GINA M. | ALTADENA, CALIFORNIA

AVAILABLE WORKS

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018  
- McGinty’s Gallery at the End of the World, By Hand, Printmaking & Drawing, Altadena, CA
- SOLO EXHIBIT - Hastings Branch Library, Pasadena CA – Mica Fakes. My Paper painting sculptures
- The Hive Gallery, “Pity da Poe”, Los Angeles, CA 
- The Irvine Fine Arts Center, ALL MEDIA 2018, Irvine CA, juror Dave Barton
- Orange County Center for Contemporary Art Gallery, It’s Time, Santa Ana, CA, juror Anuradha Vikram
  
- Ace/121 Gallery, Reimagining America, Glendale, juror Diane Williams
, CA
- "CA," Redondo Beach CA, juror Nina Zak Laddon 
 McGinty's Gallery, Altadena, CA, Locals Only, curator: Ben McGinty
  
- MOAH, Lancaster Museum, CA, 33rd Annual All-Media Juried Arts Exhibition!, jurors, Tina Dille, Kristine Schomaker
  
- White’s Gallery, Pasadena Society of Artists 93 Annual, Montrose CA juror, Meher McArthur, Awards of Merit
  
- TAG Gallery, 2018 LA Open Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA – juror, Fabian Debora, Honorable Mention 

2017  
- SOLO EXHIBIT - Gallery 825, Midway, Los Angeles, CA 

 - Lamperouge Gallery, Eleven, Los Angeles, CA, Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot
- The Kellogg Art Gallery, Ink/Clay 42, Pomona, CA., juror Joan Takayama-Ogawa
  
- El Camino College Art Gallery, Mother and Child, Torrance, CA, curated by Susanna Meiers
- ARK Gallery, No Restraint, Altadena, California, CA, Curated by Kristine Shomaker
- SMC: SOLA Gallery, Fresh 2017, Los Angeles, CA, juror Fatemeh Burnes, Peter Frank 
- Towns Burr Gallery, Art of Assemblage, Burbank, CA, PSA
- The Hive Gallery, Trump Show, Los Angeles, California, CA, curated by Nathan Cartwright
- Gallery 825, VS Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA, LAAA with artist Kristine Augustyn
- Orange County Center for Contemporary Art Gallery, Art As Protest, Santa Ana, CA, juror Tyler Stallings
- Gallery 825 LAAA'S 2017 Benefit Auction, Los Angeles, CA 
- It Takes A Village, Redondo Beach CA, juror Nina Zak Laddon 
- Gallery 825, Multiple Feeds, Los Angeles, CA 
- White’s Gallery, Pasadena Society of Artists 92 Annual, Montrose CA, juror Toby Tannenbaum
- El Camino College Art Gallery, Personal Matters, Torrance, CA, curated by Susanna Meiers
- SugarMynt Gallery, Love Me/ Love me Not, South Pasadena, CA
- The Loft, South Bay Contemporary, Dear President, San Pedro, CA, curated by Peggy Zask
- LA Art Show, Ping-Pong, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA

2016  
- The Kellogg Art Gallery, Ink/Clay 42, Pomona, CA., Honorable Mention, juror artist Patrick Crabb 
- Lamperouge Gallery, Funhouse, Los Angeles, CA, juror Jeanie Frias
- Towns Burr Gallery, Through the Viewfinder, juror artist Don Meyer
- Play, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, juror curator Scott Canty
- Pasadena Central Library, Free For All, PA, 
Pasadena, CA. 
- LUCKY 13!! McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World - Altadena, CA
- Gallery 825, VS Exhibition, Los Angeles, California, LAAA with artist Charles Magallanes
- San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, Tarzana,CA., PSA 91th - Annual Exhibition, Honorable Mention, juror artist Jim Morphesis
- Boone Family Art Gallery, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, - Scholarship Award Exhibit
- bG Gallery, Spectrum-Gestalt 3 Gallery Exhibit, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA.

2015
- Boone Family Art Gallery, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, - - Best of Show, juror curator USC LB, Kristina Newhouse
- Whites Fine Art Gallery, Montrose, CA., PSA 90th Annual Exhibition, juror Director, The Armory Center for the Arts, Scott Ward
- Lamperouge Gallery, FRESH!!!, Brewery Artwalk, Los Angeles, CA, juror Jane Szabo 
- Lamperouge Gallery, ArtEnsemble, Los Angeles, CA, juror art historian, critic, and curator Betty Brown 
- Tag Gallery, California Open 2015, Santa Monica, CA., juror artist Jim Morphesis
- CA 101 Exhibition, AES Power Plant, Redondo Beach, CA., juror artist Nina Zak Laddon
- Gallery 825, VS Exhibition, Los Angeles, California, LAAA with artist Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman
- The Kellogg Art Gallery, Ink/Clay 41, Pomona, CA., juror artist and educator Jody Baral
- bG Gallery, Spectrum-Gestalt Gallery Exhibit, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA.
- bG Gallery, UNusual Mediums, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA. 
- Pasadena Central Library, Come Together, Fall Apart, PSA, Pasadena, CA.

