End of the Year Open Studio Sale and Coupon Code

End of Year Open Studio Sale 2017

It's that time of year.

Time to bring on the End of the Year Sale! What a beautiful year of exhibits, paintings, studio time, and artwork. Thank you to all that support the arts and thank you to all the people that have become new collectors of my work!

Part of my own ritual around now is that as the trees shed their leaves, I also like to simplify and reorganize to prepare for the upcoming year ahead.

While much of the creative thesis I have worked on will continue on into the new year, I am looking to clear some space up in my studio for new works and hoping that I can offer you all some champagne for the upcoming holidays.

End of Year Studio Sale 2017

 

Paintings are now available in my shop: here

All Artwork, which is my original Paintings & Prints are going to be on sale- 10% off with the Coupon Code WILDLYMEL

You can get them online in my shop or come to my studio to scour my work new and old and see what is available for sale.

Sale goes on until January 1st

Open Studio Days

September 26

October 11

October 26

November 8

November 12

November 29

December 6

December 20

 

I will be in the studio from 7-10pm. All works will be available for sale and you are more than welcome to schedule a specific time to come see them if you aren't able to make it those days. I will also be open to taking on commissions for Christmas time.

Olly Olly 10417 Main St 2nd Floor Fairfax, VA 22030

 

Thank you to all of my collectors for supporting the arts and supporting me along my journey. I am looking forward to unveiling new works and continuing on this beautiful quest.

 

Wildly,

Mel

 

My secret to creativity is silence

Mel Bikowski Silence

Happy Friday, everyone! What's your secret to your creativity? Mine is Silence.

A number of years ago, I can say that I was heartbroken, creatively broken, distracted, and confused. I lived in a perspective where I felt like everything around me was an attack on my personal life. I was a victim to my own circumstances. My life, my poetry, my artwork, personal, and professional life took hits from my perspective. I was allowing everything I was upset about to consume my energy and that left no time for creativity. I was at war with myself even though, I remained pretty positive, sparkly, and most days cheery.

Then one midnight on the beach- it hit me. Silence. A quiet stillness that I had been chasing after for sometime.  I could feel the salt on the air- the magic of the stars- the calm rhythm of the ocean as I submerged into seeing the good parts of life. I saw how I was looking at all the bad parts that are apart of my life and allowing them to consume my energy and even though I sent out love into the universe, I was missing it for myself. I realized that the world was filled with triggers to allow me to grow into my higher self. Using reality as an experience for lessons.

 

Art Print- Flower Magic- Mel Bikowski

 So, I switched my perspective from broken to saying I am just growing and healing.

The growing and healing path is a long road. It can reveal massive amounts of trigger, pain, and situations where we need to remember that compassion, total forgiveness, and staying focused on our own flow is the number one priority. Everyone is working towards living a life that is closer to our own higher vibration. So for me, I turned to meditation. Meditation isn't just about calming our nerves.

Meditation and Yoga for me show that reality isn't what happens to me, but instead a tool for understanding where I am in my growth. I make reality. Not the other way around. It showed me that there is a flow in this world- a large flow and a personal flow and in order to follow that flow- I need silence.

Silence helps me Approach my Vision.

I cannot hear what is in store for me creatively, personally, or professionally if my mind is screaming at me. I cannot hear what is in store for me if I am covering it up with the loudness of lectures, music, or constant busy-ness on Social Media. We are a Busy Organism. We can get completely distracted from our higher vision.

And your creativity will show it. One day you will be writing a poem about your personal experience and you'll read something on your news feed that reminds you of something else and then all of a sudden you're writing something completely different. Your energy is scattered. You are not honoring  your vision.

And you know what, it's okay to not honor that vision every now and again, but we were put on this Earth to learn the lessons we need to learn and GROW. If you are distracted, uncomfortable, triggered, now is the time to SWITCH.

Don't let anything rob you from your vision.

At least for me, I will sit down and meditate. Do some Yoga. Not create for a Month. Honor my vision by not honoring my distractions. And I will return to my own flow.

Right now- my favorite Yoga Flow is Yoga with Adrienne- Check it out. I am working with silence, yoga, and not creating because I am making the switch. I am going back to the drawing board and creating a new thesis/series of works. I am writing poetry,again.

