The Quiet, Still Mind

swan-293157_1280(1)A friend of mine once said to me: “I’m mostly quiet out of respect for myself and others.” I was deeply moved by his words because people tend to expect others to be talkative yet there is such grace to sitting in a quiet presence! Oftentimes the quiet mind is a tremendously rich one and those who possess it are deep thinkers, listeners and healers. They know what is meant beyond just words, they see through facade, they understand and read emotions, knowing how to transcribe them in untold ways. I love the grandeur of a quiet, still mind. ~Aïda Touré

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Aïda Touré: Luminous Dark Matter Opening Reception

Thank you to those who attended the “Luminous Dark Matter” opening, it was a pleasure to meet each one of you~ The exhibit runs until February 28th at Rio Gallery II, 583 Riverside drive, New York.

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Invitation to the Exhibit “Luminous Dark Matter” by Aïda Touré

You are cordially invited to the opening reception of Aïda Touré’s exhibit
“LUMINOUS DARK MATTER”
starting 3-6:00pm, Sunday February 8th, 2015 at
Rio II Gallery,
583 Riverside Drive, 7th Floor New York, NY 10031
(corner of 135th street)
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Luminous Dark Matter exhibit february 8th-february 28th

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Aïda Touré: Luminous Dark Matter

February 8th – February 28th 2015

In celebration of Black History Month, Rio II Gallery is pleased to present the exhibit “Luminous Dark Matter” by Gabonese Malian artist Aïda Touré. This will be her second New York solo show (curated by Jose Reyes) since her exhibit “Inner Treasures” at Rio Penthouse Gallery in 2011. The opening reception is on Sunday February 8th, 3-6pm.

The “Luminous Dark Matter” exhibit comprises the series of the same title by the artist as well as abstract paintings inspired by her Sufi poetry. “Luminous Dark Matter” evokes the Unity of all as the series explores the sublime origin of mankind through the portrayal of Black women in ancient historical contexts.

The art works of Aïda Touré are renowned for their exuberance which celebrates the Sufi tradition. Her exalting paintings are in private and public art collections internationally.

Aïda Touré was born in Gabon, she published three books of Sufi poetry whose imagery suddenly inspired her to start painting.

For additional information contact:
info@aidatoure.com

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Healing Music

Music has always been a quintessential part of my journey… I’m always on a quest for exquisite musical experiences and when I find any, I love to share it as such Music can trigger such lightness of being while it nurtures our spiritual centers~

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This Sacred Being of Yours

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Traditional Nubian archway in Dongola, Sudan

What we expose our mind to transforms our being, our body, our emotions, our spiritual centers and even our frequency so let us be selective of what we internalize through our senses because we become it~ This is the reason why much can be known about a person from her/his facial expressions, our inner life is reflected on our face, our body, our gestures, our gaze. Seek harmonious experiences that enrich you and that denote balance, have discernment in the process for this sacred being of yours is a precious space, a corridor to what’s infinite and divine. © 2015 Aïda Touré

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Exaltation of Quietude

ravissement2~ Exaltation of Quietude ~

Cherish the high-minded friend
who selflessly offers you
the exaltation of quietude,
laying carpets of petals
beneath your feet
as you journey through
devotion to the Beloved~

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Dervisha

Dervisha © 2008 Aida Toure

Dervisha details © 2008 Aida Toure

The poem below inspired this painting highly detailed Dervisha. If you are interested in purchasing this framed original painting, contact me.

~ Dervisha ~

I met your pure eyes
and I became myself,
your sight behind mine
looking at lights’ dance.

With such remote music
lingering on that close,
the human heart softens.

Look at my new weakness,
it’s crawling by your feet!

Being is that vast union,
that grace, that quietness.

Some secret Conversation
curls around us like locks
around Prophets’ earlobes.

Bless me, make speech go!
How many more will join

this love-community
of generous ears inside?
Let us beg them my love:

Be true beingness.
realize your exuberance,
embrace the Essence and
watch all generous hearts
become your companions.
Remember in one, many!
Struggle to be vulnerable,
touch the grace of femininity,
drown in the empty,
swim that deeply,
know Surrender;
fight to be that weak
so you can sense
what true strength is.

Then we fall back within,
inertia buoyantly begins
for the Sky leaps in …
Lo, we all are feminine!

2007 © Aïda Touré

(excerpt from Nocturnal Light: Sufi Poems)

Read more about this painting.

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