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BELLOWS FALLS—Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal Street, presents ‘Sacred Geometry’, the first solo exhibition by artist John van der Does. It features paintings of brightly colored abstract mathematical designs inspired by the yoga tradition of the yantra. The solo exhibition is presented from August 3 to September 10.

The public is invited to a yoga session with the artist on Friday, August 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for a unique event in the gallery. The event is free and the number of places is limited. Participants can use the gallery to practice their yoga postures with the artist. Van der Does will share his practice, which includes studies in Sanskrit and the use of mantras and yantras in meditation. Bring your own yoga mat.

In this exhibition, van der Does explores the use of sacred geometry as meditation and a personal spiritual path. The exhibition also includes sketchbook drawings and the artist’s latest work with zen circles.

A yantra is a precise geometric design that visually expresses the practice of yoga. Mantras are sounds that verbally express the vibrations of a yantra pattern. There are many mantras and yantras in Hinduism, each one is associated with a personified deity, as well as having its own meaning and usage.

Van der Does’s work is similar to the colors and patterns of Hilma af Klimt’s abstract paintings which attracted a lot of attention at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2018-2019. Like van der Does, Klimt’s paintings stem directly from his spiritual practice and reflect an effort to articulate mystical views of reality.

John van der Does is based in Andover, Vermont and is a longtime yoga practitioner and teacher. Van der Does trained as a yoga teacher at Sivinanda Yoga Camp in Val Morin, Quebec. He studied Sanskrit at the American Sanskrit Institute. Most recently, he taught at Studio Time and Space, in Springfield, Vermont.

Van der Does’s yoga practice includes the study of the Hindu liturgical language of Sanskrit; the physical discipline of asanas, or postures; the verbal use of mantras; and the visual practice of drawing yantras.

Canal Street Art Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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