"Recent Works" from a Long-Time Friend of Art Share Los Angeles

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Singer, Celeste Prince paintings on display at Art Share Los Angeles. Downtown Arts District venue presents "Recent Works": a range of Prince's newest explorations of feng shui principles in art. Official opening on October 15th fand an artist reception on October 17th, from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM.

Celeste Prince may first come to mind for her singing career, but it is her paintings on display this month at Art Share Los Angeles. After many years as an instructor and board member, Prince is returning to the Downtown Arts District venue with "Recent Works": a range of Prince's newest explorations of feng shui principles in art.

Curated by Martha de Pérez with the assistance of Enrique Lopez Garcia, the show gives a fresh perspective to portraiture and painting. Prince paints with wind and water in mind, the literal translation of feng shui, often creating an atmosphere for an individual piece after its completion. She has also created an installation at Art Share, sourcing Auguste Rodin's relationship with his mistress and fellow sculptor, Camille Claudel, in the late 19th century.

Despite having started an art career "on the side," Prince's work has quickly gained success. A class at the Huntington Library in San Marino led to work and commissions, including a Soho, New York showing alongside Joni Mitchell and art for Disney's retail offices in Shanghai and Tokyo. "Recent Works" is her first showing of a large body of work, and the beginning of a career orientation between Prince and her art.

With Prince's return, Art Share demonstrates its role with emerging artists. At 4th Place and Hewitt downtown, its 30,000 square feet of renovated warehouse space provide not only free arts outreach programming, but also studio, stage, rehearsal, and gallery spaces for artists - a resource perfectly suited to the Downtown Arts District.

The exhibit will be open from October 15-29, including an official opening on October 15th and an artist reception on October 17th, from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM. For more information, visit http://www.artsharela.org or http://www.celesteprince.com.

Boasting a 90% high school graduation rate, Art Share Los Angeles offers a free, multi-disciplinary art program, changing the lives of underserved teens. Through the collaborative work of instructors, social workers, and volunteers, the center operates during peak violence hours. It not only provides a safe haven for creative expression, but also offers a starting point for emerging artists, space for gallery shows, and low-income housing for artists. With 30,000 square feet of renovated warehouse space in the Downtown Artist District, Art Share Los Angeles serves as a community arts incubator, promoting cultural excellence and shaping lives through, art, education and community action.

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