NPR Interview, July 2011

Visionary artist Kowalski talks about her show Amplify with Jemilia Erickson on Midday Cafe on NPR 91.3 WHQR, Wilmington, North Carolina, July 21, 2011. She talks about circus, art, electronic music and going in between to the blissful place she calls Nebulon and touches on the creative process and painting technique of s’fumato. Part of her inspiration is attending regional burns and Burning Man.

Wendy Kowalski NPR Interview for AMPLIFY paintings, drawings, and kinetic sculpture

Last opening reception is Sept 23, Friday night.
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Care Project

Flow Artistry, Stilts and Hoops

Mezzanine, Ali, Bash, Sideshow Joe

The Care Project, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC

Care Project at the Cameron Art Museum

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Mezzmerizd: Dreaming Awake at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC



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Mezzanine, an artist from Wilmington, prepares her art exhibition “Mezzmerizd: Dreaming Awake” at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.


Both dreaming and reality will be laid bare in Mezzanine’s exhibition. Mezzanine, also known as Wendy Kowalski,an artist from Wilmington, explores not only the theme of dreaming as reality, but also the notion of art as a vehicle to a state of bliss.

An artist’s reception for the exhibit will be held on June 18 at the Carrboro ArtsCenter, featuring a fire troupe performance. Kowalski’s work will be on display from June 5 to June 30.

Time: 6 p.m., Friday

Location: The Carrboro ArtsCenter



“It is a realm I get from transporting myself to in-between space, to a creative nonverbal plane that is kind of behind the scenes of our everyday lives. It’s just a matter of accessing it through art or through a loved one,” she said.

The ocean has also been a powerful source of inspiration for her. The ambiguous split between air and water take form in her paintings as the blurred line between dreaming and reality.

“It’s all one big environment,” Kowalski said.

Her other source of inspiration comes from flow and circus performers. Kowalski, who is trained in hoop and stilt dances as well as aerial, incorporates these experiences into her works with lines that conjure up the dynamics of flow, colors and brushstrokes that whirl, float, swivel and suspend.

Daniel Crabtree, also known as Sneaky McFly and a performer with the Unifire Theater , has been a subject of Kowalski’s portraits in the past. The company has been invited by Kowalski to perform at the exhibit’s reception.

“We use all the traditional fire arts, from New Zealand to Tahiti, and a lot of the times we tell a story with the fire,” he said. “Fire itself is an awakening.”

The exhibit will also feature the debut of Cirqusoria, three performers that will combine circus acts to tell a story.

Serena Leonard, a member of the team, said they have prepared a new production, “Dreaming Deeply,” to accompany the gallery’s theme for its the June 18 champagne reception.

The act was inspired by lucid dreaming, Leonard said. She said it’s about recognizing how each person’s dreams are tied to the the world and the people in it. “Nobody has success with their dreams, without other’s people’s happiness about,” she said.

Heather Gerni, gallery coordinator at the ArtsCenter, said she approached Kowalski about displaying her work in Carrboro after seeing her pieces at various art festivals.

“She’s a true visionary artist that has found the perfect combination of impressionist, classic and traditional art with her own unique, contemporary style,” Gerni said.

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Mezzmerizd: Dreaming Awake June 18 Carrboro, NC

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An evening of fine art and flow art!

BIG Show! Tickets on Sale now! Want to do something different? This is it! Live performance by Christine Geiger of NYC and aerial theater by Cirqusoria! starring Serena of Delaware. One night only! Champagne intermission in the fine art gallery with art of the performers and more  by Mezza9.

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Blissful World of Motion: Mezzanine prepares last art show for Wilmington

Blissful World of Motion: Mezzanine prepares last art show for Wilmington

Blissful World of Motion: Mezzanine prepares last art show for Wilmington


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Chet Fisher’s newly reopened Era Gallery on the corner of Castle and 3rd sets itself apart. Its white exterior exudes an almost church-like presence. As someone who has been worshipping at the altar of art for several years, Fisher’s gallery is simply ethereal. The natural light illuminates the space and gives the artwork an otherworldly glow. With a very modern approach to living and business, Fisher maintains a gallery space in the front of the store and resides in the back. Delineating space with floor-to-ceiling beige curtains creates a sense that the gallery is floating.


For Era’s second show, Fisher will highlight a dear friend’s art work. Mezzanine—formerly known as Wendy Kowalski—and Fisher have known each other since 2005. This will be her last show locally before she moves to Santa Cruz to further pursue her artistic endeavors.


Entitled “Mezzmerizd: Dreaming Awake,” the exhibitionwill feature Mezzanine’s whimsical and mesmerizing paintings of circus performers and dancers, as well as a new 12-foot piece entitled “Chrysalis.” In Chrysalis, Mezzanine depicts women hanging from chords, which are meant to be cocoons. The painting seemingly represents transformation—especially personal transformation experienced by Mezzanine herself.

After studying to be a writer at University of Connecticut, Mezzanine moved to NYU where she began to frequent Webster Hall, a nightclub that had trapeze and dance performers. She became interested in their motions and saw similarities of the drama of a circus in everyday people. “Life is constantly in motion and that’s what I want to paint,” Mezzanine explains.

Her career interest as an artist grew after a friend asked her to read poetry at an event. “I started to create artwork to accompany my writing,” Mezzanine says. “I began to realize that I could better connect with people by creating works of art. Art became my narrative and my writing naturally evolved into paintings.”

A renewal of self led her to a new moniker, too: Mezzanine. “A mezzanine is an in-between space in architecture,” she explains. “For me it is the blissful place when creating art and poetry.”

Self-taught, Mezzanine’s detailed work is an impressionistic, colorful and blissful world of motion. The close relationships she culled with circus performers are apparent. “‘Dreaming Awake’ is when life is alive, hypnotic and magical,” she states. “It is heightened senses when the colors of a painting vibrate with such intensity as to be mesmerizing.”

Often using simple colors, attention to Mezzanine’s form and lines are allowed to shine. Her work possesses a fluidity evocative of art-deco artists, such as Alphonese Mucha, who, much like Mezzanine, were inspired by circus performers.

Very connected to her work, Mezzanine sees herself as a creative vessel to translate the narratives of universal, nonverbal language. “The artist makes a covenant between the visible plane [and] the invisible plane that runs behind the scenes,” she expands. Like her name, when she paints she is transported to another realm, a state of otherworldliness. Her figures reflect the purity of time and space. “When I paint these large scale works I move into a space of transcendence, moving to music, letting the figures and the floating elements come through me,” she says. “I speak, cry, dance with the painting until the figures breathe. I intend the viewer to be transported to this space I call ‘Nebulon.’”

Mezzanine’s figures breathe off the canvas. The effect that her work has on viewers is reflective of the new life Era is experiencing, as well as a spiritual and even religious power that art possesses.

In conjunction with her exhibition at Era, Mezzanine will have an exhibition at the Art Center of Carrboro which will also feature performers who inspired her work. From Cirquesora!, these entertainers will be performing with fire during a theater night on June 18th. The show will also feature the work of a New York performer, Christine Geiger.

“Mezzmerizd: Dreaming Awake” will be on display at Era through June 5th. For more information visit Era’s facebook page and for more information at the Carrboro performances.



Mezzmerizd: Dreaming Awake

Art by Mezzanine
Hanging through June 5th
Era Gallery • 523 3rd Street

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(Artist’s note: I have applied for a show at the Cameron Art Museum… and I don’t recall saying this was my last Wilmington show… but sure is a rare one!! And yes I am moving to Santa Cruz, California!!) Also the act of becoming in Divine Chrysalis {painting} is a universal act of becoming, more than a personal one.


Thank you Sarah Richter for writing this article. Blessings for you!

Star News Online 2011

Star News Online 2011


A look back at 10 local art triumphs

Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 9:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 9:37 a.m.

This year was filled with intriguing installations, impressive murals, emerging artists and new art collectives of young and ambitious creatives working together.

Of course, there’s no way to sum up the entire art community with a top 10 list, so I won’t try. Instead, these are 2011’s exhibitions that best pulled together a collection of art to create a unique and cohesive experience.

10. ‘A Wild Assortment of Faces,’ Michelle Connolly’s Solo Show at 621N4TH

Michelle Connolly had her first big solo show at 621N4Th in February. More than 140 of her mixed-media paintings – portraits of animals and people that express a childlike playfulness with material and subject – were displayed together to create a concoction that was one part American South, one part tribal Africa and one part aboriginal outback with a dash of music to taste.

