May 14 -June 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday May 14, 2016 / 5-9 PM
Closing Reception & Artist Talk: Saturday June 11, 2016 / 5-9 pm
Artist Talk 7:30 PM
Additional gallery hours by appointment, call 727-895-6620
Red Circle Sponsors: J. Crayton Pruitt Family Foundation
The Studio@620 invites you to experience two very unique art exhibitions. "That Child of Always" by April Hartley features modern textile interpretations of childlike images while "Paintings from LAla Land" by Eva Avenue express the surging vibrancy of Los Angeles through the medium of watercolor.
Each exhibit will transport you to places familiar, foreign, nostalgic and new.
“That Child of Always” by April Hartley
That Child of Always is a new body of work by textile artist, April Hartley, that turns traditional embroidery on its head while exploring how children who are experiencing hardship or trauma express themselves when they may not have the vocabulary to do so. Hartley began carefully transforming collected children’s drawings into embroidery on fabric when several children in her life were facing difficult circumstances, which flooded her with memories of her own childhood and that feeling of voiceless-ness that comes with being a kid.
Hartley connects embroidery, which is permanent, precious, and inherently tied to the household, symbolizing order and light-heartedness, like the “Home Sweet Home” piece on grandma’s wall, to the temporary nature of a child’s sketch, something often dismissed, and to the lasting effect of childhood.
Along with the original embroidery works, the exhibit will include site-specific embroidery installations, and will also officially launch the series’ accompanying art book, also titled That Child of Always. The book was created with funds from an Individual Artist Grant awarded by the St Pete Arts Alliance. The artist will donate books sales to the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Florida.
April Hartley, a Florida native, lives and works in St Petersburg, FL. Her art practice explores traditional textile methods through a contemporary lens, reflecting her appreciation for modernity while longing for tradition and ritual at the same time. She received her BFA from Florida International University in Miami.
Learn more about April Hartley: http://www.aprilhartley.com/
“Paintings From LAla Land” by Eva Avenue
While living in Los Angeles in March and April 2016 to attend a neon art/sign workshop, Eva Avenue painted a new series of large vibrant imaginal cell watercolors. Surging and falling through the energy fields of these paintings done around L.A., imaginal cells are nature's bio-units of resilience and change. She creatively uses them to represent the units of energy making up solid matter, reminding us that everything is alive, empty and full of music. Her neon art sign, designed and executed at Lili Lakich Neon Studio in L.A.'s Arts District, is also in the show.
Learn more about Eva Avenue: http://www.evaavenue.com/