On Thursday May 17th, my good friend Mia Sandner from Nelson will be showcasing her current work at her first solo show in Vancouver since graduating from SFU several years ago, at Beaumont Studios (316 W 5th Ave). Mia is known for using recycled objects in her mixed-media artwork, namely old skateboard decks, animal bones, feathers, jewelry & even clockwork bits. Below is one of my favorite pieces of hers, called “Heart of Gold,” which my homey Fluxo has hanging in his beach house on Kootenay Lake these days. The picture doesn’t really do the piece justice, as it is quite large – it has to be something like 5′x4′.
This piece and many of hers were inspired by the life & tragic passing of our friend & Kootenay-based pro-skateboarder, Josh Evin, who sadly passed away nearly two years ago, in the spring of 2010. Josh seemed to have two mantras that followed him everywhere he went, “No Rules,” and “LOVE” – which Mia has immortalized time & time again in her poignant compositions.
The event will run from 7pm until midnight this Thursday May 17th, and her works will be hung at the Beaumont for about a month, through ’til June 13th. There will be a cash bar and music from Andy Soloman & his crew, as well a special guest set from myself, dj Dubconscious. There is a more thorough write-up on the event page, so check that out for a better idea of what to expect. But if you’re free this Thursday, I must insist you come by and get your dose of Kootenay love.