9. Tranport to Nebulon in ‘Amplify – Kowalski Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Kinetics and More’ at WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery

With receptions that featured electronic music and stilt-dancing flash mobs, Wendy Kowalski used all her resources to transport gallery-goers to Nebulon, the zero-gravity world within her multi-paneled s’fumato paintings where strawberries, jellyfish and skymaids all float with underwater grace through surreal skyscapes.

8. ‘Teacups and Sunsets,’ Gabriel Lehman at Bottega and One Wicked Gallery

In April, Gabriel Lehman did something sort of bold and unheard of: In addition to taking up the majority of Bottega’s wall space with a solo exhibition, Lehman also filled the walls of One Wicked Gallery with his cool-toned plaster paintings of spindly characters that reside in topsy-turvy treetop homes and soar through the air via balloons and oversized teacups. It took two solo shows to introduce viewers to Lehmen’s emotive atmosphere of adventure, and it hardly put a dent in his prolific output.

7. The evolution of garment washing in ‘Laughing With Laundry,’ ACME Art

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Art Reception Chakras Spa, Greensboro First Friday, February 7 – Mezza9 with Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands

Watch for Art Preview tba by this Tuesday!


Friday, February 7

7-10 p.m. as part of the vibrant First Friday art walk in historic, downtown Greensboro, NC


An evening reception of New Work and artist engagement with

special performance by Crystal Bright and Silver Hands

Chakras Spa

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About the artists:


Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands

Please see the Chakras Spa website for more information. Here is one photo of this tranquility sanctuary in the heart of Greensboro. Chakras is an amazingly beautiful space of serenity of 12,000 sqft, 4 floors in the heart of Greensboro, NC.



“Drink Me” Art in Progress

and now hanging at Chakras Spa

 This piece of art progressed immensely and it’s intricacy became mesmerizing. I hope you enjoy the photos of its progression.

Admittedly I have been secluded in a cabin outside of Asheville, NC this winter. . I hibernated and thought about what matters.

On days when I did venture out, I ran with two black dogs to the creek and meditated there while the dogs nosed about. The sound of water began to permeate my heart.  The color of the bark – it’s mauves made of blues and reds vibrated.

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In this new painting, the girl perched on the left is Wonder, and her counterpart is Love. Together they have opened the portals of their heart minds to create a Waterfall. Originally the man kissing below had skirty pants on.. that developed into a garment of water. The water developed more into the sound of the creek and the flow of the water of life, which in paint translated into a waterfall. The figures transformed into the essence of  the free-fall of love.

The painting support grew from18″ x 24″ to 88″ x 82″ tall with many multi-leveled panels.

The musical soundscape had some variation but was dominated by two artists: Skrillex and Kaminanda . Kaminanda’s delicious video of people dancing without inhibition at Symbiosis captures the love of life and the dance.  Please watch it. The topless girl has fantastic energy for sure —  but do you see the snake??


Patika Starr put together an amazing reception for First Friday in Greensboro. The art will be up until February 28 – beautiful large and tiny pieces as well as original sketches on paper, prints and coloring books seek a new home!

There are pics of the art here. (As well as pics of the wall sized art “Drink Me” in progress) Please contact the spa for availability, prices, and sizes. They take creit cards by phone. Free delivery within NC or pick up at the spa.

There is a beautiful piece of Wilderness with a lotus flower that I’m surprised has not found a home yet. You can see this piece behind Marcia Meyers and I as we play around with her “Fascinators”.

I’m very grateful to the owner Timothy and to Rachel at the spa for a delightful facial … this is an ahhhhh… place, relaxing and rejuvinating for sure! Everyone was genuinely lovely.
~ Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.
Love, Mezzanine

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Mezza9 Coloring Book

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Brand New!

Mezza9 Coloring Book – Features original art by Mezza9 in a fun coloring format. For all ages. 16 Pages. 8″x7″

A Studio Nebulon Publication

Available at Independent Stores and Booksellers Nationwide. Merchants wishing to carry this coloring book, please email:

Including: Pomegranate Books, Wilmington, North Carolina

Lantana’s Gallery, Southport, North Carolina

Button Up, Ohio

Artful Living Group, Carolina Beach, North Carolina

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Skymaid Paintings and New Works Fall 2013

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Skymaids IV: Tes Yeux, Mon Coeur (Your eyes, my heart), featuring aerial artist and performer Kelly Jo Stull and EllieSkymaids V: Waters of Life














Skymaids V: Waters of Life, featuring flow artist Abby Hertz, dreamer Joel Dreamm and whale






Thinking of a Color, Acrylic & Graphite on Wood
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“I’m Thinking of a Color” Elegant, a Dance and not entirely explainable… an energetically charged drawing that seems full of potential. … my favorite painting at the moment. The morning I finished it I was moving Studio Nebulon out of Wilmington… everything was swirling… I’m not sure who sketched this painting, but I loved it the moment it arrived. The figure on the right is Joel Dream and I am on the left. In his dance his hand reaches into my heart. Birds out of his mouth, Birds out of my ear. Listening & concentrating. Inner peace and our interior worlds perhaps flying free.


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Revisited painting tonight! Fell in love with all of its color… it’s dripping and saturated in vibrating color. My camera is still mysteriously glitchy but here are some okay pics. (Seems to work best up close so there’s a bunch of close-ups) Enjoy! oh and yes it is signed now

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A Skymaid painting in progress. “Tes Yeux, Mon Coeur” (your eyes, my heart)

From red and blue sketch to paint. Most recent version is at the bottom. There’s also a photo of Kelly Jo and her inspiring performance on aerial silks.

Part of a series for Lantana’s Gallery.  — at Lantana’s Gallery in Southport, North Carolina. 42″x36″ acrylic on wood

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…………………….. have a blessed evening………………………..

... some late night critters in the studio...
… some late night critters in the studio… and a painting of the beach – complete with neighboring houses for our special friends.



Going to Fall LEAF – Lake Eden Arts Festival?


Fall Painting


Sunday 11:15 – noon Lakeside Stage field near Flagpole


The visionist figure painterMezza9 will lead this playshop through a couple of exercises designed to get the mind into flow; an effective source for creation. Painting supplies provided. No painting experience neccessary. Wear clothes you can move in and be prepared to be transformed. Mezza9 has been a painter of circus folk for over a decade.

A book of the artist’s images: MEZZA9 releases this Fall.

Pre-registration suggested but not required, stop by her booth on Lakeside Stage field.

MODERN SCENE: Peabody Place: LeMoore:Andria Linn:Wendy Kowalski (Mezza9) and Pilobolus

American Dance Festival

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July 4th: Beats Ablaze TOWER benefit. (Offical name
information to come): RINGSIDE

THIS Saturday: Modern Scene: LeMoore: Andria Linn:
Wendy Kowalski

Join ADF (American Dance Festival) during its 2007
season for an
all new social opportunity! Local venues are hosting
following a few evening performances.

Mingle with performing artists and other ADF audience
while enjoying music by LeMoore, Art by Andria Linn &
Kowalski, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and drinks!

Bring your ticket stub from the currently performing
company for
free admission, or it's just $10 donation at the door!
capacity will be observed)

June 23:

Saturday June 23: 
113 South Gregson Street, Durham

hor d'oeurves by Pop's:: 
cash bar - Pop's and otis

Featuring Artists- Andria Linn & Wendy Kowalski:: 
Video Art -Francesca Talenti:: 
Music - LeMoore

Star News – Escape to Nebulon by Justin Lacy

I have a feeling that Nebulon – a noun describing the setting of Wendy Kowalski’s paintings, where strawberries, jellyfish and skymaids all float through vivid skies with underwater grace – is less of a fictional place and more of a state of mind.

Kowalski intends to take Fourth Friday gallery-goers with her t0 Nebulon on Sept. 23. There are probably an infinite number of ways to get there, but “Carnival Finale,” the closing reception of“Amplify: Kowalski Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Kinetics and More” at WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery, sends viewers to Nebulon with three key ingredients:

1)  Electronic music. “Music is always a part of the artwork,” Kowalski told me while bringing new art up to the Warwick building’s third floor last week.  “I can’t paint unless I have music on.”