2014
- Boone Family Art Gallery, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, Scholarship Award Exhibit
- Boone Family Art Gallery, Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA, - -- Best of Show, juror author / artist Bernard Cooper 
- Segil Fine Arts Gallery, Monrovia, CA., PSA 89 Annual Exhibition, juror Associate Dean of the VAMS at PCC, Joseph Futtner
- Pasadena Central Library, Curiosity, PSA, 
Pasadena, CA. 

2013
- Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA Scholarship Award Exhibit
- Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA. Best of Show, juror art critic Doug Harvey 
- The dA Center for the Arts, PSA 88th Annual Exhibition, Pomona, CA. juror Gloria Williams Sander
- Keystone Gallery, PSA Artists' Choice Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA.

2012
- Pasadena Museum of California Art / Pasadena City College, CA., - Tomorrow Today, juror writer Christopher Miles
- Brand 41 Works on Paper, Glendale CA, juror artist Bonese Collins Turner 
- Creative Arts Center Gallery, PSA 87th Annual Exhibition, Burbank CA., juror curator, author, educator Meher McArthur
- Front Porch Gallery - Spiral Bound, Carlsbad, CA. 

2011
- Pasadena Museum of California Art / Pasadena City College, Tomorrow Today, juror PMCA staff

2010
- Pasadena City College Group Show, Pasadena, CA., VIVID–Paths of Expression 

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GINA M.

Gina M. hails from a funky and creative family. In the 70’s her parents owned a puppet theater in California where weekends were spent developing shows, building puppets, and hosting birthday parties. Her anthropomorphic tendencies began early reared by puppets and their puppeteers. These unique life-events mix with her emotional observations informing her art, recording the significance of memory and mortality, while uncovering a hidden narrative through the healing practice of art making. 
Her work possesses a surface innocence, a non-threatening nature and whimsy, drawing the viewer in, whereby a deeper or darker meaning or message emerges. Using iconic images from childhood in her art, Gina M explores the lingering emotional residue of childhood and creates 3d narratives as a point of release and personal development.

Gina is also a member of Los Angeles Art Association and Pasadena Society Of Artists, currently lives in Southern California where she has her studio.

ARTIST STATEMENT

In all her work there is a whimsy with a dark side. Raised in California by a funky and creative family, artist Gina M. spent her youth behind the stage at the family puppet theater developing shows, building puppets and hosting other children's birthday parties. This bigtop atmosphere playes a part in the melancholy narrative seen in her work today with the distressed bears, toys, and puppets, used to express her inner emotional life.

Her work is exhibited throughout California. In October 2017, Gallery 825 hosted Gina M’s toy circus themed solo show ‘Midway’. Her ceramic and assemblage pieces also received honorable mentions at the Ink&Clay 42 exhibit and TAG gallery at the 2018 LA OPEN and El Camino college art gallery requested her work for inclusion in two group shows, Personal Matters, and Mother and child. 

Gina M’s eclectic educational background influences all of her art making. 
In college she studied interior design and color theory at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising while attending workshops in painted trompe l'oeil, faux finish, and decorative wall treatments.

EDUCATION

Associate Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA.
Pasadena City College selected art and photo classes
Kent Twitchel Colorado One, Mural Project, Pasadena CA

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

2015 – present Curate shows for Pasadena Society of Artists and The Starr Salon in San Marino. 

GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS (aka Gina Fernandez)

Los Angeles Arts Association - LAAA
Pasadena Society of Artists, Pasadena, CA – PSA

AWARDS

2016 
- Honorable Mention, Ink/Clay 42, Pomona, California
- Potters Scholarship - Pasadena California
- The Jean Ward Foundation for Excellence in Ceramics Scholarship

2015 
- The Jean Ward Foundation for Excellence in Ceramics Scholarship

2014
- The Jean Ward Foundation for Excellence in Ceramics Scholarship

2013
- William Miller Scholarship Award - Pasadena California

2012
- Collage Artists of America Scholarship Award

2011
- Julia Cannon Vocational Scholarship - Pasadena California