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First Friday party w kava, tea, raffle and live music+drumcircle


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We welcome you to our First Friday party art show, featuring artist Karuna Gutowski, at Mandala Holistic Hair & Wellness Studio.

Short bio:

Karuna Gutowski has a BA in Studio Art and psychology from Vermont College. She has studied with Nyoto Nawagawa, Nicholas Wilton and was a studio assistant to Peter Collingwood in the U.K. She has exhibited her artwork throughout the Bay area, and has taught workshops nationally. Karuna was an art instructor at The Putney School, the communications manager for Spirit Rock Meditation Center for 10 years, and currently makes art in her Santa Cruz studio.

Artist Statement:

I am an artist, who experiments with paint and mark making to explore my relationship with the world; always seeking that wild numinous place of unexpected and evocative expression.

I paint as a practice to inhabit and explore the present. I trust an intuitive process of curiosity, and experimentation, as the work continually calls for an element of not knowing, physical engagement, spontaneity and risk, to bring something fresh and alive onto the surface.

Painting, for me, is also a process of reclaiming (and in many ways discovering) an authentic and expressive voice of who I am. My work is always unplanned, as I want to be continually surprised by an evolving experience of exploration and growth.

In conjunction with the display of Karuna’s artwork there will be live music by Micheal Chorvat for the promotion of his fresh album release, a raffle with prizes(!) and our epic drum circle. There will be kava, hot tea and array of delicious food served!

Bring your friends and join our community for a celebration of love, creativity!