Dora Gyarmati (the owner of Spira) has degrees in both the arts and the sciences and she firmly believes that one needs to keep both alive and active for a healthy and well rounded life.Though Dora choose to keep the yoga studio minimalist in design, she has reached out to her Mom (Katalin Radics) for art pieces to decorate the reception area. When Dora requested paintings from her mom she just gave her colors, Katalin came up with the rest. There is landscape, abstract oil with print collage and three dimensional sculpture paintings. All so different but the color theme somehow makes them work together.
NEW! Rotating exhibit in the hallway:
Sarah Katherine Barrick – Mandalas, visions through photography.
While studying photography and beginning to explore eastern philosophy at Georgia State University in Atlanta, I started creating mandalas in 2003 using photographs of the human body. My first mandalas were printed directly onto fabric using Van Dyke Brown (a process from the late 1800s).
I moved from Atlanta to Seattle in 2007 and found myself living at the base of Tiger Mountain in Issaquah. My amazing new ‘backyard,’ a mountain full of blossoms, berries, and creatures I’d never seen on the east coast, inspired me to start bringing my camera along on hikes and creating mandalas using my nature photography. I continue to photograph flora and fauna in West Seattle where I now reside and am creating sharp, colorful, photographic mandalas printed on aluminum. My newest work has reintroduced elements of the human body and its interaction with the natural environment. The mandala is a tool for me to explore endless themes. My work is constantly evolving and informed by my interests, which currently include our connection to and inability to live in true harmony with nature, meditation, yoga, celestial events and the healing powers of beauty.
My mandalas are created using an 8-pointed star consisting of 16 identical segments from 1 photograph. The eight-pointed star has a rich and diverse religious history and is also symbolic of humanity’s earliest attempts to understand and communicate the order and unity inherent in creation, nature’s rule. Its universal symbolism is one of balance, harmony, and cosmic order.
Although I call my mandalas sacred, they remain secular and accessible to everyone. Children are very drawn to the bold and beautiful patterns that I make with sacred geometry in mind. The mirrored segments of my mandalas mimic the naturally occurring phenomena seen when a tree covered hillside or rocky mountain is reflected symmetrically in a still body of water below.
We often equate symmetry with beauty. Beauty can capture the mind in a positive state and allow it to relax and explore, to wonder and wander through the mind’s eye and deep into the soul. For me, these mandalas often become therapeutic objects of meditation. I am happy when others connect instantly to one of my sacred mandalas and love how they can create a moment of pause and possibly a smile.
My current digital darkroom allows me to create a higher volume of mandalas each year and I’m now making beautiful jewelry & paperweights using miniature prints of my photographic mandalas set under glass domes. I donate 20% of my profits to the ALS association in memory of my uncle Arthur who lost his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease in April of 2013.
To order and for more info on Sarah’s mandalas go to her website: www.sarahbarrick.com
Sarah Barrick was born in 1982 in Northern Virginia. She moved with her family to Kennesaw, GA in 1997. Sarah’s artistic endeavors evolved as a studio art major with a concentration in photography at Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA. Sarah was awarded Undergraduate Photography Student of the Year in addition to receiving the Art & Design Endowment, both from the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in the spring of 2005 and was the recipient of the William S. Kell Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. For the next two years, Sarah focused her talents on providing metro Atlanta with high quality wedding photography and fine art portraits. She relocated to the state of Washington in August of 2007 to continue her fine art practices in a beautiful new setting at the base of the Issaquah Alps. Sarah has now made her home in West Seattle where she can be found photographing nature, events and portraits in the greater Puget Sound, participating in summer festivals, organic veggie gardening, petting her kitty cats, practicing yoga, and making art and jewelry in her home studio.
Permanent exhibit in the reception area:
Biography of Katalin Radics:
On a sunny November afternoon in 2006, we had coffee in the campus cafeteria of UCLA. My friend started talking about the drawing class she took at the Los Angeles County Museum, and turned to me: would you want to join me? I did. This was the beginning of a new passion I developed. I took a number of drawing and painting classes since then, first in LACMA and later as part of the arts program of the Los Angeles Valley College; one class at a time, since I have had a full time job at the Research Library of UCLA.
I bring a series of cultures into my artistic works. I was born in Hungary and spent more than four decades of my life there. Bartók, Liszt, Vasarely, Moholy-Nagy, Pál Erdős, the Rubik cube, George Cukor – this is the first layer of my culture. I was fortunate to spend enough time in France, Austria, Italy, and Germany and study their culture. I experienced the best of European culture and feel as mine. My husband and I made a wild but wonderful decision to move into the US in 1990 together with our daughter, Dora. We immersed ourselves in American culture and found it fascinating.
I am a linguist by training, have a PhD in linguistics, and did research in this field. Retrained myself to become a bibliographer at the Research Library of UCLA. Drawing and painting became my hobby, escape, and pleasure. Painting is a successful and tasteful integration of colors and shapes. I don’t try to follow trends; paint abstract, figurative, collage – whatever I find appropriate to the topic I want to express.
I could not be more proud that Dora chose to decorate her beautiful new Yoga Studio with my artwork. This is the highest recognition for me.