Kowalski is bringing in DJ Wes Shipley of Boone to fill WHQR’s usually-classical-jazz-and-folk soundscape with dubstep dance music.  This is vital for traveling to Nebulon.

“Electronic music is so transformative and integral to what I do,” wrote Kowalski in an email. “I really hope to take people to Nebulon with me.”

2)  Stilt-dancing flash mob. Stilt-walkers, jugglers, unicyclers, and aerialists inhabit the Nebulon of Kowalksi’s paintings, so it only makes sense that to get there, street performers must surround you.  Kowalski has invited Paige LaWall from Raleigh to hoop curbside in front of the Warwick building, along with a motley crew of other talented performers.  Kowalski herself plans to don her stilts.

3)  The Art.  Kowalksi’s paintings are transformative enough alone to send viewers to other worlds.   She has updated the exhibition with several works in time for the closing reception, including the show’s newest pièce de résistance, a triptych self portrait titled “Landing Pad.”  The three panels of wood depict Kowalski and another figure floating out of the open cockpit of an airplane through a cloud of berries and butterflies, leaving the necessary inventions of human aviation for the between-water-and-air atmosphere of Nebulon. 

“I think in the paintings,” Kowalski said, “I’m trying to just bring people to this world where the butterflies and the fish are.“

The opening reception is 6-9 p.m. in WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery.  The art hangs through Oct. 7.

Temple of Flux Painting by Mezza9

Thank you for viewing! A lot of people have asked for videos of my works in progress. I will try to post the larger paintings in this way. I’m always open to discussion about the painting process. Below is video of the actual Temple of Flux going up. While this is not the view that I had, it is a magnificent view from within the burn and some other shots too. You can see the slender boards of the wood structure clearly and some of the messages. If I find an intact bit on this burn I’ll post that too. ~ Namaste ~Mezza9



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Time to buy Mayhem tickets!! It’s in Castle Hayne – close to Wilmington.

Bring your fire, music & art & badass self : ) for a weekend of self expression & joy!

Ticket site   Mayhem Discussion, rideshare, networking and planning group

Carnival of Dreams in the Press

Article for Carnival of Dreams

Buy your ticket here. Please support this group of artists with your ticket purchase. It funds Public Art projects in your community.



Cirque Delights

Artist fund-raiser promises fire, stilts, live painting and more!


Carnival of Dreams Friday, March 15th, 8 p.m. • $7 Juggling Gypsy • 1612 Castle St.

STILT DANCER: Mezzanine Kowalski (with Jess James and Shannon Dunne) with stilt-dance at the Carnival of Dreams this Friday night at the Juggling Gypsy. Courtesy photo, Mezzanine Kowalski

STILT DANCER: Mezzanine Kowalski (with Jess James and Shannon Dunne) with stilt-dance at the Carnival of Dreams this Friday night at the Juggling Gypsy.  Photo credit: Leigh Moose for Side Yard Studios Photography.

The Juggling Gypsy’s reputation tends to fluctuate in this town. Labels like “hippie hookah place” or “burner dive bar” are pretty familiar to its staff. The old motto of the establishment was proudly known as “where the strange go to be normal,” and indeed the place has always drawn in a diverse crowd. But what remains is a love for creativity, and the “weird” need not be excluded.

“I love this place for a lot of reasons,” Angelo Lambiase, patron and founder of nonprofit organization Wheels That Heal, says. Lambiase has hosted numerous benefits in Wilmington through Wheels, an organization which raises money for cancer patients and the American Cancer Society through car shows and entertainment events. Among others, one of the venues Lambiase always feels he can turn to is the Gypsy.

“The culture it attracts is great,” he says, “but the people I’ve met here have been exceptional. This place has always shown immense support for our cause, and now I really want to give something back to this particular community.”

Teaming with Juggling Gypsy owner Sebastian Gomez, Lambiase and other local performers are collaborating on the Carnival of Dreams, a fund-raiser event for Cape Fear artists, or as active local painter Mezzanine Kowalski describes it: “Wilmington’s chance to be a part of the circus and to support what is innovative in the art world: the odd, the beautiful, the grand scale, and what’s on fire in our own backyards!”

With this fund-raiser, Gomez himself will participates in a fire performance on The Flaming Trampoline. He assures, while the name is somewhat self-explanatory, it is advisable to leave much open to imagination. “What we’re doing is kind of like a live Kickstarter,” Gomez continues. “There’s a community of artists that have great ideas for unique, interactive projects, and we want to see them come to life. The Carnival of Dreams will help these artists raise funds for their creative endeavors and also share with the public eye a culture that has influenced a lot of our work.”

State fairs and traveling circus shows will be the inspiration behind Carnival of Dreams—from nostalgia to brilliant, blinking lights, the pungent smell of funnel cake to the ecstatic screaming after winning a prize, the illuminated colors and dark pastel hues… Whether it’s a 4-year-old or a 40-year-old, there is wondrous appeal for all. Readily available will be a 30-foot inflatable slide and a moon bounce. There will be games, too, like Mr. Imagine’s Amazing Bizarrium Balloon Boom, a dart-throwing, balloon-popping game with a pyrotechnic touch, created by local fire cirque collective Bizarre Entertainment.

“I personally see it as Tim Burton’s Disneyland without the morbidity,” Lambiase laughs. “I think this event will not only help a lot of talented artists, but it’s going to be the best way to introduce the influential culture that has shaped them.The ultimate goal is to encourage creativity from our Wilmington community.”

Performers will abound: sideshow, magic, fire, musicians, DJs, jugglers, comics and all around “freaks.” Artist and performer Mezzanine Kowalski will be appearing as a stilt-walker and will be raffling off one of her live paintings to raise funds for all the participating artists.

“The Carnival of Dreams contains so many elements that I’m attracted to and that show up a lot in my artwork,” Kowalski says. “It appeals to my artistic sensibilities and I love that it’s carnival-based, involves interactive projects and brings the community together.”

Kowalski hopes the Carnival of Dreams will assist artists and also her steam-punk and R. Buckminster Fuller-inspired project: the Beehive Disco Ball, which will “bring an element of [her] paintings into three dimensions in a glowing, spinning interactive lighting to dance under.”

“Through my art, I wish to gather people together and ignite a sense of wonder of the natural world,” she says. “The Carnival of Dreams will promote participation from everyone, and I hope it will bring out people’s inner child.”

The Carnival of Dreams will begin at 8 p.m. this Friday and is open to all ages. Admission costs $7, which will go directly to support local artists in their upcoming interactive cirque-style projects. Tickets can be purchased the day of or at

When Lambiase and Gomez first started planning the initial concept for Carnival of Dreams, they wanted it to be a cancer benefit for the American Cancer Society, and to act as a memorial to Lambiase’s late sister, Anita, who lost her life during an arduous cancer battle. They have continued pursuing this avenue by doing a reprisal of the bohemian Carnival of Dreams on March 30th.

“For those who happen to miss the Carnival of Dreams this Friday, have no fear!” Lambiase states. “There will be another chance to experience the same atmosphere and fun at Anita’s tribute and cancer benefit [at the end of the month.] People will still be supporting the art scene here and at the same time, donating their time and funds to the American Cancer Society.”

Raffle Tickets available for Live Painting at Carnival of Dreams

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Buy Tickets Here! For Event and or Raffle:

(Winner does not need to be present.)

Raffle of an original painting by Mezza9! Painting to be done at The Carnival of Dreams, March 15, 2013 at The Juggling Gypsy Cafe, Wilmington, NC. 7 pm to 2 am. Med-Large painting, circus floating figure theme.

Raffle time TBA.

All proceeds go to support Pollen Path: Beehive Discoball project which is at its pinnacle moment of execution.

Live Painting Raffle at Carnival of Dreams

Mezza9 will be painting Live at The Carnival of Dreams on March 15 at the Juggling Gypsy in Wilmington, NC. The event benefits several creative ventures of public art that will travel to multiple cities and festivals.
The public art funded by The Carnival of Dreams includes Mezza9’s Beehive DiscoBalls which are due out for release 2013. This is a crucial time for making last minute funding to see this project through to the completion of 6 ft tall Beehive Disco Balls of conical and organic shapes with hexagons & lights galore. $3000 funding is needed.
You do not need to be present to win the raffle. The painting will likely be medium to large and of circus or floating figures.

