Mel Bikowski discusses the alchemy of the sex witch art opening that happened at Olly Olly on January 31 and shares a couple pictures of the show.Read More
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.
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
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.
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
To keep up with other things that
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: 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 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.
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.
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.
Info on the Art Reception: here
Art Show Reminder for July and August
Northern Virginia Arts- Mel Bikowski-Olly Olly-Village Gallery
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 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
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.
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 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- 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.
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.
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, 2017Opening Reception: August 5th, 2017
“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.
The Village Gallery 3950 University Dr. Fairfax, VA
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.
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.
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.