January 31, 2003

Southwestern College Presents Focus Five the Work of Extraordinary Women Artists

CHULA VISTA —The Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication is proud to present the work of five contemporary women photographers in Focus Five—a photo exhibit that will be on display in the SWC Art Gallery from Feb. 6-27.

Focus Five exemplifies the work of five extraordinary artists: Annette Elizabeth Fournet, Michelle Mountjoy, Alo Munizza, Renata M. Spiazzi, and Stephanie Alexa Yaussy. All the women are well known and have exhibited extensively. They are diverse in styles, ages, and cultural backgrounds.

Their breathtaking photographs –color, digital, and black and white—highlight their historical and individual life experiences.

“This exhibit is different because of its variety of work,” said Pasha Turley, Southwestern College Art Gallery Director. “These different approaches to photography and their ‘cutting-edge’ ideas and technology are an experience that inspires and delights.”

Annette Elizabeth Fournet works with an inexpensive plastic camera and has done most of the work she will exhibit in Prague, where she has spent her summers for the last several years as a teacher and Director of a Summer Institute. Michelle Montjoy uses her family members and her concept of California icons to develop her black and white, and Xerox images. Alo Munizza works with large colorful landscapes and people of different countries. Her work is often manipulated in the dark room and has a spiritual connotation. Raised in Italy, Renata M. Spiazzi makes exceptional colorful, large digital photographs that have been altered to be abstract in their presentation. Stephanie Alexa Yaussy uses ethereal photographs often blurred to explore her introspective nature and her being, relationships, and femininity.

Focus Five will be on display from February 6-27, 2003 at the SWC Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, February 6 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery Patio. Gallery hours are 10-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The exhibition is free and open to the general public.

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