the society of layerists in multi–media

2014 SLMM National Conference

in Hays, KS: October 1–5, 2014
National Exhibition: August 22 – October 5, 2014
Theme: "There's No Place Like Home"

(Click here for more information, including the prospectus)

SLMM Web Gallery Project — February–May 2014 Theme: "To draw, you must close your eyes and sing." — Pablo Picasso (Click here to view)

The SLMM Premise

The Society of Layerists in Multi–Media (SLMM) is a network for artists and other persons interested in a holistic perspective. John Briggs has defined a holistic perspective as "a harmony in which everything is understood as affecting everything else." Mary Carroll Nelson, founder of SLMM, observes that "Layerists have developed a perspective related to the time/space continuum. In layered art, many events connect at a single point in space; and many points in space are linked at a single moment in time." Alexander Nepote, SLMM’s late mentor, expressed an idea that is relevant to Layering: "Energy that connects everything is a cosmic web—this includes information from the collective unconscious, the metaphysical as well as the physical.


The purpose of SLMM is to offer creative artists a holistic way to relate to one another, as differentiated from the academic structure of professional artists’ associations based on a single medium, such as watercolor, pastel, or sculpture. The network we have built is meant to act as a leavening in a society whose values are based on a system of separation through competition, careerism, and hierarchy. SLMM is a society of equals designed to encourage creative expression and dynamic growth.

Layering is not a label for a particular style or medium. It is way of making art in order to express ultimate connectedness, a way to think about creating art as a synthesis of ideas from many sources, the sciences, philosophy, metaphysics, memories, synchronicities, and imagination. There is often a sense that something "other" than the visible inhabits Layered work. Therefore we say that it is not the technique that distinguishes a Layered work of art so much as the mind of the artist who makes the art. The Layering we speak of is an evanescent, as well as a tangible, metaphor. It grows like moss from living and learning. It imbues the work with meaning.


The Layering Society is not only about holism, it is a holistic organization. SLMM attracts many artists who are following a personal path of aesthetics combined with an active interest in wholeness. All new members must join first as Associates. In addition, spouses/significant others are welcome to join as Associates and many have done so. Associate Membership is an honored state, welcome and positive. A number of artists remain as Associate Members from choice. Those interested in applying for Full Membership must be Associate Members in good standing and then go through the application process. Applications are available from the Executive Administrator.

SLMM’s annual meetings are opportunities for interaction among members, for adventures, stimulus, conversation, viewing images of Full and Associate members’ work, and visits with fellow members and guests. In addition to holding meetings, SLMM has organized symposia, presented exhibitions, and planned tours in the United States and abroad. As more members join, local activities are increasing. There are Regional Coordinators in many areas of the country.


The Society of Layerists in Multi–Media holds shows in museums and public or college galleries according to specific guidelines. The group has produced books, videos, and catalogues. The SLMM website,, is a continually updated source of information containing several newsletters a year, plus an annual membership list. The website is open to all members who want to send something for inclusion, including news, sharing of ideas, and book references.


SLMM holds national exhibitions in museum and college galleries as well as regional shows. Society exhibitions are intended to demonstrate the underlying holistic premise of SLMM. Full members are eligible to enter all national shows. Associate members are eligible to enter regional shows and selected national shows. Although our exhibitions are not competitive, selections are made by curators with respect to available space, and the theme of the exhibition, if any. No awards or ribbons are given. SLMM is a 501(c)3 non–profit organization founded May 1982 in the state of New Mexico.


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Guthrie, OK 73044

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above painting: Alexander Nepote, , © Hanne–Lore Nepote

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