march 2019

09mar6:00 pm10:00 pmElena Karavodin: "Renegade" Exhibit Opening at Distinction Gallery6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Event Details

Distinction Gallery is pleased to present: Elena Karavodin: “Renegade”

The exhibition will run from March 9th through April 6th, 2019.

The opening reception with Elena, live music by Amanda Portela and Kenny Hill, ArtHatch open studios, Stone Beer, and BK Cellars wine will be on Saturday, March 9th from 6-10pm.

Elena will be donating a portion of all sales to the Malala Fund.

Elena Karavodin was born in Los Angeles, CA, and raised in Encinitas, CA. Elena is a second-generation U.S. citizen tracing her roots back to the 19th century Russian sculptor M.O. Mikeshin. Surrounded by a family of artists, scientists and engineers, her interests always remained toward the arts. Elena studied classical piano and writing before committing herself to painting. She began her formal art education at Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA receiving her B.F.A. with an emphasis in Illustration. Soon after college, she apprenticed with several local artists, eventually leaving to pursue her own artistic path. In 2010, Elena joined the collective of ArtHatch’s Studio Artists in Escondido, CA, and contributed as ArtHatch’s Gallery Manager for almost 5 years. Elena now works in her home studio, which her and her family built together from the ground up. Her work has been shown in various group exhibitions throughout the United States. Elena lives in San Diego with her family and young son, who’s daily discoveries and growth inspire her to push her creative process even further.

In the artist’s words:
My show highlights a variety of vignettes focusing on women in control, going against the grain, and exposing their own desires and vulnerabilities. I paint loose with bright colors. I love telling stories with all my paintings. This show will challenge the stereotypes of women portrayed in art. My aim is to make people laugh and feel empowered. I will be donating a portion of the proceeds to The Malala Fund, a non-profit organization that aims to provide education to girls around the world in impoverished, prejudiced, and war-torn
areas.

Gallery Director – Melissa Walker:
“I have been watching Elena’s work evolve for many years. She has seamlessly transitioned from painting beautiful flowers to taking on some of today’s darkest world events. I can truly see her indomitable passion come through these works. I recently acquired a very different piece by her – titled “Change My Mind” . It’s of a pissed off bride smoking a cigarette and drinking a glass of champagne in a graffiti filled bathroom. Everyday I look at this piece and smile. Elena created a show of these ‘aha’ moments, ones that make us smile, laugh, scream, or cry. So far, I am thrilled with the emotional body of work she has created.”

Distinction Gallery / Art Hatch Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Second Saturday Receptions: 6 pm – 10 pm

317 E Grand Ave Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 707-2770



This event is part of Escondido’s 2nd Saturday Arts & Culture Experiences

This uniquely creative day, comprised of many different events, includes the wondrously eclectic art galleries of Escondido’s historic downtown and as well as interactive arts, theatre, museums and historical and educational experiences all around the area… all throughout the day… for all ages. Bring the kids, enjoy a date night, or a friends afternoon out… there’s something for everyone!

Click HERE for a list of participants and more information.