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Spirit Voices of Light/Totem Animal Allies project is still ongoing and I have pulled nearly twenty of the forty masks which will comprise the paintings.  I have also begun working on the Illuminated Bestiary part of the project which will showcase each of the forty Ally poems that started this journey.   Here is one for FROG and photos of mask pulls:

Illuminated Bestiary VI-Above /Cleansing

Frog

In the slough a chorus rose

Courting my simple home

Voices raised in praise of rain

Deep throated croaking cacophony

Frog

What will we do if you disappear

Your embodied vigilance lost

You who signals the balance of earth

With the voice of your own blood

Frog

Small green prince in disguise

You stand above me in the wisdom of myth

Fairy tales woven with your kiss

Changing form when the spell is broken

Frog

Your cleansing power awakens insight

Naming what no longer serves

Releasing the toxic for a new cycle

Fresh water to brighten the air

Frog

Hopping for joy in the smallest pond

You plunge into the depths of the deepest well

Retrieving lessons of friendship

To prepare the heart for compassion

Frog

20FEB15     TASH   ©

November 2017 Mask Workshop

November 2017 Mask Workshop in the studio of Deborah K. Tash

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of September 2017 Newsletter

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Deborah K. Tash
White Wolf WomanANEW Gallery Curator of Special Exhibits
herchurch Artist In Residence
In Her Image Studio
Art Grotto
 

I was interviewed by Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon on Unity Radio online on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.  The theme was Creativity and Emotional Healing.  To hear the interview go to:

www.unity.fm/program/CreativeSpirit

Annette Wagner and Cass Kalinski-Walking Hand In Hand With Nature 2017

 ANEW Gallery Presents:

Walking Hand In Hand With Nature

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Closing Reception
and
Poetry Open Mic

Sunday
August 27, 2017
1:00 to 5:00pm

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The first ever ANEW Gallery Open Mic was held in conjunction with the Closing Reception for Annette Wagner and Cass Kalinski’s exhibit.  It was well received with requests afterward to do it again! 

Poets From The Open Mic

Annette Wagner

Sally Love Saunders

Russell Miller

Jerry

Deborah Tash

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ANEW Gallery and Theme Gallery Shows

 

Main Gallery:
September 17 to November 5, 2017

Deborah K. Tash
Stones and Bones/Drawings, Mask and Poetry

Alice Heimsoth
Stones and Bones/Photography

Stacy Boorn
Rusty Relics/Photography

 

Theme Gallery:
2017

Stacy Boorn
Namibia and Other Sacred Stones

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News of
In Her Image Studio
Art Grotto

Stones And Bones
I will be presenting my six poem cycle, masks and the Fragments drawings in conjunction with the photography of Alice Heimsoth whose trip to Ireland and her photos in Irish graveyards of headstones inspired the Stones And Bones theme for this next show, as well as Stacy Boorn’s Rusty Relics photographs.  Because I have been thinking about new ways to present poetry, I have decided to include the Stones and Bones cycle as an interactive installation piece to release grief and for emotional healing through creativity.  The show will span the month of October leading into Fall and the celebration of Celtic New Year/Samhain, as well as Halloween and I want to explore the theme in honor and remembrance of our beloved dead with this installation and ritual.  So far my plan is to cover one of the gallery walls with a length of open weave fabric and then hang the poems from the fabric after printing them on canvas with a monolith or headstone outline accenting them.  Adding the names of the people who have passed on in my life written on strips of cloth by tying them into the fabric will be an added element to the stones and bones that will also be included.  I plan to include a public ritual around the time of Samhain that will give people an opportunity to write the names of their beloved dead on strips of fabric and tie them into the installation, as well.  Depending on city regulations I hope to have an ending ritual in which the whole installation will be burned allowing the release of the memories of our beloveds who have passed into the spirit realms.  The stones and bones will then be passed out among the participants for their altars or as keepsakes.

 

Drawing for Stones And Bones I TASH c 2017

Drawing for Stones And Bones II TASH c 2017

Drawing for Stones And Bones III TASH c 2017

Drawing for Stones And Bones IV TASH c 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing for Stones And Bones V TASH c 2017

Drawing for Stones And Bones VI TASH c 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Voice Of The Poet

Midnight Haiku

This nesting poem
Now desires only spirit
Muse calls out its name

The background image for this painting began in 1984.  I carried the painting with me through several studios, painting and repainting and not quite knowing how to complete it.  As it turns out it was meant to be a mask painting and I used the last mask I had in stock to finish it.  The haiku is written on the banner and there are ground cherry husks which look like lanterns surrounding the mask, as well as stones and crystals.    It will be included in the mask presentation of Stones And Bones.  

