The Purge: Evolution.

An Art Exhibition

It’s more than an art show, it’s a re-introduction for the artist, Ms. Jeph. Watch her process.

A woman of many trades, Ms. Jeph, is a lash technician, entrepreneur, and cosmetologist, but the one she keeps returning to is: art. As a painter, Jessica Phillips, is hosting her first art exhibition, The Purge: Evolution. 

On how she begun:

I’ve always known how to draw. I think earliest memory of drawing would be 3 or 4 years old. I took one painting class for school in 2005 and been painting ever since. This show would be my first. I’ve never created a collection of original artwork, I’ve always just done commissions for other people.

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About the Show:

I feel like through the process of getting ready for this show and creating for this show, I’ve grown as an artist. Learning to trust my instincts and just do what feels good to me.

I named my art show The Purge: Evolution  two reasons. One being because this is my first art show, first time presenting any original artwork by me, outside of commissioned pieces. Second reason is that a lot of the artwork represents an event, conversation, person, or something throughout my life (evolution) that has stuck with me and/or caused me to grow.

Why she paints:

I paint mostly when I feel like I need to just…vibe out. Something to pour myself into. When I’m feeling creative, or blocked in other projects. Hit a j, put some music on, and just create.

Not only is this Ms. Jeph’s first display, it is also a birthday celebration.

“I just want everybody to have a good time and if they like what they see, buy some art. I want people to get to know me as an artist…aside from everything else I am.”

In honor of her triumph against cancer, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Art will be sold through a silent auction and the event is expected to have vendors, raffles, and drinks.

Her Inspirations:

“I’m inspired by black people and black culture. The power of the black woman. I paint mostly women because we’re just beautiful and have an amazing ability to be so versatile with our beauty.”

Support local art and artists. Purchase tickets here.

The Purge: Evolution will be held at the Metropolitan 7620 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814 on Saturday, May 18th at 6:30 PM.

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