Immersed in dreamlike narratives, the distinctive work of Kelly Vivanco can easily be described as heartfelt creativity. The telling expression of her youthful subjects, fluid brushwork, and marked childlike innocence allows the imagination to take flight. So let your thoughts soar as Distinction Gallery proudly presents ‘Thorn and Balm’, the beautiful solo exhibition of Kelly Vivanco.

The opening reception will include live music, ArtHatch open studios, BK Cellars Wine, and Lost Abbey Beer.


About the Artist

Kelly Vivanco, a native to Southern Californian, earned her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. She works with a variety of media to create art with whimsy, nostalgia and a sense of child-like wonder. Vivanco draws from the real and imagined world to populate her works with a host of playful and curious characters. She takes inspiration from vintage photographs, children’s literature and the oddness of her dreams. Vivanco has exhibited in solo and group shows across the U.S. including California Center for the Arts Museum, The Portsmouth Museum of Art, Thinkspace, SURU, Gallery 1988, Subtext, Rotofugi, Flatcolor, 323 East, London Miles, Art Basel and Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts. Her work is collected in the U.S. and abroad; and her daily comic, Patches, has a world-wide following. She currently resides in Escondido, California.

Kelly Vivanco: Thorn and Balm

Opening Reception:

 Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 6-10pm

Exhibition Dates:

May 11 – June 2, 2019


Distinction Gallery

317 E Grand Ave. | Escondido, CA 92025


ArtHatch is a 7,000 square foot building which houses Distinction Gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, multiple exhibition spaces featuring work by represented artists, “The Alley” featuring over 20 local artists, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring local artists and the ArtHatch teens.


“I am always happy to be hosting another solo show of Kelly’s work. She is one of my all time favorite artists and graces many of the walls in my own home”.

– Gallery Director, Melissa Inez Walker


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