Offramp Gallery = 1702 Lincoln Avenue = Pasadena, CA 91103 = 626.298.6931
You Are Invited
Please join Offramp Gallery director Jane Chafin and artist Patssi Valdez for High Tea & Conversation with Patssi Valdez, Sunday, December 9, 3-5pm at Oframp Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased online (below). Seating is limited.
The exhibit consists of 45 framed gouaches on watercolor paper, two large acrylic paintings, as well as an assortment of ceramics, jewelry boxes and hand-made pillows, all created by Valdez and perfect for holiday gift giving. Catalogs of Valdez's work are also available. Two other solo exhibitions, James Griffith: Natural Selectionand Elaine Carhartt: Portraits are also on display. The bookstore will be open during the event. All books will be 15% off and a free Offramp book bag will be given with each purchase.
Patssi Valdez is a Los Angeles based artist who grew up in East Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and was named outstanding alumni in the 1980s. In 2005, she was named the Latina of Excellence in the Cultural Arts by the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Valdez states "Through my work I hope to offer a glimpse into my personal and cultural experiences, as seen through the eyes of a Latina artist. My artwork is a synthesis of the soul searching into memories of my distant past, the present and my dreams of the future. I depict through my work the traditional, spiritual and mythological contexts of my life, as well as the collective space of my culture and community."
Valdez's art has been featured at the Alma Awards and the Latin Grammys. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including from the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts,National Endowment for the Arts, and the Brody Arts Fellowship in Visual Arts. Her art work is in several major collections, including the National Museum of American Art,Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; The Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; The San Jose Museum of Art, California; and the El Paso Museum of Art, Texas.
Valdez is best known for her colorful paintings and early performance work with the avant-garde art group ASCO (Spanish for nausea). Her work is an expression of what is important to her. She states “My paintings portray an actual and or imagined place that depict an inspirational or emotionally charged feeling or experience. They are snippets of environments that I consider meaningful and symbolic of my individual as well as collective Chicano experience.”
Patssi presently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.