Illuminated Poems Series/Midnight Haiku TASH c 2017

  ANEW Gallery Hours Open

Saturdays 1:00 to 5:00pm
Sundays 1:00 to 5:00pm
Wednesdays 2:00 to 6:00pm
Or by appointment

 

Deborah K. Tash contact information:
 Facebook: Deborah K. Tash/In Her Studio

email: inherimage @artlover.com
text:  415.716.1504
phone: 415.875.9510
website: www.inherimagestudio.com
 

 

 

Highlights of August 2017 Newsletter:

Thinking about Stones And Bones
In the midst of living a full life, I did two processes in the last two months; the first was taking a Reiki class with Jennifer Mantle which included a “placement” for channeling Reiki Holy Fire and the second a Shamanic technology called Soul Retrieval.  Both were gentle and sweet, but also very potent.  Three days after the Soul Retrieval session I thought I had a cold which quickly and unexpectedly developed into Bronchitis/lung infection.  I was forced by the situation to basically do nothing except cough and drink plenty of fluids for a few days in a row and then modify my busy schedule for nearly three weeks to include lots of down time.  Boy, did I have a cough!  Though I did not get to the studio much during that time because mostly all I could do was lay low, I did have a chance to read a lot.  I read Hank Wesselman’s books on Hawaiian/Kahuna shamanism and had the opportunity to examine my past assertion that my art is Shamanic inspired.  I am still sitting with where I want to go with my art, now that the studio is set up and I have access to all my tools and books.  I plan on exploring my mask work incorporating images of spirit guides and animal allies more in depth.  One of the things I particularly appreciate in The Bowl of Light is that the Kahuna elder whose teachings Hank Wesselman is writing about confirms that sexuality is the most efficient portal for connection into the spirit realms.  I am sitting with how to continue with my Reclaiming The Sacred Cunt Project in conjunction with my emerging understanding of how I want to go forward with my art as a Shamanic practice.

During this period of recuperation I find myself thinking a lot about the next show which will be mounted in the gallery and open in mid-September.  Stones and Bones.  I just completed four studies in the Fragments series which may lead to a commission which feature crystals as part of the design.  They actually stand alone as completed works as well as function as studies and will be shown in the Stones And Bones exhibit.   

Fragments Series/Study I TASH 2017

Fragments Series/Study II TASH 2017

Fragments Series/Study III TASH 2017

Fragments Series/Study IV TASH 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 Voice Of The Poet

Stones and Bones I

Unearthing the eloquence of grief
I find myself adrift once more
Walking alone in the territory of Unknown
Stones and bones my only guides
When all I want is to sing
In praise of the fragrance of roses
 
The sirens of night refuse me
Keening past the simple pleasures
To demand attention to heartache
Without offering any clues
To navigate the labyrinth of loss
While death walks steadily ahead
 
Stones and bones the talismans
As my soul identifies with the rising moon
My eyes aching with horizons
Ever shifting beyond reach
One more step beckoning and
Veils between worlds shape shift
 
Those simple white roses on my table
Diluted pink at their center
Last no more than a span of days
Then ready to return to earth
They wither into the cycles of time
Their beauty held only in memory
 
Memory like a stone
Skipping across a pond
Rose petals and bones
Weighted in the eloquence of grief
Unearthed in the territory of Unknown
Waiting just outside the door
 
14JUN17     TASH   ©

Deborah K. Tash reading at SF Peace and Hope Poetry Event 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Newsletter Highlights

Sitting In Front of Gaia’s Jewels in the Resurrected Goddess Opening Reception-Deborah K. Tash, Stacy Boorn and Jennifer Lothrigel

ANEW Gallery Hours:

Saturday – 1:00 to 5:00pm

Sunday – 1:00 to 5:00pm

Wednesday – 2:00 to 6:00pm

OR BY APPOINTMENT

 

Deborah K. Tash contact information:

Facebook: Deborah K. Tash/In Her Studio
email: inherimage @artlover.com
text:  415.716.1504
phone: 415.875.9510
website: www.inherimagestudio.com

 

 

MAY 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter:                                  
Deborah K. Tash/In Her Image Studio
and ANEW Gallery

 

 
Mission Statement:

As a visual artist, healer and poet I am committed to using my voice, my hands and my art in the community for the intersection of spirituality and sexuality, honoring the Divine Feminine, the Gods and Goddesses, the angelics, spirit animal allies and spirit guides, as well as reclaiming sexual desire and pleasure for the empowerment of all women.

