Nevada City, CA — A first-ever art exhibit exploring the meaning of the Divine Mother will open on February 14, 2022 at the Lotus Building in downtown Ananda Village outside of Nevada City, CA. Hours on Valentine’s Day are 1:00 to 4:00 pm, and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The show is sponsored by the Ananda College of Living Wisdom.

The show’s title “The Many Aspects of Divine Mother” allows artists to explore what the concept of Divine Mother means, expressed from their hearts and their faith. For some artists, Divine Mother is all of creation, manifested through nature. Other artists have expressed the Divine Mother in holy form, as a saint, or a heavenly figure.

  • How do the artists participating in this unique show view “The Divine Mother?”

Jyotish Novak, spiritual director of Ananda is also a painter. He has two paintings in the show, one entitled “Dark Eyes” and another of a tiger entitled “Rani of Ranikhet”. Of his painting of the tiger, Novak recalls, “we were blessed with a marvelous sighting of Divine Mother in the form of a tiger while in India in 2014. Here I’ve placed the tigress in a setting of the high Himalayas as seen from Ranikhet, India. It is, or used to be, the territory of wild tigers.”

Paula Madariaga Decebal-Cuza, titled her painting “Divine Mother Eye”. The painting shows symbolically the Divine Mother represented with certain colors of the Christic eye, inviting us to reflect on its uniqueness.

Rama Cryer, who grew up at Ananda Village and is a builder, chose the “Eternal Mother Earth” as his theme, expressed through woodburning, acrylics and ink. Of his installation he writes, “Our Divine Mother manifests in my heart as this; the Eternal Mother Earth. Her arms outstretched delivering Her energetic force of Creation. Above, the Cycle of the Moon guides her way. In her left hand, the Druid Sigil, releasing its magic to generate the Sacred Flower of Life and Wisdom. In Her lower right, Her Heart Chakra spreads the Love. The middle right, the Spiral of the Wicca Mother, and the Ankh ablaze with Her power of Destruction and Freedom. Her body is of the Earth, Roots growing deep and farther than the eye can see.”

Mira Clark, a local Nevada City artist who has organized several art exhibits on behalf of CHIRP (California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project) chose to represent her love of nature in the form of the Divine Mother with a painting titled “Water Prayer”. Of her installation Mira writes, “There is a correspondence between how our bodies connect us to the Earth, our organic forms passing through the same cycles that all nature goes through. My work considers women’s connection to Nature as well as to the element of water. In many traditions and cultures of the world, women are considered the keepers and tenders of the sacred element of water. I see my artwork as a representation of how deeply connected all of human life is to the natural world and the different landscapes we inhabit, and how sacred our bond is to the natural environment.”

  • “The Many Aspects of Divine Mother” art exhibit is at The Lotus Building (near Master’s Market & Deli) in downtown Ananda Village, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, 12 miles outside of Nevada City, California.
  • The exhibit runs through the summer and will be open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show will be open more hours during the Tulip Festival “Springtime at Ananda” during the month of April. 
  • For special groups and more information, contact [email protected] The show is sponsored by Ananda College of Living Wisdom and Ananda Village.