Paulina Peavy (b. 1901 Colorado Springs, Colorado; d. 1999, Bethesda, Maryland) was a formally trained artist who gave up control of her brush to an alien entity, named Lacamo, after attending a séance in 1932. Peavy came to believe that people became spirits, or UFOs, and inhabited the universe as invisible atoms or electronic beams that could take on various forms when they reached Earth. Lacamo became her mentor and co-painter, guiding Peavy in the illustrations that explain and define her personal ontology and the meaning of life. The artist’s oeuvre consists of works on paper, paintings, films, texts, and numerous masks that she used to better channel Lacamo’s energy.

A Message to Paulina’ shines a beam on an undersung artist who believed in UFOs
Washington Post, January 11, 2018

Cosmic Energy Beings Descend on Greater Reston Arts Center in Paulina Peavy’s Outsider Art
Washington City Paper, January 12, 2018

Paulina Peavy appearing on the Long John Nebel Radio Show in January, 1958.
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Peavy’s most famous work was a mural entitled Eternal Supper painted in 1939 for the Golden Gate International Exposition; it was subsequently painted over by the artist though prints still exist. During her lifetime, her work was displayed at the San Diego Museum, Stanford University Gallery, Carnegie Hall, and Argent Gallery, New York, among other venues. Most recently, her work has been featured at Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, and at the Dallas Art Fair, gaining recognition as one of ten artists to collect out of a selection of over 90 galleries.

Opening reception
December, 9, 5–7pm

Curator’s Talk
January 13, 3pm
Join us for a talk by Lily Siegel, executive director and curator at the Greater Reston Arts Center. Lily will discuss Paulina Peavy: A Message to Paulina through the lens of Peavy’s life and relationship to the art of her time. Free and open to the public.

Meditation Workshop: Contemplating Creativity
January 22, 7–9pm
Join Maryam Ovissi of Beloved Yoga and Honi B to explore ideas of communication with other dimensions. Inspired by the work of Paulina Peavy, currently on view at Greater Reston Arts Center, we will utilize the tool of contemplation to explore within ourselves truth, perspective, and different realities. Peavy was a formally trained artist who gave up control of her brush to an alien entity named Lacamo after attending a séance in 1932. Using dialogue, meditation, crystal bowl sound, and spoken light language, we will open ourselves to the possibility of guidance by extraterrestrial entities to create art.
Email to register. Ages 13 and up. Free for members of the Greater Reston Arts Center. $5 donation for non-members.

Creative Response
January 25 , 7pm: Zoë Charlton
Zoë Charlton received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including the Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Studio Museum of Harlem NYC, NY; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX; the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland and Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. She is a past recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant and the Rubys grant. She attended residencies at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Patterson Residency at the Creative Alliance. Charlton is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at American University in Washington, DC.
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Creative Response
February 15, 7pm: Rahne Alexander
Rahne Alexander is a multimedia artist, producer, musician, and performer. Her video art has been screened in galleries and festivals across the country, and she is an alumna of Signal Culture and the Experimental Television Center. Queer Interiors, a year-long collaborative multimedia installation was commissioned by the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2016. A component of this installation,The Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt, was awarded a Saul Zaentz Innovation in Film and Media Fund fellowship. She has appeared in numerous films and videos, including Hit and Stay, Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, Milo’s Misfits, and Her Room.

Rahne performs frequently with her several bands, including Santa Librada, Guided By Wire, 50’♀, Flaming Creatures, and the Degenerettes. She is occasional comedian and essayist, with publication credits ranging from the Baltimore City Paper to the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica.

She is a former organizer for the Transmodern Festival and the Maryland Film Festival, where she served five years in charge of operations and development. Rahne has since lent her organizational and development assistance to several organizations, including FORCE, Iron Crow Theatre, Venus Theater, and Wide Angle Youth Media.
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All images courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery and Katharine Armstrong Artist Management.