Past Exhibit

“May Day” by Tanzen Lilly

The Waxing Year

February 9 - July 10, 2019

the first of two multidisciplinary arts shows exploring the transformative power of attuning to nature’s seasons

Opening Reception  Saturday, February 9, 2019, 7 – 10 PM. Exhibit runs February 9 – July 10, 2019. Free admission to exhibit and Opening Reception.

Explore the transformative power of attuning to nature’s seasons as Life Force Arts Foundation presents the art exhibit and multidisciplinary arts show The Waxing Year, running from February 9 – July 10, 2019 at Life Force Arts Foundation, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago IL 60657.

Opening Reception is Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 7 – 10 PM. Gallery Hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 1:30 – 6:30 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free to the exhibit and Opening Reception. Workshops, Healing Performances and other events related to the theme will be held as part of the show. For more information, please contact Joan Forest Mage, Artistic Director, 773-327-7224,

The Waxing Year is the first of two exhibits in 2019 at Life Force Arts Foundation that explore the meaning and transformative potential of attuning to nature’s seasons.  The exhibits are based in the Life Force Arts Method (LFAM), a powerful spiritual tool for building positive relationships from one’s inner world to the outer world.

The word “waxing” means getting larger; the word “waning” means getting smaller. Each year, the waxing half of the year is from December 21 – June 20, when the days grow longer; and the waning half of the year is from June 20 – December 21, when the days grow shorter. (These dates refer to the Northern Hemisphere).

The seasonal festivals of the Waxing Year are

Quickening (February 2) – the earliest stirrings of new life underground

Spring (March 20) – the greening of the world

May Day (May 1) – the flowering of nature

Midsummer (June 20) – the full lushness of the growing season 

By attuning ourselves to the changes in nature happening as the year waxes and wanes, we become more in tune with our bodies, minds and emotions, and to our connection with all life. Throughout history and in every culture, artists, teachers, healers and community builders have worked with the seasons to help their communities live in harmony with self, society, nature and the spirit realm. 

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

Exhibiting Artists for The Waxing Year

Steven Blaine Adams
Sharon Bechtold
Barb Ezell
Kurt Fondriest
Gariel Gebka
Ladan Ghajar
Sofia Girlando

Dorothy Graden
John Henderson
Kat Kidwell
Colleen Koziara
Jessica Kronika
Thom Lausch
Tanzen Lilly

Lorraine Moretti
Lisa Nomikos
Diana Rudaitis
Gordy Stevic
Sujata Tibrewala
Corinne Viner


Performances for The Waxing Year

The date is the date of the premiere performance.

Greenman 6/29/19
Communal Garden of Earth 5/4/19
Roots & Wings 3/23/19
Following Hidden Streams 2/20/19