VIRTUAL GALLERY TOUR of current exhibit "From Nebulae to Wildflowers: The Cosmic Dance"

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MISSION: Integrated into the Lexington Shambhala Meditation Center, Mill & Max Contemplative Arts fosters engagement with the whole of art so that we may enliven, awaken, and contribute as inspired human beings in the creation of enlightened society. Art is not a thing, but a sacred path of pure potential. Whether as makers or as audience, we can experience the present through art.

From Nebulae to Wildflowers: The Cosmic Dance

acrylic paintings and gemstone jewels by Lexington artist Dalphna Donnelly

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Special One-Night-Only Gallery HOP Reception with the Artist

FRIDAY March 17 4:30 - 8:30pm

We're opening the gallery for a very special Friday HOP reception, featuring a refreshed show with brand new paintings & hand-made jewelry by Lexington artist Dalphna Donnelly. Dalphna will be our special guest throughout the evening, on hand to discuss her artwork and her methods with you. 
We will have light refreshments available.
Dalphna is also bringing an expanded selection of limited edition prints and jewelry for purchase.

Dalphna translates decades of mastery of landscape and watercolor elements into a new show of acrylic-based compositions. With assertive, free beginnings and powerful rhythmical marks, these brilliant and joy-filled color-dances seek universal visual connections – from nebulae to wildflowers. An “Art Missionary” for whom painting is a Spiritual Practice, Dalphna offers us tangible prayers that manifest gratitude and awe.

Complementing the canvases is a selection of Dalphna’s unique, asymmetrical natural stone necklaces, full of Earth’s energies from her “Art to Adorn” collection. Elements of these eclectic wearables are sourced globally, and include Charoite from the Charro river valley in Russia, lampwork glass beads made by Pandora Williams, Mexican crazy lace agate, Picasso jasper, British Columbian jade, Australian opal, Brazilian sugilite, plus many more rare and unique surprises.


A Healing Celebration of Music & Fine Art feat. Erica Gabriel & Dalphna Donnelly

The downtown Shambhala Meditation Center presents an uplifting spiritual experience for the eyes AND ears in a special Sunday afternoon event combining live vocal performance with colorful, vibrant paintings. Opera+gospel singer Erica Gabriel, who has also toured with the American Spiritual Ensemble, will perform a recital titled “Music and Healing: A Personal Journey to Wholeness Through Word and Song”.

Before the performance, audience members can enjoy snacks and hors d'oeuvres while they tour the Shambhala Center’s art gallery (called Mill&Max) for the final, closing day of a popular installation of paintings and handmade jewelry by local Lexington artist and retired schoolteacher Dalphna Donnelly, and even have the chance to meet her in person to discuss her artistic process and her experience as a professional Kentucky artist.

Attendees will experience world-class singing while surrounded by some of our city’s most exhilarating works of art!

- Parking is FREE in our lot and along Mill and Maxwell streets north of our building.

PLACE: Mill & Max Gallery inside the Shambhala Meditation Ctr., Downtown at 385 S. Mill St.
DATE: SUN Feb 19
TIME: Gallery Reception 12-5pm, Performance 3-5pm

Workshops with the Artist:

​"FEARLESS DRAWING - Shed Doubt, Seek Joy"

Saturday Jan 14 2023,  1-4pm​

Whether you are looking for a first step or a fresh start to explore your unique creative talents,  come join Dalphna Donnelly, a veteran Art Missionary and guide, to play with art materials for three hours together.
Step gently into drawing with simple lines. Open doors to explore and grow from there; space, shapes, form, composition, and a splash of color. 
Shed judgment and open yourself to fresh paths of creative process. Dalphna firmly believes that lives that include Art invite Joy. 
Basic watercolor paper, lead and colored pencils, various markers and watercolors will be available. 
Feel free to also bring any dry or water based media you enjoy.

$50 at the door. Cash, check or cc. 

​to register, please email

or call 859-813-5370



​"Offerings: Vignettes from the Earth" by Deborah Slone (May 20 - Aug 26)

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​"Synthesis" by University of KY SA/VS (Mar 18 - Apr 10)
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​"Connecting Energies" by Elizabeth Foley (Nov 19 2021 - Jan 2022)

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​"Wingspan Redux" by Carleton Wing (Dec 6 2020 - July 12 2021)

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