Dave Casullo contributes to the Wu Wei painting as part of the opening reception at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts on Saturday. Artist Lutz Scherneck assists in the process.

by Dave Warner

Elias Saifan put on what is called a Wue Wei live painting exhibition at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts on Saturday afternoon.

Wu Wei is the philosophy of “doing without doing” a concept central to the Tao Te Ching and the “martiality” of Zen. Live Painting is a trending form of art where the artist creates a masterpiece before your eyes. However, in this case, Saifan involved everyone in the audience as well, giving them a paintbrush and allowing them to contribute to the overall piece.

Saifan has been painting and supporting the arts since his college days at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. His work has been shown and sold throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

Born in Brooklyn, and originally from a Lebanese family, he moved to Little Falls where he has set up his new studio.

Art Door Gallery is located at 407 Canal Place, right next door to the MVCA. Saifan will continually add to the Wu Wei exhibit throughout the month.

The exhibit will continue until April 4th when there will be a closing reception from 2-4 pm.

Photo by Dave Warner – Elias Saifan adds to his Wu Wei live painting exhibit during Saturday’s open house.