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 gesture drawing techniques in watercolor with fine detail in gouache. Working with direct observation studies and various processes, participants will create compositions inspired by the ecological beauty of Jack London’s historic Beauty Ranch. All levels of experience are welcome, including beginners.
Jack London State Historic Park will offer free registration to 10 local high school students, 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’s Degree in Fine Arts. -arts from Santa Rosa Junior College (2010). She received the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize from Yale University (2015) for her works and her role in the community.
De Los Angeles has been 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); Contemporary Mana, NJ; Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University; and the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon, where she had a solo exhibition in 2018.
In 2019, she had a successful solo exhibition at the Sonoma County Museum 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 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 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.
Workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 their own lunch. The cost is $250 per person per day. The entrance fee of $10 per car is included. A list of necessary equipment will be provided after registration. Participation is limited to 18 people per day. To register for the workshop, go to jacklondonpark.com.