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Cannery Suite 110

Giasiris Carrasquillo - Rotten

Artist Reception: Thursday, July 7th, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Exploring themes of abandonment, obsolescence, and the resulting disenchantment, Giasiris Carrasquillo’s still life series Rotten depicts the decomposition process of fruits and vegetables as a metaphor of human emotions. It's inspiration lies in the memory of a scene after a difficult breakup when she came home to discover a forgotten head of broccoli, long past its prime. “I could smell the deterioration and see the abandonment, but could also see its beauty," says Carrasquillo. “That broccoli looked how I felt at the time. I decided to paint it.” 

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Giasiris Carrasquillo received her BFA in Art Education at the University of Puerto Rico in 2007. After graduating she became an elementary school art teacher and eventually decided to further explore her own artistic development at Academy of Art University, where she completed her MFA in Painting in 2014. Today, she continues to teach elementary art while pursuing her own artistic career. Rotten is her debut solo exhibition.

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Cannery Suite 112

Hsinyu Chu - Light & Shadow

Artist Reception: Thursday, July 7th, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Hsinyu Chu’s Jewelry series Light & Shadow builds on the interplay of these complementary forces, underscoring the cyclical and transformative nature of opposites existing in harmony. “Since I create experimental and elaborate jewelry that moves beyond the more typical earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, my jewelry can be large,” says Chu. “I strive to design jewelry that rests harmoniously on the body.” 

Growing up an only child in Taipei, Taiwan, Hsinyu Chu was encouraged to pursue her artistic dreams at an early age. She studied fine art at KJH Private High School and received her BFA  in Fashion Design from Academy of Art University in 2013. She completed her MFA in Jewelry and Metal Arts in 2016. Light & Shadow is her debut solo exhibition. 

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435 Jefferson Gallery

Caroline J. Thompson - Mythic Journeys Beyond Light

Artist Reception: Thursday, July 7th, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Combining the narrative approach of photojournalism with the introspective language of surrealism, Caroline J. Thompson’s Mythic Journeys Beyond Midnight explores the intersection of inner and outer realms, seeking out her own truths while building connections to others. “My method is a natural outgrowth of the act of dreaming where everything in the dream is placed there for meaning,” says Thompson. “Each picture is constructed by montaging different images together, blending symbols, color, and nature together in a sort of theater of dreams.”

Caroline J. Thompson’s love of narrative dates back to her childhood in the rural south, when she would listen to family stories on the porch at dusk. She received her BA in photojournalism from California State University Hayward in 1998, and her MFA in Fine Art Photography from Academy of Art University in 2015. She is currently moving her career towards more gallery shows. Mythic Journeys Beyond Midnight is her debut solo exhibition.

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625 Sutter Gallery

Meisha Grichuhin - California Calling

Artist Reception: Thursday, July 7th, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Native Californians have the advantage of familiarity with the unique visual aspects of the California landscape. Meisha Grichuhin’s California Calling draws on the artist’s life-long love of her home state for inspiration, and presents a series of windows into her unique vision. “Through a balance of bold and delicate brushstrokes, I aim to portray the beauty of the natural landscape and the animals within it,” says Grichuhin. “Rolling hills, powerful oak trees and peaceful horses suggest the relaxing yet exciting countryside of California.”

Born in San Jose, Meisha Grichuhin grew up with an appreciation of the California landscape. She received her AA in Fine Art at Columbia College in 2009 and went on to complete her BFA in Painting at Academy of Art University in 2015. Her work has been featured in many California group shows. Grichuhin has received numerous private commissions, and is one of Southwest Art magazine’s “21 under 31: Young Emerging Artists to Collect.” California Calling is her debut solo exhibition.

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688 Sutter Gallery

Group Exhibition: Italy Summer

Artist Reception: Thursday, July 7th, 5:30-7:30pm

For the last 10 years, the Academy of Art University School of Fine Art has offered a summer study abroad program in Florence, Italy.  Students and faculty live in Florence for the summer semester, exploring and painting the Tuscan environment as well as creating and experimenting with Printmaking and Book Arts.  Students paint on location daily, visit many smaller Tuscan towns each week and immerse themselves in the Italian lifestyle.

The work exhibited here, created by AAU students and faculty, gives the viewer a chance to roam through Tuscany, the incredible city of Florence and experience the magic of this region of Italy through paintings, prints and books.

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