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posted Aug 27, 2012, 12:02 PM by Shanna LoPresti

I often forget that I’m an artist – even though I have known this since at least the age of 24 when I decided to try out the identity, and it felt super edgy.  Who was I to say I was an artist?  What art had I created? (actually lots of random drawings and ceramic sculptures and dances and writing and culinary creations and clothing, not to mention an incredibly creative life, but none of this seemed to ‘rank’).  It was just life.  Me doing my thing.  Artists are supposed to be focused.  And mono or dual media creatures at best.  I was not.  Never have been.

 

Claiming the identity at the time was awesome.  I ran a hand-painted t-shirt company with my friend, after building easels for us to paint on in the basement.  I created the largest piece of art I had ever made – a plaster bust and life size wings made of leaves.  I learned to play the dumbek (middle eastern drum). I continuously danced and wrote.  And I still felt like a phony.  Worried someone would find out I wasn’t for real and humiliate me for pretending.  I know this was some lingering childhood fear, but it felt Scary.

 

So what’s the big deal?  Who cares if you call yourself an artist?  Well, maybe no one except you.  But I believe the title comes with permission.  Permission to do the ‘weird’ thing.  Whether the weird thing is refusing to work full time at a job or to pour all your free time into making small clay creatures to live on your windowsills. Permission to play and be free.  It is all about the freedom.  Freedom is food for the soul like air and water.

 

So I keep coming back.  I am an artist.  I am free.  I am nourished.

I must stop avoiding the web

posted Jul 27, 2011, 2:19 PM by Shanna LoPresti   [ updated Jul 27, 2011, 2:21 PM ]

Ok, so I have admittedly, not looked at my website for at least nine months.  Paintings have been made. Many of them quite interesting.  Now I just need to put them up here...

New Adventures

posted Aug 26, 2010, 10:20 AM by Shanna LoPresti

I am off to Uganda for three months!  Sure I'll come home with new inspiration (and lots of great pictures).  Stay tuned in the new year for a Ugandan series (possibly including chimpanzees).

Thank you

posted Aug 26, 2010, 10:17 AM by Shanna LoPresti   [ updated Aug 26, 2010, 10:28 AM ]

The show was a big success thanks to San and all her help.  It was a heartwarming experience to have such great support in a slow economy.  A big thank you to everyone who came out to the open studio, you made it fun! and a special thanks to Amy & Isaac, Richard, and William for becoming collectors.

Open Studios - East Bay

posted May 31, 2010, 7:45 PM by Shanna LoPresti   [ updated May 31, 2010, 7:59 PM ]

I will be showing my work again -- this time in my home zone -- Richmond!  There is a very cool artist community forming at a  storage facility... it's called Bridge Art Space.  There will be at least 12 other artists showing there with me, and I have a lot of space, so I'm bringing a lot more paintings than last time -- the big ones get to come out of the house. Please come check it out!
June 5th, 6th, & 12th  12-6pm
Bridge Art Space
23 Maine St.
Richmond CA 94804

Successful Show

posted Apr 28, 2010, 2:07 PM by Shanna LoPresti

Special thanks to everyone who visited me at The Art Explosion last weekend!  Your visit delighted me.  Although the weather was beautiful Saturday and Sunday, the show was quite happening Friday night.  Three paintings found new homes - Thank you patrons!  I enjoyed seeing friends, dressing up, and feeling inspired by all the amazing art.  More special thanks go to San, Raphaelle, and Linda - for watching the space while I walked around, and keeping me company during the slow times.  I couldn't have done it without you!
San took these amazing photos with her phone!  Thank you San.

Visit me at SF Art Explosion Open Studios

posted Apr 19, 2010, 9:51 PM by Shanna LoPresti   [ updated Apr 19, 2010, 10:52 PM ]

Hi, I am using my friend Raphaelle's studio to do my first show of the year at the Art Explosion in San Francisco on April 23rd(7-10pm), 24th(12-5pm), & 25th(12-5pm) Address: 2425 17th St @Potrero, San Francisco, CA  Phone: 1-877-278-3975.  I will be there for all three days including the Opening Reception Friday April 23rd 7pm - 10pm. Check out their website for more details! See you there!

Special thanks to Linda - for the amazing frames, Raphaelle - for graciously sharing her space, and San for the website, planning, setup, and amazing unending support.  This event would not be possible without you!


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