Summer is here and that means a lot of art to see and experience on Cortes Island, since we happen to live surrounded by an abundance of talent. I am so grateful to live here and have the opportunity to engage with all the amazing local artists and feast my eyes all season long – whether it be at the weekly markets, one of our many events, or at our wonderful little gallery (where everyone can become a member and all our visitors/guests of the community are more than welcome to visit). The Old School House Gallery, which is run by volunteers and donations, puts on a minimum of 8 shows every summer. Hours are Fridays from 6pm to 9pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 2pm to 6pm.
We started the season off on Friday June 30th with a beautiful show featuring 2 weavers and one textile artist… and trust me when I say that it is stunning. Here are a few of my favourite pieces! For more info please check out the link www.cortesisland.com
P.S. There is a saying here on Cortes Island, “Every Friday is Gallery Night” – all season long @ The Old School House Gallery, there is either a vernissage or an artist talk – come join us!!!
As many of you know by now, I was involved in The Curators’ Workshop for which the museum received a grant to support locals to get involved and learn about or further their knowledge of curating for museums, art shows in its myriad aspects: researching, hanging, grant writing and so much more. The workshop, led by well-known BC artist, author and historian Judith Williams, has been a wonderful experience from beginning to end! I learned so much, made some great new friends and I know the skills I learned will prove useful to me in the future. I would like to take a moment here to extend my gratitude to the Cortes Island Museum for this opportunity.
I would also like to invite local and visiting folks to check out the show Refugee Cove – Moving with the Tides. I am really proud of the work we did as the team of intern curators; a lot of time and effort went into the show by everyone involved and I am very happy about how it turned out.
We all have a very special Friend in this wonderful world without whom there would be no food!!! It’s a serious Friendship that flourishes between the Bees and the flowers as they do their thing together like only best Friends can!!! Please inform yourself on what you can do to save the Bees. They are our Friends… xoxo
Fun Bee fact: Did you know that bees communicate with their hives through what has been called the “waggle dance”? When scout bees find a new source of flowers, they come back to the hive and do a little dance to indicate the direction of the new site as well as distance and how many flowers there are. Pretty amazing!
After a taking a well-earned break, I am back at creating my neck and wrist art and building up my stock for this summer’s market season on Cortes Island, as well as for an upcoming music festival where I will be vending – announcement coming very soon. During my time off from knitting, I spent some time to naturally dye some wool and work on my garden – from which I drew lots of inspiration for colour combos thanks to the abundance of the many blooming flowers. I was also busy with installing the art installation at The Cortes Island Museum which opens mid-June.
I have just completed my third commission – a one-of-a-kind man’s Bandana – and I started working on a new design: the Mini iPad clutch which will be featured in my Etsy store this week. And heads up, I have many new items coming to my Etsy store in the upcoming weeks, so look out for updates at http://www.laurabalducciart.etsy.com
In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of spring and getting geared up for what is shaping up to look like a fantastic summer ahead….
I am starting a paddle-boarders’ meetup group! So I am hereby calling all paddle boarders — whether you be local or just passing through — of all ages and levels of experience!
You are invited to join us starting June 8 at 1 pm @ Hague Lake to cruise the lake, meet new friends and always have a paddling buddy!!! This is not a competition, just loads of fun to be had. If you can make it to the meetup, you can be assured there will always be someone there to paddle-board with you!
We will paddle until the weather stops us… Look out for the orange pylons — they will indicate our muster point. The paddle-boarders’ meetup will take place every Thursday, weather permitting.
If you don’t get up early enough in the morning, you may just miss the Evanescent moment of the morning dew on the flowers in the garden!!! Here is a view of a magical morning earlier this month when the dew bejewelled one of my Queen of Night Tulips…
Just a run-of-the-mill puddle on our dog walk, Reflecting the beautiful forest that surrounds us on Cortes Island!!!
Indigo is one of the art dolls from my new multidisciplinary art installation “Senses That Sin”. I drew my inspiration for this exotic/erotic experience from flowers and their lush surroundings that can tickle our senses when we allow ourselves to fully enjoy their offering. She is the art doll that is brought to life by my live doll, Namchi Bazar, who performs in the video below with musician Del Riviera. The body of the doll is made with polymer clay, her hair is black merino wool, and I recycled some material to craft her skirt and then added lace accents and Ostrich feathers. I also recycled a lamp shade to create the skirt hoop and her sidekick mini Roxy the Rabbit is made with textile, fabric paint, wool, and polymer clay for her eyes.
I had a lot of fun creating this art installation and learned a lot in the process. To experience the full art installation coming to life for yourself, please watch the live performance video featuring Namchi Bazar and Del Riviera!!!
Once a week I work with my friend Nola – one of the young artists on Cortes Island. I call our time together “Creative Sessions” because we create a lot of art together using many media and we have a great time working together. I think it’s really healthy to work with other people of all ages for many reasons – energy, vision, inspiration, just to name a few. I learn something new every week when we work together! It’s also very interesting to see the work Nola does using the medium and topics we choose to work each week. So far, our get-togethers have been super rewarding for both of us – each in our own way – and we plan on continuing to work together weekly. We also have a collaborative project in the works, which I will share in a future blog post.
Since we started our “Creative Sessions” we have touched on postal art, pointillism, minimalism, landscapes, spray paint, acrylic, art dolls, encaustic and collage. Here are some of Nola’s awesome art pieces – some finished and others still in the making. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!!!