On November 2, 2013, my partner Jeannine and I made a psychedelic pilgrimage to the home of artists’ Alex and Allyson Grey at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappinger, NY to attend a Visionary Salon hosted by legendary author/investigative journalist, Graham Hancock, who spoke to a group of about 100 people about the mysteries of the ancients, shamanic journeys, psychedelic spirituality, and new archeological discoveries that are currently being unveiled around the world, which strongly suggest that our civilization and history is much older and richer than modern science currently accepts.
The weather was crisp and beautiful as we explored the grounds of CoSM in awe and wonder of the amazing CoSMic scene that Alex and Allyson have established there.
The grounds at CoSM are truly enchanted and there are many stimulating visual art installations from prominent visionary artists, such as Chris Dyer.
The main house is a masterpiece of Victorian design and contains many works from Alex Grey and Allyson. Unfortunately, Alex Grey’s most famous works, the Sacred Mirrors, were safely tucked away in storage, patiently awaiting the opening of the Entheon Building, once its construction is complete.
After spending time at CoSM, we both fell in love with the place and have decided to have our wedding there next year! The entire experience was life altering to say the least.
In the meantime, we look forward to visiting CoSM again very soon.
A bejeweled winged serpent ascends from a crevice in the campground, armed with emerald shards and slithers towards the shimmering sun. Like its cosmic cousin -the epic oro bouros- the winged serpent, in a gesture of rebirth and renewal, eternally consumes its tail seeking to fulfill its voracious appetite.
About the Artwork
According to the Chinese Zodiac tradition, 2013 is the year of the serpent. Infinite Appetite is artist Brian Zickafoose’s annual tribute to the Chinese Zodiac. This illustration was created on a Wacom Bamboo tablet in Adobe Illustrator. Infinite Appetite was featured on the cover of Super Seed Magazine Issue #8, which circulated at major music festivals across the US from June through August 2013.
We are pleased to announce that artist Brian Zickafoose will be a guest in the upcoming New Directions art exhibit and opening night celebration hosted by The Fayetteville Arts Coalition on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 6:00-11:00pm. Born and raised in Fayette County, WV, the show is a homecoming of sorts for Zickafoose, who recently returned to the area after having spent a decade working and residing in Roanoke, Virginia. New Directions will exhibit select original paintings by Zickafoose along with the work of fifteen local artists (Mike Turner, Meredith Gregg, Tracy Martin, Tara Fowler, Paul Corbit Brown, Tandi Stephens, Sara Miller, Julie Wingard, Brad and Emily Weckesser, Ron Hall, Adam Morton, Doug Coleman, Ginger Danz and Shea Wells). Shop for paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, glass etchings, and wood carvings – there’s something for everyone. The highlight of opening night festivities will be the official unveiling of a new metal sign sculpture by world renowned metal designer Jeff Fetty. The new sign stands as a symbol to mark Fayetteville’s arrival on the world stage as a pinnacle outdoor lifestyle and arts destination. Situated on the corner of Keller Avenue and Court Street in Fayetteville, the sculpture bolsters whimsical arrows pointing towards Moab, Yosemite, and Zambezi — three world class destinations that are also renowned for mountain biking, rock climbing and whitewater. Don’t worry if you can’t attend opening night, the Fayetteville Arts Coalition Fine Arts Cooperative will be open Friday through Sunday during the month of December. Time: 6:00-11:00pm Location: 103 Keller Avenue, Fayetteville, WV Enjoy music by: Ken Kruger Food catered by: Secret Sandwich Society Adult beverages by: Bridge Brew Works Beer For more details about the Fayetteville Arts Coalition, visit: https://www.facebook.com/FayettevilleArtsCoalition https://www.fayettevilleartscoalition.org
About the Artwork
This enchanting acrylic painting titled, The Tree of Music in a Land of Enchantment, was penned and completed in 2008 by artist Brian C. Zickafoose. The Tree of Music was featured on the cover of the Home Grown Music Network Spring/Summer 2008 Catalog and followed by a limited edition Ringer T-shirt run, which has since sold out. Now you can bring this beautiful painting home as a limited edition print in multiple frame-able sizes and styles. Grab yours up while supplies last!
