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.  

Weekly Photo Challenge – Experimental

For the last two months or so, the Cortes Island Museum has been putting out a call to contribute a square to a community quilt they are putting together entitled “Where Do You Come From”. So I took the opportunity to work and play with an Experimental thought that has been playing in my mind for some time. Doing a painting with accents of embroidery to make a part of the painting pop!!! So I am very happy to share the square I contributed to our community quilt. I used acrylic paint, collage and embroidery for this piece called “Peace Is For Everyone”. I had a lot of fun creating my square and I got a lot of practice with the idea of marrying embroidery and paint; I love the effect I got and I am thrilled to have participated!

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Peace Is for Everyone by Laura Balducci