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Growth Art Opening

  • The Lab 3728 The Barnyard Suite G-23 Carmel, CA USA (map)


From ground comes growth and for Jean Vengua and Zoya Scholis that means plant-like forms in patterns bent in fields—an energy. Repetition and variation play in rhythm. On Friday, April 19th from 6-9pm, join us for the second installment of visual art from Vengua and Scholis. Music by Kristen Gradwohl and Thomas Howbert. $10-20 suggested donation. Beer and wine available for purchase.


Vengua was raised in Santa Cruz, CA. She studied art with Donald Roy Thompson and Howard Ikemoto at Cabrillo College, received her B.A. in World Literature and Cultural Studies at UCSC, and PhD in English at UC Berkeley. She has been a teacher, writer and editor for many years; she is now Co-chair of Asian Cultural Experience (ACE), Salinas Chinatown, lives in Monterey, and has happily returned to painting and collage-making. Her poetry collection, Corporeal, was recently published by Black Radish Books.

As with her writing, Jean Vengua’s art is experimental and process-oriented. She explores color, shape, and line through painting, collage, and haptics. Starting with basic elements of line, color, scrap paper and cut-up pieces of “failed” work, Jean utilizes the materials of daily life, allowing the local environment, her personal history as an older Pilipinx artist, and her family’s immigrant experiences to inform her process. Her influences include both writers and painters including Paul Klee, Eileen Tabios, Alfonso Ossorio, Charlene Von Heyl, Trisha Brown, Stephen Vincent, and many asemic writers/artists.


Scholis grew up in Monterey, Ca., studied Drawing, Painting and Art History with Mel Ramos, Enrique Chagoya and Dr. Mark Levy at CSUEB, graduating with honors in 1993. She taught elementary school until 2007 when she moved to San Jose where she began leading Art for Personal Growth workshops through Palo Alto Art center, University Art, Redwood city and Sunnyvale Adult Ed. In 2018 she returned to Monterey to refurbish her Seaside house and do counseling with art for children and adults.

Zoya Scholis is an abstract artist whose paintings feature grids and natural forms – birds, leaves and petals. As a process painter she often starts with random marks or pools of paint later defined by grids, lines or the organic carving of negative space. Her book on watercolor will be available at the Growth showing. Among her many influences are painters Joan Savo, Paul Klee, and Meredith Pardue, conceptual artist Taryn Simon and performance artist Valie Export. For Scholis, art making is an exploration of psyche and an experiment with the Divine.