Be Your Own Hero Opens at Studio 299

Singer, songwriter, and painter Danielle Jun sang and played the guitar during the opening of her art show on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at Studio 299 in Willow Creek.

By KRISTAN KORNS, Two Rivers Tribune

Local singer, songwriter, and painter Danielle Jun opened her new art show on Saturday, Feb. 2, by performing several songs from her new album “Be Your Own Hero.”

Mediha Saliba, the President of Studio 299, said Jun’s paintings will be displayed at the gallery through March, along with copies of her album.

“These are all her original songs,” Saliba said. “She just released a new CD, which we’ll have at our gallery for sale.”

Jun played her guitar and sang a few smoky and melodic songs for the opening day audience.

“People like to categorize it as progressive folk,” Jun said. “The songs are about being your own hero, and a lot of it is about love, heartbreak, and life.”

“I like to help inspire people, and I think it’s really important to empower everyone; especially younger women,” Jun said.

Jeanette Henry, a Pilates instructor at Balanced Body Works in Willow Creek, clapped along with the rest of the crowd after each song.

“I think it’s awesome. I’m really excited that Danielle has her new album out, and I’m really happy that they put this new space for art here,” Henry said.

Jun said she first picked up a guitar when she was 15, but she wasn’t really serious about it until later.

“I picked it up again in my early 20s, and I never put it back down again,” Jun said.

When it comes to her paintings, Jun said, “The bigger the better.”

She pointed at her large panel painting, called Celebration, and said, “This is one of my favorite ones to paint because it’s so large. There’s a lot less room to be inhibited.”

Jun uses brushes for some of her paintings, but a lot of the time she uses her fingers on the canvas.

“I don’t have a preconceived notion of what it should be, so it can turn into anything,” Jun said.

Jennifer Albright, from Burnt Ranch, and Tamara Jenkinson also entertained the audience in the gallery on Saturday. Jenkinson played the flute and sang a French love song. Albright played the guitar.

“She said come play a couple of songs, so I took advantage of the opportunity,” Albright said. “It’s nice to have a place to play and a showcase for art in town.”

Studio 299 Center for the Arts is at 75 The Terrace, about a block from the Willow Creek Post Office, and will be open every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm.

Saliba said, “If any artists want to show their work, they can contact me at (530) 629-3488. We usually have the Board take a look at the art, and we’re always looking for new local artists.”

Jun’s panel painting called “Celebration.” / Photos by Kristan Korns, Two Rivers Tribune

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February 11th, 2013


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