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Kickstarter Helps Fund Sanctuary of Visionary Art: Alex Grey and Allyson Grey, founders of CoSM

Entheon, projected visionary sculpture building.


At CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors’ forty-acre campus in Wappinger, NY, a sanctuary of visionary art is being built by contributions raised from around the globe. Artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey, who founded CoSM as a unique “art church” where creativity is a spiritual practice, are running a Kickstarter campaign through May to help fund the completion of Entheon as a unique pilgrimage place in the Hudson Valley.

In 2013, a successful Kickstarter campaign attracted 1,510 backers to raise $210,000 and begin the build. “Town planners approved the building, and a construction loan has supported building the walls, roof and interior galleries,” says Allyson Grey. “The visionary temple is well underway. Entheon is now a large concrete box, but it will be transformed into visionary sculpture, a building surrounded by a godhead of many faces, representing all paths to higher vision and portraying the interconnectedness of spirit.”

Current status of Entheon
Current status of Entheon
The 12,000-square-foot, three-story art environment will share the work of the International Visionary Art movement, Grey says. On exhibit at Entheon will be the CoSM collection of paintings and sculpture, including the “Sacred Mirrors,” a series of 21 paintings that invite viewers to see themselves and the world as a reflection of the divine. 

CoSM is open for visitors Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with artwork for viewing, a Wisdom Trail in the woods with natural and sculptural features, the Mushroom Café, the CoSM Shop, and the ten-bedroom “visionary Victorian,” which is open for overnight stays 365 nights a year. CoSM also hosts creative spiritual programs such as full moon gatherings, celestial events and Art Church.

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