LAKELAND, FL – This October, Jessica Guevara’s vivid cartoons of “calamity and catastrophe” will make their way to The Loft Art Gallery.
Her artwork makes its debut during downtown Lakeland’s First Friday festivities on Oct. 3. A free reception with live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres is schedule for 6–9 p.m. Her work will be on exhibit through Oct. 31.
Guevara says she believes cartoons are a great medium for revealing emotion and is inspired by mankind’s desire for self-expression. Her art show “SCREAM” is a manifestation of the inevitable anxiety that school, relationships, money, career choices and our general existence brings. At first glance her art is bright and inviting, but when examined closer the figures are chaotic and warped, clambering to secure their room in the frame.
Her passion for art began as a child living in southern California, where she routinely got into trouble for doodling strange creatures in class. She went on to study more realistic art at Brigham Young University, but could never fully give up on the sketches.
“I never did well in any of the lecture classes because the creatures would take over my notes,” says Guevara. “Finally after four years of battling them, I decided to embrace them. All the little creatures exploded onto giant canvases. I painted like I was on fire.”
After marrying Erlin Guevara and having her first child, she is refocusing on her lifelong dream of becoming a professional artist.
“I’m creating with greater passion and velocity, and rediscovering my childlike enthusiasm and creativity,” Guevara says.
The Loft Art Gallery is located upstairs in Paint Along Studios in Lakeland at 123 S. Kentucky Ave. Hours are: Mondays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call (863) 409-5771 for more information or visit www.loftartgallerydowntown.com.
Paint Along Studios and The Loft Art Gallery also present Artisan’s Alley, a monthly initiative to provide a venue where artists can showcase their work. Artisan’s Alley takes place every first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Artisan’s Alley, visit https://www.facebook.com/artisansalleylakeland.