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Pop-Up Paint-Out

November 10, 2019, 1:00 pm5:00 pm

swablogoAs an extension of Monterey Mueum of Art’s Artist in Residence program, La Mirada Culture Center will be open from 1pm-5pm, November 10th for painting En Plein Air with artist form the SWAB residency.  Artists Aaron Zulpo and Johnny Defeo are traveling via RV from Seattle to L.A. to paint the landscapes in between.  Join New American Painters, Aaron and Johnny, along with SWAB guests Drea Cofield, Morgan Mandalay, and Peter Thomashow in the rose garden and courtyards.  Paintings from the cross-country artventure will be on display in the residency studio.


Aaron Zulpo

Originally from Illinois, Aaron earned his BFA degree from Rhode Island School of Design and is based in Brooklyn, New York. His work is narrative-based and he creates exhibitions that showcase a series of paintings conceptually exploring one theme or story. Aaron has had solo exhibitions at 1969 Gallery in New York and Visions West Contemporary in Denver. He also has exhibited at the fairs Volta (New York) with 1969 Gallery and Pulse (Miami Beach) with Project: ARTspace. Select group exhibitions in New York include Danese Corey, Patel Gallery, and Freight and Volume.

 Johnny DeFeo

When he comes up for air, he likes to paint.

Johnny DeFeo’s work belongs to the concept of souvenir, attempting to capture the experiences he has in the natural world, where he feels free and most at home. His paintings and rugs focus on the physical margins between unmitigated wilderness and human construction in an attempt to represent the psychological division between egocentric and holistic thought. He makes work with the earnest goal of minimizing the perceived divide between the natural world and the manmade and illuminating the connections between beauty both quintessential and manufactured.

Johnny lives and works in Denver, Colorado. He earned his MFA in painting from CU Boulder in 2017. During his time at CU he exhibited in national juried MFA exhibitions in New York and Chicago, and organized exhibitions and collaborative curatorial projects with artists and curators in Boulder and Denver. In 2018, he will be exhibiting in several group shows, as well as two solo shows, and will attend the Jentel artist residency in Wyoming.