Funk Generations :: A New Age was the initial installment of the Phunk Phenomenon Painting Series in 2004. This mixed media painting is mostly acrylic paint, with the face and hands done in pastels, and highlighted in metallic ink, this beauty shines bright with DNA helix strands weaving the funk of ages. In 2010, Zickafoose teamed with Paula Mandala Caldwell for the Funk Re:Generations Print Series as seen below. Purchase the limited edition, signed and numbered print. Edition of 250.
The studio of Brian Zickafoose is proud to introduce the brand new Neptune’s Garden Series – Limited Edition Giclee Prints and Greeting Cards, for the discerning art collector.
These exquisite, museum quality reproductions will brighten any home or office space, and come ready to hang (or frame) right out of the box!
These are sure to be a hit. Order yours today while supplies last!
~ Fire & Ice ~
Image and Poem By Brian C. Zickafoose © 2012
Over a valley of crystal in a distant mystic realm,
Shadows cast long and a day grows late.
A brazen beast props atop a lofty, frosty helm,
To gather his thoughts and ponder his fate.
He broods over truths from ages before,
To journey the path that his passions follow.
Fate’s wind fans embers of memories of yore,
And stirs fiery flora to flicker the hollow.
With a nod of the head, he resolves to take flight,
After a lengthy debate with his restive soul.
He knows in his heart he must fly by night,
If he ever hopes to achieve his goal.
His destiny’s quest is to find mysteries unknown,
In the land of legend his adventures begin.
A day will soon come to rest peaceful at home,
Until it’s time to fly high away again.
DMT :: DIVINE MOMENT OF TRANSFIGURATION
Vector Illustration By :: Brian C. Zickafoose © 2011
A new illustration by artist Brian Zickafoose titled – DMT-Divine Moment of Transfiguration, delves into mysteries concerning supernatural agents, inter-dimensional astronauts and altered perceptions. Zickafoose bounds through the aeons to an era when artist and shaman were one and the same, where the collective conscious and the well-being of the tribe were dependent on the distant etheogenic explorations of the medicine man and where special fruits of the forest were selected for their messianic properties and consumed for the prosper of all, in an effort to understand the paradox of the grand illusion we know as reality.[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
DMT depicts the artist, Zickafoose, in shamanic garb and telling tales of altered perception to his infant daughter, Xia Yasmine Zickafoose, as she, the light-bearer, holds a candle high, while the artist etches epic figures from visions into the rock for future epochs to behold.
About the Artwork
The studio of Brian Zickafoose has produced a limited edition run of 100 – 13×19 inch giclee prints of DMT-Divine Moment of Transfiguration available for the public to purchase. Both the art prints and greeting card 5 packs with matching envelopes are available NOW at the link below.[/read]
The Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival :: Advertising Campaign
Artist: Brian Zickafoose
Client: The Blue Ridge Blues Society
Event Location: Roanoke, Virginia
For ten years, the studio of Brian Zickafoose was a proud sponsor of the Blue Ridge Blues Society’s Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival. Beginning in 2005, Zickafoose chaired the Blues Society’s marketing committee, while heading up the festival’s creative and advertising duties. In 2010, Zickafoose snagged multiple American Ad Federation ADDY’s for his work on the festival art and marketing.
This year’s campaign included various advertising elements for print, online and television:
• Promotional Handbills and Posters
• Web Banners and Print Ads
• Outdoor Billboards and On-Screen Cinema Ads
• Festival Program and Event Signage
• Ticketing and Display Marquees
• Sponsor Kits
For our festival merchandise, we produced a limited runs of individually hand numbered and signed, 6-color silk screen, commemorative art prints. We applied 5 soy-based inks: Black, Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, Light Blue, Cream on 100 lb. French Paper Hot Fudge Pop-Tone Stock. For the official festival t-shirts, we silk-screened the 5 colors on distressed cream, sand and charcoal tee’s for a rustic, worn look.
SOUL DJINN ON A SAXOPHONE
Vector Illustration by :: Brian C. Zickafoose © 2011
A lofty illustration from the studio of Brian Zickafoose titled, Soul Djinn on a Saxophone, depicts a soulful genie emerging from a bottle on a mountainous ridge, playing sweet sounds on a saxophone.
Zickafoose has licensed an official limited edition run of 13×19 inch giclee prints for sale to the public (only 100 in existence!) A small batch of 5×7 Greeting Cards featuring the Soul Djinn image are also available with matching envelopes.