Sunday, October 30, 2022

Venusian Sigil Crafting Workshop with Jessica Kallista


Venusian Sigil Crafting Workshop with Jessica Kallista

Friday, 5:30pm–6pm

Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Friday, 6pm–8pm

Both events will take place at Tephra ICA at Signature and are free and open to the public. Please RSVP here for the workshop as capacity is limited.

Join them on Friday, November 4 for the opening reception for Forecast, an exhibition "presenting twenty-two image and text works that speak to our collective futures. Far from a singular vision, these predictions span the range from willing the utopic into existence to raising the alarm bells about what may be to come."

The predictions, or “Buoyant Oracles” as they came to be known, were created by a cohort of female identifying artists responding to Sue Wrbican’s public sculpture Buoyant Force, which is located in Reston Town Square Park in Reston, Virginia.  

Buoyant Force is a 50-foot steel sculpture by Sue Wrbican inspired by the paintings of American Surrealist Kay Sage (b. 1898, Albany, New York; d. 1963, Woodbury, Connecticut). In the tradition of the surrealists’ incorporation of magic practices into their art, exhibiting artist Jessica Kallista is offering a Venusian Sigil Crafting Workshop starting at 5:30pm in advance of the opening. The workshop is based on practices created by Peter Bebergal and Gareth Branwyn in the forthcoming book Roleplaying Magic: Gaming the Occult Imagination, and participants will be guided through a series of steps to craft their own pictorial symbols.

Forecast is presented in partnership with Mason Exhibitions from George Mason University. A concurrent exhibition, Cast/Recast, is currently on view at Mason Exhibitions Arlington located at 3601 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA through December 3. Cast/Recast is a group exhibition of photography, video, sculpture, painting, site-specific installation, and live performative work for select programs. Curated by Alissa Maru in collaboration with Hannah Barco and Sue Wrbican.

Forecast is on view November 3, 2022–January 22, 2023

Tephra ICA at Signature is located at the Signature apartment building (11850 Freedom Dr, Reston, VA), and visitors are welcome Tuesday–Saturday from 11am–5pm.


Tephra ICA at Signature is an innovative satellite gallery space that presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions featuring work by local and regional artists as selected by Tephra ICA curatorial staff. The gallery is provided in partnership with Boston Properties and Bozzuto, and generously sponsored by Reston Community Center.