BALLSTON SPA COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS
BALLSTON SPA COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AT A GLANCE
Foster and advance artistic and creative efforts in the Village’s public spaces in order to enrich and enhance the quality of life in our community.
"Our thoughts are to the individual as our art is to the community"
One of the main goals we have as a committee is to shine the spotlight on our local artists. We believe that our town is FULL of amazing talents that are hidden in plain sight. We love our artists with the store fronts and big businesses and catchy themes! But we also love our stay-at-home mom that paints beautiful oil paintings while her children sleep, or the retired grandfather that finds peace in carving wooden figurines for his grandchildren to play with, and even the recently graduated individual that has a studio apartment chocked full of drawings, paintings, embroideries or ceramics because their creative flow just won't stop! We want to shine the brightest light on all of our artists new, old and yet to be seen!
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"Greetings y’all! I’m Monika and an artist born and raised in upstate New York area of Saratoga Springs. Growing up I always pursued arts of all kinds, painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and ceramics were my favorite during my youth. Unfortunately, after high school, without intentionally doing it, I took a long gap of about 5 years with hardly creating anything. But, in 2019 I decided to pick up my sewing box and try embroidery, I didn’t even use an embroidery hoop back then. I started with a denim shirt that was a gift for a family member. It was simple linework of a Sailor Moon image, nonetheless it sparked a big joy and creative flow with me. From there on I knew I had a calling for hand embroidery.
Fast forward to today, I have created my art alter ego, Moni Mononoke, and have made detailed intricate projects that take up to 20+ hours to stitch. I really strive to use all thrifted items in my creative process- from the embroidery hoop to the floss and the garments or fabric I am stitching on. I channel inspirations from numerous outlets; pop culture, feminism, science fiction, mythology, vintage things, botanicals, and anything weird! In both my traditional art and upcycled projects, my goal is to make unique art for all and show my core beliefs and inspirations in them."