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Swan Vision Gallery presents 'Two Birds' beginning May 5

Brian Frink’s acrylic on panel, called “One Flew,” was his response to an ancient verse from the Upanishads. Submitted photo1 / 5
Jim Denomie painted an oil on canvas, titled “Beautiful Witches” as a response to a verse from the ancient Upanishads. Submitted photo2 / 5
Judy Onofrio’s piece, titled “Tablet,” uses bones, matt medium and colorant. Submitted photo3 / 5
Celeste Nelms’ digital print on metal, titled “Princess,” was her response to a verse from the ancient Upanishads. Submitted photo4 / 5
An archival digital print by artist Lisa Nebenzahl, titled “nightbirds + cloud,” 2019, in response to a verse from the ancient Upanishads. Submitted photo 5 / 5

MAIDEN ROCK — Swan Vision is pleased to announce its first exhibition of the 2019 season with "Two Birds," featuring creative responses by 23 artists to a verse from the ancient Upanishads.

"Two Birds" is on view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, May 5 through June 22, at Santosha Center in Maiden Rock. Swan Vision is located at W3542 State Road 35 (the corner of 35 and County Road S)

About "Two Birds"

During these complicated times of the earlyish 21st century it can be useful to still the mind and look within. An ancient text from the Mundaka Upanishad offers this instruction: Two birds perch in the selfsame tree. One bird eats the sweet and bitter fruit. The other bird watches.

This metaphor images life-long companions—the individual self and the higher self (or witness) in one tree or one body. In December 2018, Swan Vision curator Cynde Randall invited some of her favorite artists to respond to the two bird Upanishad. Twenty-two artists accepted her invitation. They include: B.J. Christofferson, Kelly Connole, Jim Denomie, Jan D. Elftmann, Brian Frink, Bill Gorcica, Christie Hawkins, Barbara Kreft, David Lefkowitz, Mary Ludington, Monica Lyon, Celeste Nelms, Stuart Nielsen, Arne Nyen, Lisa Nebenzahl, Judy Onofrio, John Pearson, Cynde Randall, Nancy Randall, Xavier Tavera, Sandra Menefee Taylor, Ann Wood and David Wyrick.

The artwork featured in "Two Birds" presents an array of signature styles through paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures. While bird imagery does occupy this presentation, the exhibition also reveals diverse symbolism and a surprising cast of characters, chosen by the artists, to illuminate the 'two birds' of consciousness.

The Upanishads are ancient, sacred texts—central to Hinduism—that address self-realization, non-violence, compassion and other spiritual concepts still relevant to life in the 21st century. The Two Birds text, presented above, describes the gist of the Mundaka Upanishad, Chapter 3, verse 1. The Upanishads were originally written in Sanskrit, with numerous translations available today.

For more information, visit www.swanvision.net or contact Cynde Randall at 612-250-9222 or cynderandall@centurytel.net