131 N. Avenue 50
Highland Park
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Las Geisha Mermaids

Sumi ink paintings on canvas

J. Michael Walker

Exhibition Dates:  July 9 – August 7, 2005


Artist’s Reception, Saturday, July 9, 2005, 5-9 pm


The Avenue 50 Studio is pleased to present a month of whimsical, heartwarming paintings by local artist J. Michael Walker.  "Las Geisha Mermaids" is a suite of all new paintings described by the artist as "love haiku to women".  Intuitively combining a pair of grand female archetypes - geishas and mermaids - into sweet, graceful beings, these sumi ink works on canvas engage us with their evocations of innocence, melancholy, and peaceful solitude.  Painted in a child-like manner, J. Michael draws us into a fantasy world where each Geisha Mermaid becomes a reality. 

J. Michael Walker is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work is grounded in his decades-long immersion in the rural Mexican culture into which he married over twenty-five years ago.  He is the recipient of more than a dozen grants, artist residencies, fellowships, and public art commissions; and has participated in more than eighty-five exhibitions in the United States and México, including solo shows at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, at Harvard University; el Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares, in Mexico City; and the Arkansas Arts Center.  He is also a California Humanities Scholar.  

Each weekend during the exhibition, Avenue 50 Studio will host a series of cultural events thematically tied to the Geisha Mermaids, including a "Geisha Mermaids Hors D'oeuvres Party" on July 23; a special in-house concert by the incredible singer-songwriter Angela Correa (recently nominated for LA Weekly's "Best New Artist" of 2005) on July 29; and, to end in luxury, a "Women Only Massage Party," on August 5th.

Please join us for what will prove to be a month of fanciful love stories.

Artist Reception:

Date:                              Saturday, July 9, 2005
Time:                              5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Place:                            Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA  90042, 323/258-1435