March Art Wall: Chuka Susan Chesney’s Bright Soul

The Opening Reception for Chuka Susan Chesney’s Bright Soul exhibit will be on Sunday, March 1 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm in Forbes Hall.

Chesney is an emerging L.A. artist focusing on water color, collage, and mixed media art (and poetry). The exhibit will be open for the first four Sundays in March from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm and on weekdays by appointment. There will be a closing reception on March 22 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.

The artist will attend both receptions and extra items will be available for your consideration. The receptions and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Chesney grew up in a family focused on art, design, and words. Her father owned a commercial printing company and brought home stacks of paper for creating paintings and stories. In 1982 she earned her BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Chesney loves to paint with watercolor and she loves to make collages. Her work often becomes mixed media as she may add pen and ink, brush and ink, pastels, Prismacolors, or embroidery thread to her paintings and collages. She often creates a system of dots, dashes, curly lines to form colorful patterns to convey depth, rhythm, and atmosphere.

She sets her pieces aside for a time so she can look at them with a fresh eye, which sometimes inspire her to add more effects and other times inspire her to cut them up and use the pieces to create new painting or collages. As a piece evolves, she listens to it to hear and see what it wants. She loves to experiment with her art; she loves to not know exactly what it will become. Her studio is her lab.

Chesney has won many awards in shows across the country. Her art has been published in New England Review and Compose Literary Journal. Her poetry and art have been published in Peacock Journal, Lummox, and Altadena Poetry Review. Her poetry anthology Book of Sighs will be published by Little Red Tree in 2020. She is currently working on a poetry and art anthology for the 100 Vibrant Artists of Los Angeles.

Contact our Art Director, Beverly Alison, for further information about this show.

For weekday appointments or information about the church, contact the church office: Cyndee at or 310-829-5436 x102.

On Sundays, follow the signs to UU Church Parking, which is in the hospital parking structure on 16th. Handicap parking is available behind the church.

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