Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. (map)
Created by artist Joan Bredin-Price, the Dhyani Buddhas featured in the exhibition wed traditional Tibetan Buddhist imagery with a distinctly contemporary American perspective. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the five Buddhas and their duplicate female consorts are to be studied, contemplated, and meditated upon as a method for freeing oneself from the suffering of the human condition. While the imagery remains traditional, Bredin-Price’s paintings are the original work of a Western Buddhist practitioner and artist. Her renderings of archetypal figures reveal her feminist beliefs by portraying the female in each of the five couples in the same size and stance as the male.