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
“Biotic Aura” Lotus Heartsong and Mel Bikowski on view until August 30 at Village Gallery

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
Setting Up the Exhibition- Sneak Peak of the Lineup

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
Lotus Heartsong Stretching a Monster Canvas for the Show

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
Mel Bikowski “Oceanids” on the right & Lotus Heartsong’s “Lotus & the Fox” on the left

Beyond the Blacklight-Olly Olly- July 22, 2017

Beyond the Blacklight-Olly Olly-Opening Reception
Photo by Tariq Omar

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
“Oceanids” Mel Bikowski & “Lotus & The Fox” Lotus Heartsong

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

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
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 😛 <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.”