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Ya Ya

Ya Ya is my next door neighbor upstairs and a main creative force behind the arts collective, A Tiny Room for Elephants.  I felt a little extra pressure to paint Ya Ya well as she is a colleague and I’d have to face her everyday for the next year or so whether I made a good or bad painting of her, so I wanted it to be as good as possible.  When I painted her, I remember us having a great conversation and some months later, Ya Ya actually told me that she enjoyed the process of sitting for her portrait and that made me feel very good about my project.

A word about Tiny Room for Elephants.  I know.  It’s a mouthful.  They are my next door neighbor, upstairs, in Studio 14, but they have a huge presence.  One of the things they do every year is hold a festival around April in which they gather visual artists, musicians, and creative types of all sorts, and they celebrate with mural-making, live musical performances, and all around good vibes.  If you caught them here last April, you know what I mean.  But if not, follow them on Instagram for their upcoming programming as they use this Pier to its maximum height.

The Pizza Box Portrait Project . September 6 - 29, 2019
  1. Overview
  2. Jennifer
  3. Garette
  4. Karin
  5. Julia
  6. Helen
  7. Dominic
  8. Catherine
  9. Namrata
  10. Justin
  11. Randy
  12. Ya Ya
  13. Melody
  14. Elysia
  15. Nicole
  16. Sonya
  17. Nokoa
  18. Paige
  19. Jason
  20. Ellie
  21. Emily
  22. Susan
  23. Wesley
  24. Rasheem
  25. Allison
  26. LaWanda
  27. Christine
  28. Seper
  29. Shoshana
  30. Dwayne
  31. Tyler
  32. Jarreau
  33. Marina
  34. Curtis
  35. Madeleine
  36. Stephanie
  37. Chris
  38. Erica
  39. Jamie
  40. Jasmine
  41. What’s next?
  42. Portrait Party . Sep. 15 . 2-4pm