Back to All Events

Seasonal Painting in Sacred Spaces: Divine Inspiration

Currently “Artist in Residence” at the Woodbury Meditation and Yoga Center (WMYC), Sara Abalan studied at Paier College of Art and The New York Studio School. Early in her profession, she worked on the original Cook’s Magazine as art director and cover illustrator.  She has also been a prop stylist for many years for numerous cookbooks and a variety of food-related photographic projects. 

In studios in New York City for 23 years, Sara intuitively chronicled daily events, encounters and fleeting moments in the dense urban environment. Light, color, gesture and spacial relationships are many of the formal characteristics of Abalan’s abstract paintings, drawings and collages.

In early spring 2017, Sara moved her studio to the serene, wooded setting of the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC). Now, in the silence and light, surrounded by nothing other than trees and fields, her art is an exploration of the natural world with its seasonal changes.

“We move through space constantly, taking things away and leaving things behind, forever being influenced by and changing our surroundings. We evolve, create and re-create over and over again which deepens us inwardly and gives us our internal and external patina. I think of art in the same way, trusting the process will provide resonating elements of interest and beauty,” says Sara.

This complimentary program is to open everyone, and includes instruction and practice of meditation. WMYC is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT. Everyone is welcome to come earlier, at 5:00 pm, for a complimentary sample yoga class.

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction.  WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254,, Facebook, or visit online at