Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, Emerald Padgett's artwork depicts long-gone and favorite landmarks of the city's history.
At 17, the Mira Costa High School grad who is in her second year at Harbor College, Padgett will have her first solo show at ShockBoxx Gallery, located at 636 Cypress Ave. in Hermosa Beach, opening Friday, Nov. 30, beginning at 7 p.m.
“I didn't grow up in the golden age of Hermosa and I know that a lot of places that a lot of people think of very significant I didn't grow up around and I didn't even know,” said Padgett of picking which landmarks to tackle for the show “Local.” “There's where I had issues, choosing between things that interest me and the things I grew up with, versus the things that I know are established Hermosa icons that many more generations behind me like.”
Padgett's “deep love” of local icons began with her family, her grandparents and parents, who grew up in the South Bay, and attended Redondo Union or Mira Costa, as she did.
“I really appreciate the place I grew up in... just being around that many generations of people who grew up in the South Bay,” she said. “I really got that love of where I'm from... we're all so familiar with these places that shaped our childhood, generation after generation. I think that's why I appreciate it so much.”
ShockBoxx co-founder Mike Collins said the show will "bring back memories that you don't want to miss."
"Emerald's style fits with the gallery and she's become a big part of what we have planed for the future," Collins said. "What I really appreciate about her work is her ability to somehow knit layers of sarcasm and edginess into the beauty of what she presents. She is the real deal and the fact that she's created a show that is nostalgic for a time before she was born is an example of her natural ability to capture the story and get it onto canvas."
Padgett will have 15 or more pieces at the show depicting mostly Hermosa Beach landmarks. The show will close on Sunday, Dec. 9.
For more information, visit shockboxxproject.com.