esoteric art

Fall 2016 Artists In Residence

The weather is just starting to cool in New Hampshire and a few impatient trees to change color. With the turning of the seasons we are looking forward to welcoming the next group of artists to Star & Snake. Please enjoy these samples of work made by this diverse group and keep an eye out the first weeks of October for what they will be creating during their time at Star & Snake! – K Lenore & Natan

Christi Dionis
Multi Media Artist and Author of Courting the Shadows
Read an excerpt of Christi’s writing here

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Alec K. Redfearn
Alec K. Redfearn’s kaleidoscopic visions, anchored by his extraordinary accordion work and
sonorous vocals, exist on the fringes of pop music, songs that are as familiar and individual as snowflakes or fingerprints. While his deep knowledge of folk, classical and world music allows him to slip effortlessly from genre to genre, more often, he creates pieces that subvert established forms to produce work of startling originality.” – Cuneiform Records

Listen to a live recording of Alec’s music here
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Matthew Venus
Artist, writer, sigilic magician, rootworker, witch, and magical apothecary with over twenty years of experience in practicing and teaching the magical arts. His writings and photography can be found in Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly, The Green Lovers Anthology, Qliphoth Journal and Modern Witch Magazine where he is a regular columnist. His gorgeous Tumblr page is certainly worth following for more images like those below.

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Announcing the Spring 2016 Artists-in-Residence

We are pleased to announce the that the following artists will be taking part in the Spring 2016 Artist Residency this June. Thank you to all those who applied – it was as much a pleasure to see so many talented applications come in as it was difficult to not be able to say “Yes” to all of them.

Here is a bit about the 3 chosen artists, we look forward to sharing much more from them over the next months.

Entheo, Acrylic, Oil & Tempera on Canvas, 180cmx112com, November 2014, Katia Honor

Entheo, Acrylic, Oil & Tempera on Canvas, 180cmx112com, November 2014, Katia Honor


Katia Honor – Painting
After lifelong esoteric and shamanic practices, Katia became compelled to visually map the relationships between ethereal, esoteric, emotional and physical realms. The result is a meditation upon the places where the personal merges with the mythic, where humans reveal their divinity and where the Divine reflects within humanity.
Katia is apprenticed to Wolfgang Widmoser and follows the transmissions of technique he received from Ernst Fuchs and Salvador Dali. As an alchemic labour of love, she paints the play of light upon forms through many layers of tempera and glaze.
She is the founder and benefactor of “Ecstatic Arts” non-profit social enterprise fostering conscious communities, such as establishing spiritual & creative villages at music & arts festivals, chanting circles and hosting master-artists in Melbourne and Bali through her “Visionary Art Atelier”.

“Made From Delicate Parts”, laser-sintered polyamide 3-d print, vintage anatomical model, paint, paper-clay, flocking, vintage millinery flowers,and vintage millinery flowers, 2015, Elizabeth Shupe

“Made From Delicate Parts”, laser-sintered polyamide 3-d print, vintage anatomical model, paint, paper-clay, flocking, vintage millinery flowers,and vintage millinery flowers, 2015, Elizabeth Shupe


Elizabeth Shupe – Mixed Media
Elizabeth’s work references classic illustrations of Brother’s Grimm stories, Symbolist painting, the masterpiece “Ophelia” by John Everett Millais, Victorian kitsch, and feminist deconstructions of the above. She uses a dizzying array of media: painting, drawing, and collage sit comfortably side-by-side with 3d printing technologies and modern materials such as resin, plastic, and “low” media such as beads and fabric paint. She is a graduate of the New York Academy of Art. She has shown in New York, North Carolina, Florida, and Shanghai, China, and has work in personal collections in New York, Florida, and North Carolina.

Tunnel of Ingress' oils and tempera painting, Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule

Tunnel of Ingress’ oils and tempera painting, Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule


Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule – Sculpture, Painting & Site Specific Installation
Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule is an esoteric artist in many media, including painting, writing, sculpture, sound and performance art. His ‘Tela Quadrivium’ series of alchemical art books are published by Fulgur Limited (the final volume ‘Distillatio’ June 2015); his text-based book ‘Time Fate and Spider Magic’ by Avalonia Books (UK), and The Book of Kaos Tarot from iNSPiRALink.Multimedia Press.
He is the writer-director of Australian-based Metamorphic Ritual Theatre Company who have presented many major original productions based in (and updating/mutating) various ancient mythos, and he regularly performs and exhibits internationally.
His work engages with connecting the subconscious and conscious through employment of magical and mythical symbols and archetypes, as a part of the vanguard of current resurgence in esoteric arts balanced between the conceptual and the aesthetic.

The Year Ahead

Things have finally gotten quiet here at Star & Snake – a welcome quiet after the months of construction and a busy fall schedule of events. It feels good to look around and see all the changes – the star and snake symbol replacing the cross atop the church, 2 guest rooms built, a new gorgeous kitchen better suited for communal use and the belfry turned into a space for meditation and star gazing.

The question we have been hearing is… what next? Well first, we want to encourage you to join our mailing list. This is your best way to stay up to date on what is happening, as well as receive private event invites. Briefly, our plans include 3 special celebrations, alternated with our 2 artist residencies.

For both Beltane and Samhain you can plan on decadent, invite only parties that will offer up interactive performance, music and art to fill your senses and inspire your spirit. Between the two, at the height of summer, Temple will welcome you into an immersive night of ritual, healing and celebration.

Beginning on the new moon in both June and October are our two artist residencies. Selected applicants will be hosted at the Star & Snake for 2 weeks of uninterrupted retreat and creation. From this, ideas cross pollinate, connections are made and a new community of esoteric practitioner/artists is taking shape. We are currently accepting applications for our June residency and you can find more information here.

What happens in the weeks between these events is still taking shape. A bee hive and planting some fruit trees is certainly on the list, as well as continuing to develop our apothecary room for alchemical and plant work. However, what has been and continues to be true is that Star & Snake is a vessel made to be filled with what you dream into it. As caretakers of this vessel, we want to know – do you need time for magical practice? Do you have something to teach? Are you called to perform or create at one of our events or residencies? If this space calls to you, we welcome your inquiries and offerings and look forward to hearing from you.

Art is Magick,
K & Natan