& friends, I'll be damned if I honor distraction while swimming in the sparkle lake of higher vibrations.

So- Happy Friday, everyone. I will end this with a deep thought- What is triggering you? What's distracting you from the reality of your dreams? What creative project is calling to you from the depths of your belly?

Let's Honor our Visions, together.

Wildly,

Mel

 

 

Pisces Full Moon Celestial Eats Ritual September 2017

Art Print-Lunar Gaze- Mel Bikowski

Pisces Full Moon Celestial Eats Ritual

For the past couple of months, our community meets at my studio in Olly Olly to meditate and discusses astrological techniques to create routine and mindfulness in our lives.  Every full moon, we gather together to share our energies together, discuss our own lives, and share different ways that we stay true to our selves. It is amazing to see the community grow. It is amazing to see the people return and continue building our intentional art community. I hope that we continue to grow and that this article helps you on your journey through the Pisces Full Moon.

I guess the question on everybody's mind is, Why Astrology and Art? For me, lifestyle is everything when it comes to constant creativity.

When we connect to a specific lifestyle and live an authentic one that is true to our spirits, we can become alchemical beings. We become empowered to create or destroy, live in harmony and remain anchored. For me, Astrology helps me remain mindfully aligned with what I need. It is special to me to share my studies with the community. Besides, why not throw themed dinner parties about the planets? hehe. That is creative on it's own!

Today for the Pisces Full Moon, I planned on having a potluck dinner and meditation to discuss the basic properties of Medical Astrology this full moon at my studio, but personal things came up and I had to cancel it. Dreamy Pisces wanted me to rest- soak in a bathe filled with lavendar- and snuggle with my little Pisces daughter.

It is important to establish routine because it allows me to dream and still live. For me, one of the best ways to ground myself is by eating. I love to eat, cook, be merry, and share dinner with my loved ones. As a dreamer, I honor my intuitive self, my fluid compassion, and my connections by coming together for a meal. Besides, Pisces rules our interconnection and there is no better way to remember that we are all connected and one than sharing a meal and laugh.

Things to Think about for Your Pisces Celestial Eats

  1. Energy- Pisces energy is connected to Water. How is water balanced in your body? Do you have excess water or are you dehydrated? What kind of foods do you eat that you might feel link to keeping your body hyrdrated?
  2. Energy Center- Pisces is connected to the Sacral Chakra- What food is connected to your desire? Are those foods comforting you? Are you avoiding an emotion because of a specific food?
  3. Medically/Physically- Pisces is connected to our feet, toes, lymphatic system, and adipose tissue. Are you having Sinus Trouble? Do you need to get a foot massage? Some of the biggest nerves in our body end in centers in our feet, let's honor that mindfulness.
  4. Food- Pisces is Fluid, Watery, and Intuitive. It is important to ground ourselves today. Eat foods that are rich in iron like kale, broccoli, lentils, quinoa, tofu, lean beef, egg yolks, whole-grain cereals, barley, dried beans, beet , spinach, onions, pumpkin seeds, etc. Eat foods that help heal your lymphatic system like lemon, lime, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, seaweed, or aloe vera.
  5. Dreams- Pisces is connected to our Dreams, Desires, and our Karmic connections. What do you dream to one day eat? What do you desire that is lacking on your life? How can you let go of something in your life to make the shift to closer to what you dream?
  6. Rest- Dreamy Pisces is all about rest. desire. relaxation. When the moon is full in a water element, I always take the time to rest in a bath. One of my favorite baths to take is one that was suggested on Hoodwitch, The Basil bath.

My Ritual Today

Today, I woke up from rest and snuggled my little one. We ate Cookies and Almond Milk to honor what both she and I desire, which is sweets, of course! (hehe) I'll journal and do a Pisces Full Moon Tarot spread to check on my intuition. Then I will probably go home to enjoy some time with my family and find myself in a Lavender Bath. I'll check in on my body by wearing comfortable shoes and the color of the sea. I will drink blueberry & aloe tea. Make a salad heavy with Iron, Berries, and Vitamin C. I will enjoy some chocolate and I'll avoid anything that might make me feel more floaty and emotional than I already feel today. And I won't make it too serious of course, because nothing in this world was created to be taken to it's extreme.

