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A Prayer for the Earth exhibit open Friday at MacNider Museum

MASON CITY – A Prayer for the Earth, a one-person exhibition by California artist Linda Vallejo, opens on Friday, April 13, at 9 a.m. in the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery. Vallejo’s artwork encompasses a vision of nature’s beauty, a concern for our threatened environment, and a sense of the natural world’s sanctity as taught by indigenous peoples around the globe.

Vallejo has drawn upon the wisdom of the native peoples of the Americas and her own spiritual training in those traditions. A Prayer for the Earth embodies the teachings that see the integration of all things, animate and inanimate, in a single sacred cosmology. This sense of wholeness is in the central mandala with earth, water, fire, and air forming cardinal points on the great wheel at whose heart is the blue earth, protected by images of the world’s traditional indigenous peoples.

The artist has also created a number of panoramic landscape paintings that are alive with an almost psychedelic fervor. Colored auras and forms that move with a dancing energy identify the landscapes as both inherently alive and the object of visionary meditation.

“Vallejo gives us a sanctuary where the personal and the global find a common language, charged with outrage and love.”
-John Mendelsohn

A Prayer for the Earth will be on display in the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery from April 13 – June 23, 2012. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the David & Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation.

Please join the Museum in welcoming the artist to Mason City on Friday, April 20, during MacNider: Off the Clock from 5-7 p.m. She will be available to speak to visitors one on one and to answer any questions about her artwork. This event is free and open to the public.

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