Art Show Reminder

Art Show Reminder for July and August

Northern Virginia Arts- Mel Bikowski-Olly Olly-Village Gallery

Beyond the Blacklight_Olly Olly

Beyond the Blacklight Opening Reception at Olly Olly

July 22, 2017- Beyond the Blacklight   opening reception is happening at Olly Olly where we will all celebrate the joyfulness of the night. I have been accepted into this art show to showcase three of my best artworks in the neon purple glow of the blacklight.

Looking forward to being side by side with so many talented and awesome Northern Virginian artists that are displaying works in this show.

A list of the artists that can be found are:

Diana Adams
Lina Alattar
Rockeats Alcoreza
Pedro Arias
Thalia Baez
David Barr
Melanie Bikowski
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Martin J. Cervantez
Naomi Christianson
Jason Davis
Abner De Jesus
Jenny Drummey
MistyDawn Forester
Key Han
Lotus Heartsong
Toni Hitchcock
Jessica Kallista
Zoe Kallista
Jane Matricarti
Emily McGrath
Javier Padilla
Kim Sandara
Hannah Son
StarMachine
MG Stout

About Olly Olly

Founded in 2014 by Jessica Kallista, Olly Olly is a call for local artists to come out from their hiding places to make and show their art in a nurturing, creative, alternative art space. Olly Olly is also a call to the community to come out, support, and benefit from an art scene that helps our community prosper and helps to provide an authentic, art filled environment.  Olly Olly promotes collaboration rather than competition and provides artist and writer studios, an incubator space, as well as a gallery, open studio, and VIP event space for the community.

Olly Olly, located at 10417 Main Street, 2nd Floor in Fairfax, VA, is open for special events and by appointment.  Please call 703-789-6144 for more information.

Nameless_August 30th Flyer

Nameless an Exploration of Form Opening Reception at Village Gallery

August 5, 2017- Nameless, an Exploration of Form   opening reception is happening at the Village Gallery where Lotus Heartsong and I will showcase 30+ of our best individual and collaborative works. I feel so grateful to have been blessed with the opportunity to co-create with my soul sister and plan such a beautiful event that consists of everything that wish for an event we would like to through (meaning lots of sparkley gooey higher consciousness and love)

If you all can’t make it to the opening, the show will be up for the entire month of August and we have events planned for almost every weekend. (The schedule: here)

Feel free to reach out with any questions and I can’t wait to CelebARTe with you 😛 <3

 

Village Gallery

3950 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030

 

About Mel Bikowski & Lotus Heartsong

Co-creators who share a studio together at Olly Olly in Olde Town Fairfax. They believe in intuition, higher mindful living, and creating. We were placed on this Earth to enjoy the beauty of this dimension. Thank you for blessing us with this space.

Full Moon in Sagittarius Meditation- June 9 2017

Full Moon Meditation June 9th

June 9th– Full Moon in Sagittarius- Friday, 8-9pm

Thank you for coming to this Full Moon Meditation Meeting. I am grateful to know some of you well and looking forward to getting to know some of you better. This meeting of souls is meant to not only strengthen your self-love practices, but also to lengthen and deepen our connection with community, art, and love.

So, Why Meditation and Why on the Full Moon?

The beginning of the Full Moon Meditation series at my studio in Olly Olly happened on June 9th with the moon shining bright in the constellation Sagittarius. I was born under a sun sign in Sagittarius and so was my studio mate, Lotus Heartsong, so it really aligned with our intentions to start this series on this moon in a studio filled with Sagittarius Energy.

The night was packed with open connections where people met each other and established new friendships as well as reconnected with old friendships. I was able to share one of my original written meditations and did open tarot readings with everyone in the room. We spoke about our dreams, our wounds, our life, and our intentions for the gathering. I passed out flowers and I felt like we really took the time to celebrate the moon.

 

Something that I have learned over my many years of self-development is that we need a ritual and more than anything we need meditation to break free of the mind and lower frequencies. Everything that we seek in this moment should be through the heart. Meditation allows us to focus on what we can do that is past our egos and illusion. It allows us to accept our purpose and even better it gives us space to find it.

We are on this planet to connect with our self-awareness. Identify with our shifts and understand our cycles. Much like the Moon, we as humans have our own cycles. We can evolve from them and we can do that through meditation and through the ritual of gathering and celebrating on a Full Moon.

For me, I am an intuitive artist that recreates intuitive/cosmic landscapes that represent different places in my own subconscious mind. Through meditation, I have been able to travel to many places vast and far. It is one thing to travel our Earth and experience it; it is another to see the connection of our outward experiences and how they link to our inward cycles.

