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'Portrait Party' artist Julia Kay featured in interactive virtual Chico Art Center reception

Artist Julia L. Kay

An interactive art reception is being offered by The Chico Art Center Sunday afternoon. Artist Julia Kay has a prominent role in bringing artists together online.

Posted: Mar 28, 2021 11:58 AM

CHICO, Calif. – A virtual reception is being held on Sunday afternoon featuring artist Julia Kay. She is the featured artist in the March show at the Chico Art Center called “Sun Dances.”

Kay is a Bay Area artist who works in many mediums. The work in the “Sun Dances” show includes black and white photographs; colorful, mural-sized paintings of animals; and a variety of portraiture, including self-portraits.


"Portrait Revolution" by Julia L. Kay

Portraits are a specialty of Kay’s. She has published a book entitled, “Portrait Revolution.” In the book, a variety of portraiture is shared utilizing different media, styles, and themes.

The project started during a three-year span where Kay drew self-portraits every day. That led to interactions on flickr.com with artists around the world.

Her “Julia Kay’s Portrait Party” events began in 2020 and she now has more than 1000 members from 55 different countries. She utilizes Facebook and Flickr to bring artists together and to support each other across the globe.

A virtual reception will be a chance for people to visit Julia Kay in her San Francisco studio. She will share how her work that does not seem to be a part of “Sun Dances” actually leads up to it, informs it, and builds upon it.

Kay will be inviting audience/artist participation during the live reception, being held Sunday, Mar. 28 at 4:00 p.m. PT. CLICK HERE to register ahead for the reception.

The Sun Dances exhibit opened virtually on Mar. 6, 2021. The live virtual reception on Sunday is a major event of the exhibition of Julia Kay’s work, which will be featured virtually on the Chico Arts Center webpage until the end of 2021.

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