Temple of the Universe in Alachua, Florida is a rare jewel. Our teacher, Mickey Singer, author of The Unteathered Soul, started the Temple. Whenever we find ourselves in Northern Florida, we make sure to visit this man whose words echo with unconditional happiness for the miracle of existence. See Mickey's talk on Oprah and read a book that changes lives.
Alex & Allyson at the Temple of the Universe
Gainesville, Florida is the home of the University of Florida Medical School and Shands, it's teaching hospital. Our first time here in 1996, we were invited to create a performance installation in the atrium lobby of the Children's Hospital for a Valentine's Day celebration. The party also included dozens of child sized harps provided by the Thanatopic Society for children to try their angelic hands, plus tables of art supplies for patients and family members to create colorful holiday greeting cards. Our installation, created with the help of our daughter, Zena, was entitled "Mending the Heart Net." Everyone attending the celebration or just passing through the lobby was invited to write their "heart's desire," a prayer or blessing on a bandage that tied a fabric heart to the net. The net did not obscure the beautiful wall of ceramic tiles previously created by child cancer patients.
Mending the Heart Net, 1996
The University of Florida Medical School has an extraordinary Center for Spirituality and Health program where art as a healing force is embraced and promoted to medical professionals. Through the years, our friends in Gainesville have brought us back from time to time to share Alex's artwork and the CoSM's "art as a spiritual practice" philosophy that is fully supported by the medical community here.
The Harn Museum in Gainesville has graciously agreed to host a FREE talk this evening featuring the book Net of Being and a book signing. See below for details and join us if you are in the area. It's FREE and seating is limited.
AREA 51 PRESENTS THE 3RD ANNUAL VISIONARY ARTS FAIR
Leaving Gainesville we travel to Athens, Atlanta and Asheville right in a row. Check the scroll below and cosm.org to find out all about the not-to-be-missed art and music that is being featured at these shows. The Love Tribe will be out in force and we look forward to celebrating with our Southern cousins.
Alex and Allyson
Special thanks to Jason Wilson of Integrity Tattoos for the great photo.