Late November 2018, I was asked to put my curating skills to work on an upcoming art installation for our local museum, to assist Jane Newman and work alongside her. I accepted without hesitation as I was thrilled and eager to contribute since the subjects of the exhibit are very close to my heart: “Species at Risk – The Great Blue Heron” and art by the kids of Cortes Island.
Jane spent months at our school working with each child one-on-one and in groups, working towards creating an art installation to interpret the Great Blue Heron issue on Cortes Island, in collaboration with Friends of Cortes Island. It was an amazing experience that taught me so much; it was also a thrill to attend the opening of “The Great Blue Heron Comes to School”. The children came and engaged with the installation by showing their families and friends their art on the walls. The Cortes Island Museum is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm all winter long. I invite my neighbours and friends to visit the exhibition. Please check out the website for more info:
Art Gallery season is a upon us on Cortes Island! It’s my favourite time of year! We are so fortunate to have the Old School Art Gallery supporting local artists all while being run by volunteers and by donation. I’m proud to be a member and to be sharing my second solo art installation that will be opening the gallery season on June 14th. The gallery has six fantastic unique art shows by local talented artists this year. Every Friday is Gallery Nite with either an opening or an artist talk.
Come and experience my 365-day art challenge that takes you through a daily practice I followed for a year, working with a muse and exploring the Tarot Cards by picking one card a day, and using its colours as my palette. I worked on one rectangle a day and 8 rectangles per page – which filled 46 pages in total. My medium was pencil crayons and every day I learned something new. At the time, I had not consider it as process art, I was just inspired by other artists I had seen on social media as they shared their sketch books for the year in Dec 2017, and thought I would give it a try.
Everything Leads You to Something Else! The quote of the year!
I would like to invite you to the opening of Wink! reception on June 14th from 6pm to 9pm along with appetizers and beverages. The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 6pm. On Friday June 21, I’ll be hosting an artist talk and it will also be the Summer Solstice so join me for a celebration from 6pm to 9pm Saturday, from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday. I’ll be hosting the gallery each day and I look forward to sharing my art process and more with all of you!
I am not sure if you recall the 365-day art challenge I set myself at the start of 2018, Wink, but there are some good news on that front!
As a reminder, the idea was to pull a tarot card a day to read and research, and then use it as a general inspiration and the colours on the card as my palette. My medium was pencil crayons and I worked out of a 8 x 11 sketchbook with 46 pages, each divided into 8 rectangles to represent one day of the year. The last element was to find a muse as my inspiration and I found it in my Lucy (my well-used cup cozy!)
I am happy to report that in spite of the stresses of late, I completed my challenge and…. that Wink has been accepted as a solo art installation at the Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery on Cortes Island! Yay! The art show will open on June 14th and will run for 2 weeks. I am so excited to share this process of daily art creation with you. I learned so much in the process. I created a renewed level of dedication in my life, explored working with the meaning of freedom, and I find the results intriguing.
Stay tuned for more information and thank you for all your support during my 365-day art challenge. It was a real challenge to produce a piece a day and I encourage everyone to try to do something for yourself every day as I found it to be a true spirit energizer and we all deserve a little extra energy!
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I recently had the pleasure of being immersed in some of the hustle and bustle at the Cortes Island Museum! In early December, I assisted Jane Newman in the installation of the art exhibit “The Great Blue Heron Comes to School” which was created by the young artists of our school inspired by the Species at Risk project. It was a fabulous project that received a lot of attention and many visitors. We knew it would have to come down some day and would need to be moved, as most art installations do, to a permanent location, and March 4th was the day!
The school library before:
The students came to the museum to help us do the deed; they took down and collected their art pieces and walked them across the street to the exhibit’s permanent location. They were all smiles and felt very honoured knowing their art would permanently be installed in their school’s library, beside their mascot… a Blue Heron of course!
