Saturday, September 19, 2015

Patti Cooprider at 1210 Gallery in La Jolla

Patti Cooprider is an amazing women who has involved herself in the arts through a wide variety of initiatives. This is first solo show I have seen of her work in the 20 years I have been in San Diego. 1210 Gallery is a new space at 5745 La Jolla Blvd, 92037 run by Nicole Hadfield 858.831.8669. Nicole has a passion for the arts and an opportunity to expose some of our locals to a wider audience. 

Patti, who is originally from Montana, was a John Robert Powers model in New York before she married Coop Cooprider. Together they collected art and supported numerous art endeavors. While living in Germany for twenty-six years, Patti and Coop raised seven children and she worked for the Department of Defense, travel extensively and earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in art history. She has met Henry Moore, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Marc Chagall and his wife, Vava who became a friend. 

She has been on many boards including but not limited to  La Jolla Playhouse, Center Stage Steering Committee 2000-2003, Patrons of the Prado 1998-2001, Senior Vice President 2002-2003, Balboa Theater Foundation 2000-2001, KPBS Program Advisory Board 1998-2000 and Museum Art Council, MOCA 1992-1998. She is currently on the board of San Diego Art Institute from 2003.

 Many of us have been recipients of Patti's very spontaneous greeting cards, but these larger format works are a better representation of the sheer spirit and joie de vive that Patti expresses. Not only do they appear effortless, I feel that they truly are effortless for her. The images just seem to pour out and spill onto the page. She is tapping a very deep reserve of all that she has experiences in her life but not in a ponderous or pontificating way. Instead we can see her joy in her life and that in turn makes us joyous. Patti has had her share of trials but I have never heard her say a negative thing. That is what makes these images so thrilling. They are an honest representation of who she is and how she sees life. 

There is only one Patti Cooprider. We are lucky to her and her reflections of life through her eyes.

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