Among a jumble of fallen surfboards stands Huntington Beach-based artist Janessa Bookout, regarding the pieces of split foam and glass as pristine materials for her mixed media fine art sculptures. With the DMZ Surfboards warehouse as her studio, she carefully pulls from her sculpting, painting and mosaic skills to piece together unique artworks out of various recycled and reclaimed objects. We met Bookout at the September HB Downtown Art Walk and wondered what local spots help inspire her creativity. Here they are:
1. THE HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER AND MAIN STREET
The surfing, events, food and shopping that surround the pier give Huntington Beach its feeling of being a true beach community. I am honored to consider myself a local here.
2. MY ART STUDIO AT DMZ SURFBOARDS
I share my art studio space with my boyfriend who shapes surfboards, and I get to scavenge and recycle used/broken boards into fine art sculptures and paintings.
DMZ Surfboards // 7501 Slater Street, L, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-274-5670
3. HUNTINGTON DOG BEACH
I love being able to take the pups to the beach.
Huntington Dog Beach // 100 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-841-8644
4. HUNTINGTON BEACH CENTRAL PARK
It's such a huge, beautiful park, just steps from my industrial work place, and I can be surrounded by trees. Great spot for a long dog walk.
Huntington Beach Central Park // 18000 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-536-5486
5. THE INTERNATIONAL SURFING MUSEUM AND HB DOWNTOWN ART WALK
The International Surfing Museum is always a cool spot to show off the history of surfing as well as its rotating featured artist display. I also love participating in the monthly HB Downtown Art Walk. The Surfing Museum hosts the event from its parking lot, and there is a map of several downtown-area businesses that put on local art shows for the night. HB Culture Magazine always hosts a great afterparty, too.
International Surfing Museum // 411 Olive Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-960-3483
You can meet Bookout and her works at the upcoming HB Downtown Art Walk on Thursday, October 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.