Signs of Hope
April 14–29, 2017
Reception: April 14 • 5–8pm
Today’s new political reality has spawned a movement unlike anything we’ve seen since Nixon and the Vietnam War. Millions marched across America and around the world the day after the Inauguration, and hopefully this exciting engagement with the political system will continue.
Folks have gotten off their couches and into the streets, carrying signs of all kinds representing their own point of view about a myriad of issues. So we have decided to mount an exhibition at Art Works Downtown of the most imaginative and artistic signs.
On April 14th, selected signs will be displayed throughout the building, and the reception that evening will feature food, wine & beer, great music, and an opportunity to participate in the creation of a banner of hope.
|Cityscape © Licita Fernández, 30" x 24"|
Color, Whimsy, Mystery
May 5–June 3, 2017
Reception: May 12 • 5–8pm
Licita Fernández identified herself as an artist as far back as she can remember (Licita would have a scrapbook of art she did from the time she could first hold a pencil to third grade). The current exhibit includes a selection of acrylic paintings on canvas that date from 2012 in addition to digital prints she created on my iPad using the app ArtStudio. The paintings are very colorful with whimsical subject matter; the prints are more abstract, many are more painterly. www.licitafernandezgallery.com
I’ve always considered myself an artist. I remember standing at an easel in kindergarten, painting wagon train scenes (I grew up in an era of cowboys and Indians, as politically incorrect as it is) and wedding cake boats: these are ocean liners that in my kindergarten mind looked like tiers of wedding cakes floating in the sea. Sixty plus years later, these wedding cake boats have reappeared in my imagery!
For years I painted in watercolors, mostly botanical subject matter, mostly representational. More enjoyable for me to paint and for the viewer to view are my more whimsical, imaginative paintings. I created some of these in watercolor, and have moved to acrylic on canvas almost exclusively. All my work shows my love of color. My work now: colorful, whimsical, joyful and imbued with humor.
I’ve also spent many years teaching art to people of all ages, from preschool children to seniors. I have exhibited my artwork in California; Portland, Oregon; New Mexico; Tijuana, Guadalajara and Mexico City in Mexico. Her work is in collections throughout the United States; in Mexico and in Colombia, South America.