Pisces Full Moon-Cayce Bikowski- Mel Bikowski 2017

I hope this all reaches you with some insight into your own lives and please, feel free to join us on October 5th for the Next Full Moon Meeting happening at Olly Olly or join us in our Facebook Group, Intentional Art Community- Full Moon Meditations.

 

Happy Full Moon. Wildly, Mel

I had one cup of coffee today

Coffee- Mel Bikowski  

Happy Friday, Everyone! What's your guilty pleasure? Mine is Coffee.

For the past month (more like 22 days) I have been on a coffee detox. When I was younger, it was no interest of mine to really drink it. I felt as if it was something that grown ups drank and I really liked tea over anything anyway (side note: BlueBerry Aloe Tea is everything right now!). But a couple years ago before I had my daughter, Cayce, I started having one cup of coffee a week.

The flavor, the warmth, and the habit of drinking it in the morning began to be this comforting feeling that I really enjoyed. I found that on rainy days it was even more special to just have a cup of coffee with my morning routine at work. So, I started drinking it every morning when I got to work. I have never really amounted to more than one cup a day, but something changed with my relationship with coffee this past year.

Mel Bikowski- Artist- 2017

Sometime last year I was no longer drinking coffee because I enjoyed it. I was drinking coffee because it was comfortable.

Last year, I lost 3 people very close to my heart. I am still, right now, at this moment, devastated. Thinking about how special they were to me, thinking about the times I had with them laughing and talking about life. Two of them were my very best friends that I could count on for anything and one was my Grandma, who was very close to my whole family. My grandma was the glue and the magic of our family put into one person. An amazing and very inspiring lady. Her grace and attitude is something one day I hope to live up to.

Grief is extremely hard to address. Grief is also almost scary to even publicly share with people. As an introvert, I have no idea what to say to "I'm sorry for your loss" or "Aww, they will be missed." I just want to be left alone to cry in a corner with my favorite blanket. Grief is vulnerable, messy, painful, and also deeply healing. I mean, wow- hey- it's been a year guys- and I am still not over the fact that people passed on to another place.

So while on this coffee detox, I have been wondering to myself, why am I going to miss that one cup of coffee a day? My mood with coffee had changed. When I got a cup of coffee, it was because something is starting to irritate me or I am forcing myself to trudge through all the loads of work that I have signed myself up for and by the way, this year I signed up for a lot of it.

Work- Coffee- More Work- Sleep- Repeat- Anything but cry- Anything but address Grief.

I also feel that coffee directly affects my mood and sometimes creates illusion of anxiety, which I don't actually have, but man have I been through many a panic attack this year. It's as if my grief was trying to bubble to the surface and I was shoving breakfast blend down grief's throat instead.  Besides, my body & energy just doesn't work well with stimulation. I notice that naturally, I have a great amount of energy- I process life very deeply and when I need to take something slow, I take it really slow, but I can't do that with coffee. I can't take work slow and I definitely can't even take on grief at all.

Something I noticed during this 22 days without coffee is that all the grief that I have been ignoring has bubbled to the surface at once. Lots of crying- poem writing- and just grounding into the emotions that I have been ignoring for so long. I miss my friends. I miss my family. I love them so much. Honoring a lot of grief- reflection- forgiving myself for not even addressing this until now. Working on letting go of any guilt I might have that is directly related to ways that maybe I could of been a better friend to those friends I have lost.

So, why have a cup of coffee today? (which ps. I didn't even make it through the whole cup)

For me it wasn't the coffee that created the illusion, it was the security of it and the busy-ness of my life that brought me to feel less like myself. It isn't me to be in denial about something that is going on and it certainly isn't me to not address my emotions. Even more, it certainly is not me to be a busy- little -extroverted bee. I am not a bee- I am a bear. A seeker of wisdom (or sweets) and then I hibernate and process it after I have had enough. I feel better right now as I write this. I feel more myself. I feel like now that I know what to work on- I can heal-

So- I treated myself. & that's okay.

