Jessica Kallista Solo Exhibition, Dear Suburbia, Opens March 18, 2016

Save the date! My solo exhibition, Dear Suburbia, at Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery is just one month away! See you there March 18, 7-9pm!



When the Prodigal Father Returns Bringing Light, Love, and Art

At some point in June 2015, apparently, my life became a constant mad rush of art. It’s a good problem to have: a life filled with non-stop art and love and creativity and connection and family and friends–and friends who are my family. Bliss. All. But this poor little blog suffers neglect as my determination to document, document, document wanes. How to fill in the details now? A chronological account? Alas, that method may have to suffice. I’ll throw in a few photos here and there to brighten it all up.


Since June 2015 I have been fortunate enough to curate and/or have my art featured in a variety of exhibitions including the DC Street Sticker Expo 2.0 at The Fridge in Washington, DC, Currents, Haunted, and More Than a Muse at Epicure Café, and Threshold and Baby Canvases Five at Olly Olly. I had the pleasure of being featured in Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine. I was also grateful to be honored with the invitation to serve as a member of the Transformer 12th Annual Silent Auction and Benefit Party Auction Artist Nominating Committee. And I’ve been hard at work creating a one of a kind Moleskine Mailer for Tempus Projects Moleskine Mailer Collaboration opening January 9, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. Saying life has been a whirlwind would be beyond understatement. I love it, but I’m ready to slow down and look inward for a bit. This year was also wrought with its own certain sadnesses, but I’m not ready to write about them just yet. I’m ready now to be still for a moment and breathe.

As the Winter Solstice approaches, Yule, Christmas, and the New Year, we’re given all sorts of opportunities to make a fresh start. It’s a time to renew our light. I could make a resolution to be a better, more consistent blogger. I could and I may. Yet I see 2016 approaching with more abundant love and art bliss including three Olly Olly exhibitions already in the works and dates booked.



In conjunction with Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, Olly Olly will hold an exhibition entitled Embracing the Power of Artistic Practice. Featuring work by Lina Alattar, Eames Armstrong, Adrienne Gaither, Zofie Lang, Joseph Orzal, and Mojdeh Rezaeipour Embracing the Power of Artistic Practice will open at Olly Olly with a reception on January 23, 2016 from 7-10pm, include arts programming combining poetry and art, and will hold a closing reception on February 20, 2016 from 7pm-10pm, with performance by Eames Armstrong. Olly Olly’s second exhibition of 2016, Domestic Territories, curated by artist and curator Sarah Irvin, will be celebrated with an opening reception on March 5 from 7pm-10pm. Manifesto, a collaborative exhibition and event at Olly Olly, featuring art from all five members of The Bunnyman Bridge Collective, is scheduled for mid-May 2016.

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Another Year in Suburbia (an Excavation) by Jessica Kallista

I am also excited to share with you that my first SOLO exhibition, entitled Dear Suburbia (of course) opens Friday, March 18, 7pm-9pm at the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery. Many thanks to Gallery Director Mary Welch Higgins and Juror Stacy Slaten. The Dear Suburbia SOLO exhibition is a bigger miracle than I can fully describe to you here. When I met my biological father for the very first time four years ago, he encouraged me to start a blog and to post my poems and art, as well as my experiences struggling with mindfulness and motherhood in suburbia. This blog, Dear Suburbia, became a way for the two of us to communicate our current situations after decades of separation. Dear Suburbia brought us closer over common loves and questions about writing, art making, meditation, love, loss, being-in-the-world. We learned from one another. Together we struggled with writing. We were tickled with excitement by the way the world works. We became friends. We started to become our own quirky and special version of family. Daddy and daughter. He passed away very suddenly just nine months after our first meeting. Still, with his help and inspiration, I had my art in an exhibition for the very first time six months after his passing. And now, nearly four years after starting this blog, I’m working on my first SOLO exhibition: Dear Suburbia, named after this blog, and the project of living life right where I am–right now, all the time to the fullest–that my biological father encouraged me to create and pursue.


Four years ago I was hiding out in suburbia, covering all of my light, wondering how to survive. Then I started writing letters of love to this strange land. Now my light is on fire for all the world to see. I’m so blessed and lucky to share it with you. Huge love and gratitude to my miraculous group of family and friends and friends who are my family. I couldn’t do any of this without you. You make my light shine brighter every single day. I love you. I wish you a multitude of light and blessings now and always.

Stay happy.


New and Continuing Must-See Art Exhibitions in Fairfax, Virginia

I am thrilled to see and be a part of so much local art happening in Northern Virginia. Suburbia is fast becoming the place to see and experience a fascinating variety of thoughtful, innovative, edgy, and avant-garde art. This weekend Fairfax will have two engaging art exhibitions on view as Ephemeral continues at Olly Olly and CAPTIVE opens Saturday, June 27, at Epicure Café.

