The Namaste Project and Shamanic Journey

Local artist Daniel Nevins presents a new series of paintings called the Namaste Project. But, unlike typical art openings, Nevins’ Namaste series is a work in progress that will eventually include future works and commissioned pieces.

“Namaste is an ancient word … originally just meaning ‘I bow down to you,’” he explains on a video. Nevins, whose work is often based on spiritual concepts, began the Namaste project as a collection of works for people who wanted a personal icon to help them “connect to the source.” He says the idea began while reflecting on what a hard winter we’d just come through and the fact that many of his friends were going through hard times.

“I wanted it to be a visual reminder that you are so much more than your circumstance,” he says.

The project premiers on Friday, May 28 in the window of Blue Spiral 1 (38 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 251-0202). There will be 20 Namastes. Watch the video about the project here:

DN Namaste from Buster O'Connor on Vimeo.

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From a press release: “Perception is everything ~ How do you perceive the natural world?  The tree people are sacred and have things to tell us, and so does Brother Wind and Grandfather Sun.  Are you listening? Do you remember how?”

Clay artists Lynn August and Blue Fire MacMahon and photographer/assemblage artist Tina Powell come together to present the joint show Shamanic Journey: Three Women’s Perspectives at Clingman Café (242 Clingman Ave., Asheville). The exhibit, which expresses each artist’s “passionate connection to our Mother Earth and the natural world” remains on display through June.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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2 thoughts on “The Namaste Project and Shamanic Journey

  1. Gabriel Shaffer

    “Call me when the new age gets old enough to drink.”

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