No judgement here- just happy sparkly mermaid unicorn guardian of the galaxy vibes- and maybe hey, if I was a My Little Pony, I would say I am Twilight, but I feel a little bit like Pinkie Pie right now :P

So Happy Friday everyone- I will end this one with a deep thought-

how does certain habits disguise things that you need to heal? Is a food that you enjoy actually covering up something that you need to address? Do you not react well to specific chemicals entering your body?

Are you forgetting to address something that you need to let go of? Let's heal. Together.

Wildly,

Mel

Nameless- Closing Reception

Oceanids Archival Print 2017

Nameless, An Exploration of Form-Village Gallery- Closing Reception

August 26, 2017- Wow. Vibes. Thank you so much to everyone that was involved in our month exhibition, Nameless, An exploration of Form. Lotus and I both feel deep gratitude for all the love and support we have received while manifesting this show.  A special thank you to everyone that purchased an art print, came to the workshops, or bought a painting- your support and light is the reason both Lotus and I can continue onward in our journey with art.

The closing reception closed the month with colorful and interactive painting by almost everyone that came- some real talent came into hang out with us and paint. Lotus's idea to make this an intimate space for creation manifested and it was really amazing to rest and chat with friends I had missed out on while focusing on art-school-motherhood goals.

A special thank you my husband, who was able to put up a recorded podcast of the music that happened at the opening reception while also working on his project, Hashtiv this month. You can check out the podcast, here.

Art Print- Moon Magic- Print For Sale

As the show comes down, Art Prints & Paintings will be available in my shop.

I have truly learned so much about doing my own art exhibition.  I would say that creating and forming its' own thesis, space, and events is an art on its own that really takes careful time and care to create. It is important to make sure that the truths of each event, the venue, and the words that are shared for the event align with what is happening in the show.

My biggest learning curve was talking about my art- the depth and connection of why I painted and created the work that I did.

I noticed that overall, something that really struck me is that not many people know a lot about Esoteric topics- so I need to really work on communicating the theories and forms of my truths in a more concrete way. I want to thank each and every person that discussed my artwork with me and I hope that you come back and check in- as I'll be blogging more about the inspiration behind my artwork in the future--

I look forward to seeing you all during studio visits- full moon meetings- and other art events happening in the future at my studio in Olly Olly, as well.

Until then-- Wildly, Mel

Body Flow-LoveLight Festival- Beyond the Blacklight- Art Blog

Events: Body Flow- Lovelight Festival- Beyond the Blacklight

Lovelight Yoga Festival_Mel Bikowski
Lovelight Yoga Festival_Mel Bikowski

Art Blog- August Updates

August 12- August 20, 2017- I have not had time to update you all on the events that have been happening mainly because August is a whirling wind of Art Events! It has truly been a transformational-evolving- and learning experience to be very busy and adjust to standing outside in the public beyond my little art cave and home. Lotus & I's show and workshops have been phenomenal. Pure gratitude for all of those that have supported and showed up to the events to learn something new, gain deeper knowledge, or share their energies in our intentional art community. You all inspire me and I hope that I inspire you.

Body Flow Workshop

August 12, 2017- An evening of colorful vibrant dancing-movement- art making- and connection. Lotus started out the workshop by leading us through an intuitive dance routine that allowed us to see shapes with our bodies.  It was really cool because part of the time we were blind-folded! What an experience to share space with a group of people and be able to feel comfortable enough to dance with literally not even yourself watching!

Within both Lotus & I's abstract paintings, we can find intuitive shapes and symbols and this exercise allowed us to see that these shapes manifest and transform with every movement of our physical form.

After the dancing, I led our participants through a series of exercises that allowed them to break free of their analytical mind and enjoy the connection between paint and their bodies. We got messy- especially our feet- because we danced all over our canvas!

A special thank you to everyone that participated in the workshop. Thank you for allowing my space to honor creativity- your openness and exploratory inner child.

LoveLight Festival

August 18-20, 2017- I managed to arrive at this festival with minor expectations. as an INFJ, I tend to stand in the middle between my idealistic vision of how the present should manifest and how it really does. It is a real struggle for me to just throw myself into the wind and see where I fall. But I did do just that with this festival.

