Once upon a time, Ocean Pleasant was a precocious five-year-old who'd pass the time drawing in her mom's office. Just three years later, she's a veritable household name in the local art scene, and her work consistently sells for more than $400. Today at La Strada, Ocean will debut her latest paintings, which feature swirling imagery created by layers of sand, textured pieces of construction paper, bright acrylic paint and even rocks all embedded in caulk on a three- by three-foot canvas.
Ocean is inspired by her travels with her mother to such places as Guatemala, and by artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat. "I took her to the Basquiat exhibit," says her mom, Maranda Pleasant, who's also a local artist, "and she realized art didn't have to look like anything. Now she's on fire I just get her supplies and leave. She's selling better than I am." And from the looks of things, this eight-year-old wunderkind has the artist mind-set down. "I don't really paint anything," she says. "I just like to paint." See? The Pleasant little show starts at 7 p.m.
March 30-May 1