Hwy 5 Show at Rare Device

Jen Hewett at her Hwy 5 opening reception

Untitled No. 6 by Jen Hewett, from her Hwy 5 series

Untitled No. 2 by Jen Hewett, from her Hwy 5 series

Almost exactly a year ago, I emailed Rare Device to inquire about showing my work there. Rare Device has carried my bags for years (I think that it was my first wholesale customer), but I’d never shown my fine art work there. Actually, I’d never really shown my fine art work anywhere. And, on top of that, I hadn’t created much fine art work at that point.

But I’m a big believer in (1) asking for what I want, and (2) agreeing to something, then figuring out how to do it; last Friday, after printing, piecing, and stitching for months, my show, Hwy 5, opened at Rare Device.

Untitled No. 4 by Jen Hewett, from her Hwy 5 series

Untitled No. 9 by Jen Hewett, from her Hwy 5 series

In a way, these pieces have been in the works for a long time. The title of the show, Hwy 5, is a nod to the dozens of times I’ve driven the stretch of Highway 5 between LA and the Bay Area since I moved to San Francisco 20+ years ago. While others may find this trip, mostly on flat land through the industrial farmland of the Central Valley, boring, I find it a respite from my every day life of phone calls and emails and social media.

Untitled No. 8 by Jen Hewett, from her Hwy 5 series

Untitled No. 5 by Jen Hewett, from her Hwy 5 series

The show will be up until the end of the month. If you’re in the Bay Area, please stop by! You can also see the work online – and purchase a piece or two – here.

  1. Jen!

    I am over the moon excited for you! I love what you have to say about saying yes to what you desire and then figuring it out. It reminds me of the idea of doing something that scares you. I’m incredibly excited to take your block printing class next weekend. New inspiration is so key.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work, I can’t wait to do some of my own!
    Cheers,
    Amy