If the New Millenium is be the truly fresh start most of us wish
it to be, perhaps we should follow the lead of visual artist, CW Potzz.
After looking at her art (paintings), one would have to conclude that
World Peace was not meant to be a somber condition, but one full of
vibrancy; color and movement; activities of celebration, joy, exuberance
and merriment. Yes, "Kissing and Dancing all Night" (the name
of her show at the First Avenue Gallery-Portland, during the month of
September), would be a fitting way to not only celebrate and herald
in the new Millenium, it could be a life style worthy of "dreaming
Worthy of mentioning is this little known fact: several years ago,
when Lady Potzz was ill (with life-threatening illness), money seemed
scarce. Being realistic and pragmatic, this woman did not go out looking
for a job. She did not apply for Social Security benefits, though Lord
knows she could have qualified. No, instead, she took up her brushes
and began to paint: a few minutes here and there, only to collapse and
rest for 4 hours at a time. "Where else could I work such strange
hours' and get paid for it?"
Contradicting the "starving artist" image is not all
CW (Lady) Potzz is up to. Her art is recognized for its wildly colorful
depiction of life. Refreshing, almost Gauguin-like in approach, her
newest works could be termed "Fantasia of the Future."
"The following words practically wrote themselves as a prelude
to the show:" I think you'll find them richly descriptive
of the tone and the theme of the show. "The hot, thick, moist,
sensuous frangipani scented air in paradise, breeds a microcosm of communities
of natives, gringos, and animals that can live their heritage, their
humanity, and their destinies. Back millions of years ago, when on this
planet and others Things' that were alive, decided to separate
from them selves, to form new bonds and breeds to rule the universe
in a way that was no longer conducive to the great joy and happiness
that once existed here.In the approaching millenium, and the end of
three dimensional universe as we know it, some of these beings have
been asked to reclaim their souls and spirits for themselves in an effort
to make this transformation as easy as possible for those who have made
the decision to stay. These paintings, performed with great love, compassion
and heart, are the creation of an artist who in trying to re-connect
with her own spirit and soul, found paradise through a seemingly failed
portion of humanity in a location that was designed by God as Her prototype
of perfection. These paintings are laden with angels and other beings,
and represent the positive movement of all of us to reunite with each
other and move into the next dimension and into a paradise of our own.
Maybe even Heaven on Earth."
Con amor y besos, CW Potzz
"We start out as Angels, then we lose our wings" is the title
of one such painting by visionary artist, CW (Lady) Potzz, who discovered
paradise last year, and has been celebrating ever since. Bring a friend
and immerse yourself in the colors of joyous celebration. First
Thursday', Sept. 2nd, First Avenue Gallery. 503.222-3850.
If art can inspire, it can heal. Indulge in a little healing inspiration.
It could serve as a reminder to each of us to live in ways that honor
ourselves, each other, and all beings. Time off for good behavior, anyone?
Artist, business / promotion coach and writer, Nancy Pagaduan
can be reached at 503.649-6354