FARMINGTON — SugarWood Gallery’s “Artist of the Month” Dr. Susan Sanders will be feted at an Open House Reception set for 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at 248 Broadway. Refreshments will be served.

Paintings to be exhibited include: “The Sacred Marriage: Coniunctio,” “The Fiery Trial,” “Howling with the moon,” “Alchemy,” “The Crowning of Chiron,” “Sweet Grapes” and “Be Anxious for Nothing.”

This grouping of allegorical images illustrates alchemical myths. The Medieval Alchemists believed that they were on the trail to a process which would transform base metals into gold. Others sought the Philosopher’s Stone.

Alchemy was not a highly regarded occupation; the authorities of the time were a danger to the craft and to the lives of the Alchemists. In order to communicate their craft to one another, they turned to allegorical images. Recipes for transcendence; the Hermetic Tradition of antiquity.

These seven paintings depict the various processes of seeking the Philosopher’s Stone. Folk and faerie tales give us enchanting clues about the process of spinning straw intogold; these images portray such tales as these.

A lecture style talk is set for 6 p.m. after visitors have had an opportunity to view the exhibit.

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