Kelly Vivanco: Curious Gardens
ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery are thrilled to be hosting an exhibition of one of Escondido's most beloved artists, Kelly Vivanco. This exhibit titled “Curious Gardens” will feature Vivanco’s newest creations typically revolving around young, innocent girls, boys, and animals in “curious” settings.
Kelly Vivanco, a native to Southern California, earned her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. She works with a variety of media to create art with whimsy, nostalgia and a sense of child-like wonder.
Vivanco draws from the real and imagined world to populate her works with a host of playful and curious characters. She takes inspiration from vintage photographs, children's literature and the oddness of her dreams. Vivanco has exhibited in solo and group shows across the U.S. including California Center for the Arts Museum, The Portsmouth Museum of Art, Thinkspace, SURU, Gallery 1988, Subtext, Rotofugi, Flatcolor, 323 East, London Miles, Art Basel, and Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts.
Her work is collected in the U.S. and abroad and her daily comic, Patches, has a world-wide following. Kelly’s first illustrated children’s book Snow White & Rose Red was recently released. She currently resides in Escondido, California.
Through April 5.
Born in Southern California, Casey Weldon spent the majority of his formative years there graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After operating a studio out of Las Vegas, Weldon relocated to New York, then California, and now Portland where he works as a full time artist. His fine art, imbued with a sumptuous illustrative quality, is indicative of his profession. Weldon mixes iconography of today and the past to evoke a sense of humor, nostalgia, fantasy and even melancholy within the viewer. His pallet and haunting subjects recall the Surrealist masters like Breton and de Chirico.
The exhibition runs April 1 to May 3.
Art Hatch, founded in 2004, is a volunteer-run, nonprofit art center located in downtown Escondido. This 7000-square-foot space hosts over 50 emerging artists. The center is geared toward young artists (teen-college). They offer free supplies and studio space to budding artists in exchange for volunteer work. The point is to foster creativity in youth. Art Hatch has ongoing exhibitions and offers classes to the public. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 11–6; Saturday, 12–5. The second Saturday of each month, Art Hatch hosts receptions with open studios, live music, Stone Beer, and wine from 6–10 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.
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