!Fuerte! at The Makery Gallery

Ten women artists come together and cause a commotion at The Makery Gallery of Los Angeles.

!Fuerte! is curated by Betty Ann Brown & Eva Montealegre and runs March 3 – 30, 2024 at The Makery Gallery, 260 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Above image: Featured at Fuerte! exhibit: Mystic Dawn, original painting by Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, acrylic, ink on 36″ x 36″ canvas.

The exhibition’s opening is set for 11-1pm, March 3, 2024. Betty Ann Brown will moderate an artist panel with selected artists and Eva Montealegre will do a curator’s walk through the exhibit.

The exhibition is also open for the Downtown Artwalk of March 7th, 6:30 – 9 pm.

Brown and Montealegre have gathered strong women artists who contribute significantly to the West Coast art scene. A curator’s talk and an artist panel will be scheduled that will highlight the topics that concern this select group of multi-cultural artists as they approach their work and their contributions to the art world in their inimitable styles.

An exhibition catalog featuring each artist in the exhibit and a scholarly reflection by Betty Ann Brown will also be available.


Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja
Roxane Berger
Dellis Frank
Susanne Hannon
Debbie Korbel
Eva Montealegre
Richelle Rich
Leigh Salgado
Hiroko Yoshimoto
Linda Vallejo

Bear Spirit 2, 48″ x 48″ original oil painting on canvas with bronze patina by Eva Montealegre.

The Lunar New Year is breakout! Animals Wild & Domestic, Real or Imagined. Studio 99 @ The Bell Arts Factory 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, California 93001 (805) 648-1235 Exhibit Runs Now thru – February 24, 2024 with a collection of stunning depictions of nature and animals. Studio 99 is open Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm thru Feb 24th.

Deep One, 44″ x 70″, original oil painting by Eva Montealegre on canvas with bronze patina.

THE ELECTRIC LODGE, on Electric Avenue in Venice, is featuring a diverse art collection, Walk In Beauty, presenting five of my Luminosity Series, two of my Cosmic Series and singles of BirdHeartHummingbird and first in the Deep Series, Deep One through March 10th.

After Glow Me, oil on canvas, 44″ x 70″ by Eva Montealegre.

I’m also in the Lust and Love exhibit sponsored by Lela International now showing at THE MAKERY, 260 S. Los Angeles Street. After Glow Me, is featured, 44″ x 70″ oil on canvas. In this work, I address the classic maha, which were often contessas and baronesses who posed for many of the male art masters. In a space/time continuum, I approach this subject from the viewpoint of the woman. It’s not about how she looks. The depiction is of how she feels. Through Feb 29, 2024.

It was an honor it was to sing an original participatory song involving the community of artists and residents to introduce the curator. What I want to say is that all the work was profound. And the words that artists shared about their work was affecting. The community showed up & the exhibit was well received. It was an experience like coming home.

Heal Thyself! 2023 36″ x 24″ oil on canvas by Eva Montealegre.

This painting depicts the artist in the process of self healing. Featured at Whatcom Museum and previously honored at the Weho Festival in Plummer Park.

Heal Thyself! received a Special Certificate of Excellence from the Mayor of West Hollywood @ their 22nd Annual WeHo Festival, Art & Healing, Plummer Park exhibit

144 Artists from all over the country were chosen from more than 1500 applicants. Their work was meant to portray Healing and Repair as a verb, an action word. Essentially underlining that love is an act, not mere thought.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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