Wink!

I would like to invite you to take a closer look at the 365-day art challenge I gave myself in 2018. I learned a lot during this process of creating art following the same concept, but every day with a new twist. Dedicating a time slot every day to complete a challenge was a not easy every day but I do encourage everyone to give it a try. It’s weird how something that sounds so easy and started with good intentions can feel like a real accomplishment by the end. Please check out the link to see more about my Wink! project.

https://laurabalducciart.com/wink/

So far, I’ve had the opportunity to share it twice, and displayed it in 2 different ways in 2 different locations; both times, I received so many encouraging comments and it was a very rewarding experience. I may not have created a masterpiece but I do feel I inspired others, made some people smile, provoked thoughts and dreams, all while accomplishing my goals for 2018 even through some tough times. This makes me feel like I did my job as an artist, which in my mind is to share my vision and inspire others.

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to come to my art shows, the art collectors who added me to their walls, as well as the Old School House Art Gallery and The Coop Cafe for having me as a featured artist, and to everyone who encouraged me during my challenge with their kind words. I leave you with a short video that was captured during my art installation at The Old School House Art Gallery. For more information or to purchase a piece, please contact me at:  laurabalducciart@gmail.com

Where Did the Time Go…

I have not blogged since the beginning of summer, and a lot has happened since then!!! I’ve had the opportunity to share my new solo art installation “Wink!” (the 365-day art challenge I set for myself in 2018) on two occasions. The first show was part of the summer program at The Old School House Art Gallery. I had the pleasure of opening the gallery for the season! Attendance was great and I made 5 sales… It also coincided with summer solstice and I celebrated the occasion with an artist talk. The art gallery season was filled with an abundance of fantastic local artists showcasing many unique techniques and a variety of mediums. The show drew a great turnout of both locals and visitors, and we are very fortunate to have a beautiful space to gather in the summer, to socialize and view art.

I also started a new job at the Cortes Island Museum and Archives as their new Program Coordinator. Before then, I was a contractor who assisted as a curator and visionary on various projects. I am glad to be working with this great team and honoured to share the history of our beautiful island and create history. One of my many projects this summer was working on an installation that celebrated the past 20 years, called “That Was Then/ This Is Now” with Brittany Baxter. I also helped create and put on our Art in the Garden event that took place every Wednesday whereby a featured artist came and worked on their projects in the heritage garden. This wonderful art series was very well received, and also featured two evening performances: one improv in the evening, and another one featuring local musician. Stay tuned in the new year for announcements as this project grows. I’m really excited with the work I’m doing and can’t wait to share a new version of the successful trials of this past summer. Below is a photo of the opening of the exhibition which is open Fridays and Saturdays during the winter months, please stop by and check it out. The Museum also serves as our tourism outlet where you can find maps, books, local artists’ work, and all kinds of information.

Of course summer would not be summer for me without lots of work happening on the farm. Which was basically a full-time job in itself from starting all the seedlings, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and preserving. It was a pretty successful season with lots of bumper crops and a few that were not the best – but that’s just life on the farm. Every season is different and not every season produces the same results but at the end of the day my pantry and freezer are full, I have a variety of loose tea creations, and we ate fresh from our garden daily and are still doing so at the beginning of November. Absolutely worth every stitch of time put in. I love farming! It is so rewarding to eat what you grow, every bit is fresh and in season and with no packaging. We are now on our fall and winter crops and the rest of the farm has been put to sleep. At this time of year, I layer my garden beds with seaweed, chicken manure and rabbit compost. I then add a thin layer of soil and top it off with straw and let it all sit until springtime. Of course my summer also included cutting hair at the farmers’ markets, creating yarn… and lots of beach walks. Below is a collage of some of the food I produced and a few of the beautiful flowers that blessed my garden.

My second opportunity to share my art installation Wink! was at The Coop Cafe (also on Cortes Island) from October 1st to 31st. It was very rewarding as I received so many kind words and many people voiced that my work inspired them. When I hear such kind thoughts it makes me feel like I have done my job as an artist. I believe as artists we’re here on earth to share our vision and our work. It’s not always about creating the next great masterpiece but also sharing our process. The idea of putting a smile on someone’s face means a lot to me, as well as lighting up a room, make someone think or straight up inspire them… now this is my passion and I believe it’s my job as an artist. I was so happy to get the opportunity to curate my work in two totally different spaces and in completely different ways. My intention was to display “Wink!” in the form of a mosaic and I am very happy with the way it turned out. Here is a photo of my art installation at The Coop Cafe:

We have two months left until the year is up and we move forward into a new decade. And in 2020, I will turn 50 and for the last decade I have been exploring new mediums, I have had many solo art shows and have shown in many group shows. I feel fortunate to have completed so many of my art goals. I am now focusing on finishing my biggest knitting project yet, called “The BedSpread”, which consists of creating yarn from my stash of fibre and making a bedspread one piece at a time. Besides that project, I will not  be putting much pressure on myself in the coming year other than having fun working with fibre, giving my position at the Museum my all, and of course growing my food as I do and spending lots of quality time with my family and friends. Stay tuned for more because I am making a comeback to blogging!

Thank you for continuing to support my blog and my art, and please contact me for more information or if you have any questions at laurabalducciart@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Laura Balducci

Solo Art Installation

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!

Wink

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!)

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My cup cozy, Lucy

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!

Private Sessions

Please check out my new yoga website to learn more about my offerings http://www.balducciyoga.com

Have you ever felt like the Tin Man in a Yoga Class? Did you ever accidentally join an intermediate class when you are a beginner? Do you have specific needs you would like to work on and address? Then a group yoga class may not be for you right now!!!

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Private Sessions

If you would like a one-on-one approach to assist you in reaching your goals, contact me for a private session! I offer a free half-hour consultation session where we can get together and create a plan that suits your specific needs and lifestyle.

Please email me to book an appointment at balducciyoga@gmail.com

Permanent Art Installation

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!

The school library after!

Family Day Tree Dressing

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.  

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I invite my friends and followers to check out what I’m up to on my new adventure this month at http://www.balducciyoga.com

Heart Chakra

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.

Namasta

Laura Balducci

Artwork: Tree Mandala copyright Paloma Vita 2015 – palomavita-art.com

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New Adventure

I have another website all about yoga! That’s right I started a new adventure in 2019…. I invite all my friends and followers to check out http://www.balducciyoga.com to find out more.

NEW MONTH, NEW YOGA CLASS!

Karma Vinyasa Flow

By donation

Suitable for yogis with some experience with asanas who would like to continue to learn, challenge themselves, and build confidence in their practice. I offer a balanced practice of movement and flow with all the relaxing aspects inherent in yoga. I invite you to join me for a daily class, or as your schedule allows.

February 1st – March 1st

Monday to Friday

9:00 to 10:00 am

at Om Studio @ Manson’s Hall

Cortes Island B.C. Canada

Doors open at 8:45 am so we can start on the hour. Come find your spot and see you on the mat! Please use the back entrance at the top of the stair

The Great Blue Heron Comes to School!

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.

 

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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:

www.cortesmuseum.com

Art by children from kindergarten to Grade 9

Taxidermy Blue Heron by Laurel