Featured Artist: PATRICIA ARIEL




Patricia Ariel was born and raised in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where she lived for many years. Patricia was brought up with strong rooted influences that are the core of her personal maturity. Having lived in the working class of Rio De Janeiro she learned from a young age the wisdom and respect for the spiritual as well as the physical environment. It was easy to love and learn of the mystical world because she was present in many Afro-Brazilian rituals. She grew up within a powerful group of healers, exposing her to rituals of healing, channeling spirits, and later participating actively in spiritual seances. All of these colorful experiences marked her life very vividly, so much that she considers herself a cultural hybrid. The heavy influence of this spirituality became the pillar of her values which are very present in her artwork today and always.



Patricia Ariel began to paint when she was about three years old, she had a very imaginative childhood, and in spite of having a lot of fun with her brother and cousins, her favorite time was really spent on her own. She would spend many hours creating stories, characters, drawing comic books, reading, and listening to music. Patricia’s mother was very nurturing and encouraged her artistic interests. She would pay for drawing and dance classes, and would allow her to use their rooftop for rehearsals while Patricia was involved with theater and music activities. Patricia’s love for the arts has always been a consistent and unconditional desire to create. Patricia balanced her shyness and through her art, she grew to deal with many emotional issues throughout her life like depression and social phobia. She feels that art has been therapeutic and healing and honestly does not know where or how she would be right now if not for the arts. Patricia Ariel is a self-taught artist, with some formal instruction in visual arts, that including training in academic drawing and fashion design. In her early years her art has also been expressed through theater, dance, and music. Patricia is a hardworker, she worked in several jobs relating to visual communication and teaching. She later returned to school to study fashion design, and gained a degree in Art Education in her early 30’s. Patricia also had aspirations of becoming a graphic novel writter and illustrator so she wrote and illustrated a novel which she is hoping to publish one day. Although never published she thrilled in the idea of creation, she also started a project to teach arts to the poor children as her vision was to give and teach, although it did not grow this project remains part of her heart.Amber

In 2005 Patricia Ariel took the decision to move to the US to get married, because she felt limited in my self-expression due to the language barrier she saw the visual arts as her only career path for that time. She worked feverishly drawing and creating as much as she could. She wanted to show her work on the internet, and it was just a matter of time before she began to sell, making commissions, and having her work recognized and displayed everywhere. Meanwhile her daughter Isobel was born. She was divorced few years later and moved with her to the Northwest, where she lives and works now. She never thought about becoming a gallery artist. This happened way later, after she moved to the United States. She found it practical to incorporate her work within graphic design and fashion so that she would have a successful working career. Her decision to become a professional fine artist Patricia Ariel’s works are of many mediums, her favorites being acrylic and pencils. She also has dabbled in oil and watercolors


Her biggest artistic influences have been the Pre-Raphaelites and art nouveau artists and designers. Klimt, Schiele, Evelyn de Morgan, the Mackintoshes, all those fine folks of the 19th century and early 20ths. Dave McKean has a special spot in her altar.The type of work she creates is heavily reflective of her strong spiritual insights and connections with the mystism the beauty of nature, the magic of the psychic it diverse dimensions the symbolist and movement in the arts and literature. She finds that a big piece of her is still lost in those contemporary times. Music is also an inspiration to the beauty and expressiveness of the human body she finds it to be a sacred role and agent of our spiritual evolution and how it contains the universe in it. These mysteries inspire Patricia.



Her work is combined with the beauty of the human figure filled with dimensional patterns and expressive abstract designs. Patricia Ariel’s representation of the human form brings forth an uncanny realistic pressence of essence. Her realms of thoughts and imagination are combined with the realistic presence and the desire of dimensional dreams. She drowns her audience with pure electricity and fire. She is an artist that creates a vision of energy in it’s purest form. Her work leaves the viewer with a deeper sense of the human heart and it’s many conditons.Every element that appears in her images has a distinct symbolism or personal meaning.


Her inspiration comes from her spirituality, and all that it involves: the natural world, the bonds spirit/matter, life cycles, darkness and light, the symbolic languages like the Tarot and astrology, the human emotions and psyche. Patricia Ariel considers her work to be a platform for healing and used to label herself as a neosymbolism, but with growing interest in abstractionism and its incorporation to her figurative work. She states: ” I am becoming more and more confused about my artistic identity, I might find out someday”.

The word Patricia Ariel describes herself as, is: Movement.

Her work: metaphysical poetry.

-Patricia is currently a member of the Energy Art Movement.