For details on Pollen Path Beehive Discoballs go here:
For details on the Carnival go here:
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Carnival of Dreams, Mar 15 at The Juggling Gypsy Cafe


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Carnival of Dreams 2013
All ages, public event
Friday, March 15, 2013
8 pm – 2 am
Admission: $7
The Juggling Gypsy Café
1620 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC, 28401

Carnival of Dreams is Wilmington’s chance to be a part of the circus and to support what is innovative in the art world: the odd, the beautiful, the grand scale, and what’s on Fire! in our own backyards.

Be a part of the carnival and throw flaming darts, have your Fortune told, jump on the Trampoline of Terror and enjoy the fire dancers and more at this fundraiser to assist participating artists in generating additional funding for the creation and execution of new and interactive public art.

Just added! Sideshows!!


Carnival of Dreams is Wilmington’s chance to be a part of the circus and to support what is innovative in the art world: the odd, the beautiful, the grand scale, and what’s on Fire! in our own backyards.

Carnival of Dreams 2013 is a fundraising event for artists of the Cape Fear area and beyond, to assist participating artists in generating additional funding for the creation and execution of new and interactive public art.

Artist Mezza9, describes Carnival of Dreams as “community building through art and an opportunity for individual expression where no idea is too wild!”

This one-day interactive event, open to the public, is held for the purpose of generating physical and financial resources for juried art projects. A flaming dart throw “Mr. Imagine’s Amazing Bizarrium Balloon Boom” and the Fortune Telling Confessional Booth are de rigueur. There is also rumored to be a trampoline of fire, a spinning wheel of death, sledgehammer and more in the works. The offerings at this event will be of similar ilk: carnival games with rewards by the community of artists, bohemians, fire spinners, sideshow performers, jugglers, singers, and belly dancers who frequent the Juggling Gypsy; making the entire event a colorful spectacle of the splendor of Wilmington’s Fringe. Translation: superb people watching!

This eclectic and energetic tribe invites the public not only to attend and view what‘s up-and-coming but also to participate: jump on the flaming trampoline, ride the enormous see-saw, throw the flaming darts to pop the balloons; and take your chances!

Although the primary placements of this art will be at two unique grassroots festivals in North Carolina, most of them are intended as public art and will have many innovative showings in the area over a lifespan. The value of public art to our community can not be underestimated. This event is a vehicle for generating the additional funding and manpower to generate the completion of projects that have been selected for their interactivity, innovation and general wow! factor by a jury of the artists’ peers.

This event is unique for its artists’ collaboration and community support. These artists support and encourage each other. As public art projects, there’s not likely a monetary or consumer goal for the creators. Instead the art is fueled by passions and convictions that the world can be our design. The grand scale of the projects lend them ultimately to the possibility of travel to Burning Man.

Art and Artists:

These enigmatic and talented artists have conjured and are spearheading this event. They have diverse backgrounds but share common values of decommodification, sustainability, regeneration and practice the 10 principles set forth by Burning Man.

Each artist is available for interview. To give a taste of what will be offered, we offer you some highlights:

Balloon Boom
Balloon Boom, Mr. Imagine’s Amazing Bizarrium, and Sebastian Gomez of Creative Flame

Armed with a blow horn and fiery darts, Bizarre Entertainment will showcase their pyrotechnics with the crowd pleasing game “Balloon Boom”, an elemental inspired carnival game part of Mr. Imagines Amazing Bizarrium. Spectators will be dazzled by the lady of the house Lacey Blaze, to take a try at popping the balloons with darts of fire. Every balloon popped will help with the creation of new games and rides for Mr. Imagines Amazing Bizarrium.
Donations to construct Mr. Imagines Amazing Bizarrium can be paid directly through PayPal at

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Jessica Foote ( Lacey Blaze) teamed with Jason Barbour, are professional fire manipulation performers and founders of Bizarre Entertainment, an eccentric collection and assortment of captivating entertainers specializing in sideshow and fire performance arts since 2005. Based Wilmington and performing all over North Carolina for various venues and festivals, they began their idea if an interactive performance sideshow that

“allowed us to tamper with the very thread that binds your wildest imagination and your greatest fears” – Lacey Blaze

Wilmington’s fringe pioneer, extraordinary-world reknown juggling and fire performer and head gypsy at the Juggling Gypsy, Sebastian Gomez ignites his prospective donors with the flaming Trampoline of Terror – its premier public trial.

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Sebastian Gomez

Sebastian (Bash) Gomez has attached fire to over 30 separate juggling apparatus, including some more nonconventional items…Some of which include the Maori Fire Chains, A 6′ Fire Staff, a Flaming balancing chair, Fire eating torches, and fire diabolo. He created his own performance troupe, Creative Flame Company, which has attracted attention from international clients & festivals.
In 2004, having performed feats of fire throughout 20 countries including the Middle East, most of North America, Europe, Mexico and the Carribbean, and always in search of a new challenge, Sebastian partnered with friend and coperformer, Marcy Whipkins to create A second Base near The east Coast Film Studios in Wilmington, NC. They created a Circus arts and musical entertainment venue called the Juggling Gypsy, which is still in operation to this day, attracting music, cirque, and fringe entertainment acts from across the world.


His passion for the combustible arts has recently led him into Creating flammable propane-based stationary art, music-reactive fire apparatus, firewalking, and Pyrotechnic / Fireworks displays and manipulation.

Artist Mezza9
Artist Mezza9

Studio Nebulon presents fine art visionist painter, Mezza9’s “Pollen Path: Beehive Discoballs” fundraiser: a Fortune Telling Confessional Booth. Unload your baggage and misdoings in the confessional or have your fortune revealed by a madman, um, shaman.

Mezza9 will be painting live. Chance to win an original work with $20 raffle tickets for the finished art.

Mezza9 on stilts at Cameron Art Museum
Mezza9 on stilts at Cameron Art Museum

Stilt dancer, too, Mezza9 will be on hand to talk about the Beehive Discoball project that has been a two year journey so far.

The Beehive Disco Balls
bring an element of her paintings into 3-dimensions in a glowing, spinning interactive lighting to dance under. Her fundraising benefits the lighting mechanisms and transportation of six foot tall, space-age and steam-punk, Buckminster Fuller inspired disco balls made of aluminum and repurposed metals. These have received Creativity Grants and a successful Kickstarter.

This grand scale public art brings environmental awareness of the importance of bees and the glitz of the disco together with the strongest building block in nature: the hexagon. Buckminster Fuller himself would have supported this strange marriage of things. and on Kickstarter:

Sideshow Joe LoRusso
Sideshow Joe LoRusso

Sideshow Joe LoRusso, inventor of the UFO flying, spinning, fire machines, which are currently under patent consideration and pending kickstarter funding will be onsite demonstrating his firespinning and metallic drums.

Live project on Kickstarter:

“This fire toy is in a category of its own. Part rope dart, part Frisbee, part yo-yo. This flow toy works upon the principles of gyroscopic motion.”

More artists & their projects TBA.


special guest


Watch this post for updates.

CARNIVAL OF DREAMS 2013. Deadline for application is March 3rd. The concept is simple. A carnival style event where the general public comes to participate in carnival style games for a small fee per play. They support your project by playing your game. At your area, you do not have to have your finished project ready. Think scale model, artistic rendition, skeleton frame, etc, that you can show the people who may wish to support your project.

Link to application: Carnival Of Dreams: Application Guideline


There will be fire dance performances throughout the evening. Music. Mayhem.

Donate Now

Can’t attend or want to donate to these projects collectively? Donations accepted by Pay Pal to

Corporate sponsors write to

For information and interviews of the artists, contact:

Jessica Foote ( Lacey Blaze) and Jason Barbour, Bizarre Entertainment,

Sebastian Gomez 310-720-7201,
Mezza9 910 515 1328,

Hear Joseph Campbell & Pollen Path

A little Joseph Campbell for pre-dawn breakfast,
some Alan Watts spread on my toast,
some Daniel Pinchbeck to drink,
some Neruda & Sexton & Nin mixed in my nightcap;
I am nourished.
Add music and I am whole.
– Lovingly yours, M9

Sneak peak of Studio Nebulon in the wee hours and 1/3 of 30 feet of painting that I hope to have complete by June circus show. Post kickstarter (one of) taping taking down notes. Some nice audio thoughts on Pollen Path… enjoy!
Pollen Path
Beauty before me
Beauty behind me
Beauty to the left of me
Beauty to the right of me
Beauty below me
Beauty above me
I am on the Pollen Path.
– the Navajo

Looking forward to show at ACES Gallery (Wilmington Art Council) this Friday. Looks like there will be quite a spread & a great DJ & sideshow performer too! Love these manic days of heightened productivity before a show! In and out of the paint, the very clouds whispering in my ears on morning runs, go on! go on! Forward!

