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Fri, May 17


ArtUsCo Art Gallery

Visionary Voices: Art, Psychedelics & the Trip Within

How can psychedelics impact one's creative process and journey as an artist? Join our panel of visual artists in a conversation about creativity, mystical experiences, transcendence and the role of psychedelics in their quest to heal, transform & make art.

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Visionary Voices: Art, Psychedelics & the Trip Within
Visionary Voices: Art, Psychedelics & the Trip Within

Time & Location

May 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT

ArtUsCo Art Gallery, 10000 Research Blvd ste 141, Austin, TX 78759, USA

About the event

How can psychedelics impact one's creative process and journey as an artist? Join our panel of visual artists in a conversation about creativity, mystical experiences, transcendence, spirituality, and the role of psychedelics in the quest to heal, transform, and translate inspiration into art. We'll discuss psychedelics as creative tools, art as integration, the visual signatures of medicines, sacred geometry, AI, and more.  This fascinating conversation, set amongst the backdrop of ArtUSCo's new Ethereal Reveries show, will feature artists Melanie Farris, Jag Wired, Alex Ruiz and will be moderated by the Center for Shamanic Education and Exchange's Mary Olivar. Don't miss the inspiring conversation and the chance to mix, mingle, and view the art in the Ethereal Reveries show! A special thanks to ArtUsCO for collaborating with us!

The Panelists:

Melanie Farris:

Melanie Farris creates her work in Buda, Texas, where her hand-painted canvases embody the cosmic interconnectedness and the sublime order of the universe. Through geometric symmetry and esoteric symbolism, she invites viewers on a contemplative journey into the soul's resonance with nature's patterns. Each piece is a hand-crafted portal, merging the depth of psychedelic experiences with the universal language of sacred geometry.

Alex Ruiz:

Austin-based artist Alex Ruiz is a firm believer in the transformative and healing power of creativity. Over the years, he has worked on multi-million-dollar  Marvel films and television productions such as the Simpsons and served clients across various creative industries. Currently, his work focuses on creating imagery and experiences within the healing, psychedelic, and personal development spaces. What truly drives him these days is the opportunity to share the magic of creation with those who feel they have lost touch with their creativity. He offers immersive art classes, workshops, and one-on-one creative coaching to help people reignite their passion for the arts.

Jag Wired:

Jag Wired is a visual artist based in San Antonio whose works are inspired by the healing and transformative nature of mushrooms and the connections that are formed within and outside the self. 

Mary Olivar (Moderator):

As a board member for the Center for Shamanic Education and Exchange, Mary Olivar champions the continuation of Indigenous wisdom, practices, and cultures. As an advisor and mentor, her unique approach blends Conscious Capitalism principles with traditional wisdom, offering businesses a pathway to align their core missions with higher purposes, leading to harmonious relationships between purpose and success. Mary's expertise and insights have earned her invitations to speak at events such as SXSW, where she has shared her wisdom on conscious topics and advises on the intersection of psychedelics, health, MedTech, and culture. Mary's personal life reflects her values, rooted in nature and a deep connection to spiritual practices.

The Evening's Agenda:

7pm - Doors Open

7:30pm-8:30pm - Panel Conversation

8:30-10pm - Mix, Mingle, Connect, and View Art!

PsyT Disclaimer: Version January 2024

PsyT does not hold ceremonies or promote illegal activities during our events. This is not a place to seek, encourage, or participate in the procurement of controlled substances. You agree that you will not contact us for such things and will not engage in any such activities in your participation in any PsyT event. We provide a platform to discuss experiences that offer transformation in our personal and professional lives. You acknowledge that any information we provide is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

**Please do not use our space to promote or source substance and retreats**


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