Monday, June 17, 2013

Art Around Adams 2013 Was a Huge Success

by Chance Billmeyer, Owner ZEN Sanctuary

   For all you who joined us during the ever popular Art Around Adams on June 1, 2013 you witnessed extraordinary talent and made quite a few new friends.  Art Around Adams celebrated it's 10th Anniversary this year and ZEN Sanctuary enjoyed it's 6th year by participating with a brand new stage: the ZENCORE Stage.  ZEN hosted two performers and a fire dancing ensemble. Allan Warder and House Plant provided engaging and thought provoking music while Tribal Fire provided daring dancing with fire.

   ZEN Sanctuary worked in tandem with our neighbor Core Personal Training Studio during the event.  Core had a great area set up to work with local children and help them express their art.  Chalk drawings and projects were created to help children express their thoughts around topics like: Peace, Creativity, Family and Fun.

  Two of ZEN Sanctuary's staff also provided some beautiful and poetic exhibits during the event.  Jeanne Mari Auger is an accomplished painter from Quebec, Canada.  In the mid-80's, she studied photography and Fines Arts for the most part at Concordia University and College Saint-Laurent. There she met painter and mentor Jean Lefebure of the automatist movement whose artistic views have greatly supported and helped define her artistic expression. 
Jeanne Marie has shown her work in different solo and group exhibitions as well as several coffee shops in Montreal and more recently in San Diego County, California, U.S.A.
Her main focus is to visually translate perceptions of more elusive realities and put them in a context which becomes somewhat of a roadmap to her psyche. She uses visual elements (colors, symbols and geometric patterns as well as figurative and abstract elements) in an unpredicted manner to create what we could refer to as a visual metaphor. She also has done several studies of portraits. 
  In addition to Jeanne Marie Auger's work, Chance Billmeyer, Owner of ZEN Sanctuary also exhibited 36 photographs along with a photo poem entitle Qi China Chic. The photos were taken from a trip he made back in 2010.  "I wanted to convey what it is like to live in China and give people here in San Diego a taste of their culture. I feel that the media conveys a picture of China that is not consistent with the reality of what China is about.  I found a people who were happy, healthy, and busy with many of the same activities we find in San Diego.  The main difference was their relationship to their environment and specifically to nature.  Most of the population either lives in large cities or they live in communal farming communities.  The cities and farming go hand in hand, coexist next to each other. You look out your apartment window on the edge of the city and all you see are farms.  This integration of respect for nature flows throughout the city as well with fresh markets and local eateries that serve the food grown nearby" said Chance.
  During the event, Sonnie Owns created a beautiful display showcasing her NEW Vintage jewelry.  "The jewelry is a great way to combine and recycle older pieces with newer trends, making it the perfect accent for today's woman," said Sonnie.  Sonnie used old vintage luggage to display her works of art and her booth saw over 80 visitors during the course of the day.

  Thank you to the over 400 visitors who came by that day.  We look forward to holding more events like this one in the future.  ZEN Sanctuary holds four OPEN House and Workshop Events during the year.  The next open house is Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m.  Follow this link.

  For more information about our center please go to or to book an appointment online go to book online.  ZEN Sanctuary is located at 4183 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116 - 1(800) 818-0293

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