Ecstasy in Water & Air, Feb 22, 6-9 ACES Gallery

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  • ACES Gallery

(Arts Council Exhibition Space)


221 N. Front St.

Wilmington, NC

Studio Nebulon presents

“Ecstasy in Water & Air”

You’re invited to a special reception for visionist artist Mezza9 on Friday, February 22, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at ACES Gallery, 221 N. Front St.The opening will coincide with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night, when downtown galleries open their doors  to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture.             

Mezza9 creates large scale paintings of the human figure in flight.  A sense of light, movement and silence pervades many of these works, even those populated by her cirque figures in flight, acrobats, flow artists and dancers, suggesting the mood and tone associated with the paintings of the Impressionists. 

“My finished paintings are the narrative of movement of circus and flow artists that I want the world to see. They are strength, beauty and connectedness to source…The results are floaty, mysterious, and serendipitous paths to some discovery… At best, the finished paintings are the feeling of spinning and dancing, the feeling of freedom to travel from here to there, spontaneous collections of mysterious things, of our collective energy.”        Namaste, Mezza9

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The exhibit runs from January 25 through February 28, 2013

Special Performance by

Sideshow Joe

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Today I am officially starting an Evolver spore in Wilmington, NC. I love the beauty of the earth and want to be very conscious about what I put out into the world. If you feel the same, read on to find out more about why I have decided to start this Evolver spore. And even better – get involved.

There will be events! You CAN get involved! I believe a committee will form — we will all be beautiful and informed and ready to put out into the world that which we believe to be good!!


Some of the more juicy questions on the application to be a “sporeganizer”.

W h y d o y o u w a n t t o s t a r t u p a n E v o l v e r S p o r e i n y o u r a r e a ?

I believe. I’m awake. I want to put into the world what I believe is to be good and intelligent and worthwhile to expanding our consciousness, improving our behavior, etc. Seems it’d be better to offer the choices rather than to be preaching them or trying to convert folk. I mean the choices to learn about sacred medicines, energy work, yoga, sustainability,and our lovely speakers like Alan Watts, Daniel Pinchbeck, Terrence McKenna and the visual artists. And just the general spiritual wellness and idea of infinity and one love. Those big ideas that it’s taken me time to realize not everyone is down with them. This geographic area has some interest, but it really needs more awareness events that combine art, circus/flow arts, music,spirituality. I am an artist and all about this combination. We have a college here, and the beach, and a place to meet up – the Juggling Gypsy.


4 . W h a t a r e y o u p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t ?

“…events that combine art, circus/flow arts, music,spirituality. I am an artist and all about this combination.” The natural world, circus, healthy eating, loving, creating unique art events, painting, intellectualism/philosophy, twirling, fire spinning, stilt dancing, running, hoop dance and aerial hoop… sustainability…”

8 . N a m e o n e o r t w o p r o j e c t s o r e v e n t s y o u d l i k e t o s t a r t i n y o u r a r e a ?

I have a kickstarter grant to create Beehive Discoballs – they have a launch party …in Durham, NC where I have contacts and close friends. It has several components: daytime workshops in energy work, breath work, yoga, sustainability, flow arts, cirque performance… visionary art show …and a party under the disco balls at night.

Locally I’d like to have meet ups at the Juggling Gypsy. Workshops in energy work, speakers on all of the psychedelic topics, sustainability, energy, sacred geometry etc.

And I desparately want more healing/breathing energy playshops happening during my art events.

Bringing Evolver here will help bring the channelers, the sacred geometry, the Steiners out I hope.

9 . I t s t h e y e a r 2 0 2 0 a n d y o u r e E v o l v e r r e g i o n a l h a s b e e n v e r y s u c c e s s f u l o v e r t h e l a s t t e n y e a r s . I n a p a r a g r a p h , p l e a s e d e s c r i b e w h a t y o u r c o m m u n i t y n o w l o o k s l i k e t h a n k s t o t h e f a b u l o u s w o r k o f y o u r r e g i o n a l .

Our kids are teenagers and involved with Evolver. They are aware of a bigger community and we are all less other and more of what is acceptable as far as lifestyle choices. This is already happening with this generation – I am optimistic.

I see so many beautiful people at music festivals who live in Love & Light. So many artists creating from this source and doing live painting, sharing, and concerned for the environment. They are aware of a collective consciousness. They are the folk who are cultivating this society of acceptance and humaness, I believe. The coming generation is very positive.

Evolver will have larger group participation and a meeting place and a focus. The artists and philosophers will have more to talk about than their next show or next bev from the bar. There will be intelligent expansion of thought and a chill / more spiritual place for those seeking light and heart opening. The dread headed folk will lead community events and be impowered to make decisions in the community instead of being on the fringe or alone.

Beyond justifying belief systems, I would hope it’d be a resource, and a central meeting place for discussion. A place for introducing folks to things they may or may not have thought about before and a place of light.

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Alex Grey in Atlanta by Area 51 is the type of visionary event that I am bringing to Durham with the fabulous help of SpinningHeadsEvents under the coordination of Brooke Buchanan. I am thrilled at the potential of’s involvement with this event.

More TBA for sure!!


Mezza9 with Alex & Allyson Grey

While I see tremendous value in festivals; we don’t live there. We take some of what we experience back into the world. The same is true of art shows, and performance, and spiritual retreats. That is why I have included pics of my son in the slideshow… we live here… in our hearts. He is who propels me to take on this new role as an act of love.

I follow a long line of painters who were activists. Frida Kahlo, especially I admire and have emulated in some aspects; she was very passionate about her politics, as well as a dynamic figure and painter who really poured her soul into her work.

I feel blessed to take this path.

♡¸.*¨*✫♡LOVE ~♡¸.*¨*✫♡ one love ~♡¸.*¨*✫♡ ONE LOVE ♡¸.*¨*✫♡~
♡¸.*¨*✫♡ MEZZA9 ~♡¸.*¨*✫♡LOVE ~♡¸.*¨*✫♡ one love ~♡¸.*¨*✫♡ ONE LOVE ♡¸.*¨*✫♡~

durham news observer eno 2012


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Images: Mezzanine Stiltdancing; Hooping; Firehooping; Hoop Dance; Hooping on Stilts

sharks vs kings
NHL – pre-game fun! 8 stilt walkers with hockey sticks “Sharks vs Kings”

NHL Pregame fun! 8 stilt walkers
Sharks vs Kings

San Jose, California

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hooping convenience
… always hooping….

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ACES Gallery and STUDIO NEBULON PRESENT: Ecstasy in Air and Water

ACES Gallery

(Arts Council Exhibition Space)

221 N. Front St.

Wilmington, NC

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Studio Nebulon presents

“Ecstasy in Water & Air”

You’re invited to the opening reception for visionist artist Mezza9 on Friday, January 25, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at ACES Gallery, 221 N. Front St.  The opening will coincide with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night, when downtown galleries open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture.             

Mezza9 creates large scale  paintings of the human figure in flight.  A sense of light, movement and silence pervades many of these works, even those populated by her cirque figures in flight, acrobats, flow artists and dancers, suggesting the mood and tone associated with the paintings of the Impressionists. 

The exhibit runs from January 25 through February 20, 2013. 

Amazing Wondrous Stupendous Performance at the FlowJo in Carrboro this weekend!! A must see!

