Cindi Zech Rhodes, M.A.
Denise Kufus Weyhrich, M.F.A.
Founding Curators | Directors
Seeds Fine Art Exhibits’ mission is to serve our neighbors by transforming galleries into sacred spaces. We do this by unearthing the finest unsung contemporary artists of our time and compellingly presenting a visual narrative that addresses core issues concerning all humanity.
Our exhibits always have a central theme which invites contemplation of “that something other” than the purely physical world, beyond science and intellect. Mysterious, awe-inspiring and beautiful, it points us to humanities ultimate meaning.
Much of our mission serves solitary artists in their studios or homes, encouraging them in their creative quests. Offering national exhibits of the finest quality, we bring the best of contemporary art up close and personal.
CEOs/Co-Directors and curators Cindi Zech Rhodes and Denise Kufus Weyhrich are thrilled to share with you Seeds Fine Art Exhibits’ vision for the future. This grassroots movement has been growing since 2004 into a 501(c)3 dba of Terra Arts Foundation. Come along with us and serve our neighbors by transforming galleries into sacred spaces!
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” – St. Francis of Assisi:
The Artistic marriage of hands, head and heart result in something beyond biology and human intellect. This is the magic elixir that leads us to “that something other.” That power apart from the physical world that Science can’t touch. Mysterious, awe-inspiring and beautiful, this is the THING that gives humanity it’s deeper meaning and that THING we want to bring to the gallery.
As defined by dictionary.com…
“Seeds”: the germ or propagative source. There is untapped potential in just ONE SEED and how it can influence its environment.
“Fine Art”: a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness…
“Exhibits”: to offer or expose to view: present for inspection; make manifest, explain or to administer as a remedy.
We, as artists living among artists, often hear about our colleagues’ struggles. We realize that many have a hidden wealth of personal artworks coming from the depth of their souls – experiments that speak in a private voice. These artworks are not shown in galleries or commercial venues, but as pure expressions of pain, loss, wanderings, searchings and joy, and have great potential to create deep connections.
These private artworks are our passion. We have “to bring these artworks alive” as Madeleine L’Engle discusses in her book “Walking on Water.” So, SEEDS has been busy transforming galleries and museums into sacred spaces all across the nation. We have curated exhibits working collectively with artists, and inspire them to pursue new directions of risk.
Our vision for 2015 is to travel three new exhibits to city centers with the highest quality artworks. The current movies “Big Eyes” & “Turner,” show that there is an interest in the stories of artists and their life of art. Each of us has a deeper story. Those stories are what we desire to share, to bring forth unheard voices, to uncover undiscovered artworks AND encourage artists to continue to create. Please help us help artists to reach out with hope to our communities.
SEEDS Education Program
In 2004 we started our education programs with our first exhibit. We have consistently maintained annual gallery presentations to the school children and university students wherever we are. At the elementary level Seeds conducts many of the students very first gallery tour experience, instructing them on gallery safety while talking about “what they see” and giving curatorial talks. At the universities, Seeds becomes a part of the university community as we work with students in installing the exhibitions and events, along with participating in symposiums, lecture panels, and gallery tours. Those times working in the gallery often lead to involvement in our Mentorship Program, Internship Program or both.
SEEDS Internship Program
With the two founding curators’ collective 70 years of professional and professorial experience, the SEEDS Internship has been at the heart of our commitment to the arts and artist community, both in the academic world and “real world.” Our collaborative history with many of the university art departments in Southern California makes this opportunity wonderful for us and our interns. Our eight interns have come from six universities infusing SEEDS with ethnic cultures, languages, insights and their social media savvy. In our travels to artists’ studios, galleries, arts events…our interns are involved with every aspect of our work and invited to join in with all their skills and opinions. These SEEDS internships are life changing experiences. SEEDS has opened the door for these students and prepared them for graduation. Once these amazing individuals graduate, we continue to mentor them as “SEEDLINGS” through their life in the transition from student to working professional.
SEEDLINGS – Emerging Artist Mentorship
Seeds Fine Art Exhibits has been mentoring young artists since day one. It is a natural progression after searching out exceptional talent to nurture and mentor these gifted young people. Our desire is to love these artists by serving them and helping them to flourish in their fields. Depending on the media or conceptual direction, we match emerging artists with established professional artists as mentors and include them in our CORE Salon introducing them to established artists.
CORE Salon: Artists Banquet – bi-annual
The Seeds Fine Art Exhibits program “CORE Salon – Artists Banquet” serves professional artists in Orange County and beyond. Artists meet for dinner and critique of current artworks. This is our way of connecting the usually solitary community of fine artists in our area, with the intent to collaborate and build relationships among disparate groups. SEEDS feels that this particular group of individuals has been undervalued and hidden from view. These incredibly gifted artists need a platform in which they can be seen and heard.