December 13 2017 to February 13 2018

Featuring the original works of Cesar Aguilera, Danielle Branchaud, Mila Bridger and Tim Smith in the Great House.

DREAM OR REALITY Art Opening and Reception

Meet the artists and view their work.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
6-9pm FREE to the public

Join us for an evening of artistic experience at the opening of the "Dream or Reality" art show featuring the original works of Cesar Aguilera, Danielle Branchaud, Mila Bridger and Tim Smith. We also welcome additional local artists and musicians located throughout the property for this special evening. Guests can enjoy an all-levels yoga class beginning at 7pm.

We are thrilled to offer guests tapas and a sophisticated menu of wine and beer. Guests can enjoy a tapas dinner from 6 to 8:30pm. Please stay tuned for more details on the menu items available. (Dec 13) In addition to all of the Art & Nature Community Night offerings, Shangri-La Springs will have a special guest for the entire family to enjoy, Santa Claus will be available to take photos and spread a little holiday cheer.

Experience an array of artistic and uplifting artwork and programs during the event. Below you'll find a list of activities, live performances and programming scheduled for the December Art & Nature Night.

Dining Room
Great House
  • Cesar Aguilera - Live Painting
  • Marc Meyer - Live Piano Performance
  • Tapas Menu (details on reservations to come) and Beer and Wine For Purchase
Longhouse and Courtyard
Oak Creek Lawn (6:30 to 9pm)
  • 7pm - complimentary yoga class
Octagon Breezeway
  • Rosemary Allen - Spoken Poetry
  • Debo - Hammered Dulcimer Music
  • Matt Kearney - Pottery Throwing
The Spa
  • Complimentary mini-spa treatments


LIGHT Performances Art Series

LIGHT Performances Art Series with well-known artist Juan Diaz

The LIGHT Performances Art Series is my invitation to Live the CREATIVE PROCESS without any interruptions. The piece tells a story by unpredictable FLOWING COLOR, that Transforms as the Sounds and Lights alter. All in one metamorphose.

More info:
Juan Diaz

Paper Grotto

Paper Grotto LIVE...

is a Video, Dance and Music performance inside a giant paper sculpture set. The performers appear and disappear inside the sculpture installation as it is built from the inside out. The video projection on sculpture and dance creates a mesmerizing look into a hyper-real "living painting".
Press Release [PDF]

Performances of both LIGHT and PAPER GROTTO start at dusk.

Please Note

Event festivities advertised may vary from time to time due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you.

Shangri-La Springs is a pet-friendly venue but due to limited space in the main house, pets are limited to the outside grounds and deck.


No outside photography, food or drinks permitted on the property. Applies to all events.

About the DREAM OR REALITY featured artists

Cesar Aguilera

Cesar Aguilera

Cesar Aguilera

Cesar Aguilera was born in Quito, Ecuador. The art that he creates is inevitably connected with his life's experience and although his works reflect the dramatic impact of living in this age of transition to what is being called the new world of the Anthropocene epoch, they are deeply dependant on life for their meaning and relevance.

To achieve this he adapts the materials he uses to carry a narrative that is expressed in collective efforts of paint, mixed media, found objects and two or three dimensional alliances, where the meaning of the ideas being narrated is made to rest for the benefit of the viewer.

Life itself however, takes center stage in his practice the same as life is taking center stage in this age of the mass extinction and the prospects of the end of human history. His work then is not about what is wrong and who has done it, rather is about awakening to a new world, its challenges and the search for the culture that can prevent its demise.

Learn more @ facebook.com/cesar.aguilera.art

Danielle Branchaud

Danielle Branchaud Title: Charon and Psyche | Media: Acrylic and spraypaint

The things that drive the human experience are based on instinct and emotion. Since the beginning of mankind the ways in which we relate to one another, connect, and evolve have consistently been revolving around those basic drives. And these instincts lurk still, within the depths of the human subconscious.

Danielle Branchaud Title: Through the Veil | Media: Acrylic

It is this that prompts the inspiration for D. Branchaud’s work. Combined with a survey of personal experience, her paintings have created a window through the eyes of the subconscious, into a place that illustrates those basest of instincts and emotions. The goal of works such as the “Emotive” series is to illustrate the universality of emotion. It not only serves as a reflection of the artist’s own experience, but also provides a mirror for the audience to see within themselves.

Her work walks a tightrope between fantasy and surrealism, into an honest realm of pure visceral emotion. The “Emotive” series largely skimmed the surface. Her new work is intended to reach new depths, delving into her personal world of dreamscapes. The nightmarish imagery used to illuminate those unconscious thoughts serve as further exploration into the things that make us human.

D. Branchaud was born in Canada in 1985, and has been painting with acrylics since 2003. She currently resides in Florida, and is continuing her series work as well as various commissions and projects. The intimacy that she employs with the “Emotive” and “Visceral” series’ is also applied to portraits (where the goal is not simply to achieve a likeness, but to capture the essence of the subject), as well as conceptual commissions and illustrations.

This December D. Branchaud will be unveiling the first paintings from a new series that offers a deeper glimpse into the subconscious experience of human life; the 'underworld' of the mind.

—Danielle Branchaud www.dbranchaudart.wordpress.com

Mila Bridger

Mila Bridger

Born in Poland Mila Bridger is renowned both locally and internationally for fantastical portraits that feature thoughtfully stylized, saturated settings that evince a high degree of kinetic energy and unmistakable Expressionist flair. “I am a photographer who manufactures fantasy and is always up for a challenging shoot.”

Learn more @ facebook.com/brokenpixelproduction/

Tim Smith Tim Smith

Tim Smith (aka Mano Mudd)

"My work is a reflection of life. Frozen moments in time and space. The world seen through my eyes and filtered into a production that is original and unique as much as I am." ​I reject the rectangle and the square!

Learn more @ www.manomudd.net

Be Amazed

JUNSEP20 Art Show

JUNSEP20 Art Show

Taylord Dezeme will have his original work on display at Shangri-La Springs from June through September 2020.

MARAPR20 Art Show

MARAPR20 Art Show

Dennis Goodman will have his original photographs on display at Shangri-La Springs from March 1 through April 30 2020. Meet the artist at our Art & Soul Community Night on Wednesday March 11 2020 — 5 to 8:30pm.

JANFEB20 Art Show

JANFEB20 Art Show

Artist Janis McCracken will have her original work on display at Shangri-La Springs from January 1 through February 29 2020. Meet the artist at our Art & Soul Community Night on Wednesday January 8 2020 — 6 to 10pm.

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