a seven-year-old, and is also a Chicago Police officer.
Vivian Gutierrez was born in Matagalpa, Nicaragua in 1973. In 1980, her family moved to Costa Rica during the Nicaraguan Revolution. Her inclination toward the subject of spirituality and respect for women’s strength has always been her main subject and theme. She is a palette knife artist working with mixed media, oil and other materials. She recently published Glimpses a bilingual (English-Spanish) book of poems and exquisite artwork about the spiritual journey. Vivian is an animal lover, a vegetarian and fond of meditation. She presently resides in Michigan with her husband, her three children and their two dogs. Visit

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Sketchbook Workshop

with Sharon Bechtold

Thursday, April 5, 2012
6:30 - 9:30 PM
$35 early registration by March 31
$75 for 3 class card (valid for 6 months from date of purchase)

Preregistration required

Read Sharon's article "Capturing the Green Man" in LFAC's Transcendent Journeys ezine

This class is repeated once a month on a Thursday.

Have you ever yearned to record in a sketchbook what you see and experience? Join internationally recognized artist and instructor Sharon Bechtold for a sketching workshop. Students will explore ways of visually recording what they see and feel. Simple exercises, tools and techniques make this a wonderful way to begin experiencing the joy of sketching immediately. No previous art or drawing experience is required; the only prerequisite is a willing attitude. For ages 18 and up.

Sharon Bechtold (
) a third generation artist, grew up around a variety of materials, tools and the encouragement that have been instrumental to her development.  Her oil paintings, watercolors, and wood burnings (pyrography), have won numerous awards and been represented by galleries and reside in private collections throughout North America.  Sharon completed her bardic studies with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). She conducts workshops throughout North America focusing on pyrography, drawing, and creativity.

This class may be taken for 3 NCBTMB credit hours**

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Art Retrograde                                                                   (c) Sharka Glet
a retrospective exhibit & art sale


Exhibit/sale runs March 20 - April 16, 2012

Free admission to exhibit

Gallery hours: 1:30 - 6:30 Mondays & Thursdays & by appointment

Come to LFAC's Art Retrograde, a retrospective exhibit and art sale!                       
(c) Fred Casselman
We're holding it during the Mercury Retrograde, the astrological time to revise, renew, recharge and renovate. Remember a great piece of art you loved from one of LFAC's art exhibits? Rejoice as you recognize and reunite with it, and redeem it at a greatly reduced price! You'll find resplendent original paintings, mixed media and sculpture, as well as reproductions (prints, cards) by your favorite LFAC artists, including Steven Blaine Adams, Sue Baugh, Sharon Bechtold, Fred Casselman, Judy Demchuk, Vivian Gutierrez, John Henderson, Joan Marie, Sharyl Noday, Joann Rea & Michael Zieve.
Don't restrain yourself and regret it later - come to Art Retrograde and refresh, refine and rejuvenate as you remodel your home or business with this remarkable spiritual art.
                                                                                                                           (c) Auriel Rene

Himalayan Singing Bowls
with Edward Farnham

Saturday, April 7, 2012
7 PM
Suggested donation: $10 advance/$15 door

For info and registration: info@LifeForceArts.orgor 773-327-7224
Life Force Arts Center proudly presents Sound & Spirit, our concert series featuring music for shifting consciousness, creating  meditative states, sound healing, and connection to spirit. 

Read Edward's article about Himalayan singing bowls in Transcendent Journeys ezine.

Edward's performance features overlapping layers of sound healing modalities, including Himalayan singing bowls, ganta bells, ting shaws (cymbals), gong, and mantra. Both as a method of healing and as meditation instruments, the bowls, gantas bells, and ting shaws are made by Tibetan monks as part of a highly symbolic spiritual process using an alloy of at least seven metals, including pure steel from asteroids that hit the world's rooftop in the Himalayas.  They are formulated by the monks to work on many planes of our multidimensional being and can facilitate emotional catharsis, the release of blocked energies, and healing from the physical to spiritual.  They sound beautiful with primary notes and layers of overtones.  Mantras are words of power that use the primal creative force of sound as primal emanations for affecting any facet of our universal experience.  Together the instruments and mantra can function on many levels for profound effect.

Edward Farnhamhas studied numerous spiritual and healing techniques, including Himalayan bowls and sound healing with Richard Rudis, and mantra with Thomas Ashley-Farrand and his wife, Margalo or Satyabhama, two of the world's foremost experts on Hindu mantra. Edward is a singer with the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus (
),and a painter who attempts to use the creative force as a vehicle to the divine.

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**Life Force Arts Foundation, Inc. (Approved Provider Number 451592-11) is approved
by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)
as a Continuing Education Approved Provider.


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