Esoteric awakenings unfold to the seeker at Valkarie Gallery December 12 in the “Fool’s Journey” - a show featuring the soulful sculpture of Kim Anderson and the Tarot Major Arcana by Lisa Luree. Please join us for a walk through the elements, symbols and archetypes that teach us life’s greatest lessons. Live Spanish Guitar by Danny Masters (6-8) and live Tarot Readings by Kris Rosenblum will accompany the opening reception December 15, 5:00pm. Opening reception Saturday, December 15, 5 - 8:30pm.
Lisa Luree: Born on Friday the 13th that I have always had a fascination with the mysterious and a yearning to understand the esoteric. At 21 I bought my first tarot deck and immersed myself into understanding the meanings of each card. Since then it has been a passionate relationship with the Tarot, filled with research, experimentation and contemplation on my personal "Fool's Journey".
"Fool's Journey" allows me to bare my soul through the release of my rendition of all 22 cards of Tarot's Major Arcana. This journey has been one of facing each Archetype on a deeply personal level and striving to apply the principles and lessons inherent within. Each of us is the Fool - starting our trek through life with the elements needed for a successful adventure. We are unsure of our way, but we barely notice, as enthusiasm overpowers planning. My hope, through "Fool's Journey" is to introduce you to all of the characters in the Major Arcana, their personalities, their symbolism and their wisdom.
Kim Anderson: For many people the fool card represents things like new beginnings, a childish sense of enthusiasm, naivety, and even risk-taking, and to me, art can be these exact things, just as it is a journey, through the process of creating it, and in the viewing of it, how it tells a story, relates an emotion, aura or sense of time. The fool in his/her cloaked duality could mock politicians and public figures of power and authority with politcal satire, he/she could hold a mirror to make us aware of our times. In literature, the jester can be symbolic of common sense and of honesty, or a character used for insight and advice on the part of the King/Monarch, taking advantage of his/her license to mock and speak freely, to dispense frank observations and highlight the folly of the King/monarch. This presents a clashing irony as a greater man could dispense the same advice and find himself being detained in the dungeons or even executed. Only as the lowliest member of the court can the jester be the monarch's most useful adviser.
This duality and cloaked wisdom of the fool is also that of the Tarot.
The mystic & symbolic nature of the Tarot has always been intriguing to me, the way the cards can change their meaning when paired with other cards or when facing different directions, an apt metaphor for life it seems… and Art! The viewer or the reader can see what they wish to some degree.
Some of the oldest cards have the simplest imagery, but hold a certain haunting and magical aura to them for me, and are like a frozen snippets from stories, dreams and adventures that I want to follow along to see where they lead me.
Gallery Hours: W: 4 - 7pm, TH: 4 - 9:30pm, F: 4 - 8:30pm, SA: 12 - 6pm, SU: 12 - 5pm