 
 
 
 
Deborah K. Tash
White Wolf WomanANEW Gallery Curator of Special Exhibits
herchurch Artist In Residence
In Her Image Studio
Art Grotto

 

ANEW Gallery Open Hours:
Saturdays 1:00 to 5:00pm
Sundays 1:00 to 5:00pm
Wednesdays 2:00 to 6:00pm
Or by appointment

 

ANEW Gallery Presents:

Resurrected  Goddess

Jennifer Lothrigel
Photographs

With
Deborah K. Tash
Awaken To The Goddess

and
Stacy Boorn
Photographs

Opening Reception

Sunday
May 14, 2017
1:00 to 5:00pm

ANEW Gallery
678 Portola
San Francisco, CA

!FREE PARKING!

For More Information Contact:
Deborah Tash
inherimage @artlover.com
415.875.9510

 

ANEW Gallery and Annex Current Shows

Main Gallery:
May 14 to June 30, 2017

Deborah K. Tash
Awaken To The Goddess Series

Jennifer Lothrigel
Resurrected Goddess

Stacy Boorn
Photography Selections

Gallery Annex:
2017

Stacy Boorn
Namibia and Other Sacred Stones

AWAKEN TO THE GODDESS SERIES
 
Awaken To The Goddess Series began in a tiny basement studio in East Oakland in the early 1980s.  The series has never been shown in a public gallery space until now, though I did present some of the pieces in my Castro Street studio during Open Studios in the late 1980s.  In that one showing, a young woman told me that the images inspired her to more fully accept herself as a woman which affirmed part of my purpose in creating the series.  I wanted to find a way to connect more deeply with the Feminine Divine within; the Goddess, my power and fierceness as a woman, as well as enrich my Wiccan practice through my art.  I was inspired by the many faces of the Goddess in nature allowing them to move me as I created each piece and also hoped to inspire other women to experience the fullness of their womanliness and the Goddess within.
 
Working from a photograph of myself looking into a mirror, I used the grid technique to hone a prototype outline drawing which I then used to create mixed media pieces in the series. The challenge was framing the work.  Framing these puzzled me because I didn’t want to lose the deckled and irregular edges by covering them up with mat board and because the paper I used was not a standard size for all of the pieces.  The things one must learn over time!  I finally figured out that they could be floated on mat backing board and the window mat didn’t have to touch the edges of the paper. 
 
I am so pleased to be able to present these mixed media works on paper here in ANEW Gallery in conjunction with the Resurrected Goddess show and hope that you will be inspired and find a deeper connection to the Feminine Divine within as a result.   

 

 

 

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Mission Statement:

As a visual artist, healer and poet I am committed to using my voice, my hands and my art in the community for the intersection of spirituality and sexuality, honoring the Divine Feminine, the Gods and Goddesses, the angelics, spirit animal allies and spirit guides, as well as reclaiming sexual desire and pleasure for the empowerment of all women.

 

 News Of In Her Image Studio and Upcoming Events:

 

Deborah K. Tash

White Wolf Woman

 


ANEW Gallery Curator of Special Exhibits
herchurch Artist In Residence
In Her Image Studio
Art Grotto


 

DEBORAH K. TASH
IN HER IMAGE STUDIO

ART GROTTO
OPEN HOUSE

Sunday
March 19, 2017
1:00 to 6:00pm

herchurch
678 Portola
San Francisco, CA

FREE PARKING

For More Information Contact:
Deborah Tash
inherimage @artlover.com
415.875.9510

 


 

ANEW Gallery and Annex Current Shows

Main Gallery:
February 1 – April 30, 2017

Deborah K. Tash
Journal Sketches and Hidden Voices

Jennifer A. Mantle Installation
A Soul Collage(R) Ritual Space For Healing

Stacy Boorn
Nature Photography Selections

Gallery Annex:
2017

Stacy Boorn
Namibia and Other Sacred Stones


 

Moving In Her Image Studio into the Art Grotto
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open House at the ART GROTTO!  Sunday, March 19, 2017 1:00 to 6:00pm

On November 15, 2016 I finally moved all my studio contents and art from the three storage units I’d been renting since losing my studio in Dogpatch five years previously.  It was an all day task for three movers, my friend, Marshall, and me which ended with rain.  Whew!  What a relief to finally be out of the Public Storage facility where two of my units were robbed the year before and many valuable pieces of work were stolen; not to mention the persistent rising costs of the storage units. 

