Event: “I Am Extraordinary” Art Show

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland is an art gallery and gift shop run by Leanna Lin Fong and her amazing team. On January 20, their art show schedule opens with I Am Extraordinary curated by Bored Inc. and featuring 28 female artists.

The show opens on January 28 (6-9pm) and runs through February 25. A portion of the sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and She Should Run.

Participating artists include: Allison Cole – Andrea Kang – Ann Shen – Beeisforbear – Bored Inc. – Carolyn Gavin – Carolyn Suzuki – Christine De Carvalho – CJ Metzger – Courtney Doom – Danielle Salazar – Em & Sprout – Erin Paisley – Fika Art – Gemma Correll – Genevieve Santos – Heidi Kenney – Katharina Stenbeck – Lisa Congdon – Melissa Contreras – Misfit Menagerie – Molly C Meng – Natalie Shahmiri – pretty little thieves – Rachel Ignotofsky – Sarah Walsh – Stacy Michelson – Stephanie DeAngelis – The Stranded Stitch

Julie Shah

Julie Shah is a 3D props and environment modeler based in Los Angeles. She realized her love of 3D modeling while she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Animation at Cal State University, Northridge. After graduation, she decided to work on her 3D modeling portfolio to break into the animation and video game industry.

Julie won a few classes online through competitions, including DeviantArts “Train Your Brain” 3D Modeling contest where her Art Nouveau building won third place.

Since then, she has worked with several independent clients on a freelance basis. She is currently the lead 3D modeler on a team of developers working on an indie video game, “The Eighth Day.”

Her most recent project is the Sylvanas Windrunner Statue from World Of Warcraft for Blizzard Entertainment’s Blizzcon event this year. She says, “I was fortunate to be able to work on a number of parts for her including her arms, quiver and accessories along with 3D printing her parts in-house.” She is also working on a few secret projects that she can’t disclose at the moment.

Julie hones her 3d modeling skills with various personal projects. She is currently working on the Pirate Robot 3D model based on concept art by Cory Loftis, a Disney visual development artist.

Her strengths include 3D modeling, texturing, UV mapping and retopologizing in a number of different programs such as Maya, 3ds Max, Zbrush, and Substance Painter. If you’re looking to hire a talented 3d modeler, check out Julie’s links below and hire her!

Portfolio- www.julieshah.weebly.com
LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/julieshah5/
Instagram- juliesart
Twitter- https://twitter.com/juliesart5
Gmail: julie.shah.5@gmail.com

Colony Little

Colony Little is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of Culture Shock Art, a site dedicated to contemporary art and the synergies between art, music and design that shape Los Angeles. She started Culture Shock Art in 2010 as a creative outlet from her career in the insurance industry. She loved the street art she saw every day while driving through Echo Park on the way to work, and she started to document some of the artwork she saw.

Since then, Culture Shock Art has evolved to amplify the artists of color who often get left out of the dialogue on contemporary art. Colony covers the art world from an outsider’s perspective with a goal of making contemporary art relatable and accessible. “Art writers tend to be academic, peppering their writing with tons of art speak,” she says. “I try to relate what I see in museums and galleries to something closer to home like pop culture or a historical reference. My goal is to chip away at some of the artificial barriers of exclusivity the art world loves to cultivate.”

Inclusion has always been important to her, and Colony’s “Artist a Day Challenge” during Black History Month exemplifies this. What started as a personal writing challenge has evolved into an exciting look at established and upcoming black artists whose stories are often overlooked. She says, “One of my mentors encouraged me to re-visit some of the posts from 2017 to turn into a long form essay on black art co-ops in the 1960’s. As a concept, I love the idea of creative collectives where artists, musicians, designers and writers come together to support one another’s work.  We need more of them now!”

Colony is currently on a career sabbatical and has been using this time to build upon her art writing portfolio. As her leave winds down, she will continue to write and keep Culture Shock Art going. Connect with Colony on Twitter and Instagram, and read more of her art writing below.