This past weekend was Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia. Amazingly talented musicians from all over the world gather here to entertain hundreds of thousands of festival goers inside Petrovaradin Fortress. It was like nothing I had ever seen before, and such a brilliant way to use this 300 year old fortress. While walking around I discovered the artist colony which also resided here. With over 88 studios full of every type of artist I fell in love. Chambers in Petrovaradin have been transformed into artist havens full canvas, wood, paint, books, computers, and inspirational objects. I had the opportunity to meet the president of this colony, Borivoj Poprzan, an amazing surrealist and associative landscape artist. I really hope to arrange some exhibition opportunities with this colony in the near future!
Petrovaradin fortress has been an important cultural and art center since 1951, and the largest art colony in the world with over 88 art studios. It is part of cultural identity of Novi Sad where visitors can buy paintings or some other art pieces, talk with the artists and feel the atmosphere of studios while works of art are created.
Such an amazing, incredible, fabulous work of art. Every thing about Cirque de Soliel 'Alegria' was phenomenal. An eclectic mix of performers including contortionists, dancers, singers, musicians, acrobats, and even a fire breather, all in breath-taking costumes and make-up, awed me through the entire performance.
But the best part of all was the set design. I will definitely need to be a part of this set team in the future.
For six weeks beginning in March I had the opportunity to learn an extensive amount of skills and meet two wonderful people. Through WWOOFGREECE I discovered the hand built hotel on the Greek island of Paros. It was as though someone had learned of my dream home long ago and built it and now I was going to help. I wasn't sure what to expect when my plane arrived and I walked out the door to find a man with crazy hair pointing at me saying 'you!' but I never know what to expect. I climbed into the vehicle with Jim and Irini and their two fluffy dogs Fred and Charlie and we were off to the garden. WOW! At first I struggled to believe I was actually here, such a beautiful place, full of flowers, trees, and paths; I had not realized gardening was an art form. Luckily now I know that, along with a myriad of other skills I picked up or refined while there. I learned to mix concrete and use it to create finishing details on the hotel. I also mixed concrete to make a turtle. I learned sheep wear bells around their necks to make a most pleasant jingle. I mixed paint and finished a ceiling advancing my nail gun abilities. I caught lizards, frogs, moths, skinks, and a hedgehog. I took long exploratory walks with my camera, tried to play tennis, and created three paintings. We attended a lovely concert, ate delicious meals, and had deep philosophical conversations. I was surrounded by exotic colours, extraordinary scents, and lots of animals. Two dogs (Fred and Charlie), five cats (Lou, Pinks, Shorty, Olive, and Pepe), and the ducks. I loved those ducks, fed them every day. But the time came when I had to leave. Twas a sad day to leave such a wonderful place, but I will be back one day...
Click image to follow the link to Parkwest Gallery, watch the video and see me lecturing at 1:15sec.
One of the largest privately owned art galleries in the world; Parkwest Galleries are onboard hundreds of cruiseships. September 2010 I found myself onboard a cruise ship working in one of these art galleries. Art was presented in auctions and people had the opportunity to bid upon and collect fine art. Peter Max, Yaacov Agam, Itzchak Tarkay, Marcus Glenn, Robert Kipniss, Thomas Kinkade, and even sports memorabilia and animation were included in this outstanding collection. I learned marketing, advertising, sales, teamwork, and how to live in a cabin the size of my bathroom with one other person. This incredible experience enlightened me on the world of art gallery possibilities and the eclectic art market available. Plus I traveled to Mexico, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Florida, and California.
Upon completion of University and nowhere to show my work, I had no choice but to open my own art gallery. Along with two of my former classmates, hard work, and determination, Limbo Art Gallery was born.