Image-Nation is a group exhibition with over thirty artists at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter (corner of Market and Sutter) through February 28. “From the novice to the master, from the traditional to the digital, this exhibit runs the gamut. Inspired by contemporary influences, cultural perspectives, and deep traditions, these artists have one thing in common, a yearning to create and be seen.” Come meet the artists and view their work at the opening reception this Friday, February 13, from 5:30 pm – 7 pm. The Image-Nation exhibition is sponsored by Danny Correa of Hunter & Loan Jewelry Co.
Crystal Rosales, age 16, is a self-taught artist who began drawing in kindergarten. By age 9, she was creating characters and story boards practicing every step over and over to reach higher levels.
After drawing, she took up painting with acrylics using reference items to paint. At 14, Crystal started using watercolors. By this time she had gained more experience and was able to apply anything she could imagine to canvas.
Her main themes are scenes with people and backgrounds such as wind, space or fantasy. She often looks in the mirror and poses incorporating her features into her art.
Crystal is always striving to improve, making art every day even if it is just a small sketch. When she finishes a piece she finds so much more that she could have done with it. Her goal is to become a comic artist and sell her work. Image-Nation is Crystal’s first art exhibit.
While downtown, visit the “Hearts” reception with art by members of Art Expressions of San Joaquin and live music by Carlos Lopez at the County Administration Building, 44 N. San Joaquin St. (corner of San Joaquin and Weber), from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.