Named herchurch Artist In Residence, during November 2016 through to the present I have been emptying boxes and setting up my new studio, dubbed the Art Grotto, in the basement of herchurch.  What a joy while unpacking to find pieces of art I feared had been stolen.  It’s been both a grueling task and lots of fun knowing that at the end of the setting up I have all the room I need to begin making art and displaying my work, as well as having an office, ample storage space and ritual space.  There is also plenty of room to learn to play the cello again, which will be a wonderful adjunct to making art!

Not only have I been emptying boxes, putting things away and organizing, but I have also put together five tables made from scrap wood and Ikea legs, one of which my friend, Marshall (who is an amazingly skilled craftsperson and fabulous handyman), and I covered with exotic black plastic snakeskin fabric for my office desk.  The perfect staging area for a large monitor and computer!


 

Spirit Voices Series/Spirit Of The Creek TASH c

 Spirit Of The Creek/Incanto
 
When you hear the music of nature
Singing in your blood
Filling you with the essence of water
Filling you with the essence of stones
Then the spirit of the creek
Is calling to you
 
Calling to your deepest memories
To the rich vein of reality
That waits for you in the center of your self
From a place that hides nothing
In ancient tongues of joy and reverence
An Incanto for your soul
 

10MAY06     TASH   ©


Since moving into the Art Grotto, my connection to the Spirits of Water has deepened.  Last month during those amazing deluge rainstorms the presence of the water spirits was strong!   Water poured off the roof of the building, and the drain in front of my door was clogged with pine needles so that water rose outside my door, going under it and coming into the studio flooding the space.  Fortunately I had just put down two of my thickest rugs and they soaked up a majority of the water saving quite a number of boxes  and avoiding spreading under bookcases.  The cleanup lasted about a week, but fortunately there was little lasting damage.  I got back on track to finishing the set up and now will be ready for the Open House on Sunday, March 19th the day before the Vernal Equinox!    There will also be tours of the building, the gallery and Annex, so come join me for the fun!


 

Currently showing in ANEW Gallery from February 1 through April 30th: 

Selections from Journal Sketches and Hidden Voices

Journal Sketches And Hidden Voices – 18APR09

Journal Sketches And Hidden Voices – 20MAY09

 

During the year after my father died in 2008 I began drawing regularly in my journal with gel pens.  Several of the selections currently on display in   ANEW Gallery are drawings from this period of time and deal with the internal searching I did in order to cope with my grief.  In the ensuing several years, more than twenty people in my life have died including family members and cherished friends.  Art has sustained me, allowing me to plumb the depths of my understanding of death and spirit and translate my loss  and grief into powerful images and poetry.  

Ancestor Song In Green I
 
Another day has accumulated
Stacked up atop a slow greening
The markers of loss alchemize
Shifting grief to growth
Like grass on an old grave
 
They encircle the day
Wreathing it with memories
Ancestors once lovers and friends
Helping to root and restore
While those who remain continue
 
Listen to the greening song of blood
Precious invocations of morning
Harvesting the light and rain
While the spirits watch and smile
Knowing the cycle of days
 
08APR15     TASH   ©

 

Deborah Tash contact information:

Facebook: Deborah K. Tash/In Her Studio
email: inherimage @artlover.com
text:  415.716.1504
phone: 415.875.9510
website: www.inherimagestudio.com

 


 

 

In Her Image Studio Past Events:

Frog Study

Workshop: Finding Your Totem Animals and Spirit Allies

In the Full Moon in Sagittarius energy we will discover your totem animals and spirit allies.  Learn about the wisdom, guidance and healing available in working with them and their meaning in your life.

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time: 2:30 to 5:30pm
Cost: Donations Welcome
Where: ANEW Gallery Annex
678 Portola Drive
San Francisco, CA
(Next to the Purple Church)

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Workshop: Mask Journey Into Your Interior

Using the energy of the New Moon in Gemini discover hidden and unexplored parts of yourself for healing and self-knowledge through ritual journey work and the process of creating a mask of your face.

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2016
Time: 1:30 to 5:00pm
Cost: $50 per person
Where: ANEW Gallery Annex
678 Portola Drive
San Francisco, CA
(Next to the Purple Church)

Spirit Voices Series/Song For The Water Spirit TASH c Mixed Media Fiber and Mask

Spirit Voices Series/Song For The Water Spirit TASH c Mixed Media Fiber, Fabric and Mask

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Women’s Finery: The Art Of Fabric and Fiber

Are you a fiber artist?  I am accepting submissions to curate a show that opens in July 2016.
Contact me, Deborah Tash, via email at inherimage@artlover.com or phone: 415-875-9510 for details.

Spirit Voices Series-Incanto 2008 2

Spirit Voices Series/Spirit Of The Creek TASH c