'Shining Light On The Dark: The Gifts of the Dark Night of the Soul'

During the months of September, October and November, Betsy Lewis Art Event Productions will assemble Rogue Valley visual artists, poets and art experts to take part in a fall series of art events exploring the "Dark Night of the Soul" and its role in healing and transforming human lives.

"'The Dark Night of the Soul' was coined by the 16th-century Christian mystic St. John of the Cross, who used it to describe spiritual crises. Now it has come to describe psychological ones as well which — once live through — can lead to better health and well-being," Lewis wrote in a press release.

A fine art show "The Gifts of the Dark Night" will kick off the series at Talent Art Gallery, 108 S. Market St., Talent, from Oct. 1 to 31.

The opening reception will be held Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The work of 16 Rogue Valley visual artists will be featured. Marla Estes, who holds a master's degree in transpersonal studies, will present a lecture followed by a question-and-answer period entitled "Embracing the Dark Night of the Soul" at 6:30 p.m. as part of the opening of the fine art show.

  • A poetry reading presented by the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon State Poetry Association will be held at Talent Art Gallery on Oct. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Featured poets are: Amy MacLennon, Amy Miller, Jay Schroder, Liz Vesecky and Gaea Yudron. An open mic on the theme will follow the reading.
  • "The Dark Night of the Soul Mail Art Show" will be held at MAda Shell Art Gallery, on the plaza at 27 1/2 E. Main St., each Friday through Oct. 23. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. For details, see madashellgallery.blogspot.com
  • "Movies That Move You," a film presentation and discussion exploring being stranded on a desert island as a metaphor for the "Dark Night," will be facilitated by Marla Estes and will take place at Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library in Ashland, 258 A St., Suite 7 (upstairs), on Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Using art, writing and supportive sharing to explore and heal, Janet London, M.Ed., and Betsy Lewis will offer a day-long workshop entitled "Healing in a Starry Starry Night" on Nov. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Unitarian Universalist Center, 87 Fourth St.

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