Atlantic Works Gallery
80 Border Street
December 3 through 18
Laura “Lola” Baltzell, the initiator of and main contributor to “The War and Peace Project,” was its “Tom Sawyer” as Lynn Waskelis, the other primary contributor, describes it. With infectious enthusiasm, Baltzell drew together a core group of seven artists and nearly a dozen other guest-contributors. Two hundred and fifty collages, of a planned 750, are being made from each page of a Russian edition of Tolstoy’s epic novel (which Baltzell brought back from Moscow 30 years ago) and will be exhibited at Atlantic Works Gallery in December.
Currently in fine health, Baltzell received treatment for metastatic breast cancer in 2008. Having read the “average” life span of those living with her diagnosis is 30 months, Baltzell was inspired to “fly in the face” of this statistic and create something expansive, which would involve “dear friends” and might take a very long time to finish.