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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Artist Speaker Series - Preston Craig; 10-24 Noon-2:00 pm; FREE; Zoom presentation; Public Art Initiative

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley and its Public Art Initiative invites you to meet the October Artist Speaker Series guest, featuring, Preston Craig.

Zoom presentation (see link below):

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Noon - 2:00 pm

Cost: Free*

(*suggested donation to support the Public Art Initiative of The Museum SFV - $10

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Painting and drawing has allowed Preston Craig the freedom to address some of the social ills that plague our modern society and to paint what he feels, not necessarily what he sees. Having grown up in a rural setting and having had opportunities to travel and live overseas, he decided to paint what he saw in his mind’s eye while referencing what he experienced around himself.

The nature of his work is that through the use of varied imagery, classical and digital painting techniques and humor, he sometimes utilizes teddy bear images to address contemporary, social issues that are relevant and that affect the human race on a physical and spiritual level. Some paintings are a result of investigating his Native American roots (Choctaw), while others are a result of his spiritual quest and studies in Jungian symbology, Shamanic practices and Aboriginal Dreamtime myth. Through his Twisted Teddy's” series and other imagery, he hopes the viewer is inspired to be more aware of their global connections to each other and to take personal responsibility for effecting positive change in society.

He has worked with drug addicts, the homeless, victims of sexual abuse, young people who have been incarcerated, and has friends in the adult entertainment industry so he have definitely seen some of the seedier sides of life. He has seen how people can make a bad decision and get trapped in that decision. They are unable to figure out how to get out of the situation in which they find themselves. With that in mind, my artistic goal is that I aspire to achieve positive social change with my art.

Preston, who is a published artist, writer and educator originally from Louisiana, earned an M.F.A. (with honors) in Illustration from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and a B.A. in Applied Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He freelances as an illustrator, digital/graphic design artist, fine artist, educator and voice over actor in the Los Angeles area. An avid artist rights advocate, he has been recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for his volunteer work and contribution to the growth of the arts in L.A. His award winning work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. 

 Please join us for this special event and presentation. Q&A session to follow.

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Meeting ID: 819 4157 5646

Passcode: 706023

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