Ashley West never colors inside the lines. This anti-perfectionist credo frees her work to be fresh and eclectic. She loves innovative materials -- eye shadow, 3D elements, metallics. She paints with palette knives, bleach pens and sponges, but credit cards are her favorite ‘brush.’ Color is one of the most important aspects of Ashley’s life. Cool blues and purples soar into curving shapes. Hot reds and oranges catch fire. Her motto is "Guaranteed Imperfect."
Ara Jo was a bright light in the community who, among a multitude of other creative and charitable endeavors, led craft workshops for Oakland Public Library with the Rock Paper Scissors Collective.
She tragically was one of the many who died in the Ghost Ship Fire in December. This exhibit at the Main Library's TeenZone Art Wall on the Second Floor will showcase her work, her collaborations and her legacy.