Pearls of Wisdom – tarot in the North Okanagan

October 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The Pearls of Wisdom Tarot by Roxi Sim Hermsen

Pearls of Wisdom

If you happen to be in the North Okanagan, specifically Armstrong, British Columbia this weekend, take a visit to the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery.

Artist Roxi Sim Hermsen will be there, presenting her first show since 1999. And it’s a Tarot show called The Fool’s Journey.

After going on a very difficult journey herself through the last decade, contracting Lyme disease, and tragically losing both her son and her mother, it was art that helped her heal.

Inspired by the beauty of Granada, where she and her family moved for a while, she started painting, creating dozens of works featuring everything from goddesses to dolls from her grandmother’s collection.

Though she’d never really seen a Tarot deck, someone who saw her paintings suggested she make one. And letting the journey of discovery lead her, she did.

Her deck is called The Pearls of Wisdom, and is named for her mother Margaret. The Greek root of the name Margaret means pearl.

There are a lot of pearls in the images. And as an ode to her son Shea, lots of rainbows and crystals.

It’s a beautiful deck, lush, rich, and full of happiness. Despite the sadnesses she’s faced, Hermsen has clearly tapped into a deep source of joy.

All 78 original paintings will be on display this weekend, as well as two new ones. Get down to see them if you can.

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