FEATURED ARTISTS OF ASTRAL VALLEY
Our gallery is host to numerous pieces of locally created interactive art. We want you to open the door of your mind, to reach out, climb, touch and get involved with the art on display here. In addition to stationary interactive pieces we also host live performance artists, theatrics, photo shoots, artist resident stays, live music, educational workshops and even support artists by offering grants to help fund their passions! Here are just a few of the artists we have sponsored...
Matthew Foockle is the one and only Vibeking, a pillager of vibes that will transform your brain waves into higher conciousness. Making tsunamis throughout the Midwest Festival scene, he's shared the stage with such stellar artists as: The Floozies, Fractal Sky, Hodj, Captian, Plunkie & more. He believes "music tells stories" and through this motto the Vibeking's messages live on to tell a tale of high vibe conscious alignment. His sets consist of dirty grimey beats, psychedelic synths, intense buildups, and unforeseen bass drops - sure to leave your ears ringing to the melodies & your hearts thumbing for more. On a mission to change people's perceived notions of the EDM scene and provide high quality Third Eye opening entertainment the Vibeking presents his tall tale through a wonderful mix of art forms: painting, building, creating music, event and experience creator, and of course, one of the notourious Astral Gypsies giant puppet performers.
Shawnna Jones is the spirited master mind behind Cryptic Winged Photography and Amazing Time Studio. With over 14 years under her belt, this self taught beauty has become Southeast Missouri's premier photographer, developer, and model. She learned how to photograph people through the trial and errors of photographing herself. "I think to be an amazing photographer you must have experience in front and behind the camera... a complete balance from every realm of the craft. I like images to be captivating right out of the camera." - Shawnna Jones She thrives for greatness in ALL the photos she takes and each holds a story or moral that are ment to inspire or make a mind wonder.
Eternity Shaina is first and foremost a Medicine Woman, here to guide the lives of her people into harmony. In doing so she connects others with nature and universe, to capture a moment here, to picture the feeling to be there... Eternity lives everywhere. Having always loved photography (and film production), she got her first REAL camera as a child and when a professional photographer made large prints of a few of her photos and told her some were good enough to sell, she was inspired to follow her passions. Since then, Shaina has been using the lens to help connect us all, awaken the world, inspire for tomorrow, and encourage harmony in her fellow people.
Jodi Massie is a native of the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, & has also lived deep in the Missouri Ozarks. Her strong love of folk traditions grew into lifelong learning of plant medicine & lore. Jodi has been making, using, & teaching plant medicines for herself, her family, & her community for 20 years. She has attended Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism & earned certification as a Traditional Herbalist. Jodi is available for both group & private workshops on many plant topics, plant walks, & demonstrations for schools & community organizations.
Autonomous Frequency is a three piece band from Southeast Missouri with influences from Classic Blues, Alternative Rock, Metal, Jazz and Dance. Kris Penuel, on vocals and lead guitar, is the brainhchild behind their music, writing the songs and transposing them into viable pieces of art to share with the world. Backed by drumming entusiast Brandon Yeats, and bass guitarist, John Richardson. This dynamic trio is sure to get you grooving.
Shelli Craige grew up in Southeast Missouri and her array of talents are so vast it would take a website of its own to even being to touch base on her capabilities. She is the heart and soul of Orchid Garden - her accoustic creation, a singer/songwritter, tattoo artist, Astral Gypsy Giant Puppeteer, writer, cook, heavy metal screamer, painter, dancer, Missouri Stream Team Leader, rpg player, naturalist, hiker, and there's even a little hint of goth hippy in her soul. Her vibrance is sure to leave you craving more of her brilliant energy.