I realized as I was gathering art for the Open House that a theme was organically taking shape that I hadn’t consciously intended.
It’s the theme of Women Rising and it’s evident in much of the work that will be in my School House Gallery. It is overtly visible in some pieces like the ones shown in the video. But it is also quietly apparent in some of the other work, like spinning and sewing and knitting and batik which refer to traditional “Women’s Work” something I’ve been interested in for many years.
Both Spinning and Belly Dancing can be traced back over 5000 years and are connected to the early Goddess. Goddess symbols like chevrons are found on ancient spindle whorls and loom weights . Belly Dancing was originally a ritualistic dance that women did together to worship the Goddess and Mother Earth. A fertility dance that also prepared women for child-birth.