Morocco Exhibit: Before, During & After

journey (n.) —1. a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time. 2. passage or progress from one stage to another.

Whether physical, mental or spiritual, we tend to describe our journeys in the state of “during”—what we did or felt while we went through the actual experience. But what about the “before” and “after?” There must be some sort of preparation and digestion of events that goes into the bookends of our journey.

Over the last year, that has been my mindset as I prepared for, went on, and returned from my artist’s residency in Morocco. Even before I left for the cobbled streets of Tetouan, Morocco started to inspire me—weaving its bold colors and patterns into my work. It was on my mind… and in my spirit.

During my residency, I journeyed through two major projects. The first was an Artist Book that intricately combined Gelli prints and mixed media and my second project involved creating leather tote bags with a local leather smith.

In the year since my return, I’ve been hard at play creating pieces inspired by all of the amazing connections that I made in Morocco. Some with fellow artists, some with local artisans and some with dear Moroccans. All these relationships played a pivotal role in my journey and my growth as an artist. The mixed media pieces and paintings that came out of this process are as diverse as the people who inspired them, and represent my “After.”

Now that this journey is finally complete, I would like to invite you to join me in celebration of the culmination of this exciting time at my exhibit “Before, During & After” at First Street Gallery & Custom Framing (right next to Art Lounge!). My pieces will be on display from March  24- May 5, 2017, so be sure to check it out.

This show, will feature pieces that I created in all stages of this personal journey. I’m ecstatic to share with you all the effects that this period had on me artistically and personally… It’s only just recently that I’ve been able to articulate it.

As I transition from this journey, I prepare myself for the next… and I can’t wait to see what exciting growth and changes it brings!

“Before, During & After”
by Nancy Walter
First Street Gallery & Custom Framing
820 South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Opening Reception: March 24, 2017, 6-8 pm
March 24 thru May 5, 2017



Art Journaling Intro: Creative Exploration

Art Journaling is a fun, intuitive art making practice.

The Art Journaling process is different for everyone. For some, it opens their creative portal, for some it might reveal where blocks and self-talk exist or it might simply be a creative exploration of materials and techniques. During the process prompts are provided to help you push past any self imposed limitations.It is always an enriching, freeing art making process… as well as playful, relaxing and fun.

Class time includes a 30-minute break, so please bring a snack/lunch leaving the class setting is not recommended. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early, we’ll begin on time.