“Summer Breeze, Community Love”
acrylic on canvas, 36×36″, 2016
Painted in collaboration with Rhonda Lynn Wise by Ruth Chase. This is one out of eleven individual portraits and a group painting in the West of Lincoln Project. The painting reflects the value of community through Rhonda’s perspective as a result of growing up in Venice, CA. Rhonda and Ruth worked together to create a portrait that would symbolize her story best. Rhonda’s biography was written by Gena Lasko and will be exhibited with the painting in August 2017 at Venice Arts.
Born 1961, grew up on Sunset Ave, Venice, CA.
My grandmother, Winifred Pierson (known as Miss P.), introduced the whole family to Venice when she moved there in 1967. To her it was an oasis of friendships, cool breezes, corner markets and starting a new life. I loved how my grandmother acclimated into the community very quickly and made so many lifelong friends. That’s what Venice was about. Community and friendship. I miss that very much.
-Rhonda Lynn Wise