Past Exhibit

“Cheetah” by Sharon Bechtold

Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul: Lessons of the Wild Things

June 28 - September 9, 2012

Connect with the spirit of our furred, finned, and feathered friends at Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul, an art exhibit running June 28 – September 9, 2012, at Life Force Arts Center gallery, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Opening Reception is Thursday, June 28, 2012, from 6:30 – 10 PM. Closing Reception is Sunday, September 9, 2012, from 3 – 7 PM. Gallery hours are Mondays and Thursdays 1:30 – 6:30 PM, and by appointment. Admission to the exhibit and Opening and Closing receptions is free. Workshops, performances, and other events related to the theme of animals will also be held as part of the show. For more information, please contact Joan Forest Mage, Executive Director, (773) 327-7224,

This is the third and final of a trilogy of art exhibits that Life Force Arts Center is presenting which explore the theme of “animal-vegetable-mineral”: humans’ relationship with their fellow Earth dwellers, and the evolution of life on our planet. 

Since ancient times, humans have identified with the qualities and energies of animals. Myths and legends of all cultures abound with humans learning from and being aided by animals. From animals, humans can learn how to use intuition and body awareness; thrive in one’s immediate environment; survive and protect oneself through assertiveness or hiding, and nurture our young. Animals are masters of dealing with the elements, weather, and navigation and work in harmony with minerals and plants to balance the ecosystem. With their funny antics and unconditional love, animals are natural healers of humans.

The mission of Life Force Arts Foundation (LFA) is to advance the field of spiritual art through artistically excellent exhibits, events, and publications that explore the connection of art and spirituality. We define spiritual art as visual, literary, or performing art that flows from spiritual practice, strives to connect the audience with Spirit, and creates spiritual awakening, healing, or evolution. We focus on the arts as a common ground of human expression, where artists and audiences of diverse spiritual traditions can honor each other, and share their personal and collective experiences of the spiritual aspect of life. LFA’s goals are to develop spiritual artists, the spiritual arts audience, and the spiritual arts community. The Foundation operates Life Force Arts Center (LFAC), Chicago’s spiritual art gallery and performance space, which presents visual art exhibits, dance, theater, and music performances, author book signings, and workshops with artists who are experts in spiritual artmaking.

Exhibiting Artists for Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul

Sharon Bechtold
J. Penney Burton
J.R. Cadawas
Vivian Gutierrez

John Henderson
Millie Hreczany
Kat Kidwell
Kristina Knowski

Kurt Luhrsen
Elisa Rose Mountain
Karlene Mostek
Joan Riise