JUST AFTER 6 o'clock on Monday night, about a dozen people were scattered around the meeting room at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse, laying on their backs, staring at the ceiling.
They stretched out on yoga mats and padded benches in the minimalist, white-walled room, waiting for sunset. The retractable roof opened, exposing the meetinghouse to the elements and providing its inhabitants an unobstructed view of the sky.
Then the lights began, multicolored hues that circled the opening in the vaulted ceiling as part of an art installation titled "Greet the Light," which artist James Turrell calls a "skyspace."
During a captivating 50-minute show, deep hues of amethyst, emerald and turquoise faded into each other through the skylight - like watching colors on film, with only the occasional bird flying overhead to remind viewers that it's actually the sky. Organizers say no two shows are the same.