Temple of The Soul – Bodies and Sacred Systems, group show. Alexi Era Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
The Bees Knees, group show. Alexi Era Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Hidden Kingdoms, group show. The Dream Factory, Frankfurt, Germany.

Irrelevant Roots, a Copycat Violence Collective show. Thumbprint Gallery, La Jolla, CA.

Children of Roscharch,
group Show. Phone Booth Gallery, Long Beach, CA.


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Email: ariel@patricia-ariel.com

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Kathy Ostman-Magnusen was born in Colorado, she has been lucky to have wonderful and adventurous parents whom traveled from state to state and finally settling down in the state of California.
Kathy Ostman- Magnusen is a versatile artist that works on many different mediums, her works consist of oils,watercolors, silk and acrylics which are some of her prefered ones, she also creates sculptures that are formed with clay and metals.
Kathy began to paint for the first time when she was in high school, she would paint while hiding out in her bedroom. At that time her mother taken an oil painting class and Kathy managed to take the paints for herself in order to begin her works of art.10152650_10153996444245192_1588987250_n 1972448_10153993334595192_2113872649_n 1920245_10153861543495192_1736064908_n
Kathy Ostman-Magnusen biggest influences have been her parents whom were always doing creative things with her. Their unconditional support was crystal clear by encouraging and accepting her creative process in every step of the way.
Young Kathy Ostman-Magnusen used to create little plays, charging her neighbors .25 cents to come to see her perform. She finds humor and fondness in her memories of young self, dancing around while throwing scented dusting powder on her guest.
Verbal communication and visual imagery can trigger a driving force that can end up in a complete composition of a finished piece of art work. A creation is born under the most heighten of circumstances; Kathy has the ability to work with 1-7 pieces at a time. She is an enigma that can process and transcendent her energy upon the works that she creates.

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Kathy’s work style one that affect the viewer in almost a subliminal way, evoking a sense of undiscovered emotion and ideas. Her work is one that can be enjoyed for its unsaturated raw beauty, its depth hides within its layers dissolving inhibitions and bringing forth plenty of food for thought. Her written work is as powerful as her visual work. Her poetry can lure one in, sending the mind upon powerful visual imagery of her written work. It brings forth raw emotions while expressing a depth in a vague and very intimate way.

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Kathy Ostman-Magnusen considers her work to be an expressionistic one. Her work has also been part of self published and Illustrated story booklets; “Lost At Sea”, “Indian Symphonies”, “The Last Pack”. Kathy’s artwork has been in exhibit in several showcases throughout. She has presented her work in the Morris Library, UC Berkley, CA the Wailoa Center, Division of State Parks, Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Wailoa State Park, Hilo, Hawaii. Kathy’s work has been referenced for the publications of “Spirit of Hula” (color plate pg.-84 Author Leilani Petranek), “Women Who Do Too Much” cards (illustrator) Author: Anne Wilson Schaef), “The Sweet Revenge of Melissa Chavez” cover; author:Neil Davidson).

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Kathy Ostman-Magnusen paints and sculpts her emotions while rendering her energy and essence upon her work. She loves creating life into her work, she feels that as individuals, we do the best we can in teaching, learning and understanding our very own human existence. In each one of her works, she tries to understand what causes flight and the idea of the possibilities not excluding the failures of what could have been.

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As she firmly states: “That is how we learn to fly, each effort has a certain struggle to it; as does life itself…” LIFE TAKE ONE”.
In one sentence Kathy Ostman-Magnusen describes herself and her work: “I am a dichotomy, mostly to myself”.
“My artwork is an expression of passion the lies dormant or in huge lightning flashes, that arise if I allow”.

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Featured Artist: AIDA CORRAL

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Aida Corral is a multidisciplinary artist originally from New York City. She was born in Manhattan NYC, she grew up in Mexico City and has been living and working in Mexicali, Baja California since 1988.