Lotus had invited me along to the festival because she had been invited to be a featured artist at the festival and wanted to bring her son. She had asked me if I could come along and help watch her son while she did a couple art things, which I felt was an opportunity for Cayce and I to join in and experience a new side of our Yoga and camping lifestyle.  Lovelight also took this opportunity to add me to the roster of artists that were being featured. A special thank you to the art coordinator for allowing all the artists to display their talent and works.

Lotus and I managed to get a good amount of painting in throughout the day and switch off live painting at the Main Stage at night. One of my favorite parts of having my paints with me was when I pulled out sticks and paint and 10 kids came over and did a impromptu stick painting workshop with me in the middle of the open field. It was pretty special and spectacular to share creativity with the kids. I was also glad that they were able to take their sticks with them and remember that special time creating. I taught them how to mix different colors and it amazed them that blue & yellow could make green...etc.

Something about the festival that I really enjoyed was the openness, compassion, and connection that happened almost everywhere that I went. The festival has Kirtan music, healing Workshops, Kids Yoga, Flower Crowns, Vegan Cafeteria, Artists, Concerts, shops, and just ultimate relaxing within nature. I would say probably my favorite part of the entire festival other than camping with my soul fam was the impromptu drum circle that manifested on Sunday.

Lovelight Festival_ Mel Bikowski
Lovelight Festival_ Mel Bikowski

Children, Parents, Young, and Old all joined in Kids songs, drumming, and dancing until we all separated and went about our ways at 11:11. I mention that time because if you follow mindful- intentional community, you would understand my amusement and excitement about the ever exceeding divine flow. 11:11 for me is always a reminder and a thank you from my intuitive self that we are flowing on high vibes.

This festival was truly a continual reminder to connect deeper with my soul community as well as the practices and places that I truly believe I should be. I can only hope for future moments and spaces where I will find myself connecting together with people closely linked to my mind and heart.

Being at the festival also reminded me that I need rest. I am personally, an extremely driven woman. My truest intention on this plane is to manifest change and healing in this world. Every part of my life whether it be peaceful parenting, studying to be a psychologist, or working hard to build an intentional art community, represents my vision of honoring the change that I seek. That being said, I cannot heal and change the world without also resting and honoring my own body. I cannot give you all the truest form of myself if I am constantly exhausted.

Lovelight Yoga Festival_Mel Bikowski
Lovelight Yoga Festival_Mel Bikowski

Some of personal synchronicity transformed my beliefs I have and I plan on honoring more personal rest and self care. One of my spirit animals is the Bear and as you all know, although, deeply wise and exploratory in the woods or the arctic, a bear still needs time for hibernation and rest. I need to honor this part of me and I am going to take an active role in honoring it and integrating it better into my life.

Beyond the Blacklight

August 19, 2017- Although, I was at the Lovelight Festival for the closing reception- 3 of my paintings were still on display in the closing of Beyond the Blacklight. They lit up the neon blacklights for one last viewing of the art exhibition before de-installation.

Three of my paintings that were installed in the show were a painting of my underwater fairdom called "Neon Reef" and two paintings of the primal creatures that I have been beginning to paint here and there. I really feel strongly connected to the primal techniques of our ancestors and sometimes just like to establish a deeper skill with those type of abstractions. I feel as if they invoke and deeper integration between our animal being and our spiritual soul.

Anyway, I am now starting to get wordy and weird (hahahaha!)

I hope that you all enjoy the Solar Eclipse today and remember to touch base with strong intentions for this next go around. I hope that all your dreams and wishes come true and I urge you to not just put faith in them, but hardwork. Just don't work yourself to hard :P

Tonight New Moon Meditation-Source Renewal with Lotus at Village Gallery- Our paintings are still on display- feel free to check out the closing reception this Saturday as well!

Art Print-Lunar Gaze- Mel Bikowski
Art Print-Lunar Gaze- Mel Bikowski

Art Prints Available in my Website's Shop!

All of my moon collage art prints are available in my art shop- after the takedown of the Nameless Show, there will also be paintings for sale there, so please keep an eye out for art and if you are looking for something in particular, feel free to message me, so we can discuss.

