November Open Studio
Admission is FREE!
Join us for readings by our talented authors and studio tours of our amazing painters!
Zaia Alexander – Potsdam, Germany
Zaia Alexander is a writer and literary translator living in Los Angeles and Berlin. Her publications include Wende Kids: A New Generation of German Authors and “Primo Levi and Translation” in the Cambridge Companion to Primo Levi. Her translations include the novel Snowed Under by Antje Rávic Strubel (Red Hen Press) and numerous short story translations that have been anthologized widely. She holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literature from UCLA, and was formerly Director of Programs at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. In 2008, she received a Lannan Literary Residency in Marfa, Texas, and in 2007, served as Chair of the PEN Center USA Translation Jury.
Ji Eun Kim – Cheyenne, WY
Ji Eun Kim was born in Korea and currently lives in the United States. She received her BFA and MFA from Seoul National University and recently received an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She completed a summer residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Scuplture in Maine, and she was awarded a full fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been presented in numerous exhibitions, at venues such as Seoul Museum of Art, Insa Art Space, and Alternative Space Pool, all in Korea, and Daimler Financial and Detroit Area Artist Market in Michigan.
Ai Krasner – Santa Fe, NM
Ai Krasner was born and raised in Japan and has resided in the United States for the last 20 years. Her artwork reflects international sensibilities while retaining Japanese aesthetics. She attended the College of Santa Fe earning a BFA in 2006. She continued her studies in Rome and Philadelphia at the Tyler School of Art earning a MFA in 2009. She focuses on working with petroleum-based materials (ie: plastics) as a commentary on contemporary society. These materials are used as if they are natural materials in our society. We do not question the presence of plastics in all aspects of our lives.
Jamie Lee – New York, NY
Jamie Lee’s work is interpreted from her memories and impressions that recall specific times in her life, and then translated into abstract, mixed media paintings. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and has resided in California. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Studio Art, with focuses on printmaking and painting and graduated from Claremont Graduate University in California with an MFA in painting. After receiving her MFA, Jamie had her first solo show at the Phoenix Gallery in Chelsea, New York, where she was awarded first place in an international competition. She also received notable mention in the Los Angeles times for the works she submitted to the group exhibition for supersonic, LA Design Center. She currently lives and works in New York City. You can see her work at www.jamiemlee.com
Barbara Mehlman – Woodland Hills, CA
After receiving her MFA from Claremont Graduate University, Mehlman taught traditional and digital painting at the university level and wrote and pioneered online technology courses with San Francisco State University. Concurrently, Mehlman developed a concept she calls Artitorials (Art + Editorial) for on-site interactive digital stories. She published a paper comparing traditional and digital painting, a chapter in a book on Multimedia, and a book on Adobe Photoshop. Mehlman has been exhibited widely and has been honored with prestigious residencies around the country like Montana Artists Refuge, Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Jentel, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and was even awarded a grant to paint portraits in Sicily.
Maria Nazos – Provincetown, MA
Poet Maria Nazos received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her chapbook, Trailer Park Heart, was selected by Marge Piercy as runner-up for the 2010 Providence Athenaeum Philbrick Poetry Project Award. She has received scholarships from The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. Her work won the Fall 2009 Poetry Competition held by The Alabama State Poetry Society. She attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for non-degree credit. Recently, she became a proud member of the Wising Up Press Editorial Collective.
Ian Pines – Culver City, CA
Ian Pines has lived in various places in the Western United States—vast areas that have informed his grandiose paintings. After he was born in Denver in 1984, his family moved from the Rocky Mountains farther west to Santa Maria, California, where they resided for nine years. Ian spent a most formative decade in Albuquerque, New Mexico towards the end of which he began painting. While at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he cultivated a highly idiosyncratic, expressionistic painting practice in addition to an immense appreciation for the wilderness, especially through hiking and backpacking. Ian will receive his MFA in painting from UCLA in the spring of 2010.