I have been a student at ANAHATA MOVEMENT ARTS for three years now. The studio, owned and operated by Jessa Tarbert, is in its second incarnation, having moved near the Brockton Plaza. Along with offering a variety of exercise classes, film showings and meditation gatherings, Anahata has recently expanded its offerings to include an art gallery. Their first gallery showing “LOVE is ART ~ Color & Vibration” was co-created with ANNIE EDWARDS.
Jessa, who is an artist herself, has seized on an opportunity that would benefit many businesses. A gallery provides for increased sales, and heightens the visual interest of the space for clients. It also increases networking and the cross-pollination of ideas with the local arts community.
I attended the reception, which offered lovely refreshments and excellent live music, provided by CIRCOSTHESIA. I’d like to recommend in the future perhaps a reception followed by a concert, since it was challenging to connect and speak with folks. There were approximately forty people on hand and the artwork covered the entire studio. Several works of art sparked my interest:
A man’s portrait, by PAVEL ACEVEDO, featured the subject from just above the lip to the top of his very cool pompadour, eyes pointed heavenward, nose wrinkled up, as if to say, “really?” I’ve enjoyed Acevedo’s work before at local gallery, BLOOD ORANGE.
A confetti explosion of brightly colored calligraphic marks by SOPHIE VIOLETTE, entitled “Identity Series, H5, Latina” vibrated off the wall.
A cowboy on his horse, by MAGGIE TELLO CASE, entitled “El Caballero de los Flores,” was crafted from various floral textiles, reminding not only of the intrinsic connection to the land that Hispanics have had in California, but also of the history of highly decorative craftsmanship in their traditional clothing, furniture and musical instruments.
An exuberant folk art piece by SANDRA MAXWELL, entitled “Painted Feelings,” perfectly captured the joy of play as two girls jump and toss a ball.
SHARON ZORN KATZ abstract acrylic figurative piece, “Deep Breath,” radiated with emergence and vitality, like a dancer about to leap across the stage, proud and confident.