Past Exhibit

“Sacred Grove” by Diana Rudaitis

The Creative Soul: Art, Play & Ritual

May 6 - September 20, 2016

Celebrate the human powers of imagination, invocation, and creation and explore the relationship of art, play, and ritual, as Life Force Arts Center presents the art exhibit and multiarts show The Creative Soul: Art, Play & Ritual, running May 6 – September 20, 2016 at LifeForce Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago IL60657. Opening Reception is Friday, May 6, 2016 from 7 – 10 PM. Closing Reception is Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 7 – 9 PM. Open Gallery Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 – 6:30 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free to the exhibit and Opening and Closing Receptions. Workshops, performances and other events related to the theme will be held as part of the show. For more information, please contact Joan Forest Mage, Executive Director, 773-327-7224,

Life Force Arts Center’s 2016 exhibits, The CreativeSoul series, explore three different meanings of what art is and why it’s important: to awaken sentient experience, to create other worlds through art, play and ritual, and to communicate with the many levels of self.

The exhibit The Creative Soul: Art, Play & Ritual celebrates the human powers of imagination, invocation and creation as we explore the relationship of art, play and ritual. Basing our inquiry in Ellen Dissanayake’s quote, “…other worlds [are] invented in play, invoked in ritual or fabricated in the arts,” we will delve into the similarities and differences of play, ritual and art, focusing on how each relates to subtle reality and non-ordinary consciousness. Discover art as the craft of manifesting energy, consciousness and spirit into physical form.

The artwork in this exhibit features a wide variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and installation. Life Force Arts CenterArtistic Director Joan Forest Mage says, “It’s fascinating to see the interpretations artists have about the theme. At LFAC, our art exhibits create sacred space in which events become healing rituals: performances, concerts, poetry readings, workshops, lectures are all infused with transformative power to heal and enlighten those present.

“The mission ofLife Force Arts Center (LFAC) is to activate the spiritual power of the visual, literary and performing arts to create transformation and community in artists and audiences. We focus on the arts as a common ground of human expression,where artists of diverse spiritual traditions present artistically excellent exhibits, events and publications to awaken human potential, create spiritual transformation and connect audiences to the mystical dimension.

Exhibiting Artists for Art, Play & Ritual

Steven Blaine Adams
Anna Applegate
Sharon Bechtold
Christopher Bednash
Joanne Bennett
Mary Burton
Yolanda Fernandez-Shebeko
Dorothy Graden

Amy Hassan
John Henderson
Kumar & Nicole Javvaji
Colleen Keough
Kat Kidwell
Colleen Koziara
Jessica Kronika
Beatriz Ledesma

Lorraine Moretti
Kao Ra Zen
Diana Rudaitis
Vivian Sakellariou
Szmeralda Shanel
Elijah Thompson
Sujata Tibrewala
Kevin James Wilson

Performances for Art, Play & Ritual

The date is the date of the premiere performance. 

Snake Ritual 9/9/16