It’s a busy weekend for art. Two noted exhibitions take place this Saturday, February 20th and Sunday February 21st.
The former takes place at the Jill Joy Gallery on Museum Row on Saturday, February 20. Artist Jill Joy has done it all. Her art career began when she first worked at McKee Gallery in New York City. She was the assistant gallery director…it was here that she discovered her true calling was to be an artist. During a summer detour in a Yoga Ashram in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Joy immersed herself in the spiritual practices of celibacy, Yoga, meditation, vegetarianism and service. She emerged a new person and her art reflected that.
“Emotion is the most personal and vulnerable exhibition of all my work,” explained Joy. “When faced, as we all are with difficult scenarios in life, we can succumb to depression, denial or addiction, or we can choose to let it transform us. How we handle our emotions determines the quality of our lives and our rate of personal growth.” Joy has endeavored to take the courageous approach and with this series acknowledges difficult emotions and truly processes the feelings. “As a result of my yogic training, I am able to grasp that I am not my feelings…when intense emotions arrive I dive into that wave and come out the other side. This work is a record of that transformative process.”
The Jill Joy Gallery presents a solo exhibition titled “Emotion” featuring paintings by Jill Joy on Saturday, February 20th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The exhibition runs through March 19th at the Jill Joy Gallery located at 6124 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. To find out more about the artist, visit the Jill Joy Gallery Website
On Sunday, February 21st, the paintings of artist Brooke Harker will be on display at Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica. The versatile artist is known for cityscapes and coastal scenes, both featured in this solo exhibition entitled “Memoirs of Cities.”
Upper West Restaurant has an incredible reputation for its eclectic cuisine and its love of art. It has featured art receptions celebrating local artists since its inception.
Harker recently returned from a five-month painting residency in Italy, which culminated in two solo exhibitions. At Upper West the artist will share works depicting popular cities such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Diego, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Catalina. “Upper West will exhibit tidbits of various stages in my expression. The works from 2011 were the bridge between how I used to paint (more abstract) and where the work is now, which blended years of rendering live cityscapes with what I learned in mixing colors and applying paint in a variety of styles.” The opening reception for “Memoirs of Cities” takes place on Sunday, February 21 from 4-7pm. Harker will be in attendance at the opening reception.
Upper West will also be hosting an Oscar viewing party and Leukemia & Lymphoma benefit which begins at 4:30 pm (at the start of the red carpet event). The art of Brooke Harker will be on view and a percentage of the artist’s sales will be donated to the charity on the day of the Oscar Event/Leukemia & Lymphoma benefit on February 28th. To find out more about LLS, see website. Visit the Upper West Restaurant website to find out more info about both events. Go to Brooke Harker’s website to see more of her work.
Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. For more information or to make reservations, be sure to call 310.586.1111 or visit the Upper West website.