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Jean Cherie’s sculpture uses Vallejo girl as model – Times-Herald

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Vallejo is a small city with many talented people. It’s known for producing famous athletes, recording artists, historians and an awesome arsenal of artists. The city is noted for being one of the most diverse cities in the state.

It’s always exciting to meet our local artists. This spring I met Ms. Jean Cherie, a phenomenal sculptor whose work speaks for itself. To me, her sculptures are inspirational.

They depict various issues that affect our world today. Her most recent work is “The Genius Girl” statue. It is a statue of a young African American girl bearing three symbolic positions.

She is kneeling on one knee with her right hand placed over her heart, and her left hand is raised with the Black Power fist displayed. It is an empowering and thought-provoking work of art.

Guess who that little girl is?  Yes, me, Myla J.!  I had the pleasure of being the model. Many wonder how I became the chosen one. I’m just joking.

I am honored that she chose me. It was like God connected us. One evening I was attending a Vallejo City Council meeting in support of my mentor, Councilman Hakeem Brown. I was speaking with local playwright Trevor Allen whose reading of “Working for The Mouse and Other Plays” I had just attended at Alibi Bookstore. That’s when Ms. Cherie noticed me.

During intermission she approached my mother and me about my being the model for her newest project, “The Genius Girl.”  She asked if I had seen the statue of the little girl and the bull that is located in the Financial District of New York City! I said, “Yes!  My mother has pictures of me standing beside the ‘Fearless Girl statue!” My mother showed her the pictures and she was awe-inspired.

A week later, Ms. Jean Cherie and I met at her studio on Mare Island. She took photos of different orientations. The Styrofoam mold of “The Genius Girl” was completed in about two months. Ms. Cherie put a team together to work on the project.  Members include: Ms. Brenda Crawford, Ms. Sandra Lee, Mr. Patrick Thornton, Ms. Barbara Watkins, Ms. Dominique Guitierrez, Tamila Ward (my mother) and I.  As a team we take the statue to various venues to share her story. The team is seeking approximately $50,000 in  donations to get “The Genius Girl” cast,  bronzed and installed. The sculpture would be located here in Vallejo.

Donation links are:  GOFUNDME: Genius Girl Project.  Facebook:  facebook.com/ Genius Girl Project.

About Myla

Myla is 10 years old and homeschooled (fourth grade).  “My passions are reading, writing and learning all I can about politics because I want to become President of the United States in 2044. My present goal is to bring people together to unify our community.  There is something I’ve learned about diversity — that is, we all have our own personal feelings on various issues and the most important thing is that we come to an agreement that we’ll all be comfortable with.”



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