Art show to feature work of the late Ofa Jallu

Art show to feature work of the late Ofa JalluThe paintings of Ofa Irvine Jallu will be featured Friday through Sunday, Jan. 17-19, at Symphony in Ink tattoo shop on China Lake Boulevard. The venue is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Jallu lived in Ridgecrest from 1994 until her death in 1997. Her daughter, Vivian Hayes, will be on hand for a reception Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1-3 p.m.

According to Hayes, Jallu was born in Alameda on May 5, 1907. She lived in Berkeley much of her life and earned a master’s degree in art from U.C. Berkeley in 1933.

She taught art in Tulare after graduating from college. Hayes notes that her mother received many awards, was included in numerous exhibits, and was listed in “Who’s Who Among American Women,” and “Artists of Southern California” in the 1970s, and won many awards in art shows throughout California.

After moving to Ridgecrest, she attended Unity Church and was an active participant in Pat Skoog’s group of artists. She loved doing figure drawings, abstracts, flowers and landscapes, mostly in watercolor and pastel.

“Her struggles to bring out creativity in herself and her students are in the book of her letters to her friend and later husband Michael Chepourkoff,” said Hayes. “Letters to a Lover” will be on sale at the reception.

Pictured: One of Of a Jallu’s paintings

Story First Published: 2020-01-03