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Nameless, An Exploration of Form Opening Reception- August 5, 2017

Nameless, An Exploration of Form-Village Gallery- Opening Reception

August 5, 2017- Lotus and I did it. From idea to manifestation, this show blossomed. Massive, explosive rainbow beam love and gratitude sent to every single person that was able to come out to the opening reception! It was a night to remember with beautiful conversation, great music, and new and old connections. I cannot thank you all enough for the massive love and support that has oozed from the community!

This colorful and vibrant show is something that Lotus and I have wanted to share with you all for some time. The mere title of the show "nameless" is a larger understanding of our own friendship, energetic connection, feelings, and desires that have been manifested through the perspective of visual artists. The emotion and inspiration that has led us to this point in both of our lives has only manifested a dialogue between ourselves, the painting, and the viewer. A conscious connection. An elicit emotional wave of beauty and harmony that resides within us all. A reminder that we are all very much connected in this life and throughout all our lives. You inspire me to create and I hope that I inspire you as well.

A special thank you to the musicians that did the opening as well. Shadow Farm is an amazing intuitive band and my husband, Darius Twin, put on an amazing set. He has intentions of posting it to his podcast, DammStr8 sometime this month, so keep a look out: here.

Biotic Aura_36x36_LotusHeartsong-Mel Bikowski

I think I need to specifically send out a specific shout out to my dear collaborative friend Lotus Heartsong. Without her friendship and the magic of our connection, this show would not exist. Her presence in my life has been more than special to me and it holds a very special place in my heart to honor creation with her. Community blessings to all. I am still glowing from the reception and I am sure that Lotus is as well.

 

Nameless, An Exploration of Form will remain up for viewing from August 1-30, so if you have time and are in Fairfax, I urge you to go check it out!

Address: 3950 University Dr. Fairfax, VA 22030

 

Nameless: Opening Reception Photographs

My brother who so graciously came up from Norfolk to be there with us took my camera and snapped a few shots. Here are a few of the snapshots he took of the Opening Reception:

SPECIAL NOTE: There will be special events happening all month as well, which you can check out the list, here

Thank you most of all, the reader, the art lover, the vibes are more than felt of your sent love and support. <3

 

Reminder:

To keep up with other things that

are going on at Olly Olly, where Lotus and I both continue to journey with creative community- follow their FB page, Lotus's FB Page, or my own FB page.  I

have monthly meditations at my studio at Olly Olly every month. The next one will be a special workshop that I will be leading myself on my Wedding Anniversary, September 6th. You can find more information about the meditations in the FB group, here.

The main intention of these meditations will be to focus on the journey within. and continue to immerse ourselves into strengthening our community connections. As we approach the jewels within ourselves, I find it’s a really cool way for us all to raise the vibes of community in our NOVA area.

 

Contact me with any questions, here.

Nameless, an Exploration of Form- Art Exhibition- August 1-30- Event Schedule

Nameless An Exploration of Form-Mel BIkowski

Nameless, An Exploration of Form Art Exhibition

August 1-30: It's here! The show Lotus & I have been working on and anticipating for months! I am elated to share all of our artworks both individual pieces and collaborative works with the public. It is truly a beautiful show and I am not just saying that because I am biased (hehehe)

The setup for the show has also been exhilarating. Not many people see the hard work that is put behind an event. The stretching of the canvas, the speckling and cleaning of the white walls, the hanging process, and most of all the last minute design decisions. We have spent the last three days working over 12 hour days making sure that our artworks get the walls they deserve and I have to tell you, there is nothing more magical than hanging artwork on a fresh painted white wall!

Lotus and I have had a good time stretching our canvases, laughing, eating, and drinking lots of coffee. We are really looking forward to the Art Opening that is happening on August 5th and we cannot wait to see all of your beautiful faces for our celebrARTion !

Here is a list of the events that will be happening all month.

Nameless- An Exploration of Form-Lotus Heartsong

Nameless Art Exhibition Schedule

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 5th- Village Gallery- 7-11pm Shadow Farm & Darius Twin will be providing tunes. Fresh Made hoer Doe'rves & Wine Served. Free.

