For November's ArtWalk, BalMar will be Showing Photographs by Aaron Hartel and Presenting Music by DJ Gyp Chi (aka Jittania Smith)

                                                            And The Days Go By
                                                               Aaron D. Hartel

At night with the sun hidden and the ancient starlight shining in the sky the vastness of the space that surrounds our planet becomes visible. The borders between the built and natural worlds take on aspects not always visible. In particular, the bright and busy lights of the city become a surreal backdrop to the islands of trees and small shorelines along the waters, especially in our city parks.



Photographs done at night I find reveal these interesting qualities. Exposures can often last for several minutes, due the low light.  As the moments stack upon each other human activities have an evanescent quality showing up as streaks of light on the final image. It is a reminder of the ever changing and incredible space we live in.

                                                                       DJ GYP CHI
                                                                       Jittania Smith

GYP CHI (aka Jittania Smith) is a DJ and producer from Seattle, WA. Long before she pursued DJing, Smith played percussion for Washington Middle School and Garfield High. In her spare time, Smith was influenced by many styles of music ranging from Moby and Thievery Corporation to Jimi Hendrix, The Orb, Bjork and RJD2. While pursuing a degree in Marine Biology at Brown University, Smith discovered her passion for electronic music production in an elective Computers & Music course. A year later, in 2012, Smith was given the opportunity to pursue her DJing skills internationally while traveling on a working visa in Australia. Upon her return to the states last fall, Smith made the switch from CDJs to Technic 1200s and Serato, and has been hooked ever since. Smith enjoys mixing a wide array of genres, ranging from 80's and 90's pop, disco and old school hip hop to modern reggaeton, electrohouse, trap, soul and glitch hop. She also loves any opportunities to collaborate with others, and is always looking for other musicians and artists to practice and perform with.

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