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Jenny Hata Blumenfield is a Los Angeles-based ceramic artist, designer, and curator. Her work subverts existing tropes of the feminine identity, Japanese craft, and the duality of meaning through the lens of playful symbolism. 

Jenny Hata Blumenfield (b. 1988, Los Angeles, CA) graduated with Honors from The Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Ceramics. She has exhibited in group shows at venues including The Hole, New York City, NY; Emma Scully, New York, NY; Mindy Solomon, Miami, FL; Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ; Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; and American Museum of Ceramic Art, Los Angeles, CA. As a curator, Blumenfield has organized shows at Sarah Brook Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Atelier Éditions, Los Angeles, CA; and Kunjukan, Kyoto, Japan. She has spoken on panels for the Asia Society in Tokyo, Japan and the Roski School of Art and Design at USC, as well as attending residencies at the Anderson Ranch Artist in Residence Ceramic program and the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC) in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands.


Painter Sarah Gilfillan finds a shared rhythm for line, color and biomorphic forms in her structural abstract paintings. Gilfillan seeks to create space for both caprice and solidity, fantasy and foundation. Her harmonious visual language is an enigmatic blend of signifiers and emotions.

Sarah Gilfillan (b. 1989) is a Los Angeles-based painter originally from Central New York. she began her self-taught art practice while living in New York City. Gilfillan has shown her work in Los Angeles at Sarah Brook Gallery, with her first solo exhibition in April of 2023


The painter Carole Ebtinger intuitively builds Impressionist surfaces that are at once intensely meditative and fraught with fervent detail and mark-making. Her upbringing in Vietnam, France, and Belgium is excavated through the tactile emotion in her work while simultaneously confronting the traditions of art history.

Carole Ebtinger (b. 1995, Vietnam, raised in Strasbourg, France) received her BFA and MFA from La Cambre art institute in Brussels, Belgium. She recently held a solo exhibition at BOZAR, Brussels, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Barbé Urbain Gallery, Gent; South Parade, London; and New Exhibitions, London. In 2021 she was awarded the Eeckman Art Prize by Art on Paper, Brussels.


Colleen Herman’s paintings embrace pathos and exuberance. This duality aligns with the artist’s contention that art, even abstract painting, is rightly confessional and archival of our physical existence and introspective nature.

Colleen Herman (b. 1982, Baltimore, MD) earned a BFA from Syracuse University in 2004. She has held two solo exhibitions at Sarah Brook Gallery and participated in group shows at Olympia Gallery, New York, NY; Gallery Diorama, Brooklyn, NY; Lovaas Projects, Munich, Germany; La Señora Gallery, Oaxaca, Mexico; and others. Herman completed an artists’ residency at Casa Balandra in Mallorca, Spain, in 2022, as well as the Pocoapoco residency in Oaxaca City, Mexico, in 2018 and 2019. Herman currently lives and works in New York City.


Cheryl Humphreys creates embossed and printed color fields that reverberate and hypnotize. Her meticulous patterns and intuitive shifts in hue communicate sensorial experiences while challenging assumptions about the permanence of perception.

Cheryl Humphreys (b. 1986, Ithaca, NY) received her BFA from Otis College of Art & Design in 2008. She has attended residencies at Otra Vox, Los Angeles, CA and Pocoapoco, Oaxaca, Mexico and has solo exhibitions at Sarah Brook Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Otra Vox, Los Angeles, CA; and Paul Loya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Group exhibitions include the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Ace Hotel, Brooklyn, NY; and other spaces locally and internationally. Humphreys currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


Based in Nairobi, Velma Rosai-Makhandia pulls inspiration from African folklore, mysticism, African cinemascapes, and images from her personal and family archive, documenting a time defined by a post-colonial African identity. Her exploratory work spans several outlets - painting, photography, performance, and curation. Across these practices, Rosai-Makhandia centers on post-colonial Blackness, womanhood, African mythology, and her personal experience and intuition of being alive.

Velma Rosai-Makhandia (b. Nairobi, Kenya) earned a BA in 2012 from Monash University in South Africa and Australia. Rosai completed the Pocoapoco artist residency in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2021 and the 50 Golborne residency on Lamu Island, Kenya, in 2022. She has held a solo exhibition at Sarah Brook Gallery. She currently lives and works between Nairobi and Lamu Island, which is off the coast of Kenya in the Indian Ocean.
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