“Marija Gimbutas asserted, from the evidence she found, and from her extensive first-hand knowledge of her place – including its folklore and traditions – that the earliest layers of Western culture were peaceful, and that the primordial Deity in this place was female. Gimbutas says of the Deity of these Old Europeans: ‘She is a metaphor of living Earth – nothing else.’
“Signs Out of Time,” the documentary film about the life and work of Marija Gimbutas, made by Donna Read and Starhawk, combines a wonderful collage of images – both photographic and animated – from the extensive excavations that Gimbutas conducted over decades, with story and photos of her life – who she was and what enabled her unique perspective and synthesis.
“Gimbutas’ method was the application of a rigorous scientific mind in combination with an intuitive sensuous indigenous relationship with her material. And so it is for this great documentary of her life and work, of her theories and her critics, and of her influence on scholarship and consciousness studies. It is itself a document of the complexities and confluences of all these aspects, and pleasurably presented with narration, interviews and animated graphics.”
Excerpts from review of “Signs Out of Time” by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. on the PaGaian Cosmology blog.
Cristina Biaggi, Ph.D, had widely exhibited her work in the U.S., Europe and Australia. In addition to her figurative sculptures and her political and abstract collages, she has created a number of large outdoor sculptures. She has published four books: Habitations of the Great Goddess, In the Footsteps of the Goddess, The Rule of Mars, and Activism into Art into Activism into Art. She has also published a number of articles which have appeared in various publications. Marija Gimbutas was her mentor and friend and wrote an introduction to her first book. Her art work is included in many collections.
A documentary about the world premiere of the Marija Gimbutas's book, Civilization of the Goddess. Produced and directed by Lollie Ragana for Santa Monica City TV. An ecstatic evening with a euphoric crowd as Marjia delivers what she considers the best talk she ever game. The documentary is supplemented by interviews with Starr Goode who produced the book event, and scholars and long time colleagues of Marija—Gloria Orenstein and Miriam Robbins Dexter.
"Herstory: The Visionary Life of Lydia Ruyle and the Banners of the Divine Feminine," is a 1-hour documentary film by Dr. Isadora Leidenfrost shows the colorful and heartwarming story of Lydia Ruyle, a scholar, author, professor, political activist, matriarch, and iconic artist. At age 60, she began creating her Goddess Banners, which are visionary images of the Sacred Feminine drawn from all cultures. The collection grew from 18 banners to over 300, which she used to inspire, empower, teach, and share their herstories all over the world. The film also documents the incredible story of how her worldwide community came together, with less than 2 weeks notice, to celebrate her, say goodbye, and how they honored the passing of a matriarch.
Some of Lydia’s Goddess Banners adorn our Networking Space - thanks to her beloved niece Katie M. Hoffner for providing the images.
Learn more at: https://www.theherstorymovie.com/
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Lucy Dolan holds a BA in Ceramic, Ireland. An MA in Ecopsychology, Viridis Graduate Institute, USA and is currently undertaking a research PhD. Her work synthesizes her academic interests in Irish Arts, Symbols, Myth and Culture: Depth and Ecopsychology and her practical ceramic work. Lucy lives in Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Dolan Artist Statement
The ‘Cupán Cré – Clay Cup’ project offers a contemporary re-imagining of the Irish mythological Vessel of Everlasting Abundance; a numinous symbol that resides in the deep roots of the Irish psyche. The project combines the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities. Comprised of a collection of 39 ceramic pots made from clay gathered from every county on the Island biome of Ireland: there is one pot for each county, one for each province, and one pot made from all of the clay's of Ireland combined. Re-imagining this vessel, offers a symbolic way of conceptualizing and celebrating our inter-relatedness with the wider world.
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The newly formed Kalnas Ensemble is a string quartet focusing on Lithuanian musical roots, exploring compositions of Stanley Chepaitis with improvisatory overtones, as well as performing standard quartet repertoire. The ensemble is a diverse group of multi-talented individuals with a commitment to engaging audiences with a dynamic approach to live performance. In addition their wide spectrum of knowledge and interests allows them offer workshops and other interactive presentations that enhance the meaning and experience of the music they perform.
It's membership includes:
Dr. Stanley Chepaitis, founder, composer, and Violinist
Dr. Chepaitis holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree and a Master of Music, as well as a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He is a versatile performing and recording artist who is at home in a classical string quartet, a jazz band, and anything in between.
His career spans fifty years in which time he has performed Nationally and Internationally, composed and premiered his own works, and recorded seven CD's mostly of original music.
Dr. Chepaitis has been at the forefront of the Alternative Styles Movement having had a leading role in the ASTA Alternative Styles Conferences in '03, '05,06,'07 and '08.
Swana Chepaitis, Violinist
Swana Chepaitis received a diploma in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen Germany. She studied with Maria Grevesmühl and Baroque violin specialist Christoph Heidemann. She has been a member of L'arco (a professional Baroque orchestra based in Hanover, Germany), the Litton String Quartet. Mrs. Chepaitis currently performs with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, does freelance performance as a baroque violinist in the Pittsburgh area, and maintains a studio of 20+ violin students in Indiana, PA.
Simon Maurer, Violin, Baroque Violin, Viola
Simon Maurer grew up in Switzerland in a family of six children, all of whom became professional musicians. He studied violin at the Conservatory in Biel, and continued his studies in the U.S. with Geoffrey Michaels, Joyce Robbins and Claire Hodkins.
Mr. Maurer is an accomplished musician performing chamber music and solo repertoire throughout the eastern United States, Western Europe and China. He is the founder and artistic director of Sunday Sinfonia, a String Orchestra of enthusiastic amateur string players based in Lancaster, Pa.
Mr. Maurer is the artistic director of the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, Committed to performance and education, the group takes pride in bringing classical music to underserved areas. In 2010 the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble took over the leadership of the Schuyllkill Youth Orchestra, newly renamed Gabriel Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Maurer also ventures in the practice of jazz and freestyle improvisation. He has been a featured soloist in Philadelphia area jazz clubs, has performed at “Jazzfest” in Schuylkill County and Reading Pa.
Nancy Baun, Cellist
Cellist Nancy Baun has performed over 1,000 events throughout the United States, including three appearances at Carnegie's Weil Hall, as well as in Switzerland, France, Italy, Iceland, and Canada. She appears on nine piano trio recordings, including a series on the Naxos International label “Home for the Holidays”, a favorite of Public Radio audiences.
Her favorite highlights also include judging the semifinals of the renowned Koussevitzky Competition in New York City, and performing in a World Music Institute event at Merkin Concert Hall.
She has been an elementary music teacher for over 10 years in urban Buffalo, where she designed curriculum for her passion, “collaborative connections with music”. She has received a national Young Audiences grant for her education workshops integrating music with drawing. She currently presents S. T. E. A. M. training to elementary teachers, as well as using music to teach life skills to formerly incarcerated adults.