Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

In 1987, I came across the work of Alex Grey. I saw one of his paintings — Kissing — in poster form at the New Voyage Bookstore in Rochester, NY. It blew me away. It was unlike any art I’d ever seen. This and Alex’s other paintings expressed many of the experiences I was having around that period in my life.


In 2004, he opened Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, a long-term installation of his art and the visionary art of his wife Allyson. It is best experienced in person, but the website gives a good feel for what’s in the chapel which is open to the public.

ast night, Shep and I attended one of their Entheocentric Salon happenings there, which combines art, music, dancing and community. It began with an opening reception for Allyson’s new work, followed by live and recorded music including a 2-hour booty-shaking performance by Club D’Elf, a very cool instrumental band based in Boston.

Interspersed within the music and dancing were Alex, Allyson and other artists painting live while chatting with anyone who wanted to talk. It was amazing to see Alex bringing life to a blackened canvas throughout the night and into the morning. I am in awe of the vision that Alex and Allyson have for bringing all of these elements together and sharing this vision.

Kissing by Alex Grey, 1983, used in accordance with his published policy.


2 Responses to “Chapel of Sacred Mirrors”

  1. 1 Jessie March 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    his work is intense! so intricate, so full of energy, so full of LIFE! your outing sounds incredibly interesting. i wish i could have gone with you!

  2. 2 susanna March 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    So cool! This painting is so passionate. And the flames that are fanning above their heads reminds me of the Biblical story of “talking in tongues”. I’m going to have to visit the Chapel in NYC this summer. I get a kick hearing of Shep and your nocturnal adventures. You both really are living up the weekends!

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