Anthology Reading and Mural Exhibit at Olive
Contributors to the recently published anthology titled Spell Breaking: Remembered
Ways of Being will read and sign books at Olive Free Library on Sunday, February
23 at 3:00 p.m. The Traveling Mural of Community Dreams will be on display in the
library’s community room from February 13 through March 13 to accompany the
West Shokan, NY –Spell Breaking: Remembered Ways of Being is a stirring collection of stories
featuring the fresh voices of twenty members of an international Women's Mysteries
community. The reader travels with these eclectic women through intimate spaces and
territories ranging from the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the shores of Long Island to
Egypt, South America, Canada, Italy and the heart of Native America.
The potency of Yoruba ritual, the grief of loss, the awakening of creativity and life purpose,
the renewal of resolve and the transcendence of life-threatening illness are some of the many
themes explored in the book. Feelings, dreams, and memories illuminate the often harrowing
process of "Spell Breaking" that can lead to a special kind of satisfaction, the remembering
of deep and essential "ways of being".
Edited by Ione and published by Deep Listening, this work has grown out of an
international program of workshops that is called the Ministry of Maat. Contributors
include: Ione; Ximena Alarcón; Lisa Barnard Kelley; Sangeeta Laura Biagi; Sadee Brathwaite;
Monique Buzzarté; Carol Chappell; Liz Gessner; Heloise Gold; Andrea Goodman; Jaclyn
Heyen; Andrea Israel; Rachel Koenig; Amshatar "Ololodi" Monroe; Pauline Oliveros; Shirley
Parker-Benjamin; Mary Elizabeth Thunder; Julia White; Anne Hemenway; and Julie Winter.
The Dream Festival is an international celebration of dreams and dreamers curated
by Ione. Going on its 16th year, this global community event includes artwork,
performances and workshops by world-class artists, everyday dreamers and inspired
beings. In 2013 the festival included a community art project to create a visual tapestry of
dreams created by the local community of artists of all ages from amateur to professional.
The 2013 Dream Festival, held from October to December 2013, included three free
workshops at O+ Festival, R&F Paints, and Deep Listening Space in Kingston. Deep
Listening Institute staff helped participating dreamers create a piece of dream art on a 5”
square canvas panel (materials provided). They also invited professsional artists to participate
using their own mediums. The resulting mural is comprised of 64 panels created by dreamers
throughout Ulster and Dutchess Counties, including students from Kingston High School
and festival-goers to this year’s O+ Festival.