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Local visual artist Jon Savage recently set his sights on connecting with other Deaf artists across the country using the hashtag #deafartist. He approached gallery owner Patric Stillman, who recently held a significant exhibition for the LGBTQIA community at The Studio Door in North Park. Together, they have planned a national exhibition featuring Deaf and Hard of hearing artists to celebrate National Deaf Awareness month from September 1 - 24, 2017. Deaf Community Services will be partnering with the gallery for the artist reception on Saturday, September 9 from 6 - 9 PM.

The exhibition entitled Artistry Through Deaf Eyes showcases a diverse range of works from 18 artists hailing from California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington and DC. Featuring works by Ellen Mansfield, Yossi Ben Abu, Delora Bertsch, Ka-Yun Chan, Bill Prochnow, Branton Stewart, Munira Virji, Nancy Rourke, Angus English, Amy Cohen Efron, Melissa Malzkuhn, Cynthia Boehm, Andrea Zuchegno, Bridget Klein, Rea Rossi, Lynne Bowden, Jerry Steffen Jr. and Jon Savage.

"This is an important moment for San Diego's community to celebrate the Deaf art. My fellow artists offer a unique point of view and this exhibition celebrates the rich artistic traditions of Deaf contemporary artists," said Savage, whose own works that have been increasing in popularity among San Diego's art patrons will be on display in HYPE at The Studio Door, which is a co-op styled gallery that The Studio Door also operates.

"I'm thrilled that Jon spearheaded this exhibit where we get to feature general works by Deaf artists as well as works from the De'VIA [Deaf View/Image Art] movement. This art movement is a growing trend these days among artists seeking to express the experience of being deaf. Its truly a form of Deaf Pride in that it deals with themes of empowerment, American Sign Language (ASL) and perceptions based upon the Deaf experience," said Stillman.

To enhance the experience for Deaf patrons, many of the artists are including QR Codes that will be on display alongside of the art. The QR Codes will open up YouTube videos that include either ASL + Closed Captions (CC) or ASL + Voice-over on a video allowing for viewers to see and learn about the artwork directly from the artists themselves. For the reception, The Studio Door has confirmed its partnership with Deaf Community Services of San Diego who will be on hand at the reception with several translators to be on hand to share information and make introductions.

The exhibition will be open for free to all San Diegans. Artwork will be for sale.

Following Artistry Through Deaf Eyes, The Studio Door will resume its regular programming for the fall with the return of self-guided artist tours in the 3rd Annual Open Studios San Diego and the extremely popular Holiday Art Market, which features small affordable works by local artists perfect for the gift giving season.

Interview with Delora Bertsch from The Studio Door - watch now.


DeVIA posters - mask and hands -handbuilt by Delora Bertsch, see the image.


Selected List Of Exhibitions




Golden West College, Juried Student Art , Huntington Beach, California, drawing



Cal State University Long Beach, Student Art Show, Long Beach, Ca, raku works



The Loft Studios, Solo Art Show, San Pedro, California, watercolor works,



Los Angeles Harbor College, California, Student Fine Art Exhibition, ceramic,



Los Angeles Harbor College,California, Student Fine Art Exhibition, ceramic,



Cabrillo Beach Art Gallery, Solo Exhibition,San Pedro, California, ceramic works,


Deaf Expo Art Exhibition, Long Beach Long Beach Convention, California, raku works,



Mon Cheri Art Gallery, Group Exhibition,San Pedro, California, ceramic works


Deaf Way International Art Exhibition, Chicago, Raku masks,


Deaf Expo Art Exhibition, Anaheim, California, photography and ceramic masks,



Grand Vision Foundation, Gala Art Chair Exhibition, San Pedro, Ca, decorated chair,



Under the Bridge Bookstore and Gallery, San Pedro, California, Solo Show, ceramic


Woodbury Art Museum, Utah Valley College, Utah, De'Via Art Exhibition, masks

New Orleans Museum of Art, De’Via Art Exhibition, displayed poster of mask works,


Art Honorary Award Presented by Councilwoman Janice Hahn, Los Angeles, California


Accentuals Gallery, San Pedro, CA, Solo Exhibition

Maral Designs Gallery, San Pedro, Ca, Solo Exhibition, ‘Woven in Time’



tHE FINDINGS, San Pedro, CA, Solo Exhibition


Maral Designs Gallery, San Pedro, Ca, Solo Exhibition


Lazy Dog Studio, San Pedro, Ca, Group Exhibition, ‘Tribute to John Olquin’



Ma Griffe Gallerie, San Pedro, CA, Whimsical Tea Pots, Teacher and Students Show


Soroptimist Int'l of the LA Harbor, Group Exhibition, ‘Everyone Needs Mother Nature’s Support’


San Pedro Chamber of Commerce’s Art Gallery, AGCC Artists Group Exhibition, ‘Masks’



Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, Group Exhibition, 'What's Alive in You'


South Bay Contemporary, Rolling Hills Estates, CA, Native Contemporary Art Exhibition


Norris Pavilion, Palos Verdes Estates ,Ca, Chairs Fund Auction, 'Summer Hibiscus', chair


Palos Verdes Peninsula Artist Studios Tour, 8 Artists' Studios Exhibition, selected artist



Palos Verdes Art Center, Holiday Juried Show, three raku pieces selected


Angels Gate Gallery, Art Exhibition, San Pedro, CA , 'Here's Hawk For You', R-36



Palos Verdes Art Center Ass., Annual Show Celebrating PVAC Artist Groups, R-106

Pastiche I, The Artists' Studio Gallery Group Show, Palos Verdes, CA


Rare Earth- National Ceramics Exhibition- Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, Ca, Group, Raku fig canister R-126


5x5x5, River Oaks Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisiana, National Group Exhibition, R-VIII




Celebrating Palos Verdes Artist Group, Palos Verdes Art Center, Dragon Lady, People's Choice Award


Artistry Through Deaf Eyes, The Studio Door, San Diego, Ca, Group Exhibition, 'Unbroken With Love'


Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Art Exhibition, Long Beach, Ca . 8 pieces on displayed


Peninsula Center Library, Annual Community Art Exhibition, Palos Verdes, CA, three raku pieces


Palos Verdes Art Center, Holiday Juried Art Show, two wired ceramic works


Anderson Center, Red Wing, Minnesota, Awarded Deaf Artist Residency, raku seminar and workshop

Angels Gate Cultural Center, A Stone's Throw from Water, Students and Teachers show

Palos Verdes Art Center, The Summer Show, Elevated, Springtime and Underwater, three ceramic works



Palos Verdes Art Center, The Winter Show, Dynamic, Raku vessel

Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Sense-sations Exhibition, Long Beach, Ca . 8 pieces 



Palos Verdes Art Center, The Spring Show, Patience, Raku vessel

Palos Verdes Art Center, The Winter Virtual Show, , Raku vessel


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