New Mezza9 works of art
to show at the Flo Jo in Carrboro featuring Poki & Ember in conjunction with their show:
 the Trash Rabbit
a show by Button Wagon
Jan 4 – 5, 8 pm
Button Wagon (physical theater and circus duo) returns to the Flowjo with a new show!!
Tickets $15-25 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)
With contortion, mime, magic and a BB Gun, TRASH RABBIT delves into the heart of America.  An exploration of freedom, plastic, poverty, religion, and trash.  TRASH RABBIT is a Button Wagon project which is the collaboration of Matthew ‘Poki’ McCorkle and Ember Bria.  Rated PG-13 for guns and nudity.
More info at
Workshops with the artists on Thursday, Jan 3.
Button Wagon formed in 2010 and currently has two full length productions. Button Wagon has performed in theatres, dance studios, at Fringe Festivals, an old church, and even in a dome. Traveling in a brown-on-brown VW Vanagon the duo has toured to CA, OR, WA, CO, NM, AZ, TX, LA, and NC. Matthew and Ember live in an old movie theatre in Penasco, NM.
Ember — Trained contortion at the San Francisco Circus Center for 7 years with Master Trainer Lu Yi and Mongolian coach Serchmaa Byamba. Her skillful and unique contortion act has traveled the world with repeated performances in German Variety Theatre and in Taiwan. Filmed as a commercial, a video of Ember stuffing herself into an impossibly small TV once towered over Times Square on a 60’ “JumboTron”.
Poki — Matthew ‘Poki’ is fascinated with illusions. A self-taught mime, balancer, and juggler, Poki uses object illusions to bring hoops, hats, and a plastic bag to life. His unique feats have been seen on stage at Ecole de Cirque, Bruxelles; at the Monkey Festival in Loudong, Taiwan; and on stage at The Santa Fe Opera.
For more info regarding Trash Rabbit, visit:

It took a Village!! Kickstarter a Success!


Studio Nebulon says Thank You
Song for a New Consciousness has moved to Lantana’s Gallery in beautiful Southport, NC. She is still seeking a permanent home.

Thank you so much.

Two years of painting and thinking about hexagons and Buckminster Fuller and I’ve arrived to have enough funding to create these Beehive Disco Balls.

A big hug and thank you to Pollen Path backers:

Gregory Sadler, Joe Corey, Jennifer Wang, Daniel Singer,

Ron Royster, Norman Hill, Jessica Page, Joe Corey, Lee Fox, Cara Slumdig, Dawn Hall, Robert Workmon, Charles blizzard, Dixon Stetler, Laura, Katherine O’Brien, Renee Rand, Susan Haws, Perry Sugg, Lanny Lantana’s, Colleen Ringrose, Paula Ackerman, Jaime

Chandra, Christina and Jon Fish, Alicia Ortiz, Tanya Tilley, Rodney Derick, Grayson Baur, Dianne Freund, James Spicka, Craig Thieman, Joey McMillan, Stephanie Moore, and thank you for the generosity of Kelton Brandt, Sandra Geich, Rachel Wellman, Brenda van Orsouw, John Dorman, Renee Leverty, Heather Robinson, and the sweet man who didn’t laugh at my computer (too hard) Russ Campbell.

Special, special thank you to Eddy and those beautiful souls

who believed in my project at the very beginning and gave of

themselves in time, talent & support: Rodney Derrick, Virginia Bridges, Renee Leverty, Joe Galas, Stephanie Moore, Russ Campbell, Gwenyfar of Old Front Street Books, Anne Flaherty, The Creativity team of Transformus, and those who believed

at its crucial Kickstarter ending including Norman Hill, The Landing: Tree & Eddy, Blaze Coyote for his patience with his mom!, and Cliff Bellamy and all of the well-wishers who empowered me to keep my heart out front. Thank you to Jimmy Kaylis for studio space.

Now the real work begins. After 30 days Kickstarter will send the funding minus 10% fees. I’ll be warming up the welding tools, tying back my dreadlocks and getting to work. There will be a prototype to make, then onward to the lighting — get ready Jonathan Paine & Charity Evans!

The Disco Balls will travel! This is ultimately Public Art. Kinetic, shiny and to be seen by many at Festivals and beyond.

There will be B’Circk: A Day of Illumination with energy work,

speakers on behalf of the bees, Tarot reading and circus

performances and dancing under the Beehive Disco Balls in Durham in April and a big shazam at the preztel opening in Asheville. I hope you will make these events part of your social fabric.

For booking: Kate O’Donnell in the subject line to:

If you missed out on sending monetary support, but want to, I will honor the rewards offered on the Kickstarter until Dec. 1. This includes the $12 tickets to B’Circk: A Day of Illumination, while they last. As of now there are about 80 left. Credit cards can be phoned in to 910 515 1328. Or mail: Wendy Kowalski c/o Studio Nebulon, 1827 Burnett Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28401. Email any questions at all about Pollen Path, life & liberty to:

Bee well, bee free n’ spread the love like honey!


Tell your friends!! Artist needs your action today!
For more loving art and for answers to all of your existential, alchemist and slightly psychedelic but always galactic ponderings please pen a message loosely on nice paper then type it neatly to Be sure to marvel at the splendor of the ballpoint pen and the clack of the keys — how far we’ve come and how far we’ll go!
*Love & Gratitude*
Wendy Kowalski
Studio Nebulon Downtown
1827 Burnett Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28401
910 515-1328


Durham Herald Sun writes about Beehive Discoballs


Artist plans public project with  Durham opening
The Herald Sun

To contribute to this project, visit,  or visit and search  under “beehive disco balls.” This campaign ends Wednesday at midnight.
By Cliff Bellamy;  919-419-6744
DURHAM – Wendy Kowalski is best known for her brightly  colored paintings using sfumato, an Italian technique in which colors blend into  each other without boundaries. Next April, Kowalski plans to unveil her first  large metal sculptures and her first public art project in an event at Motorco  Music Hall.
Kowalski is planning to build six beehive disco balls, each  six feet tall, which will have hexagons made from aluminum from Vega Metals in  Durham, titled “Pollen Path Beehive Disco Balls.” These hexagons will be  fastened to a frame made of recycled metal, and a light will glow from the  inside of each sculpture. To build these sculptures, Kowalski is seeking to  raise $5,000 through the Kickstarter fundraising site. (As of this writing, she  was approaching the halfway point. The campaign expires at midnight  Wednesday.)
The sculptures draw on several influences, Kowalski said – her love of dance and movement, her love of music, her interest in the thought  and work of R. Buckminster Fuller, and her concern about the plight of honeybees  and the natural world. In her video for Kickstarter, Kowalski recalls how she  became interested in Fuller, who invented the geodesic dome, after participating  in Burning Man, an annual art-urban planning event in Nevada, in 2010. She has  used the hexagon in her paintings, and the hexagons that are central to the  sculpture take their inspiration from Fuller’s dome invention, she said. “There  was something [Fuller] was saying about the future, about living in these domes,  rather than separate houses,” Kowalski said.
A member of the  Greensboro-based band Holy Ghost Tent Revival introduced her to the plight of  honey bees, whose numbers have declined in recent years, and Kowalski realized  that she had painted the honeycomb shape, which also is hexagonal, in several of  her paintings. The symbol hints at the idea of connectedness, which Kowalski  said is central to this sculpture.
“There’s a reason we’re drawn to  artwork, some magical place we go. I would hope that the disco balls would  transport people to that place,” she said. She invites visitors to come to  Motorco and dance under the disco balls next year.
Many of her paintings  feature circus performers, and on her website she has videos  of puppetry, stilt dancing, and other types of movement. Above all, music is  central to these sculptures and all her art. “I love music and can’t paint  without it,” she said in an email message. She also mentions dubstep, electronic  music, and trance, all of which will be elements in the Motorco event.
Kowalski plans to make the sculptures at her studio in Wilmington, where  she has been living for about seven years. She has numerous ties to the Durham  area, having participated in several ArtWalks and at the Shakori Hills festival.  She has produced a mock-up of the first sculpture at Vega Metals, where sculptor  Renee Leverty helped her, and she has worked at the MonkeyBottom Collaborative  metal sculpture studio.
Leverty said she helped Kowalski hammer the  aluminum into hexagon shapes “in order to create better reflection and  movement.” She also advised her about the best way of connecting metal to create  that sense of movement. Leverty stressed that her role is strictly advisory,  that she’s offering Kowalski help if she needs it.
“It’s going to be a  lot of work,” Kowalski said, and she wants “to take the time to learn how to  fabricate them correctly.”
She wants the disco ball project to be a  traveling exhibit, with Durham being the place for the unveiling. She envisions  the Motorco opening to be an all-day event, what Kowalski calls “a day of  illumination,” with seminars on beekeeping, along with music, dance and other  activities. Eventually, she said she would like the disco balls to be displayed  in Durham Central Park, or other places downtown.
Kowalski has created  some smaller metal sculptures in the past two years. “I really felt compelled to  make them,” she said of those projects. The beehive disco balls will be her  first large-scale sculpture and her first public art.
She wants viewers  of this work to experience “a sense of wonder, wonder about the natural world as  well as their internal world … that happy realm I’m always trying to find in my  paintings.”

