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Celebrate The Art Of Jen Walls In Newly Published Book, “Blue Wild” At Free Book Signing And Reception

Jen Walls is an artist who inspires so many, with her “take chances” and “try something new” attitude. Jen’s artwork has been influenced by serendipitous meetings of people and we are the beneficiaries of her openness.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Jen’s latest adventure, “Blue Wild – The Art Of Jen Walls”, which marries her artwork with poetry by Mary W. Cox.  The public is invited to a Free Opening Reception at ArtServe on December 2nd.  Stop by, get your book signed and immerse yourself in Jen’s world!

 

 

 

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Blue Wild – the Art of Jen Walls

Opening Reception and Book Signing:

Dec 2, 2016

 6 – 8 pm

 

 

Free of charge, refreshments will be served

Exhibit is available from December 2-29, 2016

ArtServe
1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
954-462-8190

 

 

 

Blue Wild Book Cover

 

 

 

Paper, watercolor, ink
brushes piled in kitchen sink
notebooks stacked some miles high
glue on wings and watch them fly
furrowed brow of concentration
welcome to imajenation.

 

 

 

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Artist, Jen Walls

 

 

How the book came to be…

“I met poet, Mary W. Cox in North Carolina several years ago at a gallery crawl and we just CLICKED. She’s been creating haiku poetry in response to my art ever since.  Tiny, with sparkling eyes and a quick wit, she enchanted me. I didn’t know her and she didn’t know me. And yet our creative spirits called out to each other and then ran off to play together like lifelong friends. I believe this book was born in that first magical meeting when the universe winked at us”.

 

 

 

“We decided that creating a book together would be fun. Wouldn’t you know, a few weeks later I received a marketing email from Susan, a digital storyteller and book designer. After a brief video chat, we decided it was a perfect fit. She handled all the technology and design aspects (i.e.: we told her “oh, I wish it kinda looked like this…” and she made it happen!) and within three weeks we had a sample copy in our hands! They don’t call her the “art godmother” for no reason! Susan is amazing to work with, and she works remotely quite efficiently”.

 

Greta and Gus (for Grace)

“Greta and Gus” by Jen Walls

 

 

“Here’s the blue wild,where
tiny dreamers ride beasts, speak
birdsong, hold the moon.”
(by poet Mary W. Cox)

 

 

 

 

The book was compiled by Susan Nicolai of EyeSusan. Susan’s business is digital storytelling for artists, and she specialized in books, ebooks, interactive content and videos.

 

Here’s a link to Youtube where Susan posted a video blog

 

www.EyeSusan.com

 

 

About Jen Walls:

 

Sometimes the road to an artist’s “true north” isn’t a direct or even an obvious one. Jen Walls, has lived life on her own terms and forged a path that has led her to new creative heights.  She left a career as a banking executive to focus on raising a family with her husband, Ron, and to pursue her vision as an artist.   After a friend asked her to attend an art class, Jen experienced her “ah-ha” moment.

 

 

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“Go Fly A Kite” by Jen Walls

 

“The experience was a revelation of sorts,” Jen shares. “It’s amazing what can happen when you start saying ‘yes’ to new options  and step outside of  your comfort zone.”  Jen’s’ mother is a respected traditional watercolor artist but, while her creative influence is apparent, the stylistic approach of the daughter comes from another place entirely.  “What I do could be referred to as ‘outsider art,’” Jen says. “I never preplan and I regularly break the rules. I have complete freedom.”

 

 

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“Chloe And The Reluctant Steed” by Jen Walls

Jen draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including shamanic folklore and primitive cultures. One particular trek to Portland, Oregon presented an opportunity to spend significant time with a person who drastically influenced her.  “I was attending a wedding and found that the groom was an anthropologist,” she said. “He offered to put me in touch with a Native American chief. I was very careful and respectful during our time together and I was able to learn so much about their culture…I was absolutely inspired!”

 

Yepa and the Magic Blanket

“Yea and the Magic Blanket” by Jen Walls

Jen, who makes her home in Plantation,FL, believes that it is important to make time for whatever your ‘calling’ may be and to nurture it so that life can be fulfilling and free of many frustrations that can manifest when people neglect their creative urges.  Best known for her ink and watercolor work that incorporates tribal patterns, symbolism and primitive markings, the Jen teaches mark making and doodling via the Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, which offers original fine art from local artists plus workshops.

 

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“Rabbit Malarky” by Jen Walls

Jen is active in the local art scene, promoting her work through art exhibits and pop-up shows. She contributes to a Miami, Florida organization that supports the Center for Great Apes.  The group provides a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research or who are no longer wanted as pets.

Sources:  Phil Perry, Lincoln-Times News; Jen Wall website; Jen Wall personal interview.

 

We urge you to sign up for Jen’s Facebook page – you will find a smile every time she posts!

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or Jen’s art:

Jen Walls,
Mixed Media Art and Malarkey

Member, Ciel Gallery

www.jenwalls.weebly.com
www.artfinder.com/jen-walls
www.etsy.com/shop/imajenation
twitter.com/jenjovanwalls
instagram.com/jenjovanwalls

 

 

 

 

 

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