11-15-2012 La Jolla Light

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La Jolla’s art femme fatales style seductive show By Will Bowen n case you didn’t know, La Jolla has about 20 femme fatales. Their leader is Judy Judy Judy, an artist and the proprietor of a popular hair salon in La Jolla Village. Judy and her crew can most often be found in their favorite haunts — the Barbarella and the Piatti restaurants in La Jolla Shores — where they ply their wiles and plan their escapades. On Oct. 27, Judy and her gang hosted a reception for the exhibit “Femme Fatales,” which celebrated the virtues of Femme Fatalism at the La Jolla Art Association gallery. According to Judy, the idea for the show came to her when she was in Paris attending the hairstyle and fashion show, Le Mondial de Coiffure de Beaute. “I wanted to do a solo show of paintings about femme fatales, but then all my friends wanted to be in the show, too, so I let them. It all started with my painting I call ‘Lady Danger,’ and it is in this show with four others I did for the series,” Judy said. “‘Femme Fatales’ is all about intrigue and danger. Femme fatales are women who use seduction to attract men and then lead


Femme Fatales include Judy Judy Judy, Babette Mann, Lisa Evans and Kelly Reed Photos by Will Bowen

Ingrid Wolters with her abstract work ‘Woman’

Terri Soppe poses with her ‘Young Temptress’

‘Night Eyes’ by Ken Wilkins

Judy Judy Judy with her painting ‘Lady Danger’

them into compromising situations in order to achieve hidden aims. Their tools are beauty, charm, and sexual attractiveness. Am I one? Well, maybe …” Beverly diGregorio is a femme fatale with two paintings in the show. She is a member of the Point Loma Art Association, San Diego Art Institute and the Water Color Society. “This was the first time I showed my nudes anywhere in public. There just are not many opportunities to show nudes in San Diego. Frankly, there are not many art shows that have women as their subject. That’s what made this show so special,” diGregorio said. “Thirty years ago I was a flaming femme fatale. I think they have been instrumental throughout history. I am fascinated by the strength and delicateness of woman, especially as personified by the ballerina. That is why I paint them so often.” Terry Soppe is another femme fatale with work in the show. When she’s not acting as the treasurer of the LJAA, she is a bookkeeper for her husband, Dr. Glen Soppe, a family physician in private practice.


Emily Vermillion with a collage

Yanna Shayne with a work of stained glass

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