Read more:  The Herald-Sun – Artist plans public project with Durham opening

Care Project Fundraiser at the Cameron Art Museum

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Photography of the Care Project Fundraiser at the Cameron Art Museum,  Wilmington, North Carolina — by Side Yard Studios

September 15, 2012

Creative Flame performed at the Cameron Art Museum during the Care Project fundraiser. The event was well attended and there was a silent and live auction of art, amazing spread of food and gorgeous plates of pastries and fresh fruits by Sugar on Front, a band and of entertainment by Bash Gomez, Ali Avalon, Sideshow Joe and Mezza9. for booking

We did a series of vignettes, both inside near the stage and outside in the courtyard. The Cam has lovely high ceilings for stilt dancers! We enhanced the burlesque/carnivale theme. The night was beautifully clear and warm and I could not think of better company than the pros Bash and Ali! They are professional performers with a lot of experience under their pirate-y belts!

If you’d like to know more about booking for Fire or Circus performance, they will be glad to talk with you. They travel far and wide. They hoop, juggle, do fire performance, and more skill and flow toys than I can name; and are real good folk.

This is an odd pic for sure. I’m stilt dancing and hooping – what you don’t see are all my twirly thoughts (nervous a bit) about the line up of wine bottles, folks in their best dress, dj equipment, stage/musician equipment… host… all of the wonderful things my hoop could fly out and hit… Otherwise I had a great time!!

There are more photos out there of this event – including Sideshow Joe – if ya know of any, please write me with them and your thoughts to Or comment here — I’d love to find out where the professional photos are & any other tidbits about this event.

