The "heART Workshops" at the Banana Factory

Sponsored by Healing through the Arts and Marlene "Linny" Fowler.

heART Series

ArtsQuest introduces the new heART series! Geared for adults, these carefully crafted workshops are taught by very special artists from all over the world are designed to bring out the creative spirit in everyone regardless of art experience. They compliment one another and are perfect for those seeking mind, body and energy renewal.

Rodale Catering and Events will be providing light organic meal options for purchase during these events. Additional parking is available at the Riverport Garage adjacent to the Banana Factory.


The Workshops

No workshops are scheduled at this time.

Friday, April 26

The Banana Factory - Crayola Gallery
$45 - Includes BOTH workshops! - buy tickets

Eagle Dance with John Fitzgerald Toya
7-7:30 p.m.
Limited to 50 participants 

Artist and dancer John Fitzgerald Toya of the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico starts off this special weekend by performing the sacred Eagle Dance dressed in full regalia. Toya will discuss the significance of art in Native American culture and its integral part in healing and spiritual ceremonies. John has traveled around the globe teaching Native American traditions in art and dance. Join him Saturday for a special pottery workshop in the Banana Factory’s clay classroom.



The Drum & Chant Workshop with Jim Donovan
8-10 p.m.

Enjoy learning how to use the power of sound to effectively unblock, transform and increase your energy. Through the group drumming, chanting and breath-work, you’ll learn how to gain energized mental clarity, reduce fear and anxiety, unblock emotional congestion, open creative inspiration and expand your conscious awareness. Beginners are always warmly welcomed; drums are provided. This workshop shows you how to:

  • Energize the brain and clear the mind
  • Lessen resistance, fear and apathy
  • Create deep relaxation and stress relief
  • Expand conscious awareness
  • Unblock energetic and emotional congestion
  • Open creative thinking and expression



Saturday, April 27

The Corn Maiden Pottery Workshop with John Fitzgerald Toya
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Banana Factory - Clay Classroom
$35 - buy tickets
Limited to 20 participants 

In the Pueblo Indian culture, corn is the very symbol of life - through this gift the Corn Maiden brings the power of life to the people. As the corn is given life by the sun, the Corn Maiden brings the fire of the sun into the human bodies, making them as the creator designed them to be. In this hands-on pottery workshop artist John Fitzgerald Toya helps you create your own Corn Maiden from clay. No experience necessary; kiln firing and artwork pick-up will be arranged for a later date.



Vedic Painting with Ingunn Moseng
1:30-4 p.m.
Crayola Gallery
$35 - buy tickets
Limited to 20 participants

Norwegian painter and art educator Ingunn Moseng is the owner of Gallery Moseng, where she teaches a wide variety of painting classes and exhibitions. She has had gallery exhibitions throughout Europe and also works on numerous private commissions. In this workshop, Moseng will guide participants in the way of Vedic Art, which was made accessible to Western Culture by Swedish artist Curt Kallman (1938 - 2010). Kallman described the philosophy of Vedic Art as “Both feet firmly on the ground and the paint brush in heaven.” Taking part in a Vedic Art course is a wonderful way for you to connect with your creativity, reduce stress and liberate the potential for new ideas. It’s accessible to all and is suitable for beginners, as well as artists who want to tap into more inspiration.



Purchase tickets for both workshops on Saturday and receive a $10 Discount.
Call the box office at 610-332-3378 for more info.


Sunday, April 28

"Mandala: An Artful Meditation" with Stephanie Smith
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Crayola Gallery
$35 - buy tickets
Limited to 40 participants - No Experience Needed!

Join visual artist Stephanie Smith as she guides you through simple rhythmic drawing techniques to create a mandala - a circular art form that can be a powerful tool for meditation and creative self expression. Self-taught and often referred to as “fearless” by her peers for her bold artistic expressions across multiple media forms, Smith’s ultimate goal is to encourage creativity without fear of judgment. Through the use of motivational storytelling, she empowers and inspires those wishing to bring art into their lives via an immediately accessible technique.



Ibiyinka Alao - Art and Rhythm Workshop
1:30-4 p.m. 
$35 - buy tickets
Limited to 40 participants

Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao is a skillful storyteller who teaches participants about African culture and spirituality, as well as art and rhythm.  No prior experience is necessary as he leads you on a special journey to paint a simple landscape and move to the African Drum Eagle Dance. Ibiyinka is an artist who recently represented his country, Nigeria, and became the first-place winner of the prestigious United Nations International Art Competition. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the world and he gives special art workshops and presentations on the spiritual essence of his work. He was recently an artist in residence at Lafayette College and has taught at-risk youth at schools around the globe.



Purchase tickets for both workshops on Sunday and receive a $10 Discount.
Call the box office at 610-332-3378 for more info.


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