Preview: Jenn Porreca’s “Crossing The Divide”

Our love affair with San Francisco-based Jenn Porreca continues as we are thrilled to announce her very first solo exhibition on U.S. soil after a three-year hiatus from painting. “Crossing the Divide” opens on Saturday, April 14 with a reception at Distinction Gallery, so head over to Escondido for a weekend staycation; it’s your chance to meet the artist in person and to acquire one of her latest pieces – she’s absolutely wonderful!

“In this body of work I continue to explore the creative urge to perform, and the lives of artists, performers and a futuristic yet old world of melded cultural identities and times. Aesthetically I continue to utilize a folky color palette with muddied hues having grown up in the world of the Pennsylvania Dutch, while contextually I push to pay homage to my familial roots in Europe and Southeast Asia. Silhouettes continue to be an ongoing fascination of mine and in a few pieces in this show you will see hints of work to come in the future,” Porreca explains.

The show includes a few copper and steel plate etchings that Porreca made in Ireland during a residency in 2009 for Intaglio Prints as well as a few very rare pieces painted in oil featuring a swan and a young boy on a tricycle (a she piece painted of her uncle as a young boy in Europe at the close of World War II). A must see!

A Midweek Meditation on Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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