Opening on January 12th with a reception from 7 pm to 10 pm
MADE presents - a new art exhibit featuring works by Stacy Russo
Join us at this opening reception as part of Long Beach Art Walk and meet the artist, tour the exhibit and our In the Clouds gallery.
Everyday Magic features recent mixed media art by Stacy Russo that celebrates the power of simple and beautiful things along with themes of feminism, activism, and living a peaceful and joyful life. All of the pieces in the show were created by Stacy while in her 40s, which has been a period of reawakening and embracing of her creativity. Stacy uses accessible materials in her art-making that are available to most people, including paper, cardboard, old books and magazines, and acrylic paint. Through her art, Stacy hopes to inspire others to create their own works, regardless of their age, perceived abilities, or formal training. She also believes in the healing power of art-making and the creation of a collage as a meditative and therapeutic process. Stacy wishes for others to also experience the healing power of art and the joy of a creative life.
Everyday Magic is her first solo show.
Stacy Russo is a Santa Ana, California, based collage and mixed media artist, writer, poet, and librarian. She is currently chair of the Library Technology Program at Santa Ana College. Her recent books are Love Activism (Litwin Books); We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s and 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene (Santa Monica Press); and Life as Activism: June Jordan’s Writings from the Progressive (Litwin Books). Her forthcoming book is A Better World Starts Here: Activists and Their Work (Sanctuary Publishers). Her writing has appeared in Feminist Teacher, Feminist Collections, Library Journal, American Libraries, and other publications. Stacy’s experience with art started in the 1980s Southern California punk rock scene with the creation of zines, which are self-published booklets and pamphlets. The underground culture at the time was immersed in do-it-yourself (DIY) ethics, creativity, experimentation, and self-expression. Along with her teenage friends, Stacy made political zines that were distributed throughout the United States and several other countries using collage and cut/paste techniques. These early experiences led to her lifelong interest in collage and mixed media art. As a vegan, Stacy only uses synthetic brushes and materials that are free of animal ingredients. Her degrees are in literature and library science. She is a self-taught artist.