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EMERYVILLE, CA — Back it’s time to paint, Emeryville artisan Andrea McCoy Harvey sets abreast the brushes. She prefers to use her hands, dipping her fingers into bendable pastels and oil pastels — her admired painting media — to anatomy the affluent abyss and colors that accompany her portraits of African American women to life.
She dots acrylic acrylic on matboard to actualize arrangement in her subjects’ beard and jewelry. The after-effects are striking. And big — best of her paintings ambit from 3 1/2 to 5 anxiety high.
McCoy Harvey’s assignment has captured the absorption of the de Young Building in San Francisco, and starting on Saturday, her painting “Afro Goddess” will be on appearance at the building as allotment of “The de Young Open.”
The juried association show, which runs until Jan. 3, celebrates the museum’s 125th ceremony and includes the assignment of artists from nine Bay Area counties.
“The de Young Open’s” alarm for artists came out in March, and 6,190 Bay Area artists submitted their work, says de Young communications administrator Shaquille Heath.
A accumulation of seven jurors that included acclaimed Bay Area artists Enrique Chagoya, Hung Liu and Mildred Howard narrowed the acreage to 762 artists who will be featured in the show.
Harvey’s adventure to this moment started back she was a adolescent growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her ancestor Olen McCoy, an art abecedary and an artisan who still works in Arkansas, was her role model. McCoy Harvey started teaching art as a abiding acting at an elementary academy in Little Rock while she was earning her bachelor’s amount in art apprenticeship from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
The elementary academy assassin her full-time afterwards she graduated. She got affiliated and had four children. For years, there wasn’t a lot of time to accomplish art. In 1997, she larboard Arkansas for California, and she acclimatized in Tracy. She connected to advise art.
Three years ago, she confused to the Bay Area and started teaching art with the Emery Unified Academy District, area she continues to teach, via Zoom for now. Soon afterwards she accustomed in the Bay Area, she started her own business — Avant-Garde Art Flat by Andrea in Emeryville — area accouchement and adults can accomplish art. By then, her accouchement were grown, and she begin herself with added chargeless time than she’d had in years. She started painting again.
New opportunities started to acquisition her afterwards she opened her studio. She started assuming her pieces at Bay Area exhibitions. The Booker T. Washington Association Center was one of the aboriginal locations in San Francisco to advertise her work. She was additionally arrive to appearance her art in accumulated offices such as Facebook and Square. Her paintings accept been apparent at Impact Hub Oakland, now accepted as Evolve Oakland. And, she has been the featured artisan at District, a wine bar in Oakland, back August 2019.
John Marsh, the accepted administrator at District, says there are bristles artworks by McCoy Harvey blind in the space. The area is not basement bodies central for now, but the paintings are arresting from outside. It’s been well-received: Bodies generally animadversion on the work, and a few of her pieces accept sold.