Body Flow Art Workshop: Saturday, August 12th- Village Gallery- 5-9pm Lotus Heartsong & Mel Bikowski lead a workshop to get your art in touch with your body. Please RSVP, so the artist know how much materials to bring: http://evite.me/VTEU2yzfQN $8.00

New Moon Meditation: Monday, August 21st- Village Gallery- 7-9pm This event is a guided meditation and energy healing experience designed by Lotus and in partnership with Transformative Crystals. Crystals will be for sale. Free.

Closing Art Party Jam: Saturday, August 26th- Village Gallery- 7-11pm Bring artwork and join us in a relaxing closing reception, where we join together to enjoy an atmosphere of inner child play realms and love. Free.

 

Nameless_Press Release

Beyond the Blacklight-Olly Olly- July 22, 2017

Beyond the Blacklight-Olly Olly-Opening Reception

Beyond the Blacklight-Olly Olly- Opening Reception

July 22, 2017- Can I just say, WOW! An Amazing show put on by Olly Olly! Beyond the Blacklight immersed us all into deep, dark, and wonderful lighting of the purple blacklight with beautiful glowing artwork from local artists all over the Northern Virginia Area. You can find the list on the Olly Olly website!

Before I go on to rant about my thoughts on the artwork, I have to do a shoutout to all that came out to the show! It was packed shoulder to shoulder like a rabbits den and it stayed like that well past to the end of the show! WOW! Lots of amazing conversations could be overheard, great costumes and outfits that also glowed in the black-light, and even a nice dazzling thunderstorm from mother nature herself to send us all home.

Much of the artwork that was on display reminded me sparkling dazzling luminescence of our own lights and how sometimes we can mistake our shadow selves as who we really are. But I have found on my own journey that the darkest times and darkest places will show you your truest light. There is no darkness that can shine out the light. The black-light, the caves, the depth of the deep sea itself only enhances our lights and that's just what this show did! The talent that oozes from the community around the Northern Virginia area is so incredibly inspiring. I am humbled every single day for the opportunity to connect with these amazing people. I managed to even paint and chat with some people who worked on the neon mural that happened during the reception! It was an ooey-gooey collaboration of love.

Tariq Omar&  Jessica Kallista, the curators of the show truly did a fabulous job of displaying the mystical magicalness of the glowey blacklight and the community sent lightning beams of love through my soul with all the support that came through. I exude with gratitude that I was invited into the show and had three pieces of art to display! Seeing them in the blacklight was a dream come true!

Beyond the Blacklight Slide-Show of Photos

 

I am looking forward to more events happening at Olly Olly and as always, you can find more press on the Olly Olly Facebook like the razzle dazzle video that was made about the opening!

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 brought to "blacklight" (hehe) our inner child and really illuminated our gigantic beautiful hearts. We all crave creative celebArtions such as these and really truly can't wait to dive deep into more.

Overall, it is a magical exhibition that runs from July 22- August 19 and can still be viewed by appointment. I have done a slideshow of pictures of the exhibit.

SPECIAL NOTE: There will be a closing Beyond the Blacklight closing party on August 18 and an Love Glow Art Gym happening August 8th.  (Ms. Kallista must know my beautiful synchronicity love with the #8-infinity divinity!! hehe)

Thank you most of all, the reader, the art lover, the vibes are more than felt of your sent love and support. <3

To keep up with other things that are going on at Olly Olly, follow their FB page. I myself have monthly meditations at my studio at Olly Olly every month. The next one will be a special workshop with my dear friend Yuliya May on August 7th for the Full Moon in Aquarius

The main intention of these meditations will be to focus on the journey within. and continue to immerse ourselves into strengthening our community connections. As we approach the jewels within ourselves, I find it's a really cool way for us all to raise the vibes of community in our NOVA area.

Reminder:

Next week on August 5th, we have my opening reception for my first solo exhibition with Lotus Heartsong, where we will be showcasing our solo and collaborative works as well as the music of my husband, Darius Twin and our dear friends, Shadow Farm.

