Ready for a change, Balboa Island resident quits corporate life and opens eclectic gallery
Instead of hopping on the freeway every morning, Kim Rossall, a resident of Balboa Island, now drives her golf cart to work on Agate Avenue in her hometown.
Rossall decided it was time to take a step back from her pressured career in the corporate world when she began the process of opening her Balboa Island gallery a few months ago.
She had quit her job in 2020 after working in the pharmaceutical industry as a senior director of Global Life Science.
“It was all about numbers and exact details, no margin for error,” said Rossall, who moved to Balboa Island in 1986. “I was ready for a shift towards less structured, more creative, not dark. and white.”
The gallery has taken on a unique style; you won’t find traditional oil or watercolor paintings, but rather an eclectic collection of paintings, collages, textile art, stained glass and jewelry.
Among the pieces of the exhibiting artist-designer, Dyan Rogers of Carlsbad is his unique jewelry created from precious stones, silver, semi-precious stones and earthly elements like feathers.
However, Rogers’ biggest seller is his one-piece textile art called his “Heart of Hope” scarf.
“It looks like a lariat,” Rogers said. “I tear the silk fabric and cut it into pieces 4 or 5 inches long and tie it to a cotton cord, which forms a scarf.” Ten percent of its profits go to the Sheepfold Domestic Violence Shelter for women emerging from desperate situations and learning skills that enable them to move on to a safe and independent life.
“I use an error-free loom called Saori Loom which has a motto, ‘everything has its own beauty’ which suits my style because I’m intuitive and don’t like to follow patterns.”
Being local, Kathy Kehoe Bambeck believed that the Balboa Island Gallery would provide a natural setting for her work. Bambeck, who works from his home studio on the Balboa Peninsula, is also endearingly referred to as the “puzzler” by Rossall.
“I’ve been doing art since I was 5,” Bambeck said. “It’s all I ever wanted to do.” She explained that because she has always been attentive to detail and focused, her parents wanted her to become a brain surgeon.
About six years ago, Bambeck discovered licensing, which led her to rent out his images for products for commercial use. She contracted with Bits & Pieces, a huge online puzzle company.
“Because puzzles became so popular, I couldn’t paint fast enough,” Bambeck said. “Images do well on products and a big side of art is the puzzle industry, which has exploded during the pandemic. “
Since people are often fascinated with where these products – or in this case, puzzle images – come from, Bambeck thought it would be good to exhibit her original artwork, which she didn’t has never done before.
Kathleen Carrillo, who received a master’s degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Oklahoma, has painted for decades and divides her time between Carlsbad and Puerto Vallarta, which she describes as a bohemian lifestyle on her website .
“I am very excited to be part of a new company,” Carrillo said. “The art gallery is part of a great community and will fill a need for art and prints for homes.”
Rossall is hosting an open house on January 15-16, where Bambeck and Carrillo will be available to meet participants and give demonstrations.
Rossall is all about freedom of expression, saying “I take advantage of the creativity and the ability to reinvent the space every week, adding new artists and new products.”
During the open day, Carrillo will give a talk and demonstrate his approach to figurative abstract and collage, and explain the availability of his work and the ordering process for ordered pieces.
Bambeck in turn will demonstrate and talk about the medium she uses in her original painting of acrylic, wash and ink.
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The Balboa Island Gallery is located at 121 Agate Ave. For more information about the gallery or the next open house, call (714) 404-7604 or email [email protected]
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