Second Saturday Art Opening
Join us at The Dragonfly for our Second Saturday St. Claude Art Walk opening.
Free wine & snacks
-is a selected group exhibition investigating the mysteries of symbolic thought and creative insight through the lens of Alchemy and Hermetic Qabalah. In this context, The Secret Fire can be understood as the acumen and elaboration of Mind, held in accordance with Will, to achieve an eloquent synthesis of Forms in producing an Artwork. Furthermore, this Flame can be garnered by the artist through the practiced transmutation of instinctive desires into contemplative thought, -which is a mirrored in the transmutation process of base materials (e.g. pigment and solvent) into refined Forms (e.g. symbolic pictures).
“It must, however, be remembered that substance is not everything, for as no matter forms or perfects itself, but is developed and moulded by its own proper agent, there is also, necessarily, an active principle which supplies it with needful form. And this, we learn, is properly described as an intelligent influence, which is called Sulphur, and by it the quicksilver is digested, developed and moulded in Nature as in Art.”
-The Secret Fire: An Alchemical Study
E.J. Langford Garstin
“The Substance of Alchemy –though called by a variety of names – is the substance of Nature... Were it otherwise, it would be impossible for Art to imitate Nature.”
-Peter Bonus of Ferrara