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AWAKEN opens in West Hollywood 4/21 opening tonight 6-8PM

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“AWAKEN: the female voice,” AN EXHIBITION CURATED BY ARTIST BROOKE MASON, TO OPEN
AT PLUMMER PARK IN WEST HOLLYWOOD ON THURSDAY, APRIL 21 WITH A RECEPTION FROM 6-8PM

FEMALE-ARTIST-ONLY EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHTS THE TRANSFORMATION OF A YOUNG WOMAN OVER THE FIRST HALF OF HER LIFE

West Hollywood, CA: “AWAKEN: the female voice,” an exhibition curated by photographer Brooke Mason that presents multimedia work exclusively by women, opens at Plummer Park on Thursday, April 21. There will be an artists’ reception from 6-8PM. Presented with support from the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts, the group show will be in the Plummer Park Community Center, Art Room 1, and runs through June 27. The opening and exhibition are free and open to the public, and free parking is available (7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 90046).

Soar by Brooke Mason

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Fatemeh Burnes, Lola Del Fresno, Diane Holland, Julienne Johnson, Camella DaEun Kim, Nicole Landau, Feng Ling, Brooke Mason, and Mei Xian Qiu.

In her statement for AWAKEN: the female voice, Mason writes, “When a girl is young she doesn’t understand boundaries or social parameters put on her. She is running free. Her rude awakening begins somewhere between the ages of 10 and 15 years. She starts to sense these restrictions; she questions her role in her environment. She chooses either to fight them and deal continuously with conflict or to conform to them, to comply, an easier route… until she is old enough to rebel against them seriously. As artists we strive to highlight these struggles.”

Works in AWAKEN: the female voice examine this transformation of a female over the first half of her life. Some of the pieces highlight freedom of expression as a child with no restraint—a sense of innocence and liberty—while others delve into adulthood and the challenges of prescribed paradigms. All the artists in this exhibit choose, as artists and as women, to inspire others through their work.

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Exhibition curator Brooke Mason is an Australian-born fine art and celebrity photographer who has captured images for more than 15 years. Originally based in New York City, she currently has her studio in West Hollywood. Her work is featured on the covers and editorial pages of fashion and lifestyle magazines worldwide. Within the past year, Mason has had six fine-art exhibits, gaining Art Week LA’s attention with “Pick of the Week” for her solo exhibit “La Haute Main” at Bergamot Station. She won first place from Art Slant’s International Photography competition for “Vanquish” in 2015. Mason is a feminist and passionate about highlighting women artists.

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Brooke Mason also curated “Women Manifest: At The Core,” an exhibition currently on display at the WeHo Arts Exhibition Space at the West Hollywood Library through June 27. Showcasing the artwork of women, Women Manifest honors Women’s History Month by celebrating and making visible women’s accomplishments in the Greater Los Angeles area. The show includes works—by artists including Jana Cruder, Lola Del Fresno, Micky Hoogendijk, Nicole Landau, Feng Ling, Brooke Mason, and a special site-specific ceramic installation by Elizabeth Orleans—that embody strong women, and highlight the battles they face, directly and indirectly, within contemporary society.

Images, top to bottom:
“Chandler,” Julienne Johnson, mixed media, 30” x 30”
“Leda,” Mei Xian Qiu, photograph, 24” x 36”
“Soar,” Brooke Mason, photograph, 36” x 36”

AWAKEN: the female voice graphic

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