La Matadora Gallery, honoree at The Joshuas for Outstanding Gallery, delivers a rich slate of art shows throughout the calendar year in its jewel-like space in Joshua Tree. Owner, aka Head “Gallerista,” Colleena Hake, opened the gallery in 2017. Wendy Gazuk, La Matadora’s co-curator, and Hake were friends in Arizona and reconnected in Joshua Tree several years later, joining forces.
November’s show at the gallery, Holy Relic, features the work of Portland assemblage artist, Bonewerx (Alea Bone), and internationally-known, local installation artist/muralist, Shrine (Brent Spears). Shrine is known for painting the outside of the iconic La Luz de Jesus/ Soapplant / Wacko gallery/shop in Los Angeles, as well as the exterior of Morongo Valley’s Black Luck Vintage.
Under the name BoneWerx, Alea Bone creates mixed-media assemblage ‘werx’ from found objects and upcycled materials. Dedicated to repurposing materials from the ever-mounting waste stream in an effort to reduce our impact on the environment, she sees discarded objects as surviving memorials of the past and values the stories they have to tell.
The artist has shown in both Francisco and Los Angeles and spent a number of years curating art shows and community events in Portland. In recent years, she has shifted her focus toward her own work full-time.