October 19 — ALBANY Set against a captivating backdrop of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, soothing tones will help you relax, rejuvenate and relive when The Art of Sound returns to the Albany Museum of Art on Saturday.
The session will again be facilitated by Amanda Borghi of Inherent Sound and 229 Yoga, the latter of which runs monthly yoga sessions at AMA. Doors will open at 9:00 am on October 23, and organizers are asking participants to be seated by 9:20 am for The Art of Sound, which will start at 9:30 am No late entry will be allowed.
“There is something special about sound meditation in the gallery,” Borghi said. “Being surrounded by art, creativity and creation brings a unique vibe and texture to the experience. Museums have always been a place of relaxation for me.
“Taking in, contemplating and embracing art is a meditation in itself. It makes perfect sense to come to this relaxation space to dive even deeper into the relaxation we all so badly need now more than ever.”
The Art of Sound will take place in the Haley Gallery, which hosts European Splendors: Old Master Paintings from the Kress Collection. Organized by the Columbia Museum of Art, the exhibition features 29 paintings by European master artists from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The exhibition continues until December 23, 2021.
The backdrop of beautiful classical art creates the perfect setting to experience the soft tones and sounds that Borghi will generate. Attendees of The Art of Sound can expect to unplug, relax and rekindle their spirits in this immersive “bath” of healing sounds from crystal quartz bowls, gongs and drums.
Sounds build and evolve smoothly, producing an ocean of living, timeless sounds designed to interact with the body, purifying and rejuvenating physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Blockages and tensions are removed, leaving participants centered, refreshed, energized and fully present and connected with the surrounding world.
“As we emerge from another wave of COVID and prepare for what will certainly be an extremely busy holiday season, now is the perfect time for everyone to take a break and recharge,” Annie Vanoteghem, AMA Director of Education and Public Programming, mentioned. “We are delighted to be able to present this experience again.
No movement is required of participants. Guests will be invited to stretch out comfortably on yoga mats in the gallery while enjoying the sounds during this 90-minute experience. Social distancing instructions will be respected and the session will be limited to 30 participants.
“Partnerships like this are important as we create new ways of appreciating art,” said WADA Executive Director Andrew J. Wulf. “We are always excited to bring innovative artistic experiences to Albany.”
Borghi said she was happy to see the different experiences WADA creates for members and guests through programming, partnerships and community outreach.
“I am filled with gratitude for WADA,” she said. “They are constantly creating experiences to bring beauty into the life of our community and to redefine and make the experience of art accessible to all.”
The cost to participate in The Art of Sound is $ 30 for AMA members and $ 35 for non-members. You will find a link to register on www.albanymuseum.com/art-of-sound.
The next Yoga in the Gallery session starts at 5:30 p.m. on October 29. The yoga session is free for AMA members and $ 10 for non-members. For those with young children, the Albany Museum of Art will have volunteers available to watch the children play in AMAzing Space while adults and older children participate in Yoga in the Gallery.
“European Splendors: Old Master Paintings from the Kress Collection” is organized by the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina, with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation of New York. His exhibition at AMA was made possible by the Walter and Frances Bunzl Family Foundation.