Jean London is an artist who has had a lifelong involvement in the visual arts.
Winning first prize in a National Scholastic design competition in high school encouraged her to major in art at Cornell College in Iowa. Along with having more than a 30-year career in television and advertising as a graphic artists and art director, she has continued her art education with life drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and computer graphics courses in evening and weekend classes.
The Evelyn Matthies' Porthole Gallery at 712 Washington St., Brainerd, will have an exhibition of London's paintings Tuesday-June 30. The show, "Colors of Summer," will include 20 watercolor and acrylic paintings of portraits, landscapes and still life compositions.
London's studies in visual arts include institutions such as the University of Minnesota, Walker Art Center, University of Hawaii, and more recently in Los Angeles at Santa Monica College.
"I Am An American Indian," an acrylic on canvas painting, will be part of the "Colors of Summer" exhibit by Jean London.
Beginning her art career as an illustrator and graphic artist in her hometown of Minneapolis, she took a position as a graphics artist and assistant art director at WCCO-TV, a CBS television affiliate station in Minneapolis. When she moved to Los Angeles she continued her career as graphics designer with different advertising agencies on staff or as an independent contractor.
Currently she has her own studio "London Creative" to sell original fine artwork and to accept commissions for portrait and landscape paintings. Since 1992, London has exhibited in a dozen solo and/or group shows. She has been a participating member of the California Art Club, Culver City Art Group, American Society of Portrait Painters and was president of the Pacific Art Guild in Westchester, Calif., for two years (1997-98). She is an active member of the Brainerd Area Art Club and The Crossing Arts Alliance.
Some of her noteworthy awards include: Manhattan Arts International ninth annual competition, New York, Artist Showcase Award, in 2000; Manhattan Arts Cover Juried Competition, New York, Award of Excellence in 1998; Pacific Art Guild Juried Show, Portrait Sponsor Award in 1996. In 2000, London had her own show in September and October at the Stable Gallery at Madden's Resort in East Gull Lake.
Hours at Evelyn Matthies' Porthole Gallery are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays (call to verify). As part of The Crossing Paths Celebration on Saturday, the public is invited to meet the artist from 1 to 3 p.m.
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