Laura Balducci

Laura Balducci

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews multi-talented artist Laura Balducci. Laura has lived on the Island for nine years. She and her partner were looking for a large piece of property to rent and found the right place here on Cortes. Maureen Bader Laura Balducci on Art on the Island Laura recently completed a 365-day art challenge. She used a tarot card to determine a colour scheme and created eight works per page. You will be able to see the 365-day challenge in Laura’s solo show at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, opening June 14 2019. Her artist talk is on the second Friday of her show, June 21, 2019.  Laura has been engaged in artistic activity all her life. Starting out as a hairdresser, she began at Suki’s. In the 1990’s she branched out into fashion and makeup.   Laura took some art classes at Emily Carr, primarily painting in acrylics. She also took different art workshops in media such as encaustic, and also an art doll workshop with Kate Church here on Cortes. The move to art dolls allowed her to use her hair, fashion and makeup skills all at once on a smaller scale.  She is a very versatile artist, exploring many creative possibilities. Laura is now mostly working with fibre and has started spinning her own wool, an activity growing in popularity here. She collects fibre locally, dyes it with mostly natural dyes, spins it and is currently knitting a bedspread. Yoga is a new activity Laura has taken up and is looking to differentiate her offering by including nature and...
Mike Beeman

Mike Beeman

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews artist, teacher and show judge Mike Beeman, to talk about how to be more successful when entering juried shows. Mike works in pastel and oil, in studio and on location, painting a variety of subjects, including landscapes, still life and figures. He is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies. His work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions and competitions and he has been a judge in many as well.  Maureen Bader Art on the Island interviews Mike Beeman First, a juried show is one where an artist must submit an entry and be judged against other artist to gain entry into the show. Mike explained that today, the top shows are very competitive and the competition is now global as people from all over the world vie to get into the best shows.  If it is so difficult to get in, why would someone want to be in a juried show? Reasons include personal gratification and recognition, which help an artist to grow professionally, to gain credibility in the industry and to move to higher status, such as Signature status, in artist groups such as the Federation of Canadian artists.  Mike explains the number one reason why an entry is rejected, and how to avoid that, as well as other considerations when entering a juried show. He also explains what to consider when selecting your best work for the show, and what to expect once you’ve sent off your entry...
Susanne Muir

Susanne Muir

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews pastelist Susanne Muir. Susanne has lived on the Island since 2001, but has been visiting Cortes Island since the 1980s after her parents moved here.  Maureen Bader Susanne Muir on Art on the Island Beginnings Susanne has engaged in artistic activities since childhood, and was inspired by her Grandfather. She started out with pencils and crayons and always had her crayons and paper along with her on long drives. Susanne is self-taught, learning primarily from books.   Susanne saw a watercolour painting in a gallery window and decided she would make her own. As with many things, she later realized it would have been much cheaper to just buy the painting, especially now that she is working in pastels, as her main artistic activity today is pastel painting, mainly in the winter. Susanne also makes dried bouquets for the winter markets.  Light and atmosphere define Susanne’s style, which has been heavily influenced by watercolour. Susanne’s paintings are usually 9×11 inches and smaller and she works primarily from photos and sketches she collects while out in nature. The effects of light and atmosphere fuelling her imagination.  Susanne tends to accumulate supplies given the remote nature of our island, but the local art store supply has a limited supply, especially in pastel. When Susanne goes to Victoria she stocks up, as well as buying online and having supplies shipped here.  Pastel is a dry media that artists typically apply to paper. Susanne tends to use moderately textured paper that allows her to use the texture to create light effects. She...
Helene Racine

Helene Racine

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews knitter and spinner Helene Racine. Helene and her husband have lived on the Island for 21, moving here after living six years in the Arctic.  One learning experience from Arctic living is learning to make do with what they had when they got to the island. Maureen Bader Helene Racine - Art on the Island Helene Racine: Spinning & Wool Helene’s main activity is working with wool, and spins quite a bit of wool from fibers from different sheep, such as Marino. Listen as Helene describes how different wool sources give different products.  Helene took up wool spinning after moving to Cortes, as spinning is done more by feel instead of visually, so is a good activity to do in the winter with low light. Helene also knits shawls, ponchos hats and blankets. Helene’s mother first taught her knitting, but since then she is mostly self-taught. Did you know wool fibre has scales? Listen as Helene describes how wool fibers connect together to create long strands that eventually make balls of wool.  You can hear how Helene just loves wool and why during the interview.  Helene explains the difference between spinning wool and weaving. She explains the difference in rhythm while weaving and how she uses the various processes to achieve different things.  Helene talks about where she buys her wool and fabrics, and finds the convenience of online shopping very attractive. World of Wool is one online source, and fabrics at Sew Sisters and National Canadian Fabric. She has sourced some wool here on the island that...
Donna Naven

Donna Naven

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews stone carver Donna Naven. Donna has lived on the Island for 25, moving here after spending four years in Scotland. Donna came to Cortes to study at the Linnaea Garden program and started stone carving here about 18 years ago. Donna Naven Maureen Bader Donna Naven on Art ion the Island Donna is mostly self taught. Her works are typically of a size that can be held in the hand although she has carved stone creations up to three feet tall. Listen as Donna describes one of her tools, a dremel, which looks a bit like a dentist’s drill for Frankenstein – it is a scary tool! Donna strives for simplicity in her work and is inspired by the Inuit style, and sculptors such as Hib Sabin because of his naturalness and sense of grounding. Animals such as owls, musk ox and bears represent a large part of Donna’s work, as do feminine subjects. Many of the animals are mythical or fantasy creatures. Donna hopes to show regularly at the Friday market and may be at the Cortes Craft Shop this summer. See more of Donna’s work at stonepresence.com. You can get in touch with Donna at naven-at-stonepresence-dot-com and she is in the phone book...