Healing Mandalas created by Deborah Adamson will be featured at The Village Gallery of Local Artists during the month of November. Because each mandala is enhanced with a semi-precious stone attributed with healing properties, Deborah calls them “Healing Mandalas.” Her work has an uplifting folk art quality combined with refined craftsmanship that makes it appealing and a popular seller in the gallery.

Mandalas are graphic devotional images that first appeared in the 1st century B.C.E. and were spread by travelers on the Silk Road. There are many interpretations of their meaning and they are used as spiritual guidance tools, establishing a sacred space and aids in meditation. Deborah was drawn to creating mandalas by their relaxing, peaceful qualities.

Deborah is an avid, mostly self-taught artist. She paints in a variety of mediums, quilts, and crochets. She was introduced to embossing a few years ago at a workshop at Yavapai College.  Deborah says; “I’m always trying new mediums and metal embossing offers a unique challenge in that there’s no erasing. Every scratch and dent is permanent. But I find the repetitive nature of drawing mandalas relaxing – So the combination is rewarding.” She learned on copper but discovered she liked the versatility of aluminum when it came to color coordination with the stones.

Deborah begins her process by laying a sheet of lightweight aluminum on a small stack of newspapers, then embosses with a variety of tools. Once the design is finished she applies a patina with an India ink mixture. After the ink dries, she sands the surface, seals the patina, attaches the semi-precious stone, and frames the finished piece.

When asked how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected her artwork, Deborah explained; “When we were in lockdown I kind of expanded my work area since I wasn’t expecting any visitors – well it just stayed expanded. I’m not kidding – I have a button painting on the dining room table, a painting station in the living room in addition to the workbench where I work on mandalas.”

When she isn’t creating or working as a part-time caregiver, Deborah enjoys tent camping, thrift store shopping, reading, morning walks, and doing yoga. She is also in charge of putting food in the cat dish every morning.

Deborah’s “Healing Mandalas” will be featured for the entire month of November. The Village Gallery of Local Artists is always taking applications for new members. The gallery is open daily from 10 am – 6 pm and located at 6512 State Route 179 in the Village of Oak Creek. For more information go to sedonalocalartists.com or phone (928) 284-1416.