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July Theme : : The Color ORANGE

  • Jul 3, 2011 · 1:00 PM
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Another meetup so soon you ask? Yes... to get back on track with having them the last Sunday of the month (or first in this case). 

The theme this month is ORANGE


From The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols:

Lying mid-way between yellow and red, orange is the most actinic color. Lying between celestial gold and chthonian red, the primary symbolism of the color is that of the point of balance between the spirit and the libido. However, this balance tends to be upset in one direction or the other, so that orange may become the revelation of divine love or the emblem of lust. Both the saffron robe worn by Buddhist monks and the orange velvet cross of the Knights of the Holy Ghost are instances of the first.

Portal regards the orange veil, the flammeum worn by Roman brides, as the emblem of the permanence of marriage - a significance corresponding on the profane level to the Oriflamme on the sacred. Virgil describes Helen of Troy as wearing a saffron veil, while the Muses, regarded by some commentators as daughters of Heaven and Earth and of recognized importance in the worship of Apollo, were also robed in saffron. The orange colored precious stone, the jacinth, was considered as a symbol of fidelity. It was an emblem of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel on the High Priest's breastplate, and in Britain the Crown Jewels contain a jacinth symbolizing 'regal temperance and sobriety'. Exposure to fire does not affect the jewel's color, which Portal sees as an expression of faithful constancy conquering and extinguishing the flames of passion.

However, it is an extremely difficult task to maintain the balance between the spirit and the libido, and hence orange has become a color which symbolizes lust and infidelity. According to traditions going back to the worship of the Earth Mother, this balance was sought in the ritual orgy, regarded as bringing with it initiatory sublimation and revelation. Dionysos was said to be dressed in orange. 


Bring a new theme based piece, or something you've been working on you'd like to share, or an older piece... or just bring yourself! I will provide beverages and chocolate... you can bring a food item to share if you like. Hope to see you there!

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  • Carolina

    The art show and tell is inspiring. I had a great time!

    July 6, 2011

  • Cole

    I'm glad I didn't mss this one. Fabric art, art on fabric, sclupture with tip switches, paintings, drawing. Once the doors opened they just kept comming. I always leave ready for my next project.

    July 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Big group, so many wonderful things to relish, I love this group.......Artist are awesome! Thank you Devin, I think you're a wonderful host! (AND a phenomenal Artist) Missed seeing your smile Jenn...Yeah Joanne made it!!!

    July 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    great art work

    July 4, 2011

  • Joanne

    Its always fun to see all the familiar faces and reconnect, and fun to meet all the new artists and see what everybody's been creating. We have such a diverse group with a huge range of creative ideas. The highlight for me was seeing Dales piece that cracked his windshield!

    July 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Orange really isn't a color I work with or am partial to so the closest I had in this color were some sketches I had done in sanguine pastel.

    July 4, 2011

  • Dale S.

    always a good meeting

    July 4, 2011

  • Jenn

    Wow... I missed a good one! Looks like you all had a great time. Thank you Devin and helpers for running the show. And special thanks to Lavonne for taking all the pics! See you in a month (meetup to be posted soon!) :)

    July 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    wow such a big group this month! a lot of creative energy in the room! good to see returning faces and new ones as well...

    July 3, 2011

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