The Waxing Year (February 9 - July 10, 2019)

the first of two multidisciplinary arts shows exploring the transformative power of attuning to nature's seasons

Opening Reception  

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 7 - 10 PM

Exhibit runs

February 9 - July 10, 2019

Free admission to exhibit and Opening Reception

Open Gallery Hours

Thursdays & Fridays

1:30 - 6:30 PM

and by appointment

Explore the transformative power of attuning to nature's seasons as Life Force Arts Foundation presents the art exhibit and multidisciplinary arts show The Waxing Year, running from February 9 - July 10, 2019 at Life Force Arts Foundation, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago IL 60657.

Opening Reception is Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 7 - 10 PM. Gallery Hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 1:30 - 6:30 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free to the exhibit and Opening Reception. Workshops, Healing Performances and other events related to the theme will be held as part of the show. For more information, please contact Joan Forest Mage, Artistic Director, 773-327-7224,

The Waxing Year is the first of two exhibits in 2019 at Life Force Arts Foundation that explore the meaning and transformative potential of attuning to nature's seasons.  The exhibits are based in the Life Force Arts Method (LFAM), a powerful spiritual tool for building positive relationships from one's inner world to the outer world.

The word "waxing" means getting larger; the word "waning" means getting smaller. Each year, the waxing half of the year is from December 21 - June 20, when the days grow longer; and the waning half of the year is from June 20 - December 21, when the days grow shorter. (These dates refer to the Northern Hemisphere).

The seasonal festivals of the Waxing Year are
  • Quickening (February 2) - the earliest stirrings of new life underground
  • Spring (March 20) - the greening of the world
  • May Day (May 1) - the flowering of nature
  • Midsummer (June 20) - the full lushness of the growing season 
By attuning ourselves to the changes in nature happening as the year waxes and wanes, we become more in tune with our bodies, minds and emotions, and to our connection with all life. Throughout history and in every culture, artists, teachers, healers and community builders have worked with the seasons to help their communities live in harmony with self, society, nature and the spirit realm. 
The exhibit features a wide variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and installation. Life Force Arts Foundation Artistic Director Joan Forest Mage says, "It's fascinating to see the interpretations that artists have about the theme. At LFAF, our art exhibits create sacred space in which performances, concerts, poetry readings, workshops, lectures become healing rituals, infused with transformative power to heal and enlighten."

Featured artists - The Waxing Year

Steven Blaine Adams

Sharon Bechtold  

Gabriel Gebka

Ladan Ghajar

Sofia Girlando

Lorraine Moretti

Life Force Arts Foundation (LFAF) creates spiritual transformation through the arts based in the Life Force Arts Method, a modern version of universal wisdom teachings that value true self and creative community. LFAF presents visual, literary and performing art exhibits and events that awaken human potential, deepen mystical experience and create spiritual transformation. Life Force Arts Foundation operates Life Force Arts Ensemble, a company of dancers, singers, musicians, actors, storytellers, writers and visual artists; and maintains its own facility, Life Force Arts Center.



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