Crossing the Divide

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© 2012 Jenn Porreca
© 2012 Jenn Porreca
Crossing the Divide

317 E Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
April 14th, 2012 - May 5th, 2012
Opening: April 14th, 2012 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Other (outside main areas)
Tues - Fri 10-6, Sat 12 - 5
Art, visual, contemporary, LOWBROW, urban mixed-media, conceptual, pop, surrealism, figurative, modern


ArtHatch & Distinction present:


“Crossing the Divide“

Artwork by Jenn Porreca


April 14 – May 5, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 6-10pm


ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery are excited to present a compelling new show featuring the stunning work of San Francisco artist Jenn Porreca, entitled “Crossing the Divide ". Drawing inspiration from the repetitive religious iconography of her childhood, European silhouette and folklore artists of the early 1900s, literature, San Francisco Street Art, Manga, and Japonisme, Porreca creates a delicate and intricately layered world. Jenn Porreca will be present for a meet and greet during the evening of the reception. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2011 from 6-10pm with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and wine for guests 21 years of age or older.


This body of work is a culmination of years of experiences, memories and triggers to what ultimately is a bridge to freedom for Porreca both as a woman and as an artist.  It includes mixed media works with pencil, acrylic and oil, and a handful of original sketches.  It also includes copper plate etchings completed with master printmaker, Struan Hamilton of Belfast Print Workshop in 2009, along with the artist proofs which have never been shown before.  Porreca’s work portrays the challenges of crossing racial, familial and cultural divides in her life in San Francisco and fragments of her war torn British family and now my extended family in the Philippines.  Porreca’s creative process continues to be one of self discovery which informs her work.  This has been a three year process of building bridges with myself, my family's past, and the future ahead.  This show concludes works ranging from 2009 - 2012.


The exhibition will be held from April 14 – May 5, 2012


ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.


A variety of art books, prints, and collectors dolls are now available for purchase.


ArtHatch & Distinction Gallery

317 East Grand Avenue

Escondido, CA 92025

(760) 781-5779


*in 2010 we received our 501(c)(3) status and became known as ArtHatch.  Management remains the same, but we will soon be expanding our programs even further.  We are also now able to accept donations in exchange for a tax receipt, which if successful, will help us remain in existence. 

All art sales will now be handled online at