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October at the gallery, with Jessica Jang

Original article by Gwen McCants, edited by Michael Tyler

Whittier, California, October 02, 2011 – The Whittier Art Gallery is hosting the celebrated Korean-American artist, Jessica Jang, from October 5th to the October 16th, in an exhibit titled, “Movement of Dream and Challenge.”

Director of the Orange County Korean-American Professional Artists Association, Jang has participated in numerous group exhibitions, has been a member of San Dieguito Art Guild’s “Off Track Gallery,” the Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League, and the Whittier Art Association.

Her abstract expressionist work evokes seascapes, landscapes, and other influences from her love of the natural world.

A painter since the age of 18, of her own work, Jang says, “Art was, is and will be my source of peace, comfort, and joy.”

Gwen McCants, Whittier Art Gallery committee member, says of Jang, “her art is a gift from the sea.”

A reception for the public will take place Sunday, October 9, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Whittier Art Gallery, 8035 Painter Avenue, Whittier.

For the second half of October, Jang will share the Gallery space with the Orange County Korean-American Professional Artist Association, whose presentation of paintings and other works will run October 19th to the 30th.

The OCKAPAA is devoted to not only furthering Korean American Art, but all community art. McCants says, “Their work is well worth seeing.”

The OCKAPAA will hold a reception for the public October 23rd from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Whittier Art Gallery.

Refreshments and a chance to meet the artists will be available at both receptions. The Whittier Art Gallery is located at 8035 Painter Avenue, between Whittier Blvd and Moreland Ave. Gallery hours are 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

An image of Jang and her paintings may be seen on the Whittier Art Gallery’s website at

The non-profit Whittier Art Association is in its 72nd year in its landmark gallery on Painter Avenue. The Gallery is wholly owned and operated by its members. The Association receives no funding from the City of Whittier but runs on membership fees, art sales, gallery rentals and charitable donations. Its continuing mission is to create and maintain its community art gallery, offer continuous exhibits of fine arts and crafts, stimulate and coordinate the expression of local artists, and to advance the appreciation of fine art in the greater Whittier community.

For additional information, contact:

The Whittier Art Association
Patricia Brown, Curator
(562) 698-8710