"A People Palette" featured in the Art Gallery
April 1999


"A People Palette" site review
rated 5 out of 5 - exellent

December 1998

"...she's a talented painter who has created a unique study of diversity..."
-- Pleiades Network

OS Site of Week

"A People Palette" featured
May 25, 1998

(An online art magazine, now defunct)

from the News/Framed section by Madame G (Shana Nys Dambrot)

September 16 through September 22, 1996

Diana Hobstetter "A People Palette" at Bean Queen, a new coffee house behind the Bank of America on Windward Circle, Venice Beach. The exhibition space for this ambitious portrait project is informal, to say the least, but it's a homey center of community activity so it is the perfect host for portraits of members of the local (not just arts) community. Each painting is a perfect square, depicting the sitter's head and shoulders, and a small object of the sitter's choice. In the end, there will be exactly 100 portraits. The project inspires chorus of recognition, questions and anecdotes. Viewed from a distance, the individuals blur and form a kaleidoscopic texture: The pattern of the neighborhood, which has turned Hobstetter into a local celebrity.