Gratitude for an Art Filled Life

I’m blessed to be surrounded by incredible artists and gorgeous art. This past year has been filled with nonstop art and constant love, and I’m truly grateful. Creating art continues to teach me that, with a solid set of supplies, imagination, community, collaboration, love, persistence, patience, and dedication, magic can be made. We have the power to co-create our lives and our world.

Every day I’m meeting talented local artists. Opportunities to experience and create art are overflowing everywhere–including right here in suburbia. I’m grateful to be making and showing more art than ever before. Coming up just this week my work will be included in two exhibitions.

Thursday, December 11, from 6-8 pm join me for the opening reception of 5 x 5 x (5), an all media exhibition featuring small works, at Target Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. I love little pieces of art that leave an impression far beyond their size. The exhibition features the work of over 30 artists from the U.S. and abroad.

Bunnyman by Jessica Kallista

On Saturday, December 13, from 8 pm-midnight, join me for a night of art and music at Epicure Café in Fairfax, VA for the opening reception of Divine. Curated by The Bunnyman Bridge Collective, Divine brings together 11 local artists, from across the DMV, working in a variety of media from stencil art, calligraphy, poetry, painting, drawing, mixed media, textiles, and more. Spend an evening with artists Jason Davis, Abner De Jesus, Michael Fischerkeller, John Grunwell, Matin Haji, Toni Hitchcock, Hks181, Joseph Nicolia, Javier Padilla, Mojgan Yaghmaei and me. Music for the opening reception will include the ever so transcendent and intoxicating jazz sounds of Dreamsville. You’ll want to be a part of this art and music filled event!

Heartmind by Jessica Kallista

Before you know it the new year will be here, and with it even more art. In January 2015 I will be opening a new alternative art space in Fairfax, VA called Olly Olly. Stay tuned for more news about exhibitions, open studios, and art events–all right here in suburbia.

Olly Olly

Total love and gratitude to all of the artists and art lovers who fill my life with art, love, and magic. So many awesome people. Thank you!

“Fallen” Opening Reception at Epicure Café Saturday October 11

Pavow by David Barr

Epicure Café is pleased to present a new art exhibition entitled Fallen. Curated by The Bunnyman Bridge Collective, Fallen brings together eight remarkable local artists.

Saturday, October 11, from 8pm to midnight, spend an evening with artists Lina Alattar, David Barr, Alex Beck, Michael Brown, Abner De Jesus, Javier Padilla, Kathy Turner, and Asad ULTRA Walker.

Music for the opening reception will include the unique and darkly ethereal electronic sounds of local indie project Den-Mate.

Fallen calls to mind a haunting and gorgeous otherworldly autumnal embrace of dismantling degeneration. This new exhibition explores not only an unfolding of new desires and the yearning that comes with the change of seasons, but also the dark spaces of our imaginations and relationships regarding decay, the fallen world, falling from grace, and fallen women. What tricks are at play in the turn of a season? What is real in this supposed postlapsarian world? What is fantasy? What illusions do we fall for in the midst of our everyday? What lush and luminous tarnished treasure can be found only through the process of rust, corrosion, destruction, and descent?

Epicure Café, located at 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA, is open 7 days a week from 5 – midnight. Fallen will be on view at Epicure Café from October 11 through December 5.

Image Credit: David Barr, Pavow, mixed media on canvas, 24” x 24”