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Alex, Allyson Grey return to Grass Valley

America visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey will return to Grass Valley Wednesday for a book signing, lecture, live painting and meet-and-greet opportunity presented by the Center for the Arts.

In this presentation, Alex Grey, accompanied by his wife, Allyson, will lead a discussion of the history of visionary culture and give a live painting demonstration. The evening will begin with a book signing from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., followed by a lecture from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Live Painting from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and closing with a Meet and Greet from 11:15 p.m. to midnight.

Grey’s world-renowned career includes exhibitions and keynote addresses from Basel to Tokyo to Sao Paulo, and has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the CBC, in Newsweek and Time magazines. Grey’s art has been used on albums for multi-platinum bands such as: Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Tool and String Cheese Incident. From 2004 to 2009, a five-year installation of Grey’s best-loved artworks was exhibited at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York City.

Alex and Allyson Grey have collaborated on performance art, live painting on stage throughout the world and the “social sculpture” called CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors that the Greys cofounded in 1996.

“We have shared a studio for 38 years, and all of our work individually is influenced welcomely by each other. Zena, our daughter (a budding actress), has always been an inspiration, as well. The subject of family and the energy that brings souls together has been a central theme in my artwork,” Alex Grey told Prospector in an April 4 cover story during their first visit to Nevada County.

Alex Grey is best known for his paintings that portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. Grey’s visual meditation on the nature of life and consciousness, the subject of his art, is contained in five books. His two monographs, “Sacred Mirrors” and “Transfigurations,” follow the history of Grey’s artistic life. “The Mission of Art” and “Art Psalms” reflect on art as a spiritual practice. The book “CoSM,” co-authored with Allyson Grey, provides a guided tour of the New York City installation of the Sacred Mirrors collection.

Allyson and Alex Grey met in 1975 at the Boston Museum School where Allyson received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts. She paints and collaborates with her husband and her daughter, the successful film actress, Zena Grey. Compelled to create spiritual art since her “spiritual opening” on LSD in 1970, Allyson has been attracted to abstraction and an untranslatable symbol system of sacred language. Her one-person shows have appeared at Stux Gallery and O.K. Harris Gallery in New York City, among others. Commissions of permanent public works include a 24-foot mural at the First Bank of Lowell, Mass., and her paintings can be found in many corporate and private collections.

The Greys live at CoSM in Wappinger, N.Y., and in Brooklyn since 1984.

Tickets to Wednesday’s Evening with Alex and Allyson Grey are $22 for members of the Center, $28 for non-members, or $18 for students with valid I.D. They can be purchased at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384, ext. 14, or online at www.thecenterforthearts.org. They are also avialable at BriarPatch Co-op.

For information, go to http://thecenterforthearts.org.


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