Ephemeral, inspired by the elusive here and now, and the role of delicate forms of reality at play in the understanding of emotion, life, and meaning making, features work by Bita Ghavami, Jay Hendrick, Samantha Sethi, and Lisa Marie Thalhammer. The artists of Ephemeral create situations of opportunity for the viewer to experience the fragile and temporary nature of art and life. Destruction becomes a powerful mode of creation through processes that utilize objects of the everyday. Wood, metal, ice, concrete, paper, paint, band-aids, memory, and the performance of bodies embrace and transform fleeting moments of existence in order to call into question systems, functions, and transitory relationships of space, place, and time. In case you missed our opening or just want another peek at Ephemeral at Olly Olly, here’s a video snapshot of the reception. Stop by Olly Olly soon to see it for yourself.

CAPTIVE marks the 3rd collection of local art curated by The Bunnyman Bridge Collective in 2015. It also happens to be the 6th exhibition I’ve curated or co-curated this year so far. Featuring work by artists Jason Davis, Toni Hitchcock, Nathan Jones, Jessica Kallista, KeyHan Lee, Alejandro Padilla (Atomic Blowfish), Javier Padilla, Matt Riegner, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, and Kelli Sincock, CAPTIVE investigates multiple modes of capturing a moment, being bound, feeling trapped, experiencing oppression, finding oneself captivated by emotion, beauty, lust, or otherwise subdued, and also contemplates forms of breaking free from the ties that hold us against our will. The opening party for CAPTIVE at Epicure Café will also include live music by Basswood, a local acoustic duo whose style combines punk, folk, bluegrass and rock.

I’ve also been working on a new series of collages, and a few of them will be on view for CAPTIVE. Oh, and yes, I’m still dropping free art around Northern Virginia, so keep an eye out. I’ve been super busy with all of these art endeavors–and I love it! I have no plans to slow down. I’ll be at Olly Olly Saturday, June 27, from 11am-4pm and then at Epicure Café from 8pm-midnight. My life is non-stop art. I feel extremely blessed, lucky, and grateful to have a life filled with fabulous art and brilliant artists. Thank you. Hope to see you this Saturday.


Olly Olly, located at 10417 Main Street, 2nd Floor, in Fairfax, VA, is open Mondays 10am-4pm, Tuesdays 6pm-9pm, Wednesdays 10am-4pm, Thursdays 6pm-9pm, Saturdays 11am-4pm, and by appointment. Ephemeral will be on view at Olly Olly through July 18, 2015.

Epicure Café, located at 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA, is open 7 days a week from 5 – midnight. CAPTIVE will be on view at Epicure Café from June 27, 2015 through August 15, 2015.

“Pandemic” Opening Reception at Epicure Café Friday April 24

This April marks the one year anniversary of The Bunnyman Bridge Collective curating art exhibitions at Epicure Café. Come celebrate with us this Friday with a new art exhibition entitled Pandemic. Curated by The Bunnyman Bridge Collective, Pandemic brings together a remarkable group of artists working in a variety of media. Friday, April 24, from 8pm to midnight, spend an evening with artists:

Jason Davis
Ryan Durbin
Claudia Estrada
Toni Hitchcock
Perry Jitchaya
Brian Legan
Joseph Nicolia
Alejandro Padilla (Atomic Blowfish)
Javier Padilla
Veronica Perez
Carolina Seth
Matt Somma

The artists of Pandemic invite you to explore infectious ideas, concepts, and elements through an investigation of the hypnotic and contagious aspects of our everyday realities and fantasies. Crossing boundaries of perception, communication, and transmission, Pandemic evokes a vivid dreamlike intensity through line, color, chaos, and control.

Live music by The Trash Mammals, an arts collective from Fairfax, VA. Their members include a horse, a pig, a chimpanzee, a werewolf, and a couple of humans. Their sound can be described as a sonic mint julep on a cool spring evening.

Epicure Café, located at 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA, is open 7 days a week from 5 – midnight. Pandemic will be on view at Epicure Café from April 24, 2015 through June 20, 2015.

“Subliminal” Opening Reception at Epicure Café Saturday February 7

Epicure Café is pleased to present a new art exhibition entitled Subliminal. Curated by The Bunnyman Bridge Collective, Subliminal brings together an eclectic group of artists working in a variety of media. Saturday, February 7, from 8pm to midnight, spend an evening with artists David BarrAbner (A. J.) De JesusJustyne FischerToni HitchcockRichard McMurryJavier PadillaVeronica Perez, Matt Riegner, Julia Rivera, and Asad ULTRA Walker.

Below the threshold of our conscious minds lives a world of images that flow and flash but are left only partially processed or entirely unprocessed by our psyche. Subliminal tempts you to delve into concepts of perception, imagination, play, consumption, and memory through an enveloping new collection of art. The artists of Subliminal invite you to inhabit a world immersed in inspiration from pop culture, dream-life, myth, religion, deep memory, and everyday lived experience.

Music for the evening will be provided by The Shadow Girl Sound Collective. A foursome with an affinity for sharp corners and crooked lines, The Shadow Girl Sound Collective begins with a charcoal hologram of a post-jazz, post-hip-hop, pre-apocalyptic world and arrives at off-axis melodies, pulled by the leash of an insatiable groove and delivered with the essential sting of a horn.

Epicure Café, located at 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA, is open 7 days a week from 5 – midnight. Subliminal will be on view at Epicure Café from February 7, 2015 through April 18, 2015.