Alex and Alyson Grey, and Stilt Dancing at Area 51 visionary art event in Atlanta

~~~~ MEZZA9 on STILTS ~~~~

Hey dear ones!   I am eKstatic to be performing on stilts with my hoops at this event!
I went last year and danced among the jellyfish and the aerial performers. Just amazing. Indoor/outdoor setting in Atlanta was super fun. Got to hang with the lovely Jaime Chandra and met some great folk, including the beautiful Ste-fuh-nee. And danced the night away to one of my fave DJ’s, “Medisin”.  I could go on… great fire spinning by InSpiral… wonder-full… oh yeah, and there’s these amazing artists there… ALEX & ALLYSON GREY

Have a blessed day and hope to see you inn Atlanta!

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  • SATURDAY @ The QUAD 7pm to 6am
  • Buy your advance tickets here:
    Alex & Allyson Grey visit Atlanta to celebrate their 2nd Annual Visionary Arts Fair of Atlanta. Come join Area 51 Presents for a night of visionary art, live paintings and performances, live music bands, food and fun.

    Alex and Allyson Grey are internationally known visionary artists. Their paintings are powerful, complex and evoke a deep, positive resonance in viewers. Don’t miss this opportunity to share in a truly inspiring visionary event.
    Jonathan Talat Phillips: author of “The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic,” cofounder of The Evolver Network and Reality Sandwich. He will present “Aliens, Ayahuasca, & The Ancient Mysteries.”

Full Day & Night Indoor/Outdoor event.
Location: Friday Oct 19 / 8pm to 2am
King Plow Arts Center
887 West Marietta Street Northwest Atlanta, GA 30318
QUAD: Sat Oct 20 / 7pm to 6am
714 Spring Street NW, Atlanta GA 30308

ART BAZAAR, food, fun and performances. Plan to stay all day and all night, it will be worth it!!
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Friday Sept 19 King Plow
Sat Sept 20 Quad
2 Day Passes
Alex and Allyson Grey

Keith Prossick
Cynthia Rose Young
Graham Thomas
Aesthetic Cataclysm
World Body Painting Champions – Scott Fray & Foxy Moxy
Neon Armour
Jonathan Singer – Live Visual Artist –
Aesthetic Cataclysm – VJ –
Eli Reiman
Nicole Tierra
Melissa Coffey
Sky Gym’s McKinley
Imperial OPA
Elemental Expressions – fire troop from Miami
Howie the Great – magician

Sensua Players – Atlanta

Chronicles Of LandSquid
Woven Tounges
Dixon’s Violin
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Astarius Miraculii
Mithra (w/members of Isness)
Bouncy House
Swami Gone Bananas
DJ So Fly
The Expand Band
Copius Jones
Twisted Enigma
Groove Stain
Justin Majors
Dharma Bombs
Tem Noon
Cristal Arcade

Partners: Evolver Atlanta, Evolver Asheville, & Reality Sandwich
Many more to be announced!
Costumes and participation is Requested
Get your tickets here:

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Song gets edits

Song for a New Consciousness

This morning I nearly finished Song for a New Consciousness. She is lovely and now in oils. The oil paint gives here a gloss and a bit of a mysterious look. It was hard to know when to stop painting. She was breathing this morning so I stopped. I’ll look at her again in the dark of tomorrow morning and make a decision to release her. Photos soon, I promise.

In the meantime, here is some video of this painting and the Thank You for my Kickstarter launch.

Always in gratitude of this beautyfull life,

There is an amazing painting reward for one lucky backer, her name is Song. After I returned home from Asheville, (following a chemical burn on my eye and a few weeks off from painting), I returned refreshed and very ready to paint!! The result was a facelift to one of my favorite paintings. I hope you like the results!!! Backers have an option for large and small prints of this painting too!

Song’s sister piece, Seven Sisters is next. Similar subjects coming out of beehives in the sky, several women. This very large work is also listed under the backer rewards on the Kickstarter. I will post pictures as the painting progresses.

Here is the link to the Kickstarter rewards:

In gratitude,


Thank you to Brenda at the Frame Outlet on Kerr Ave in Wilmington, NC for shooting some casual pictures of Song. Stop by to see the painting in person if ya like. It is awaiting its final scan. The folks at Frame Outlet are super friendly!

Paperhand Puppet Intervention – our friends – performing 2 more weekends in Chapel Hill

A Short Drive from Cary: Paperhand Puppet Intervention

Story republished from The Better Sleep Store in Chapel Hill. Used with permission.

Chapel Hill, NC – Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns to Chapel Hill with their new show from August 10 – September 9. “City of Frogs” promises to be a magical and spectacular experience for the whole family.

“City of Frogs”

Paperhand makes use of giant puppets, masks, stilts, painted flats, junk, and paper-cut shadows to tell stories that are modern epics, hoping to inspire people of all ages toward a better world.

In City of Frogs, an ancient witch has traded her heart for eternal life with the mysterious Man of Beasts. A wooden boy, cut free by the Scissors of Fate, sets out on a journey to help the witch find what has been lost. Ignored by the busy population of the city, the boy must find friends in strange and forgotten places.

The show runs approximately an hour and a half with no intermission.

All performances in Chapel Hill are at the Forest Theater. Gates open at 6:00 pm and all tickets are general admission, first-come first-served. Audiences are encouraged to bring cushions, pillows, lawn blankets and picnics.

Event Details

“City of Frogs” presented by Paperhand Puppet Intervention

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays August 10 – September 9, 2012 Gates open at 6 PM. All shows start at 7 PM.

Koch Memorial Forest Theater Battle Park Chapel Hill, NC

Suggested donation: $12 for adults and $8 for kids. Children 3 and under get in free.

More info including parking, handicap access and directions: Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

Hello Friends! We only have 2 weekends left to see City of Frogs. People are loving it and you might enjoy it as well. Remember, we are doing a matinee on Sun at 3pm and a special show on Labor Day at 7. Please spread the word and thank you all. Details below…

Paperhand Puppet Intervention is proud to present its’ 13th annual summer spectacle


This new show is an extraordinary modern fairy tale epic for all ages. An ancient witch has traded her heart for eternal life with the mysterious Man of Beasts. A wooden boy, cut free by the Scissors of Fate, sets out on a journey to help the witch find what has been lost. Ignored by the busy population of the city, the boy must find friends in strange and forgotten places… Come see what adventures await!

Using giant puppets, masks, stilts, painted flats, junk, and paper-cut shadows, Paperhand tells stories that reflect our humanity (or lack there of) back to us, hoping to inspire people of all ages toward a better world.

FOREST THEATRE in Chapel Hill Every Fri, Sat, and Sun from Aug 10 thru Sept 9th. Plus Labor Day. 7pm with a 6:20 pre-show Matinees Sept 2nd and 9th at 3 pm with 2:20 pre-show. General Admission $12 adults, $8 kids suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

NC MUSEUM OF ART IN RALEIGH Sept 14, 15, & 16. 7pm with 6:20 pre-show Tickets and more info <<>>

Please pass it on and help us get the word out. We’ve been working very hard and we hope you and your family will join us for an evening of enchantment from your friendly neighborhood puppeteers. Thank you! The Paperhand Crew

Kickstarter Launched!!

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Kickstarter Launched!!

Today begins 55 day countdown to raising the funds for a Public Art Sculpture. Help to create art and foster the spirit of Beehive Disco Balls. 6 feet of bling and fairie light and ecological wonder! Made to dance under in a town near you!! By helping you will receive some Wonder-full Art for your home, stickers, bookmarks, or even a party pass!

Thank you for sharing my interest in my passion – visionary circus art.

My art makes people happy … and now… I am taking it to the next level. Pollen Path is my biggest expression of love and wonder! These giant Beehive Disco Balls are spinning wonders of shiny aluminum that shed disco light. Inspired by the art at Burning Man, they create a magical environment.

Please watch the 6 min video and take a moment to view my full proposal. This art appeals to my philosophical and environmental sensibilities.

Public Art? Yes!!!

This art will travel to a city near you! It is going to music festivals, burns, and public spaces! Indoors or out!

I will be creating with metal instead of paint. I was so esctastic to meet metal worker, Michael, at Transformus who will be showing me how to use a plasma cutter to repurpose metal.

Once the Kickstarter for Pollen Path has reached its goal, I will use the funds to create a grand party where we can all dance under the Beehive disco balls for the first time!

Being a Backer has its perks!

Be rewarded with art prints, original paintings, stickers, and bookmarks or a special VIP Party Invite!

I hand-picked art that is my favorite for you!

Please help today. Backers are not “charged” until the end date of the Kickstarter and only when the total goal has been reached. Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. (The folks at Kickstarter earn approx. 10%.)

This is my project for this Winter. I have the perfect studio to make it a reality. Please help by showing your support.

Please consider backing my project today.

Thank you for being you!! I am so grateful and blessed.

~ Mezza9 “Wendy” Kowalski ~

Fresh music for ya! From Andreilien (formerly Heyoka) and a casual Mezza9 update…

Andreilien Summer 2012 Mix

So I went to Gnarnia and Transformus for an earful of delightfuly inspiration. After thinking about it… the perfection of Heyoka, who is now Andreilien just captured me. Sure Tipper and the light show blew me up and I raged with the crowd at the outside stage, but I loved the glitchiness and ambient nature of this new set of work from Heyoka the best. Listen to the link, see whatcha think. What I hear is “this is why we’re here”  – those words lightly inbetween the bumps and drags of sounds. Really diggin this track.

The folks at Tribal Council also brought a line up of ambient DJs who had it going on. I commend them too for making such a beautiful, domed sanctuary set deep in the woods. The guys Clayton and Edwin have a great vision of opening consciousness through music. I participated in a mantra chant at the top of Beech Mountain. Just sending out the love. We all hoped it would reach someone in need. Such a beautiful locale – and my first journey up a ski lift. Seeing all of the dready heads riding the lift made me happy. Also atop the mountain were yoga, hoops with ali and workshops by Evolver-Asheville chapter and space provided by the wonderful Area 51. Hopefully I haven’t lost the handmade boot contact that I got from the man who is building domes. Amazing domes using repurposed lava. Volcanic lava is lighter and lasts forever, unlike steel.  Anyway, he had nice boots too.

I’m enjoying some R & R at The Pirate Cove in Asheville, NC. Thanks so much for my friends here for hosting Yum Yum and me. This is a great time for thinking ahead to shows and resting because I got a chemical burn on my cornea that has kept me from working this week. I’m also hoping to get my art into another gallery in Asheville. It is time. Any leads in this department would be greatly appreciated. I really want to find a gallery curator who will develop and work with me. I did have the good fortune of meeting Seraphim Arkis, a musician, who is game to put together an art/music show with me and a hooper and perhaps other performers. I’m ready to do what I do in Wilmington, here in the mountains of NC. …but I digress…

Tribal Council

I got a sneak peak at a Castle Carnivale performance to come by the circus-lish-us-ness of Daniel Crabtree (Sneaky McFly) and Unifire. They are sooo talented! Their fire show at the Castle is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Watch for Daniel’s top hat of death. I bet he won’t mind if I show it here.

This weekend I hope to catch my other host, Kate, performing her brand of Belly Dance as part of a burlesque show with a dreamy theme.

This is Kate.

Kate by Hannah Combs Photography


Blue Skies Burlesque presents… The Dreaming

August 17, 18, 24 & 25 @ 10:30pm

Blue Skies Burlesque presents their debut of The Dreaming at the Magnetic Field in Asheville before taking it on the road. All original acts will be performed in neo and classical burlesque styles. There will be drag, puppetry, pole dancing and striptease. Original costuming by LyonHart Designs. There will be extravagant dance numbers in the style of the Ziegfeld Follies. Most importantly, there will be beautiful ladies presenting carefully crafted routines, each one inspired by a dream. Tickets $15.

Spring 2012 Mo Linquist Writes Green Article about Mezza9 Kowalski Painting Techniques and Artful Living Group Artists Reception in Carolina Beach North Carolina

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Artful Living Group
Artists Reception Spring 2012 Green is where the Heart Is

“An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.” ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Contributing Writer

The winter months found her in deep hibernation studying the works of Monet, Renoir, Degas and Manet. These masters taught her that it’s not about just copying the photos.
There is a poetry in selection of the paint – the flow of colors and light. Beings are light. The wonderment comes as the light in the painting appears from the figures. This is the Source of love.
She could also be seen running along the Cape Fear River where she found solace in nature waiting for Mother Gaia to wake up spring.
She gathered charcoal from the burnt forest, which she used for her primary sketches on upcycled cardboard. Nature empowered her, uplifting her spiritual connection.
During this bleak time of winter her goal was to remove herself of ego and prepare to live fully present allowing the natural beauty of spring to contrast by focusing on friends loving each other.
She planted her seeds by painting her friends looking joyous and happy. It was her way to get things rolling. The third part of her process was the physical activity of hooping and yoga, which helped her stay in the flow. “The exercise helped spin the paintings out,” she said.
The woman I am speaking of is Carolina Beach resident and artist extraordinaire, Wendy Kowalski, known also as Mezzanine. Kowalski moved here with her son, Blaze, a year ago as she chose to live a simpler life.
She now walks her son to school taking the opportunity to breath in nature as opposed to the two hours she used to spend daily in her vehicle driving. She may appear to have checked out from technology having no TV or computer in the home but she gets her news off NPR and checks her email at the library.
By limiting these distractions, Kowalski says, it has not cut her off from society, but rather the opposite has happened. She has been opened up more to meet and interact with neighbors.
She has been pleasantly surprised at the group of progressive thinking parents she has met in her son’s school.
Her winter’s work has blossomed in a show, “Notes for Joy,” opening reception 6:30-8:30 pm Thursday April 5th at Artful Living Group and continuing through the month of April.
During the reception DJ Gon will provide electronica – happy, ambient music similar to that which Kowalski listened to as she painted. Ostara, a group of local women will perform two short belly dances during the reception.
“We are spirits in the material world.” Come experience “Notes for Joy.” xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui.
She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior
design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.

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Been hard at it in the studio… organizing and setting up a new painting wall. The extra 16 ft wall is for “Aron’s Aerosport” which is in project. Part of it will be sneak – peaked at the Carrack Modern show in Durham this Friday night during the Art Crawl. If you’ve known me for a while… then you’ll remember me as one of the art crawl originators… going back is exciting! Been pushing a lot of pre-dawn paint mornings. The rain on the roof of the studio has been intense this week.


  1. Photo show with A Miller Foto went fabulous! She is a great photographer! I’m hugging trees at Greenfield Lake, a nearby favorite spot. This round of photos promotes a kickstarter to come for Beehive Discoballs… a public art sculpture.