The Birds of Jingletown:                             401 Derby Ave Visual Screening

The Birds of Jingletown: 401 Derby Ave Visual Screening

HardHatJill McLennan watches Jingletown, her neighborhood of 14 years, transform into a community of development. McLennan completed her first public art project with Madison Park Development Corp. She designed 10 panels of birds flying over the Oakland and Jingletown skyline, framing the entryway with a 40’ visual screening above. She worked with Claire Han of Madison Park, and the architect, Toby Levy, with fabrication by DEKA Fabrications and GK Welding.

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McLennan’s concept for this piece is to emphasize the mixed use history of Jingletown and to celebrate the balance that exists between residents, businesses and the natural environment. The industrial nature of the material, steel, reflects the steel industry that once dominated this area. The skyline depicts vantage points throughout the neighborhood, both local and historical details and familiar views of Oakland and Mt.Tam. The birds in flight and on wires are based on direct observation of the activities of birds living here, migrating through and filling our neighborhood with activity and song. The birds are also a metaphor for the people, coming and going, roosting and nesting, working independently and as a community to create a place to call home.

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The front doors depict the wetlands that once stood where Jingletown is now.  They celebrate the wildlife that continues to thrive in the natural estuary of the bay that borders our unique chosen home.

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Encaustic Workshop

Encaustic Workshop

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I have taken lots of workshops and am myself an art teacher and artist. Jill lead the workshop with a perfect balance of structure and flow. The atmosphere was very relaxed and comfortable and at the same time Jill’s demonstrations and information were clear and easy to follow. She even made us scones and coffee…what more could you ask for?

I painted with pigmented wax!  This is really exciting. I barely knew about encaustics before I signed up for the workshop, but knew I would love it.  Combining  color and texture and a bit of that waxy smell ... had to be a winning mixture.  I knew I would find it very enticing.

I painted with pigmented wax! This is really exciting. I barely knew about encaustics before I signed up for the workshop, but knew I would love it. Combining color and texture and a bit of that waxy smell … had to be a winning mixture. I knew I would find it very enticing.

I though the handout of history, materials, application and safety guidelines were very thorough and well thought out.  Also as a non-artist, at no time did I feel concerned that I wouldn’t finish my piece, because I thought your basic instructions were easy to comprehend, easy to follow and they allowed me to come up with my own techniques. I had a great time and would definitely sign up for more classes with you.

I though the handout of history, materials, application and safety guidelines were very thorough and well thought out. Also as a non-artist, at no time did I feel concerned that I wouldn’t finish my piece, because I thought your basic instructions were easy to comprehend, easy to follow and they allowed me to come up with my own techniques. I had a great time and would definitely sign up for more classes with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill is an artful facilitator and gently guided the class into productive experimentation and exploration.  She gave a lot of information but did not overwhelm us, but at the moment I was ready to absorb more, she was there with new information, resources, and experiences. Jill is very knowledgeable about her subject, which showed in her ability to adapt and guide us in response to our learning, and like her studio space, creatively energetic and inspiring.

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JMAC Event Mural: California Finance Convention with ProArts Gallery

JMAC Event Mural: California Finance Convention with ProArts Gallery

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California Finance

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working3 JMAC partnered with ProArts Gallery to present a community participation mural at the California Finance Convention on February 22,  2013.  McLennan designed a mural of Lake Merritt for participants to complete. 

The mural includes the urban and natural center of Oakland depicting downtown businesses,    residential areas,  a variety of birds, and recreation activities, people, boats and a Jazz band. 

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JMAC offers Event Murals for all occasions.

Adults, youth and families may participate in a mural at your company or private event.  Murals are designed based on the desires of the hiring agency and the style of the artist Jill McLennan.

Please contact JMAC for further information or to book your event mural today!