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Merriam Webster Dictionary defines sacred as the st ate of holiness or sanctity\, that which is set apart for worship or servic e of gods. The sacred is therefore the experience of something wholly other -outside of the ordinary or profane. 20th Century scholar of religion\, Mi rcea Eliade\, defined the sacred as equivalent to a power\, and in the last analysis\, to reality. This sacred reality could have aspects that ranged from good to evil. This fundamental concept of a sacred reality is the basi s for most of the major world religions.

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El Camino College Art Gall ery presents Reflecting the Sacred \, an exhibition including the works of 12 artists who are exploring the territory of the sacred as reflected in a rt. These artists come from diverse cultural and spiritual back grounds whi ch is represented in their artwork. Each of these artists has been selecte d not only because of his/her cultural diversity but also to exhibit the hi ghly individual paths these artists have followed.

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• Nancy Ky es shows sculptural constructions from her Chakkra Series\, made of wire an d domestic detritus. These constructions emerge from Hindu concepts of sacr ed energy centers found in the human body.

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• Installation art ist\, Betsy Lohrer Hall\, shows A Place of Abode\, a project intended to co nnect the way humans live in their bodies to the external environment. Her work is informed by study of the Tao Te Ching\, Yoga\, meditation and vari ous Buddhist and Hindu texts.

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• Currently residing in Israel\ , Judith Margolis exhibits playful constructions\, a book of meditative ima ges and paintings that are influenced by sacred Jewish texts\, women's stor ies and her own yiddishkeit (Yiddish for "Jewishness").

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• Da niel F. Martinez exhibits exuberant paper mache armored figures and histori cally costumed paintings of skeletal personages stimulated by the Mexican t radition of All Souls Day/Day of the Dead.

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• Eitan Mendelowit z presents The Ineffable\, an interactive video piece that deals with Kabba listic tradition. The Ineffable focuses upon the loss of the pronunciation of a sacred word and the attempt to recapture this sound.

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• Swiss/Haitian artist\, Pascale Monin shows dreamlike paintings in mixed med ia\, with images that reflect influences from both sides of her cultural in heritance. Monin's images are simultaneously imbued with Hinduism\, animis m and sometimes Christianity.

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• Miguel Angel Murillo presents intricate acrylic and ink wash paintings on cardboard with swirling vision s of devils\, saints\, and roses\, that bear the influence of Latin America n Catholicism.

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• Liz Rosetta presents black and white lithogr aphic images of complicated family scenes in theatrical settings\, replete with sacred architecture\, Indian deities and Catholic nuns. These works c hronicle the psychic voyage of the artist through complex terrain and perso nal spiritual evolution.

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• Born in Lebanon\, Nouha Sinno was trained as a graphic designer. Her calligraphic paintings reflect her comm itment to the Arabic language and to her Islamic legacy. These works utili ze the sacred Arabic and Islamic patterns to create a sort of landscape in which color and patterns unite.

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• Laura Stickney presents a b ook work\, 14 bis . The text and visual inspiration is a poem written by t he artist for the aviator Alberto Santo-Dumont. The work refers metaphoric ally to a Buddhist practice of breathing\, where we breathe in the darkness we see around us\, and breathe out lightness. Stickney's life-partner\, V ilma Mendillo\, created a wooden box for this book which is integral to t he meaning of the piece.

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• Born in Japan\, Keiko Tamura prese nts a lively series of sculptural forms representing the many faces of Budd ha. These 3 dimensional pieces range in size from netsuke (2"-3") to laye red door-sized wall constructions.

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• Matthew Thomas presents geometric works that are both expressive and meditative. Thomas brings toge ther his spiritual practice\, interest in mathematics and diagramming in hi s deceptively simply paintings. These works reflect both Tantric and Buddh ist influences as well as Thomas's own history as a contemporary abstract ionist.

DTEND:20090313 DTSTAMP:20140921T092517 DTSTART:20090217 GEO:33.8844615;-118.3267305 LOCATION:El Camino College Art Gallery\,16007 Crenshaw Blvd. \nTorrance\, C A 90506 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Reflecting the Sacred\, Betsy Lohrer Hall\, Nancy Kyes\, Judith Mar golis\, Daniel F. Martinez\, Eitan Mendelowitz\, Pascale Monin\, Miguel Ang el Murillo\, Liz Rosetta\, Nouha Sinno\, Laura Stickney\, Keiko Tamura\, Ma tthew Thomas UID:39535 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20090224T210000 DTSTAMP:20140921T092517 DTSTART:20090224T190000 GEO:33.8844615;-118.3267305 LOCATION:El Camino College Art Gallery\,16007 Crenshaw Blvd. \nTorrance\, C A 90506 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Reflecting the Sacred\, Betsy Lohrer Hall\, Nancy Kyes\, Judith Mar golis\, Daniel F. Martinez\, Eitan Mendelowitz\, Pascale Monin\, Miguel Ang el Murillo\, Liz Rosetta\, Nouha Sinno\, Laura Stickney\, Keiko Tamura\, Ma tthew Thomas UID:39536 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR