A special art exhibition at:
David Alan Collection
241 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm; Sat 9-5:30; Sun 10-5:30
“Balancing the Universe” will debut an unprecedented assemblage of over 200 authentic shaman pieces personally collected by David Bardwick, proprietor of David Alan Collections, a gallery of rare antiques and artifacts, and custom wood furniture in Solana Beach, CA. Bardwick has collected for over two decades and from a many different cultures across Asia – Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. Some of the pieces, dating back 400 years, have been passed down through generations and invite us to explore some of the oldest and most revered areas of human endeavor – healing and spirituality.
Shamanism is well documented as far back as 10,000 years. It is thought to be the first specialized profession and has been found in virtually all cultures across the globe. As healers, sages and spiritual leaders across millennia, the many functions that shaman perform remain unchanged – to keep all things in balance – man, beast, spirits and nature.
The range of jobs in their repertoire include what are now many diverse contemporary specializations; such as doctors, priests, artists, and philosophers. We all share the deepest respect for the men and women who have devoted their lives to the physical and spiritual well-being of their communities.
We hope this exhibition will take you on a journey into the unknown and that it may be an inspiring, thought provoking, and enlightening experience. We invite and encourage you to visit. All works in the gallery are for sale.
“I am in truth a quietly mad, global adventurer who looks for endless possibilities and beauty in life. I tell stories of the remarkable and talented people I meet, laugh and play with. I live by my sense of ‘right energy’ whether it is from objects, people or places. I hunt for beauty and share all I can of that sweet essence which makes life so much more worth living. In pursuit of the world of the shaman, my ‘right energy’ compass has been particularly critical. It is a special joy to find these pieces still resonating with the powerful healing energy that has served so many people. For this I am thankful.” – David