Weekly Photo Challenge – Graceful

One of my favourite places to go spend some time in Powell River, BC is Base Camp – Coffee + Food + Art. They have Graceful(ly) made their mark as one of the finest coffee shops on the whole Salish Sea. Displaying art by local artists, serving super yummy organic food, and doing their best to be as environmentally-friendly as possible – just in case you forget your to-go coffee mug!!! – they offer a complete experience for the senses all while nourishing your body and your caffeine cravings!

for more info please visit their website – basecamp-coffee.com/

Art by Colin MacRae

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Encaustic Workshop

So last weekend, I found myself in a jam-packed workshop, instructed by Shary Bartlett and facilitated by  Lorna Downie in her beautiful studio at The Rodmay Hotel. Shary was very knowledgeable and faced our excitement at learning her techniques with great patience… and boy… did we learn a lot!!! We practised with many different materials and even got a little art history on the first use of wax in an artistic context including the Fayum mummy portraits* from Egypt’s Coptic period of 100-300 CE. It was all very inspiring and I look forward to bring encaustic techniques into my work in the future and continue to paint with wax. One advice in particular I will not forget is “Fuse it or Lose it” which has been forever engraved deep into my brain. Here are 3 of my finished pieces for reference.

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*for more info on the Fayum mummy portraits: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayum_mummy_portraits

Workshop & More

I am off to Powell River for the weekend – the town that never sleeps, full of culture and arts. I feel so fortunate that it’s only a boat ride away from the tranquility of my home on Cortes Island. I am attending a workshop on the technique of Encaustic – using wax and pigment – and I have been so looking forward to it! I will share what I learn in one of my posts next week. I am not only going for the workshop however, it’s going to be a jam-packed weekend with an artist talk Friday evening and then D.O.A and Those Things playing at the bowling alley. The workshop is Saturday all day and then there is the famous Haunted Ball, where 4 of my creations will be featured in the gallery. Could I have picked a better weekend to go off island ? I say, “No way!” I am looking forward to seeing all my friends, learning new techniques and getting a huge dose of straight-up culture in the one-stop wonder town of Powell River BC! I share the poster for The Haunted Ball.

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Call for Artists!

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Expose Yourself is an erotically themed, multi-disciplinary art exhibition that has been celebrating diversity through artist contributions, performance + workshops and hilarious group art projects in Powell River, BC, since 2008. After a production hiatus between 2013-2016, Expose Yourself is back on track for a boundary-pushing, body-celebrating, hilarity-making March 2017 exhibition!

The next Expose Yourself Exhibition is: March 17-19, 2017.

Want to submit your art? We are currently seeking visual art submissions (2D, 3D, sculpture and installation works in all mediums) as well as photography submissions (digital files only) in the theme of contemporary nude for our new Digital Gallery component.

Deadline for visual art and digital gallery submission:  Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:59pm. Click here for full submission details.

We are also seeking contributions  of performance art, workshops, etc., on an on-going basis. Get in touch with us any time!

Looking for some inspiration? Check out our gallery for images of work and atmosphere from previous EY exhibitions!

https://eyexhibition.com

Announcement

We have been working hard behind the scenes and keeping it under wraps but I am very excited to announce that I have joined Caitlin Anne Bryant and the team that well bring you Expose Yourself 2017. If you haven’t heard of EY yet, it’s a boundary-pushing, body-celebrating, hilarity-making, multi-disciplinary art exhibition based in Powell River BC. Stay tuned as we relaunch the exhibition for exhibitionist. Submission call is right around the corner…

Laura Balducci

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Art Show + CD Release

The first opening of my new art installation,”the Other-Side presents That Wall’ opens tomorrow, Friday June 24th, 2016 in Powell River B.C. I would like to invite you all local folks to join me as I unveil the show and share the soundtrack for the first time! Come enjoy an evening of art, appies, and music – with special guest, the unpredictable Del Riveria – in the Rainbow Room of the Rodmay Hotel,  from 6pm to 9pm.

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A sneak peek!!!

The Other-Side presents That Wall

My new art installation involves many mixed media. One element is my interpretation of Graffiti Art inspired by the West side of the Berlin Wall. Here is a Sneak Peek at one of the 13 panels I created on recycled dresser drawers. I used spray paint, collage, acrylic and found items. Look out for info on two upcoming solo art shows this summer.

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Art + CD Announcement

Mark Your Calendars!

the Other-Side presents That Wall in Powell River B.C. @ The Rainbow Room

Art installation by Laura Balducci with a Cd release by the Other-Side

June 24th 6pm to 9pm  opening reception

With a special live performance by The Unpredictable Del Riveria

Apps and cash bar by The Convenient Chef

June 25th + 26th all ages from 12pm to 5pm

Photo by David Molyneaux

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Excited and jumping for joy !!!

We are happy to announce that CD of the sound track for the art installation called “That Wall” have gone to press. We look forward to sharing this exciting project with you all  during the up coming art shows this summer and a soon to be announced CD release party in Powell River B.C. xoxo

photo by David Molyneaux  and Graffiti Art by Catnap

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The Abbie Hoffman Society

In 2013 my band The Abbie Hoffman Society released our 1st full CD.We had so much fun over the years creating music,performing and going on tour. A collaboration between Meghan Hildebrand and Myself created the album cover.Today I share the collage I made out of the inside of tetra pack’s (almond milk packages) and a link to the full CD “Do They Ever”.

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