Hi-Five Group Art Show Opens at IVAN Gallery in Los Angeles

04/25/2017 02:04 am ET Updated Apr 26, 2017

The Hi-Five Art syndicate had its opening celebration on Saturday, April 22 in Los Angeles. Art enthusiasts of all kinds packed the South Robertson IVAN Gallery to get the first glimpse of the must see group show featuring five diverse female artists from across the globe.

IVAN Gallery features Hi-Five Art group show from April 22-May 7, 2017. <em>(From left to right: Barbara Mendes, Patricia Ove
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IVAN Gallery features Hi-Five Art group show from April 22-May 7, 2017. (From left to right: Barbara Mendes, Patricia Overly, Mary Jo Reutter, Jenny Lee, Eileen DP and Yuko Miyahara)

The gallery is home to renowned artist, Barbara Mendes. The prolific, vivacious 69-year-old free spirit loved by local residents and honored by the city with the colorful Square on South Roberson in her name. Recently Mendes opened her gallery doors to include selected new artists to showcase their works.

The High-Five opening night celebration on Saturday, April 22.
Photo used with permission of Patricia Overly
The High-Five opening night celebration on Saturday, April 22.

Saturday’s celebration launched the Hi-Five exhibit, which will be running through Sunday, May 7 and is open to the public. Los Angeles residents are encouraged to stop by the gallery and wander through the colorful worlcombining the eclectic works of the five featured artists.

Paintings by Yuko Miyahara
Photo used with permission of Yuko Miyahara
Paintings by Yuko Miyahara

As you enter the gallery, Yuko Miyahara’s whimsical egg paintings greet you with their ethereal and magical dream-like qualities. Continuing down the gallery, your focus is drawn to her powerful cloud-scape series. For Miyahara, a UI engineer by day, painting activates passion, bringing balance of life and joy to her heart.

Photo used with permission of Yuko Miyahara

Patricia Overly’s mix-media collages energetically communicate aspects of today’s society. Overly uses her art to interpret her inner world and the world at large, mixing metaphors with social concerns and color.  As an Integrative Communication Coach she uses art to help clients connect with their deepest emotions and create a strong integrative connection to the soul.

Mixed-media collage by Patricia Overly
Photo used with permission of Patricia Overly
Mixed-media collage by Patricia Overly
“American Peace” by Patricia Overly
PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF PATRICIA OVERLY
“American Peace” by Patricia Overly

Eileen DP captures the surprising juxtaposition of scale and beauty through her delicate miniature architectural models and stunning photography. Her work is primarily inspired by structure, flow, moods, and depth. The two models on display light up while her photographs evoke a balance of grand design with tranquility.

Eileen DP features her miniature architectural models and photography. 
Photo used with permission of Eileen DP
Eileen DP features her miniature architectural models and photography. 
Jenny Lee photography
Photo used with permission of Jenny Lee
Jenny Lee photography

Mary Jo Reutter, a game inventor and designer with more than 10 years in the toy industry and over 30 board games published, creates art with encaustics, a medium that was love at first sight for her. Reutter’s body of work embraces the lovely and dynamic textures of encaustics using rusted papers or photo transfers, pigment sticks and even small unexpected, twinkling lights to make her work come alive.

Mary Jo Reutter features her encaustics collection.
PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF MARY JO REUTTER
Mary Jo Reutter features her encaustics collection.
“Rust in Piece”
Photo used with permission of Mary Jo Reutter
“Rust in Piece”

Entering the next room there is yet another visual style with Jenny Lee’s pen drawings and photographs depicting portraits and places from L.A. to Tibet. Lee’s work shows a deep connection to her subjects and subtle insights to their inner world. Together with her husband, she designs title sequences for film and television. Currently she is in post-production on a short film which she wrote and directed.

Jenny Lee shows her intricate pen drawings and stunning street photography. 
Photo used with permission of Jenny Lee
Jenny Lee shows her intricate pen drawings and stunning street photography. 
Jenny Lee’s “Lady in a Red Hat”
Photo used with permission of Jenny Lee
Jenny Lee’s “Lady in a Red Hat”

Event Details:

Hi-Five Group Art Show

April 22- May 7, 2017 (Hours 1pm – 8pm)

For more info about the show, the artists and their works, click here.

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