Artist Talk: Saturday, February 17 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Join Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and Artist Stephen Loya Saturday, February 17, 3:30-5:30 pm as he discusses his ideas, methods and approach to his solo exhibition: Endangered Kingdom.
For an entire year, Mr. Loya meticulously drew an animal that has landed on the international endangered species list. These “portraits” embody a deft technical understanding, while also personifying a whimsy and personality that creates a unique understanding of each animal. Each creature dons a crown, symbolizing the nobility of each species and the struggle of existing in their treacherous environments. This body of work parallels the mission of our organization, by exemplifying the fragility of life on this planet, while celebrating the strength, beauty and individualism this world offers.
“Over the course of a year, I challenged myself to draw one portrait each week, of an animal on the Endangered Species list. What I learned is that these animals had their struggles and obstacles to overcome, in their fight for survival and existence in the dynamic lives they lead – lives filled with moments of grace and peace, as well as turbulence and strife. How can we reverse the damage we’ve done and embrace new ways of living, in order to heal the world and to better coexist with the animal kingdom? Perhaps it is time to finally step up to the plate and face these challenges head- on, not just for our endangered friends, but for ourselves as well…” – Stephen Loya
This event is free and open to the public. White wine and refreshments will be served.
The Joan Hisaoka Gallery is located at 1632 U Street NW. For more information visit www.smithcenter.org.