Monday, July 14, 2008

Art Show

Chrysalis-Question Mark Butterfly Copyright Melynda Van Zee 2008

Here is the promised information for my upcoming art show.

“Emerging - a journey within”

Exhibit July 29- August 30, 2008

Please join us for the Artist Reception
Tuesday, July 29 from 5:30-8:00 pm
Artist presentation at 7:00 pm.
The Galerie of Pella
725 Franklin Street
Pella, IA 50219

Deep, heartfelt, inner-listening is simply hard to do. We are assaulted each day by exterior messages and demands. The constant whirl of, “should’s,” “must’s,” and, “have to’s,” is dizzying. Melynda has spent the last year focusing on a journey within - struggling for quiet – to truly hear what her own life was saying. It was at times confusing and agonizing, but also exhilarating. Expressions of her transformational journey are represented here - simple fragments of her ongoing inner work.

"Even in Darkness Light Dawns" Melynda Van Zee Copyright 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

I Call You Dancer

Image Copyright Melynda Van Zee 2008

I'd rather paint 5 new pictures than concentrate on writing text about one, but I keep getting asked to put my thoughts/motivations into actual words. Sometimes I want to say..."BUT, if I could SAY it, I wouldn't have to PAINT it." So, I've simply resigned myself to trying and then being brave enough to simply share and tell what God has been teaching me.

This painting is now in the private collection of a local buisness. It is titled “I Call You Dancer”.

I am not a dancer by training. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Coordination was not high on my “gift mix” as a child. I was a klutz, legs constantly full of bruises. My dancing consisted of spinning Ice Capades moves on our basement linoleum floor in the slippers my grandma knitted for me.

Recently, I’ve been taking a deep, hard look at my life, asking myself those age-old questions of “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What does God want me to do with this one precious life of mine?” I have sifted through my life experiences, titles, labels, and positions I have held. I have wrestled with what that means for my future. In the midst of all this questioning, I was challenged to ask this question…

“Who do You say I am?”

And, so I did. I asked that dangerous question of the One who created me, the 1st Creator, the Creator of all that is truth. He answered, “I call you dancer. I look down and watch the color swirl out from you.”

I will be adding more new pieces of art over the next two weeks-all in preparation for my art show at the Galerie of Pella (Pella, IA) on Tuesday, July 29. I'll post more details soon.