(Lawton, OK) The One to Six Art Purchase Award was created to support the mission and goals of the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council and the City of Lawton. The original artwork selected is in turn presented to the six recipients of the 37th Annual Lawton Cultural Awards. The 2016 One to Six Art Purchase is awarded to mosaic artist Jenny Perry of Frederick, OK.
Jenny Perry, who grew up in southern California, sold her first pieces of art for 25 cents when in the second grade to fellow classmates who liked her mermaid drawings. She notes that, “I found out early that it’s a wonderful thing to make money from something you’ve created that someone else has fallen in love with.” She fell in love with mosaics in 2001 and never looked back. She joined SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists) in 2003 and that opened up a new world of inspiration and learning opportunities.
In 2007 she traveled to Venice, Italy where she earned her Master in Mosaico certificate at the 19th Century Orsoni glass foundry. In 2009 she spent a week in Cuernavaca, Mexico studying color theory and realism at the Perdomo School of Mosaic. In addition, her art has been featured in local, national, and international exhibitions at institutions such as Chicago Mosaic School, the Corinium Museum (Cirencester, England), Bathhouse Cultural Center (Dallas, Texas), Atelier Gallery (Miami, Florida), Eleven-Eleven Gallery (Washington, D.C.), and Walters Cultural Center (Hillsboro, Oregon). In 2015, her work was shown in the Governor’s Gallery at the Oklahoma State Capitol. In June this year, she traveled to Chicago for a 5-day workshop from an Italian artist, Carolina Zanelli in “Modern Portraiture in the Spilimbergo Style”. Jenny’s work can be found in private collections across the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, and New Zealand.
In addition to her artwork, she shares the love and knowledge of mosaics by teaching others. Jenny is now owner of a building that is over 100 years old in downtown Fredrick, Oklahoma in which she repurposed it into her new studio space and classroom.
Jenny will be recognized along with the Lawton Cultural Award winners at the annual Arts for All Kick-Off Fund Drive Luncheon, Friday, February 24, 11:30am, Lawton Country Club, 4601 W Gore Blvd, in Lawton. Reservations are required for this very popular event. This annual event is cosponsored by the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about Jenny Perry’s art and workshops, visit her website, www.jennyperrymosaics.com or via Facebook at Jenny Perry Mosaics or email her at email@example.com. Her work can be found at Jenny Perry Mosaics, 127 W Grand in Frederick, OK as well as at Red Door Gallery, located in Medicine Park, OK.
Sharon Cheatwood·Friday, December 9, 2016