The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors organized a bus tour from NYC to Baltimore, MD this past weekend to visit AVAM, the American Visionary Art Museum. We were met and given a tour by the visionary founder and director of the museum, Rebecca Hoffberger. AVAM extends into three large buildings and includes an outdoor garden with treehouse. The Rouse Visionary Center has a large assembly hall and houses many large permanent sculptures and a special exhibition on Baltimore's "screen painters," people who painted scenes on the screens of their screen doors and windows, providing a picture for passersby and obscuring any view to the apartment inside.
The main attraction (besides the warmth and charisma of Rebecca) was the "ALL FAITHS BEAUTIFUL" exhibition in the main building. Alex's large painting, Transfiguration was on view. Included was a vast assembly of postcards spread throughout the exhibit from www.postsecret.com with secrets about peoples faiths.
Michael Green had a special exhibit of murals and sacred objects from his illustrated Rumi books. The theme for AVAM's exhibition was suggested by Rumi's orientation to Religion, mounted to honor Rumi's 800th Birthday. Here is an excerpt containing "One Song," a poem by Rumi translated by Coleman Barks on the theme of hospitality. www.greenartprints.com
All religions, all this singing One Song. The differences are just Illusion and vanity. The Sun's light looks A little different on this wall than It does on that wall, And a lot different on this other one, But it's still one light. We have borrowed these clothes, These time and place personalities From a light, And when we praise, We're pouring them back in.