The Moon is a symbol of our feminine energy that is inside each and every one of us. And as I connect closer with my sacred masculine and feminine energy; I have continuous clarity. This clarity begins to allow me to integrate and break free of my own cycles and it teaches me how to understand and learn my lessons, but most of all to grow from them.

The Full Moon throughout the ages has been something to look upon. During chaos or balance, it is always been something that we as humans have realized that our emotions and our consciousness is connected to. The full moon for me is like a magnifying glass. A place every month that I can sit down and pause. What is my energy flowing towards? Does the archetype of the moon apply to what I have going on in my own life?

I am here to show you all the way to delving into a practice like this. Seeking a deeper understanding of yourself through meditation and astrological archetypes to better see the gifts that you have.

I have a few gifts myself that I have found through meditation. I am a creative, a teacher, and a challenger. I seek to understand and share my wisdom with this Earth through my purpley indigo creative ways. I hope to inspire and achieve deeper connections with my human tribe and that is why we are here. Together.

To connect with humans that are different from ourselves, but yet, still here for the same reasons. To spread love.

The next meditation will happen on July 9th with my friend and studio mate, Lotus Heartsong. Follow the Facebook Event to stay connected with news about the meditation series and follow along.

Full Moon Meditation July 9th

July 9th– Full Moon in Capricorn- Sunday, 6-7pm

A message from Ms. Heartsong:

“I am tickled to announce that this is coming together really well.. This event will be workshop style in which we connect and build energy, experience a guided meditation in following our hearts cushioned by strong psychological support systems, and ends in an optional archetype yoga sequence for positive transformation that I have just finished creating. (First ever) I want you all to leave feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to shine under the influence of the next full moon and our positive community. Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a yoga mat if possible, and be ready to spiritually party. Love you all and have a great weekend.”

Thanks for all the Fish Opening Reception- Del Ray Artisans- June 03, 2017

Nereids' Song-24x48-Mel Bikowski 2017
“Nereids’ Song” 24×48″ Acrylic on Canvas-Mel Bikowski 2017

Thanks for all the Fish- Opening Reception

June 03, 2017- Thanks for all the Fish  celebrates the exceptional volunteers that keep Del Ray Artisans floating. The exhibit showcases the artists best artwork and the exhibit is definitely a great pit stop in the NOVA art scene. I was one of the many members that got honored and invited to participate in this invite only group show.

I was lucky to be able to attend the opening reception because it landed on a Saturday and Saturday’s are much more easier for me. I was greeted at the door by Ms. Donna Gallo, my darling artist friend and colleague. I stayed there for a while chatting with her about music, art, feelings, and life events. She is as exposed as her artwork is and I can’t begin to explain how much I adore meeting her through Del Ray Artisans.

The opening was filled with live music, art, and many supporters. In the middle of the event, the curators, Josh Oliviera Martin and Kathy Turner took a moment to thank the artists for their work and thank the patrons for their support in keeping Del Ray Artisans alive for 25 years.

Del Ray Artisans is truly a pillar of the community. I am lucky to be part of such a wonderful organization and although, I can’t say that I know everyone as well as I would like, each and every person that is a member to the gallery oozes with service, love, and light.

Pictures of the opening can be found on the Del Ray Artisans Flickr page & if you are looking to see the exhibit it runs until June 25th.

A list of the artists that can be found are:

Veronica Barker-Barzel, Rebecca Barnes, Melanie Bikowski, Ron Blank, John C. Bordner, Kathryn A. Brown, Andrew Cariaso, Michele Reday Cook, Sean Crumley, Linda Elliff, Gordon T. Frank, Joe Franklin, Donna Lee Gallo, Gale S. Goldfarb, Heike Gramckow, Rachel Grodsky, Lesley Hall , David Heckman, Patricia P. Hickey, Bonnie Holmberg, Dawn Wyse Hurto, Kim S. Joy, Tom Kelly, Nancy S. Kline, Theresa A. Kulstad, Stephen Lally, Brandy Lellou, Miles Liss, Marlin G. Lord, Linda Lowery, Judy Lynn, Rusty Lynn, Liz Martinez, Milagros Mateu, David McClure, Betsy Mead, Eileen Marie O’Brien, Joshua C. Oliveira, Kurt Peterson, Zade R. Ramsey, Katherine P. Rand, Karen Schmitz, Rita Schooley, Dale Spivey, Pat Stacy, Kathy Stoner, Karen L. Thomas, Kathy Turner, Pamela Underhill, Lydia Walter, Tamara Wilkerson, and Tracy Wilkerson.

 

Grown Up Arts Camp Del Ray Artisans 2017

Grown Up Art Camp- Del Ray Artisans- Find Your Center Workshop

To make a note, keep an eye out for signing up for the Art Workshops for Grown Ups Art Camp happening at Del Ray Artisans!

