“Sometimes we walk through nature looking for something beautiful, but we end up just finding ourselves. “–Mel Bikowski
Greenspring Gardens teams up with Mel Bikowski to feature her intuitive artworks in the art exhibition, “Art & Soul” that will be on display in their Horticulture Center. The series is a collection of intuitive artworks that breeds questions for our imaginations and intelligence. The works unveil the power of curiosity through colorful abstract landscapes that reflect Mel Bikowski’s personal journey wandering through nature, her journey as a mother, as well as astral hiking her consciousness through meditation.
The colorful abstract landscapes recreate and echo the cycles of nature’s patterns with a bright and cheerful tone. She believes that walking through a garden can bring us closer to our balance between harmony and chaos.She leaves little stickers and scratched messages inside her work that honors the truth about her relationship with her daughter as well as leaves open ended questions that can invoke seeking the child within each of ourselves. In her process, she spends a great deal of time hiking, meditating, journaling, and seeking ultimate truths that Mother Nature has left for each of us to find. The exhibit will immerse into the scenery of her imaginative ethereal landscapes that also hauntingly remind us of our forests, coastal lines, and deep oceans. Mel Bikowski believes that if we align our spirit with the cycles of nature, we align with our authentic selves and begin to remember a deeper sense of who we really are.
The Show will consist of 20-30 works of Mel Bikowski
Curatorial Thesis: To create an intuitive experience with complex colors, shapes, and symbols that give a sense of the intuitive forms and landscapes of Mel Bikowski’s imaginative ecosystems that are a bridge between our higher consciousness and the reality of her human experience as a mother. The paintings challenge the viewers to decipher collective symbolism that opens our hearts to the rawness and spatial expansion between our spirit and moments in nature. Mel Bikowski resides in Northern Virginia and walks the Green Spring gardens regularly with her family. The artist turned to painting to seek an echo of the cycles of nature’s patterns and represent a process that reminds us of our Earth’s primal energy of creativity and divine motherhood. She has a studio in Olly Olly in Old Town Fairfax.
Opening Reception will be September 9 from 1pm to 3pm.
Hours for GreenSpring Gardens Horticulture Center
Horticulture Building/Visitor Center hours: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
Horticulture Building/Visitor Center hours: Noon - 4:30 p.m., Sundays
Park grounds are open dawn to dusk daily.
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