Then Jane Newman and myself got to work curating “The Great Blue Heron Comes To School” for its permanent move into the library; it took us a couple of days of measuring and calculating to get every piece to fit just right in the space. We were both very excited to work on the beautiful collection of art again, and knowing that it was going to be in its forever home was very rewarding. Jane spent months working with the young artists to create the artwork and to see it in its final stages was a real thrill for her. For me, having an opportunity to do this kind of work in this very remote location I call home was very rewarding, never mind the fact that it was the first Permanent Art Installation I had the opportunity to curate. I look forward to working alongside Jane Newman in the future and am proud to say I work at The Cortes Island Museum both as a visual artist and a curator. And if I do say so myself, the installation looks great in its new home!
Join us at The Cortes Island Museum from 1-4pm today for our “Family Day Tree Dressing” in celebration of our island’s most tree-loving species at risk. Write love letters to honour your favourite birds and trees, and decorate little tokens to tie onto our Celebration Tree. The act of dressing a tree binds us to it and celebrates the unique role that trees have in our local neighbourhoods. Let’s share stories and songs about the medicine of trees and the sweet little creatures who depend on them for food and protection. Refreshments and snacks will be provided and everyone is welcome! We gratefully acknowledge the support of this event by the Province of British Columbia.
This month at Om Studio I will be centering my practice around the theme of the Heart Chakra, which feels appropriate since this is a time of year when many people think about their relationships with loved ones. Now I’m not much for hallmark celebrations, which sometimes feel forced on us, and I also think that we can share our heart all year round… but I do believe in love, compassion, gratitude and harmony! To read more please visit website via link above.
Artwork: Tree Mandala copyright Paloma Vita 2015 – palomavita-art.com
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I welcome 2019 with open arms, new adventures, and abundant health!!!
What a ride the last 7-8 months have been! You may or may not have noticed but it’s been sometime since I blogged!!! On June 17th, my life changed in the blink of an eye and I had to make some serious decisions on where to put my energy. My partner fell and suffered a serious back injury. I already had many obligations on my plate for the summer and I had no choice but to sideline a few of these things and blogging was one of them. Not only could my partner no longer work but he suddenly needed 24-hour care, so I found myself a one-gal show and the sole provider of our household. After four trips to the emergency – which is not an easy task from Cortes Island as it takes two ferries by ambulance just to get off island – and a month and a half spent in the hospital, he finally had open-back surgery at the end of September and came home on Novembre 1st. With a few setbacks, my man is slowly recovering and is undergoing rehabilitation, learning to walk again, and building strength (this is the short version of the story!) With having to tend the extensive garden we had planted to feed us and make preserves for winter, an art show to curate with 33 local artists, having to work different jobs to pay the bills, continuing my next solo art installation challenge “Wink” and being a full-time caregiver, my time was limited as one still needs to sleep even if just for a few hours!
During this time, I showed my largest painting to date called “Space” at the annual members show which I curated for our local art gallery. I filled the freezer & pantry and I also did my Yoga Teacher training online, which makes me happy to announce my new venture which starts on January 7th with a new blog and website: http://www.balducciyoga.com
And as the year begins, I’m just getting my feet back on the ground and every day my partner is slowly recovering a bit more, as he is very determined to get his life back which gives me more time to do my thing!!! I missed you all, as I missed blogging and sharing. Stay tuned for more details on my upcoming solo art installation, more spinning wheel adventures, my yoga offerings, gardening news, and whatever else happens. I wish you all much health and happiness in 2019 and thank you for sticking around!!!
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I suggest using it to knit with a needle set larger than 8mm. You can also mix and match the wool with any of your the favourite yarns you might have in your stash. BalducciArt wool is priced by the gram so each ball varies in price. I do my best to source as local a base fibre as possible and I then add other fibres when I am drum carding my batts and prepare them to be spun. Instructions for care are simple: hand-wash in cold water and lie flat to dry. You can purchase my yarn via email, my social media, or by commenting below. You can also find my art wool and many other handmade items at The Gorge Harbour Market all summer long on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. I’ll be there with my spinning group, “Spinners Unite” where we offer our wares and put on wool-spinning demos on our wheels…. you won’t be able to miss us! xoxo Laura
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