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June 2nd – June 30th, 2014
For the month of June, Blackball Universe proudly presents The Color of Baptism.

Brought to you by four distinct artists, The Color of Baptism invites you to delve into the deep subconscious of our modern world. These artists’ works seek to explore the space that exists between the known and the unknown. Through their interpretations, modern myths and rituals are revealed and reconnected to their archetypal foundations. Darkness is exposed and brought to light, awash in color, transforming the viewer to see the world anew.

Gallery is open all month. Closing reception is on Friday, June 20th (RSVP here).

Sarah Theodora Melekova was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. Highly in tune with the Greater Spirit from a young age. Unusually has been baptized many times. First Baptized by Nature spending my youngest years Climbing Mountains and establishing deep connections to the wilderness, then Baptized Orthodox Christian, Orthodox Greek and also Baptized as a Unitarian Universalist. She has been blessed to accept many religions and find  spiritually through the study of herself through the practice of Meditation. Very inspired by her heritage, being half Egyptian and Half Slovakian, the  Ancient Mythology has always resonated with her soul’s essence.

Not formally educated in the Arts, she has been experimenting with many mediums, including Crafting Handmade Jewelry, Sculpture, Silkscreen Printing & Acrylic Painting on Canvas and Found Wood. The pieces in this show include visions that have been presented to her consciousness during a specific kind of Meditation, called Deeksha or Divine Intervention, a practice of transmuting energy from the divine source and bringing it into our physical awareness. After receiving these beautiful keys to one’s soul, she was then inspired to paint and so was born, what she calls “Galactic Euphoria”, a collection of her creations. In these meditations, she has discovered and unleashed a greater knowledge of herself and the healing necessary for all individuals on this Earth in order to blossom. Her work is the catalyst of her own transformation and channeled through the ancestors, for you to acknowledge the spark of divinity within you.  The pieces in this show include accents and ideas brought from Hindu Mythology and heavily influenced by Ancient Egyptian Mythology and the Natural and Super Natural Worlds.

Alexa Gilweit received her BA Honors degree from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in painting and printmaking. She also studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Her work explores the space between the metaphysical and the actual, myth and modernity, the soul and the American Dream. It plumbs the depths of the subconscious by playfully reviving mythic symbolic icons: knights on quests, blood thirsty gods, the first family, shamans and beings in search of enlightenment are all present in her work. They are the sign posts of our inner understanding of success, love, duty, greed, fulfillment and honor. These archetypes are distorted in the modern context. Which Alexa examines in her work. They are misplaced: lost at sea. Through repurposing images from vintage magazines, Alexa’s work inquires into our ontology by looking at innate symbolic images and juxtaposing them within modern media’s visual influence.

TheArthur Wright was born in Little Rock Arkansas in 1940. Three years later during the Second World War his family moved to Seattle where his father found defense work at Boeing Aircraft (as it was named then) Company. Joining the Air Force after graduation, he spent three years in Japan, a country that impressed him then as it still does even after all these years.  After getting his discharge, he attended Central Washington State College in Ellensburg for a year, then moved to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area in October 1964.  He is the father of four children, three robust young males and a lady. His first writings were published in the early seventies and his art sold well initially. After being semi-retired for a time and a nearly 20 year hiatus, he started painting again in 1994.

His career has given him a lot of interesting things to do, including a call to Hollywood, short-lived however, and then becoming a board member of the Artship, a renovated ship of war that became a seaborne arts venue in Oakland that was discontinued in 2004.  His first internet sale in 1997 was to a person from South Africa and one of the most recent to a Swedish representative of the Carnaval, a huge and sprawling global celebration that deals intensively with the peoples of the African Diaspora.  For the 2003 Carnaval in San Francisco, his bleach rendering of ‘Califia, Queen of California’ was chosen as the poster cover for that event.  He has since been shown and honored in various schools and colleges such as Stanford, UCLA, Sonoma State and Santa Rosa JC and a much longer and growing list.  The introduction of bleach into his art has been a huge catalyst and in it. He finds enough nuances to explore to take him the rest of the way.  At present, he is on the board of directors for Prescott-Joseph, a non-profit community organization located here in Oakland, California.