Welcome to the ArtWalk Ventura 2015 Artist Spotlight series where we highlight some of the many talented local artists participating in this year's event. This is your chance to sit with an artist and learn about their medium, how they find their inspiration and get a quick glimpse of some of their work. It doesn't matter if they are an ArtWalk vet or if this is their first year; a painter, a poet, or a photographer- these brief Q&A's will cover them all.
Today, we highlight Dina Pielaet, a photographer, videographer and digital designer from Ventura. Her 40 year career has seen her work on on multitude of individual projects that developed into founding 451 Media (She is presently the owner and Creative Director). She has also spent the past 5 years working as the Multimedia Specialist for the Ventura County Community College District. Some of her more specific local photography is available to view on www.venturalifemag.com.
Here at ArtWalk, we are honored to have Dina as our official photographer this year. She's already been hard at work taking portraits of participating artists, as well conducting video interviews. Despite being right in the middle of "crunch time", she was kind enough to take a few moments out of her schedule and talk with us about her art, her career, and most importantly, ArtWalk Ventura...
How did you come to be a photographer?
As an Agency owner for many years (451 Media) I found it a necessary move to pick up a camera for my clients. The real school of photography came as the owner and creative director, photographer and designer of Ventura Magazine and Ventura Life Magazine. I am now the Multi-media specialist for the college district, my day job. And by night I still maintain my client base with 451 Media. In between the cracks I have a real passion for capturing the soul of the community
Dina Pielaet's most recent video for Oxnard College and the VCCCD:
In your eyes, what does ArtWalk Ventura bring to the community?
Artwalk gives the community a chance to celebrate the artist. It also gives the community a rare chance to access to the myriad of amazing and creative beings found here in Ventura.
What are your favorite memories from the past years of ArtWalk?
I really liked working on the installations with Amy Jones, Jay Wysard, Michelle Kemick. I'm also very grateful for the support of friends like Patty Channer, Mark and Kathy Hartly, and many more. I would say my FAVORITE installation was a show I did with Amy Jones and Michelle Kemick, as well as Tim Bramlette, called “closet”.
What are you looking forward to this year?
This year, I'm really looking forward to meeting so many awesome people while shooting their portraits, and listening to their amazing insights. And of course my PODS® gallery. I cannot wait to “free-flow” with that thing.
As a photographer/videographer, what do you look for that "perfect shot"?
I'm always looking for the right light and a perfect storm of chaos.
How do you define your creative process?
Honest. I try to be honest. Oh…and no rules. That’s what makes the chaos take form.
If you weren't a photographer, what type of artist would you be?
Give me anything to work with. I would unite with it. Then master it.
What upcoming projects are you most excited about?
One project is a documentary called “Rise.” There are so many “significants” in our lives, everyday. To be able to spend time and then create a film that celebrates them is a great honor. It's dark and light and still and chaotic. I also want to “quiet” my lens down and shoot a series of still portraits emphasizing a minimalist integrity. Another project is building a tiny house at the top of our yard with my partner. That really excites me. I love yielding a hammer. I also want to start a local cottage industry with some very talented people who make art from leather, and wool, and found objects. Did I miss anything?
How else are you involved in the Ventura/805 community?
My true passion is being with people in transition. It’s a serious calling that I seem to be honoring more and more. I would like to get a degree in theology and become a Hospice Chaplain.
Where do you want your work to take you in the next year? And beyond?
As long as I am in a place where I can honor those around me, those I know and those I have yet to meet, I am where I need to be. I want to get my Masters degree, become more fully involved in Hospice, and continue to celebrate my brothers and sisters with my heart, soul, stamina, compassion…and a lens.