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Painting workshop with Maria de Los Angeles

Jack London State Historic Park hosts two-day event
Painting workshop with Maria de Los Angeles
Artist Maria de Los Angeles.Photo by Paul Goguen

Jack London State Historic Park will present two full-day workshops on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, with Maria de Los Angeles, a renowned Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist who works in drawing, painting, printmaking, and fashion. Her work often addresses issues of migration, displacement, identity, and otherness.

De Los Angeles will lead workshops inspired by nature and using gestural watercolor drawing techniques with fine line details in gouache. Working with direct observation studies and various processes, participants will create compositions inspired by the ecological beauty within Jack London’s historic Beauty Ranch. All experience levels are welcome, including beginners.

Jack London State Historic Park will provide free registration for 10 students from local high schools, recommended by their art teachers, to attend a one-day workshop. To apply for these scholarships, contact Kristi Lanusse at [email protected]

Born in 1988, Maria de Los Angeles holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art (2015), a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute (2013), and an Associate Degree in Fine Arts from Santa Rosa Junior College (2010). She was awarded the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize by Yale University (2015) for her artwork and her role in the community.

De Los Angeles has been an artist-in-residence at several notable institutions, such as the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA); El Museo del Barrio, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Mana Contemporary, N.J.; Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University; and the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Ore., where she had a solo exhibition in 2018.

In 2019 she had a successful solo exhibition at the Museum of Sonoma County in her hometown of Santa Rosa. Additionally, in 2021 de Los Angeles was commissioned by Stephen and Holly Sorkin to create two murals in downtown Glen Ellen.

Recent exhibitions include group shows with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Los Angeles County Museum, International Print Center New York (IPCNY), Every Woman Biennial, Self Help Graphics & Art, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, St. John’s University, Robert Mann Gallery, and E.TAY Gallery.

De Los Angeles has also participated in a panel discussion on xenophobia and deportation in America at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, New York Magazine, HelloGiggles, and The Observer.

The workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each of the two days, with a one-hour break. There is no food service inside the park, so participants are encouraged to bring lunch. The cost is $250 per person per day. The entry fee of $10 per car is included. A list of materials needed will be provided after registration. Participation is limited to 18 people each day. To register for the workshop, go to jacklondonpark.com.

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