Bhumisparsha

This painting, Bhumisparsha, or Earth-touching Mudra, by Michelle DeMarco, an award-winning egg tempera painter, emerged from her time spent visiting Opacum Woods in Sturbridge through the fall and winter of 2006.

Limited edition prints are available through special order at a cost of $100 each. More than 90% of the proceeds go directly to Opacum Land Trust to help fund its mission: conserving land for a better tomorrow. The balance of the proceeds will offset the cost of materials to produce the prints.

Prints may be purchased by calling Opacum at 508-347-9144, or via e-mail: info@opacumlt.org

The Painting
DeMarco’s most recent work, inspired by the Opacum Land Trust mission, will be made available through a limited edition archival print.

DeMarco originally toured Opacum Woods with Carol Childress and Jennifer Morrison (volunteer Executive Director and volunteer Treasurer) as they explored the idea of how they could cooperatively join “forces” to benefit the land trust’s mission. The walk took place on a fall afternoon when the light illuminated the beauty of the birch trees with their cascading yellow leaves, and enlivened the delicate mosses growing on the trees and rocks. This was the birth of her inspiration for Bhumisparsha.

The unveiling of Bhumisparsha took place in July 2007, at Opacum’s First Annual Eco-Art Silent Auction.

The limited edition prints are available through special order at a cost of $100 each. More than 90% of the proceeds go directly to Opacum Land Trust to help fund its mission: conserving land for a better tomorrow. The balance of the proceeds will offset the cost of materials to produce the prints.

Prints may be purchased by calling Opacum at 508-347-9144, or via e-mail: info@opacumlt.org

The Artist
Visit A Geography of Hope, DeMarco's blog: www.ageographyofhope.blogspot.com
Michelle DeMarco (www.michelledemarco.com) is one of a new emerging genre of eco-artists who combine ecology, spirituality, activism and ethics within their work. DeMarco, who is an egg tempera artist, merges art making with environmentally ethical practices and an integrated lifestyle.

Her works are poetic and pragmatic, insistent yet gentle. While vested with urgency, they are also mindful of the continuum of rhythms that have their own pace. DeMarco’s luminous images of ordinary beauty take on meanings of familiarity bringing the viewer directly to a prosaic place of origin and offering the realization that our awareness to an object (or person) reveals its beauty. Here the beauty is nature and our interdependence, individually and collectively.

DeMarco holds a B.F.A. from UMASS. She is a western MA based artist whose work has been shown throughout New England and New York in museums, galleries and group shows. Her most recent award was: Best of Show in Quests, Visions & Journeys of the Spirit, the Monson Arts Council’s 2007 Spring Exhibition. Her work can been seen at The William Scott Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and Nature’s Gallery and Art and Soul Studio in Brimfield, MA. Michelle is a member of the Society of Tempera Painters (www.eggtempera.com) and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.


Egg Tempera Painting
Egg tempera, a pre-Renaissance style or working, espouses empathy, connection and belonging between the artist and her materials. It is a deliberate style of painting using finely ground, naturally found materials mixed with water and egg yolk. DeMarco selects specific earth-based pigments for their hue and quality. She chooses the blues of lapis lazuli and azurite from Chile; the greens of malachite and earth from Verona, Italy; the yellow ochres from France; the red siennas from Italy and cinnabars from China; the browns of raw umbers from Cyprus; the purple of vesuvianite from South Africa; and the luminous whites of oyster shells from Japan.