OCEANSIDE — Artists will give visual voice to their prayers by creating a prayer flag and submitting it to the Oceanside Museum of Art’s Prayer Flag installation to be displayed Oct. 14 through Dec. 31, at OMA, 704 Pier View Way.Artists are invited to design a unique flag made of fabric and other materials that reflects their current and future hopes and dreams. Flags should be approximately 5-inches-8-inches with a 3-inch sleeve on the top backside of the quilt and must arrive at Oceanside Museum of Art by Sept. 21. Artists are asked to include their name, date and the related prayer on the back of the flag. It is suggested that the artist uses an iron-on fabric label for this information.
Flag entries should be sent or delivered to: OMA Prayer Flag Project, Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054.
Artists are responsible for mailing and/or delivering their prayer flag. Flags will only be returned if the artist includes a self-addressed and stamped envelope. All other flags will become property of the museum.
All contributing Prayer Flag artists are invited to an Artist’s Reception from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 and are welcome to remain for the preview reception of Quilt National the same day from 5 to 7 p.m. Please RSVP to Danielle@oma-online.org by Oct. 5, if you will be attending the Prayer Flag Artist’s Reception. To be included in e-mail promotions regarding the project, include an e-mail address with the flag.
The impetus behind this installation, which was inspired by OMA’s Quilt National exhibition on view October 13 through February 12, 2013, was to provide a platform for the regional quilting community to express their prayers and concerns. The OMA Prayer Flag Project is based on Vivika Hansen DeNegre’s The Prayer Flag Project from 2011. She invited people from around the world to join her in making Prayer Flags. Each flag is created in the artist’s own style, then hung outside for a while, its words and sentiment dissolving into the wind and being spread to all whom the wind touches. For more information view the web site theprayerflagproject.blogspot.com/ managed by artist Jane LaFazio, who has been instrumental in bringing this project to OMA.
Prayer flags have been used in Tibet for centuries as a means to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. Traditionally they are woodblock prints printed with text and images that are hung outdoors in high places where the wind passes through the flags carrying the depicted blessings to all people.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free every Tuesday, general admission is $8, $5 for seniors and free for students and military. For more information call (760) 435-3720 or visit oma-online.org.