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Art show aims to make attendees present

- By Jennie Blevins jblevins@chicoer.com

Chico artist Robert Tyler says meditation is not just simply sitting and breathing.

“I’m pushing the narrative that the normalizat­ion of meditation is not just sitting on a pillow,” Tyler said. “It’s being present whether you’re skateboard­ing or fishing or golfing, for example.”

Meditation and being present is the theme of an art show in which Tyler is featured that begins Friday. The idea for the event was his idea. Tyler said it’s important to have community spaces. The Skate Shop, called Love Skate Shop, and the Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico are hosting the show.

Tyler combined the two things to call the event “Dharma Love.”

Tyler is the artist behind the paintings and digital art which will be on display.

“People will be writing love with intention on a 5-by-5 (foot) canvas,” Tyler said. “It’s cool for everyone and interactiv­e.”

Tyler says staying in the moment is very important.

“People just want to escape all day and be on their phone or focus too much on memories, the past or the future,” Tyler said. “It’s important to be present and be thinking about where you are.”

The Sky Creek Dharma Center is a nonprofit, donation-based meditation center in Chico shared by peerled Buddhist meditation groups. The center holds sittings Sunday through Thursday which are open to the community, according to their website.

The center and the skate shop will take donations.

“It’s really an awareness event for both,” Stark said.

He said the process of painting and creating art is about “letting go and being present.”

Stark is doing his best to do his part in helping businesses he believes are important to the Chico community.

“As I am a huge meditation advocate, it doesn’t matter how they meditate,” Tyler said. “All formats achieve our collective toward the inward journey. Be present in the now. That’s where healing happens.”

The art show will take place Friday, March 24 from 7-9 p.m. at Love Skate Shop located at 1380 East Ave. Admission is free.

 ?? ROBERT TYLER — CONTRIBUTE­D ?? One of artist Robert Tyler’s prints called “An Inward Journey Home” is pictured.
ROBERT TYLER — CONTRIBUTE­D One of artist Robert Tyler’s prints called “An Inward Journey Home” is pictured.

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