Queen Calafia: Goddess of California

Thursday, March 9, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles CA 90012

The Lady Art Collective Presents:
Queen Calafia: The Goddess of California

Exhibition will feature over a dozen artists celebrating the legend of Queen Calafia and the spirit of female empowerment.

LOS ANGELES — As part of Women’s History Month, March 9, 2017 marks the opening reception of Queen Calafia, pop-up gallery and vendor exhibition, presented by Lady Art Collective and Art Share L.A. Celebrating the legend of Queen Calafia, Goddess of California, the show will feature 14 visual artists, 22 original works, and nine vendors, including Califia Farms, makers of natural, non-GMO, plant-based beverages.

The mythology of Queen Calafia was created by Spanish writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo in the early 16th Century. Montalvo’s novel, Las sergas de Esplandián (The Adventures of Esplandián), depicts Calafia as a beautiful, Black Amazon empress, who ruled over the Island of California, a land, “peopled by black women, without any man among them…” Calafia commanded a legion of warrior women and is said to have had 500 trained griffins at her disposal for killing male adversaries, who dared trespass on the island in hopes of stealing the gold that Calafia’s people used to forge their tools and weapons. Calafia is said to be the namesake of the great state of California, named by Spanish explorers who were inspired by her story, resulting in her later depictions as “The Spirit of California.”

Artists were encouraged to interpret Queen Calafia and the themes of her myth as they wished. The resulting works represent a truly diverse and inspiring collection created by female artists celebrating not only Calafia herself but female empowerment and equality as a whole.

Admission is free. Lady Art Collective and Angel City Brewery invite you to a night of festivities to celebrate the spirit and vision of Calafia and Women’s History Month through the works of a collection of talented female arts.

Opening Reception:
March 9, 2017
Angel City Brewery
216 Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
RSVP via Eventbrite

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About Lady Art Collective
Marlena McClain created the Lady Art Collective in the Fall of 2013. She was inspired by her experience working in prestigious galleries, assisting for established artists and photographing events. She wanted wanted to build a stronger community for female artists that was fun, easy to sell art for the artists with rotating themes inspired by the Divine Feminine. The Lady Art Collective focuses on connecting female artists and creatives to a wider audience and direct buyers to works,” Created by Women and Enjoyed by All.”
We are a business that services all female creatives in the following:
One-of-a kind Themed Gallery Exhibitions
Flyer Design & Promotional Materials
Website, Social Media & Email Promotions
Meet-Ups – networking for female creatives and founders
Gallery Venue & Event Space Rentals

For more information visit www.LadyArtCollective.com and contact Lady Art Collective at ladyexhibition@gmail.com.

About Art Share L.A.
Since early 2013, Art Share L.A. has been committed to being a thriving community arts space in the Arts District. Our unique blend of affordable housing, studios, and performance space for qualifying artists makes us an unique and much-needed force in the development of artists not fortunate enough to have the backing of a major gallery or wealthy patron. Art Share L.A. empowers those excluded from the exclusive fine arts circles to explore creativity, hone their crafts, and develop professionally. http://artsharela.org; Email: info@artsharela.org

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