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Friday, 20 February 2009

What's new at studio Valerija

Studio Valerija in Medulin, Croatia
Something to celebrate, January 2010
Nina, Radojka, Delia, Remido, Ljilja, Igor and I celebrated the end of the year and successful co-operation during 2009. The gallery Valerija was opened over the Christmas and the New Year and gave visitors much pleasure. On the 9th January 2010 we met to celebrate, reflect and plan for the future. We can look forward to new exhibitions in painting, glass art and ceramics; workshops, demonstrations, and working together.

'The end of the year' art exhinition at the studio Valeriy
04/12/2009 an exhibition of art by the local artists was opened by Angelo Cvijetkovic. Igor Fabris, Delia Tanger, Nina Dragan-Belic, Radojke Grzinic, Zeljko Biliskov, Resid Krajnic, and Istra Lazaric-Toner showed a range of paintings, ceramics sculpture, and glass objects and jewellery. Local peot Davor Duzman presented his poems, one especially created for this event.

Visit to the studio by the primary school of Liznjan
01/12/2009 a class of 10 grade 2 children visited the studio as a part of their art education. Children had an opportunity to experience painting with acrylics and to explore ecology in art by using found objects.

Workshop at studio Valerija
October 2009 Istra gave a workshop in art titled 'Auto portret'. Participants had an opportunity to explore 'the self' using creative methods, play with words, and different painting and drawing techniques in exploring inner self.

November 2009 Istra gave a workshop in arti glass. Participants had an opportunity to make glass objects, tiles and pendents. Always a good oportunity to meet and have fun.

In memory of Mickey
Industrial scenery of CABOT a carbon processing plant closed after 50 years of existance in Estam, Wirral, UK., painted in August 2009, Wirral, UK. Acrylic on board 30/50cm

 International art colony in Pomer, Croatia, July 2009

Ten artists from Croatia, Montenegro, Italy and UK spent 5 days painting and exhibiting their work in Pomer, Umag, and Zagreb. The focus and inspiration for this colony came from a visit to gass platforms in Adriatic as guests of INA an international gass and energy company.

Glass and painting workshops in Studio Valerija
During September and October 2008 Istra held workshops in glass forming and glass jewellery for the local community. Participants were local people, U.K. and USA.

Independant art exhibition by Istra Lazaric-Toner
'Art and environment' Medulin

From December 2008 to January 2009 Istra exhibited 25 new paintings titled 'Man has his culture' and supported by the Council of Medulin. With this work Istra commented on her perception of local people's attitude toward their culture and art and introduced the use of found objects in art.