Barbara's Bio and Resume

Artist Entrepreneurial Resume
President, Chief Executive Officer: Natures Whimsy
June 2010 – Present  
In 2007 I left the corporate world and began creating art. My images are impressions of nature with a whimsical approach using bold colors created in the medium of pen and ink and watercolor on canvas. 

I became active in several art organizations and in March 5 2010, I became the sponsorship chairman for the Southern Shore Art Association Summer of Art event coordinating businesses and art galleries to promote the event which was a pivotal moment in creating the arts district.

Member of Hui Noeau Art Center
Jan 2016

Past President

Area Artists Association of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts
 – August 2015 (10 months)101 W 2nd St, Michigan City, IN 46360

To Direct and Grow the members of the Area Artists Association of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts by way of:
-Increasing the appreciation and recognition of local and regional member artists through exhibitions and promotion of their work.
-Supporting the arts in the Michiana region 
-Raising the level of professionalism of working member artists in our area
-Developing and promoting other art-related activities
-Supporting the Lubeznik center for the Arts


Sedona Arts Center Gallery
 – Present (1 year 1 month)Sedona Arizona

New member of the Sedona Arts Center, Sedona Arizona

Juried member

South Bend Museum of Art, Northern Indiana Artists, Inc.
 – Present (2 years 4 months)South Bend Indiana

11/14/12 Barbara's multi media work illustrates a proficiency in many media. Her 'Close up: look at nature results in a microscopic feel and her technique is detailed and exact to accomplish this effect. Already an accomplished artist, Barbara's work is professionally framed and ready for exhibition. Barbara Balis is juried into Nortern Indiana Artists, Inc. NIA.

June 2010--I established Natures Whimsy  the business, featuring my original art, prints and gift items. 

July 25, 2010-- I was the contributing member in establishing the Michigan City Uptown Arts District.
November 2010 I was nominated president of the Michigan City Indiana Uptown Arts District promoting art, culture and economic growth in the historic downtown business district.

Sponsorship Chairman: Southern Shore Art Association 
March 2010 – July 2010
Past President: Michigan City In. Uptown Arts District
November 2010 – February 2011   Historic Downtown Michigan City Indiana

Exhibits and Shows:
May 2008, Featured artist at the St. John Artist Association Gallery, the Syzygy Art Gallery St John USVI as well as the Kilnworks Gallery in St. Thomas USVI

May 2009, Featured Artist at the Reichold Center at the University of the U.S. Virgin Islands on St Thomas.

July 2009, Women's Show at Southern Shore Art Association

July 2009, “Summer of Art ” Michigan City, Indiana

April 2010, Barb was juried into membership of the Area Artists Association affiliated with the Lubeznik Cultural Center.

May 2010, Displayed in the "Art Attack "event in Harbor Country Michigan.

June 2010, Invitation to juried art show, Goshen Painters Guild.

July 2010, "Summer of Art" event in Michigan City, Indiana

July 2010, "2Group Show" Michigan City, Indiana

August 2010, "One Woman Show" Free Artisan's Michigan City, Indiana

August 2010, Michigan City Art Fair in Washington Park, Michigan City, Indiana

October 2010, Woman's Show @ Southern Shore Art Assoc. Gallery

November 2010, Women’s Holiday Show at the Allure in LaPorte Indiana

February 2011, displayed at the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarian's Fundraising event, Aspen Colorado

March 2011, Zoobilee fund raiser for the Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City Indiana

May 2011, Michiana Humane Society fundraiser, Michigan City Indiana

May-October 2011, White Birch Gallery, New Buffalo Michigan

May-October 2011, Scarlett Macaw Gallery, Sawyer Michigan

May-October 2011, Lisa Herman 

June 10-July 24th, 2011, Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC) Juried competition at the Box factory, St. Joseph, Michigan.

July 16, 2011, Moonlight Madness at Susan Henshaw Gallery, Union Pier, Michigan

August 6-7th, 2011, The Box on the Bluff, St Joseph, Michigan

November 7-December 8th 2011, Eye of the Beholder Exhibit as a member of Area Artists of the Lubeznik Center of the Arts at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights Illinois.

November 18th, 2011-National Association of Professional Women, Midwest Regional Conference, Hotel Arista, Naperville Illinois

January 10-Febuary 29th 2012--One Woman Show at the Framing Station 912 Franklin St. Michigan City Indiana.

March 16th--May 20h 2012--Double Take Show as member of   Area Artists of the Lubeznik Center for the arts at the Lubeznik Center 101 W. 2nd St Michigan City, Indiana.

April 5-29,2012--Eye of The Beholder Exhibit as a member of Area Artists of the Lubeznik Center hosted by Southern Shore Art Gallery 722 Franklin St. Michigan City, Indiana.

April 27-29, 2012 Art Attack Event, hosted by the Scarlet Macaw Gallery in Sawyer Michigan.

May 30-June 30,2012 First Presbyterian Church 9th and Washington, Michigan City, Indiana

May 30-June 30,2012 Global Engineering 6th Franklin Michigan City Indiana

June 10-July 24,2012 Maac Exhibit Juried competition Box Factory, St Joseph, Michigan

July 1-Sept 15,2012  One Woman Show. Hammond Library, Hammond, Indiana

Sept 15-Nov 15,2012 One Woman Show Scarlet Macaw Gallery, Sawyer Michigan

October 12-November 22,2012--Area Artists Exhibit at the LaPorte County Convention Center,Michigan City Indiana

November 2nd -December 31,2012--Exhibiting at the Framing Station, Michigan City Indiana

November 14, 2012 Juried into membership of Northern Indiana Artists, Inc. and the South Bend Museum of Art

March 1-May 20, 2013 Line of Thought Exhibit at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts

June 1- December 2013 Tropical Wall Exhibit at the Scarlet Macaw gallery, Sawyer Michigan.

July 5-Aug 5 2013, Featured Artist "A Soul's Journey Exhibit" Lubeznik Center, Michigan City Indiana

July 20, 2013, Moonlight Madness at Henshaw Gallery in New Buffalo Michigan                                    

Oct 1-31 2013, Juried Tendrals in Montana Watercolour Society show, Bozeman Montana

Oct 5-8 2013, Art and Wine Show Portage Indiana Park District

Nov 1-Dec 20 2013, Comet Art Show "Twilight Pearls South Bend Museum of Art

National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) has recognized Barbara J. Balis Natures Whimsy “Woman of the Year in the Arts in Indiana” 2011/2012 for demonstrating excellence and dedication within the profession of the Arts in Indiana

2014 Best in Watercolor for " A Souls Journey" at The MAAC show of the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph Michigan

Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City Indiana
Northern Indiana Artists Inc.
South Bend Museum of Art
Uptown Arts District, Michigan City Indiana: past president
Scarlet Macaw Art Center,Sawyer Mi
Hui Noeau Art Center, Maui Hi
Gateway to Sedona, Sedona Arizona 

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