The Amity Gallery, located at 110 Newport Bridge Rd. in Warwick, will host an exhibit each weekend throughout the month of October entitled, “Chardavogne Barn-Fifty Years,” which will include original photographs illustrating the many developments and changes which have taken place over the past 50 years and up to the present. Included are photographs of workdays when groups of people gathered to maintain and improve the buildings and grounds.
The Chardavogne Barn, located at 7 Chardavoyne Rd. in Warwick, was purchased in 1967, just a few months after the Village of Warwick celebrated its centennial. Now, during the Warwick Sesquicentennial celebration, the Chardavogne Group, also known as the Institute for Religious Development will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the purchase of the property.
Dr. Willem Nyland established the Chardavogne Group based on the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff. Many young people were drawn to the Chardavogne Group in the late sixties and early seventies. The influx of these young people into the small rural Town of Warwick at that time had a considerable impact on the Warwick community and this influence continues to the present day.
After Mr. Nyland’s death in 1975, some group members left the area but many others stayed in Warwick and made their lives here. Nyland took his teachings to other parts of the country and the world. There are affiliated groups in California, Europe and as far away as Australia. There are many small groups across the Country that meet to discuss the ideas and teachings of Gurdjieff, as taught by Nyland. For more information on the Chardavogne Group visit www.nyland.org.
The Amity Gallery was opened three years ago by members of the Chardavogne Group. Most of the Gallery Committee members are artists whose work has been shown at the Gallery and other venues. For more information about the Chardavogne Barn exhibit, visit www.amitygallery110.wordpress.com or find them on Facebook.