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The Art of the Magical and the Mystical

Dawn Gaskill Poppies

By Joseph Dispenza

Art’s magical and mystical powers come from addressing our two levels of being: the conscious one that delights our eyes and senses, and the unconscious one that captures our imagination and speaks to our soul. You will not want to miss the latest works of Dawn Gaskill and Dan and Nisha Ferguson (whose work together is known as DaNisha Sculpture). Their art will delight you and engage you on many levels when they present their newest work at Teatro Ángela Peralta.  These artists all make their home in San Miguel de Allende.

The Magical and the Mystical
Tue, Mar 10, 5-8pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta

Dawn travels the world extensively and returns with an awareness of and appreciation for the different cultures, belief systems, archetypes and symbols. Her goal is to take these universal symbols and make them personal. Her latest work integrates ancient symbols as well as the meanings of numbers, flowers, and actual gemstones and crystals for the energy they provide.

She is currently working with encaustic medium that she makes with beeswax and tree resin, as well as earth pigments, to make all her own colors for their specific resonance. She frequently paints up to 65 thin glazes in layers, fusing each layer to the next with a torch. Dawn says, “It’s like painting with fire. There is surrender to the medium, then I carve and add gemstones or resin figures that I make for extra meaning and dimension. My newest paintings are called Awakening. Gurdjieff called it the war against sleep—we have to be awake to make our dreams come true.”

Canadian artists Nisha and Dan Ferguson met at the Art Centre of the Central Technical School of Ontario, and, after graduation, married. Internationally renowned as DaNisha Sculpture, they exhibit their work in prestigious galleries and boutiques throughout Canada, Mexico, the US, and Australia. They have an amazing partnership in life and in their work. Dan makes the sculptures for the images and has a wonderful facility for capturing magical expressions on the animals, while Nisha then draws and plans the colors for each sculpture. They make limited editions with Nisha’s unique and fanciful drawings, and no two designs are alike. They use two materials, ceramic and bronze. Much of their work is characterized by the fanciful dances of animals around the insides and outsides of bowls and other ceramic objects and cityscapes, sometimes encompassing a whole town with all its buildings around a bowl. Most recently, Dan and Nisha have been commissioned to make four of their eight-foot sculptural towers for the entryways to the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsey in Sarasota, Florida.

“The Magical and the Mystical” is a rare opportunity to savor the exquisite art of three marvelous artists. Their vibrant and joyful work is a delight and an inspiration.

Joseph Dispenza is a writer who lives in San Miguel.


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