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New exhibition “8 x 8 Squared” opens Feb. 10 at Distinction Gallery

The painting “Festive” by Kelly Vivanco.

Distinction Gallery will host “8 x 8 Squared,” an exhibition curated by represented Escondido based artist, Kelly Vivanco, featuring new artworks by Vivanco and 12 other highly sought after artists.
The opening reception with Vivanco and several participating artists will be held on Saturday February 10, from 6-10 p.m. For the reception, they will have live music, ArtHatch open studios, BK Cellars Wine, and Stone Beer.
The exhibition will include 1-5, 8 inch by 8 inch new paintings created by each of the following artists: Paul Chatem, Jason Limon, Jennifer Lewis, Jeremy Hush, Charlie Immer, Caitlin Hackett, Amy Earles, Jon MacNair, Sally Deng, Yellena Jame, Aya Kakeda, Matt Gordan, and Kelly Vivanco.
Kelly Vivanco, a native to Southern California, earned her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. She works with a variety of media to create art with whimsy, nostalgia and a sense of child-like wonder.
Vivanco draws from the real and imagined world to populate her works with a host of playful and curious characters. She takes inspiration from vintage photographs, children’s literature and the oddness of her dreams. Vivanco has exhibited in solo and group shows across the U.S. including California Center for the Arts Museum, the Portsmouth Museum of Art, Thinkspace, SURU, Gallery 1988, Subtext, Rotofugi, Flatcolor, 323 East, London Miles, Art Basel and Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts. Her work is collected in the U.S. and abroad; and her daily comic, Patches, has a worldwide following. She currently lives in Escondido.
This is the second exhibition that Vivanco has curated for Distinction Gallery. The first “Infinity Squared” was held in December of 2008 and included many of the same artists, also paintings of the same 8 x 8-inch size.
Gallery Director Melissa Inez Walker commented, “I am thrilled to have one of my personal favorite artists, Kelly Vivanco, back to curate a second exhibition for us – 10 years later. The first exhibition was a success and I look forward to seeing new artwork by some past gallery artists and many new ones.”
The exhibition will run from February 10 – March 3. The opening reception with many artists, live music, ArtHatch open studios, Stone Beer, and BK Cellars wine will be on Saturday February 10, from 6-10 p.m.
The gallery is located at 317 East Grand Ave., Escondido. Call 760-707-2770 for information.

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