Nameless_Press Release

Info on the Art Reception: here

Art Show Reminder

Art Show Reminder for July and August

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

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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 BS 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 :P <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

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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

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

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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

Oceanids-Limited Edition Signed Archival Prints

"Oceanid" 8x10inch. Somerset Giclee Art Print-Mel Bikowski-Print 2017  

Limited Edition Archival Giclee Prints of my painting "Oceanids" are available in my Etsy Shop. I will also have them with me at the Live Painting Event, Art Lure on May 7th.

The inspiration of this series is an awakening of the cosmology within myself. The sky and the stars are merely a mirror of the mother ocean. My soul is a mirror of the deep ocean where I discover new jewels, stars, and experiences.

"Oceanids" is an original acrylic abstract painting that I created this year that will be on display at my show Nameless from August 1- August 31st at Village Gallery in Fairfax, VA.

 

Please sign up for my art newsletter to keep up to date on events, prints, and paintings. To contact me, use the contact page and fill it out with whatever your heart desires. Follow my Instagram & Facebook for snapshots of my studio.

 

Oceanids Archival Print 2017

Nameless, An Exploration of Form Art Exhibition with Mel Bikowski & Lotus Heartsong at Village Gallery

Nameless_August 30th Flyer Nameless, An Exploration of Form Art Exhibition with Lotus Heartsong & Mel Bikowski

The Village Gallery 3950 University Dr. Old Town Fairfax, VA August 5-August 31, 2017 Opening Reception: August 5th, 2017

Press:

“Nameless-An Exploration of Form” is an art exhibition that is a full sensory experience of the collaborative and solo works of Lotus Heartsong and Mel Bikowski.

The paintings recreate and echo the cycles of nature’s patterns and best represent the themes of deeper spirituality in emotional depth, wisdom, harmony, and balance. The mission and story of this exhibition communicates an open-ended question in remembrance of the psychological form of our truest nature as spiritual beings.

Opening Reception: August 5th, 7-11pm//Free Entry

The opening reception introduces a space where art and music integrate to create a creative atmosphere. The band Shadow Farm plays from 7-9pm followed by Darius Twin from 9-11pm. Darius Twin is a Techno Producer and DJ.

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The Village Gallery 3950 University Dr. Fairfax, VA

 

Artist Bios:

Nameless Art Exhibit Photograph

Mel Bikowski is a self-taught artist that uses her intuition to build new perspectives and worlds that present an emotional depth and wisdom that is absent of ego. She spends most of her time painting in her studio space at Olly Olly in Old Town Fairfax, VA.

The nature of Mel’s art often reflects symbolic, harmonizing, and expressionistic abstract shapes and colors that represent a harmonious connection between the deeper spiritual life of humanity and nature. Her main inspiration comes from long hikes through national parks with her family. She believes that if we accept the life, death, and rebirth cycles that are within our lives, we can also build realities that live up to our purist creative potential. This  perspective allows ourselves space to live a deep and authentic lifestyle that is harmonious with our spirit.

Follow her Instagram & Facebook Page to keep up to date with snapshots of her studio. Her paintings and prints can be found on her website and you can follow her on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with the snapshots of her studio and artwork.

Nameless Art Exhibit Photograph

Lotus Heartsong

Lotus is a self-taught artist who focuses on intuitive abstract painting and is known for using mixed media on occasion. She considers her art practice meditative and feels that wisdom only comes truly from within. Her work is best described as psychedelic, aquatic, funky, and healing.

She just joined the Art Collective at Olly Olly and can be found most of the time painting there. The rest of her life is centered around family and positive community building.

 

Workshops

New Moon Meditation- Monday, August 21 7-9pm Crystal & Chakra Alignment with Lotus Heartsong

Body Paint Flow Workshop- Saturday, August 12 5-9pm

This workshop consists of physical movement, dance, and creation that allows the person to completely immerse themselves into the creation of their abstract art piece. The workshop consists of free dance, yoga movements, and other techniques to reestablish a sense of harmony between the creator and their materials, which will be paint and paper.

Entry Fee that Includes Supplies: $8.00 RSVP to the EVITE: http://evite.me/VTEU2yzfQN

Closing Art Party-Saturday, August 26 7-11pm

Everyone bring along your artworks, writings, or anything you are working on. We want to indulge our inner child and play together in an atmosphere of music & art while celebrating the closing of this art exhibition.