I personally will be holding an artist talk/meditation about how to center ourselves and tap into the energy of our creativity on Saturday July 8th from 10am-12pm. Please be sure to register soon because the spots will fill up quick!

Talk Show- Olly Olly- May 20, 2017

Talk Show Olly Olly Fairfax VATalk Show-Olly Olly- Opening Reception

May 20, 2017- Talk show  immersed us into a 1970’s glam jam! There was gold glitter, shag carpets, and of course, beautiful art from local artists in the Fairfax Area. You can find a list of the artists on the Olly Olly Website!

Much of the artwork that was on display reminded me of the continued importance of love. The talent that oozes from the community around the Northern Virginia area is a beautiful example of support and encouragement.  My husband had been out of town, so I had thought that i might not be able to make it to the show, but Jessica Kallista, the curator of the show, urged me to come along and bring my daughter.

Talk Show Olly Olly Fairfax VA
Naomi Christianson’s artworks

My daughter’s energy added to the energy of the show because it showed that she was included as well as myself in my role as an active Mom. The art and intellectual world is not casting out suburban mothers from the world they might of been immersed in before. I chatted with some new friends and some old friends. Cayce’s best friend, Davi even came to play.

Unfortunately, Cayce’s bedtime approached quickly and I did not get to stay around for the Talk Show interviews. But a lot of them are posted on the Olly Olly FB page and can be reviewed there.

It truly feeds my soul to come out of my art cave and jump into a world where community, art, and raising the vibes of our world is the focus. I felt as if this exhibit challenges the separation of the art world to the other worlds that strangely enough, I feel the art world is a bridge between. The bridge begins with exhibitions like these and I am the lucky one to have a studio here at Olly Olly.

I love that Northern Virginia is filled with such talented gems and how much Art is supported here.

Overall, it was a really nice exhibition that runs from May 20- July 8 and can still be viewed by appointment.

To keep up with other things that are going on at Olly Olly, follow their FB page. I myself am starting monthly meditations at my studio at Olly Olly on June 9th and look forward to those that attend.

The main intention of these meditations will be to focus on the journey within. We will approach the jewels of creativity that we have within ourselves. Plus, it’s a really cool way for us all to raise the vibes of community in our NOVA area.

Full Moon Meditation June 9th

Chalk Mural Painting-La Bella Strada, Italian Street Painting Festival- May 14, 2017

La Bella Strada Italian Street Painting Festival

Artist Mel Bikowski

May 14, 2017- La Bella Strada Italian Street Painting Festival made Mother’s day chalky, jazzy, and fun! My family came with me to join in on the festivities as I was one of the many artists that was invited to participate in the community event that helped raise money and support the Del Ray Montessori School in Del Ray Alexandria.

What started out as a chilly day quickly turned into a warm day of fun and laughter. My daughter quickly joined in on the fun and I was lucky to have had my brother tag along to take some pretty good shots of the festival that can be seen in the slide show! There were some little wrens also hiding in the lamp posts near my mural that were looking down on us and watching us play and paint. A few girls came and interviewed me for the La Bella Strada FB Page and I got a chance to talk about what inspires me when I paint. It was pretty cool to see kids so interested in the art as well as the artists!

My mural was based around my love of Mermaids (of course) and I built an ecosystem that I would hope would let all the little mermaids from my imagination feel snuggly and happy to swim in. It was pretty cool to have such a large canvas since I had been dreaming about large size canvases to paint on lately.

I’ve been working with a lot of Ocean & Air Magic lately in my personal spiritual growth and learning a lot about myself. I’d say that my paintings are really becoming a happy hiking journey through the imaginative ecosystem of my subconscious and I am really excited to debut what I have been working on at my Art Exhibition, Nameless on August 5th. But I’d say that my mural for this chalk event allowed me to give everyone a sneak peak of where I have been diving deep into and swimming around in and it probably even attracted another mermaid or two onto the streets of Del Ray (hehe!!).

Many of the other artists that support the Del Ray Community were also there to paint their own squares. Some of the talent that surrounds our community is just jaw dropping! I love that our Northern Virginia is filled with such talented gems and how much Art is supported here.

Of course, the community tree was by far my favorite artist piece. It was filled with kids circles and their favorite pieces of nature. The tree had so much light and color and happiness surrounding it. I could just feel the inspiration oozing off it and Mother Nature applauding and thanking the kids for the honored gift.

Overall, it was a really nice day.

I hope every other mother out there also had a nice day. Whether you are a mother of human, animal, community, movement, or the mom of your friends group, you matter and you are important. Your heart shines like a thousand bright stars on every person’s soul that you come across. Your love and light has changed someone no matter how small the moment. So thank you. Thank you for everything you do and thank you the most to my mom, who has supported and loved me with what I will always know as the biggest heart and loudest laugh I will have ever known. <3