"Of Blue & Green"

Ray Oliver Bacoy talking about his life with the Firehouse Art Collective, building community and his show from March 2017 entitled "Of Blue & Green." Film by: Elicia Epstein



 Created by Cora Jaeschke

Sonnenblume” is about embracing the changes that life gives you and taking on your own vulnerability. This delicate and rather soft series was taken on after a loaded year of challenges. The loss of a sister, a daughter, a friend, a companion. Anyone that takes place close to your heart. These events have the power to change everything around you in an instant; to which would have you question where you wanted to be; a soft or hard place.
Before the artist took on her figurative and floral design. Three paintings were created beforehand, very small paintings inspired by a family tradition in honoring a passing of our loved ones. The main subject was golden sunflowers which symbolized attaining unity in which was also family member's favorite flower.
Sunflowers, nature, love and loss being the pure inspiration for this body of work.

All things must grow and all things must change but my love will always remain the same

Acceptance, with our own individual authenticity, death, or the fact that things are completely out of your own control and so learning to be able to flourish beyond any measure with that understanding. Having created vulnerability be our most influential strength.

The artist centralizes on creating a tranquil environment to invoke a inner dreamlike calm. A sleep like inner peace, for the viewer to visualize liberation in delicacy.

The creating process of these pieces took over the span of a year all materials were collected and repurposed from the streets of Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville. Oil on wood and digital created in Photoshop on Wacom Cintiq.


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New Studio Launch with our Los Angeles Collaborators:

Elysium-Bandini Studios is a newly launched video streaming platform, capturing the broad spectrum of the power of art. Art that heals. Producing break out projects for emerging artists. Touching upon a diversity of genres. Bringing art to medically fragile children, the elderly and homeless. Empowering community leadership. Creating a culture that gives back to itself. The first philanthropic production studio is Elysium-Bandini Studios.

Metamorphosis: Junior Year

 Premiered as Top 10 picks for Conquest Film Festival 2017
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Break out film for Firehouse Art Collective! Our first Producing Credit on a feature film. This project was a work of love, providing mentor-ship to a group of 40 high school students in the Palo Alto area, spanning 5 different high schools. Each student embraced their role as either writer, director, editor, director of photography, or producer within their character groups. Over arching sponsor and production company was Elysium-Bandini Studios. The Producing Team and class teachers consisted of James Franco, Tom Franco, Betsy Franco and Iris Torres. Based on the book Metamorphosis: Junior Year, written by Betsy and illustrated by Tom. Ester "Woj" Wojcicki was our sponsoring teacher from Paly Palo Alto High School, where the Franco boys went to school and where the story takes place.

This film can be seen by signing up for the new streaming platform EBstudios.org