This Saturday, February 6, 2015, Amara Yoga & Arts, 300 South Broadway Avenue in Urbana, will unveil a new exhibit by local artist Suzanne Keith Loechl. From 5:30 - 8:00 pm, guests will also enjoy food, drink and two opportunities for community art-making: co-creation of a space-themed mobile for the Amara Art Collective’s Boneyard Art Festival event, or participation in artist/yogi Kristina Reese’s “Color by Chakra” exploration of the solar plexus through gentle yoga poses, breathwork, mediation and the creation of a chakra yanta symbol for an additional $10.
Suzanne Loechl draws her inspiration “from the land around me. My work is an ongoing exploration, which endeavors to portray the natural world and those who live in it (or on it) as strangely beautiful -- yet enormously fragile.”
“The earth beats and hums with zillions of tiny (or not so tiny) systems that are perfectly calibrated to maintain the balance of life. What we actually see is temporary, but the unseen is where the magic lies,” explains Loechl.
A trained landscape architect, Loechl holds that “landscapes are like memories-- layers upon layers of history are recorded in one person’s psyche or one plot of land. Not just human memories, but those of all the plants and animals with whom we share this planet.”
“Like people, the landscape reinvents itself,” Loechl observes. “It heals when it’s wounded, but sometimes it scars for life. Elements of the whole are nurtured or rubbed away.” Loechl’s methods are clearly informed by this view. She works in layers, watching as elements are transformed over time and in response to the addition of water and a variety of paint mediums.
Suzanne Keith Loechl was born in England and moved to the United States as a young child. Growing up she had opportunity to experience many places including the English countryside, New York, Washington DC, London and Central Illinois, all of which have served as inspiration for her work.
Recently ordained as an interfaith minister through a seminary in NYC, Loechl explores “the natural and human-made landscape, at times depicting it laced with organic and spiritual patterning.” She finds herself particularly drawn to “cultural patterns and human behavior in a variety of settings.”
Loechl’s work will be on display at Amara Yoga & Arts through the beginning of April. For more information about Suzanne Loechl, visit http://www.suzannekeithloechl.com/
Amara Yoga & Arts’ mission is to bring high-quality, fun and innovative yoga and arts programs to the C-U community. Amara offers daily yoga classes at varying levels of intensity on a drop-in basis, workshops, retreats and yoga teacher training, as well as programs for children. More information including schedules, rates, class descriptions and teacher bios can be found at www.amarayoga.com.