Acknowledging a Team player

My latest art installation, The Other-Side presents That Wall, has been a resounding success and I am the first say that it took an entire team to create it. Graphic artists, photographer, videographer, producer, mentor, carter, drivers, organizers and an editor. I have shared their names and their work, and have thanked them all for their contributions. There is still one person I would like to acknowledge, who has been contributing from behind the scenes. You see her work here weekly without knowing it; her work is to understands me so you can too! I appreciate her so much and feel very fortunate to have her on my team.

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Paloma Vita is a friend, a fellow artist and also my editor and graphic artist. She has put in hours of creative input in this latest project and helped design the CD cover and posters as well as edited my artist statement. She also played a big part in the production of my art book, My Stuffies’ Secret Life. She is a digital artist, translator, ghost-writer, editor, and natural healer. She is a joy to work with, so please check out her website if you need some of her language skills or visit her art site to view her Visionary Zodiac collection and learn more about a treasured team player.

For her language services website, please click here or contact her at palomavita@gmail.com and for her art website, please click here

 

 

Members Show

Every summer, The Old School House Gallery curates a Members’ Show. The theme changes yearly but the talent gracing the walls only gets more and more impressive. This year’s theme was inspired by sharing thoughts on the topic of climate change as we watch it happen and escalate in our environment.

Primary Elements – Annual Members’ Show opens on July 22nd and run to July 31st and will feature a wide variety of mediums coming together under one roof. This event is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with the fantastic crowd that always attends and to see the works of the talented people who live on beautiful Cortes Island.

(Wink wink! Watch out for RainBow and Monsters!!!)

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Details

Loretta is one of the art dolls from my latest art installation, The Other-Side presents That Wall. Her outfit come from items I recycled, which were once part of my wardrobe. Her shirt is made from a shirt a good friend of mine brought back for me from New York and on which I made a stain it could not recover from; her shorts come from pinstripe pants I wore back in my hairdressing days, and on which I spilled some bleach; and her belt is made from the bottom of a pair of army pants which were too long for me while the red buckle comes from one of the sleeves of a Pringles’ T-shirt. How’s that for Details?!

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Artist Talk@The Old School House Gallery

This coming Friday, I will be holding an artist talk on my creative process behind my latest art installation, “The Other-Side presents That Wall”. I would like to invite all fellow Cortes residents (and all who can make it there!) to join me at The Old School House Gallery on Cortes Island at 7pm for a fun evening. I will present a slide show to take you through the steps that made my art installation come alive. The installation will also be on display on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th from 2 to 6pm. I will be sitting in the gallery on both days.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Look Up

Remember playing on the monkey bars on the school grounds or the local park? I do! Being young and daring, I would do all kinds of tricks and scramble up and down the monkey bars for hours of play. Then a moment would always come where I ended up hanging upside down and I would Look Up… and much to my surprise, it always looked so different each time!!!

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This Happened @ The Opening

Last Friday was an energy-filled evening on the opening night of “The Other-Side presents That Wall”at The Old School House Gallery on Cortes Island. Del Riveria floated around the room and outside while playing his vintage 1962 accordion, as more and more guests kept on walking through the door. It was quite overwhelming to say the least, and very delightful to watch people engaging with my art installation and jiving to the sound track. The enthusiastic comments and warm smiles made me feel like I accomplished my goal of inspiring  viewers to think, to dream, and to feel something new or different, even if for just one evening. A friend even came bearing a gift that would only happen on Cortes Island – 3 new laying hens! (I bet you wondered why I chose that picture! And if you look closely, you will see Del and his accordion on the porch too.) Much to my surprise, the hens were well appreciated by everyone and have now made their forever home on my farm. What a great evening! Xoxo

The show also received a rave review by Richard Trueman:) http://www.cortesisland.com/tideline/show8662a/Review_The_Other_Side_-_THAT_WALL

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The Old School House Gallery

I am so happy to announce that this Friday, my art installation “The Other-Side presents That Wall” opens at The Old School House Gallery. I am really excited for my solo art show to be presented in the art gallery on the island I live on!

There is so much history at this location – from being the first school on Cortes Island to showcasing the works of many accomplished local artists at what eventually would become the only gallery on the island. The Old School House Gallery is run by volunteer members and on a donation basis. It is open for only 8 weeks a year, so it is a true honor to have the opportunity to share my solo art show this year. The location has intrigued me ever since I moved to Cortes Island – their art shows are always very unique, filled with lots of talent and one of the highlights of my Cortes summer activities.

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Art – Finds a Forever Home

 

Mia and her crow are all packed up and ready to go on their adventure to their new home in the Kootenays. Alongside them, Snapper and Upsy Daisy from The Stuffy Collection are also starting their journey to their forever home in Alberta.

In other news, the soundtrack from my new art installation “The Other-Side presents That Wall” is now available for purchase via my email: laurabalducciart@gmail.com

And for those in Powell River, it is also available at the Base Camp Cafe on Marine Ave. and the Madcap Beauty Spot Salon in The Rodmay Hotel.

Photo by Darshan Alexander Photography

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