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ON VIEW Dec 19 - Jan 16
RECEPTION Friday, DEC 19 (6-9PM)

GALLERY CA presents LIVING FIELDS in December of 2014, featuring the work of Shannon Durbin, Paige Vickers, Dingding Hu, Sarah Schneider, Ambyr Deanna Hodges, and Jacintho. Stories are not complete without characters and their surroundings. This exhibit considers place and personification in visual narratives.


Shannon Durbin's art practice centers on themes of nature and the relationship between people and natural spaces. Her principal medium is drawing and painting on paper using inks and gouache paints. Along with her series drawings she is building a portfolio of short comics and graphic novels, which touch on similar themes and venture into more direct storytelling. 

Shannon studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and earned her BFA with honors in 2002. Shannon's professional experience includes solo and group shows in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, and Maryland.

Inspired by found imagery, urban spaces, and everyday objects, Sarah Schneider’s work revolves around private interiors and personal narrative. Her practice includes drawings, paintings, comics, and sculpture. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sarah Schneider earned a BFA from  New York University in 2011 and is currently an MFA candidate at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Paige Vickers is an illustrator and designer working in New York City. She earned a BFA in illustration and book arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been honored by American Illustration, 3x3 and Society of Illustrators New York.

Her clients include Brooklyn Magazine, Pentagram, Johns Hopkins, Time Out New York, Bust Magazine, Columbus Monthly Magazine, T, The New York Times Style Magazine, Baltimore Collegetown Network, Her Mind Magazine, The L Magazine, Paddywax, and Mr. Boddington's Studio.

Dingding Hu is an illustrator from Szechuan, China, raised with amazing food. She loves to make fun and juicy images, to expresses her curiosity about the quirkiness of everyday life. She explores visual solutions and tells stories of locations, people and food. A Pisces mind contributes to her obsession with dreams, color, and the surreal. 

Dingding also loves to travel, and went to Sao Tome and Principe in Africa in the summer of 2012. She is now living and working in NYC. When she is not drawing, she is busy feeding her stomach and mind, and researching new ways of fulfilling her ever-persistent hunger.

Ambyr Deanna Hodges grew up building forts in Havre de Grace; a small town not far from Baltimore.  As a kid, she fell in love with art.  A quiet demeanor encouraged Ambyr to express herself visually rather than verbally.  Her first job was painting faces as “Smiley the Clown”, which allowed eleven year old Ambyr to see the joy her talent could bring to others.  In 2007 Ambyr earned her BFA in illustration from MICA.  Since then she has become a professional gilder.  Ambyr draws inspiration from nature, love and her countless collections that range from antique photographs to teeth.  When she is not making art or frames, Ambyr enjoys building forts with her best friend in their Baltimore apartment.

Jacintho is a visual storyteller. Her work addresses secrecy, humor, inner-conflict, rebellion, and renewal. Working within  a  story  tradition,  she focuses on autobiographical and  pseudo-memoir,  metaphor,  and the poetry of color. Her newest project, Imaginary Landscapes, reflects exterior scenes of mood.  These watercolors focus on objects transfigured by color and light.  Her work has been on display at Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Baltimore, Narrows Center for Continued Education, The Whole Gallery, Gallery CA, and The Gallery at EECBaltimore. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has taught at the University of Baltimore.