Art Soiree smartly combines eclectic art with the D.C party scene. Imagine walking into the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown, and being ambushed with hypnotic Trip-Hop. No, nobody is swaying about in the dance floor but, also imagine the mis en scene: Paintings mixed with silk, sharpie ink, and road maps; a bustling bar area with d.c’s finest draped in lush overcoats and freshly permed hairdos, golden walls, and a chill atmosphere spreading like wildfire. Some may call this a typical night in Georgetown.
Art Soiree typically features novel artists every Friday night and welcomes patrons of the arts to look, imbibe on a colorful array of vino, and to network with other art lovers. What makes these gatherings unique is that the decor gives off a chill party vibe, and the event, itself, melds class with style without being stuffy. Jessica Jackson, a D.C area native and a lover of traveling, burgers and the arts, was spotlighted February 27 for her imaginative usage of mixed media. Jackson is able to compose a multifaceted work of art using oil, acrylic, silk and anything else lying in her room. I do not kid when I say her work takes observers on a three level adventure. For instance, take a look at the painting you see below this text. When a patron looks at it up close, they may see a hodge-podge of circles, stars, spheres, and cavernous shapes that seem to drop and swirl with no reason. When that same patron walks afar, and narrows one’s eyes upon the same painting, they will also be able to see a swirl of maroon unfurl into a sinuous path, tinted with a halo-like glow indescribable to the patron but mesmerizing all the same. If you want to sample what this patron (moi) witnessed check out this trip-hop influenced slideshow I made for Best of Washington D.C’s Online Magazine.
Jackson has been passionate about the arts all her life. Her work is heavily influenced from her childhood. As a young girl, she has traveled the world due to her father and mother’s international professions. Much of that influence can be seen in one of her paintings which embodies green, blue and light yellow hues. Jackson has said that if you stare at it closely you will see a beautiful African sculpture swirling about in life, itself.
What I personally like about her work, and the artist itself, is that there is a transcendental spark. Jackson is a affable, unique, and personable artist. Those same charms can be gleaned in much of her work, and, overall, makes her masterpieces all the more promising. It takes a true artist to be able to put their own humble characteristics into their works of art. Love what you see? Visit: www.JessicaJoyJackson!