Aida Corral started painting since she could remember, but she started seriously painting at the age of 13 years old. By this time she turned what was a hobby into a more serious reflection of a way of life. Her muse is the essence of living life to the fullest, often expressing herself through her art and her music. She pulls her inspiration from many places, some very public situations and many from her personal place, one that she calls her heart. Sometimes dreams, sometimes from the music she listens to. Aida’s ideal piece of art work is one that she creates to show beautiful things that bring forth good vibes and counteract the difficult reality of life on the frontier of life’s reality.
Aida Corral began her studies in art at the Institute of Fine Arts of the State headed by Professor Ruben Garcia Benavides. Since then Aida has exhibited her works in various group and solo art exhibitions.In 1991 Aida Corral began studying contemporary dance, she is currently a part of the UABC Choreographic Workshop which later branched out into a part of the independent dance company called “Lindero Norte” (“North boundary”).
In 2004 Aida Corral and her partner Sergio Vela work together in a contemporary Mexican music band that is named “La Pura Pulpa” (” The Pure Pulp”). Sergio is both her partner and a peer as his art has been one selected by the ‘Biennial University Plastic and Plastic Biennial State”. Sergio has been a fellow of PECDA (Incentives Program Creation and Artistic Development) three times, with “The Pure Pulp” and has become the beneficiary of PACMYC in 2004. Sergio Vela Currently directs Dunas Group Contemporary Dance Culture House, promoting his art work internationally and continuing to make music with “The Pure Pulp”.
In September 2014 Aida Corral has been selected to represent Mexico by the Christopher Columbus International Committee at the Mostra Internazionale, Artisti Del Vecchio e Nuovo Mondo, in Genoa, Italy, in September 2014. The Comitato Internazionale Cristoforo Colombo is a partnership that, through the figure of Christopher Columbus celebrated the ingenuity, professionalism, value of all the Italian Navy due to the great contribution of geographical discoveries, and to enhance and emphasize the importance Oct. 12, taking by historians and making the transition from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern Age, which eventually leads to an encounter between the past cultures and new world.
Aida Corral’s biggest influence have been Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, and Remedios Varo Erté, As well as her wonderful family whom she loves dearly. She considers her style to be a “Dream Expressionism”
When questioned Aida, “how would you describe yourself and your work?” She responded “Relentless” and her artwork “Legitimate!”
It is a pleasure to enjoy each and everyone of Aida Corral’s creations. Aida Corral’s style and uniqueness are both beautiful and captivating in a very dreamy way. They form a fantastically beautiful world for the viewer to admire. It is through her beautiful efforts that her creations take the art world into a dimension of soft clouds of cotton skies.

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Aida Corral es un artista multidisciplinaria originaria de la ciudad de Nueva York. Aida nació en Manhattan Nueva York, creció en la Ciudad de México y ha estado viviendo y trabajando en Mexicali, Baja California desde 1988.
Aida Corral comenzó a pintar desde que ella podía recordar, pero ella comenzó seriamente a pintar a la edad de 13 años. En ese momento se dio lo que era un hobby en un más grave reflejo de una forma de vida. Su musa es la esencia de vivir la vida al máximo, a menudo expresando a sí misma a través de su arte y su música. Ella saca su inspiración de muchos lugares aveces de forma de las situtaciones públicas como la vida cotidiana y otras mas intimas eh personales como su corazón. A veces los sueños, a veces a partir de la música que escucha. Aida le gusta crear piezas ideales que mostren lo mas hermoso de s interior para que atraigan buena onda y contrarrestar las dificultades de la vida Y la realidad.
Aida Corral comenzó sus estudios de arte en el Instituto de Bellas Artes del Estado dirigido por el profesor Rubén García Benavides. Desde entonces Aida ha expuesto sus obras en diversos grupos y como solista exhibitions de arte 1991. Aida Corral comenzó a estudiar danza contemporánea, que es actualmente una parte de la UABC Taller Coreográfico que más tarde se diversificó en una parte de la compañía de danza independiente llamada “Lindero Norte “.Desde 2004 Aida Corral y su compañero Sergio Vela trabajaron juntos en una banda de música mexicana contemporánea que se denomina “La Pura Pulpa”. Sergio es a la vez su pareja y su gran mentor, su arte ha sido seleccionado por la ‘Bienal Universidad de plástico y de plástico Bienal de Estado “. Sergio ha sido becario del PECDA (Programa de Incentivos de Creación y Desarrollo Artístico) tres veces, con” La pulpa pura “y se ha convertido en el beneficiario de PACMYC en 2004. Actualmente dirige Sergio Vela Grupo Dunas Danza Contemporánea Casa de la Cultura, la promoción de su obra de arte a nivel internacional y seguir haciendo música con” La pulpa pura “.
En septiembre de 2014 Aida Corral ha sido seleccionada para representar a México por el Comité Internacional de Cristóbal Colón en la Mostra Internazionale, Artisti Del Vecchio e Nuovo Mondo, en Génova, Italia, en septiembre de 2014. El Comitato Internazionale Cristoforo Colombo es una asociación que, a través de la figura de Cristóbal Colón celebra el ingenio, la profesionalidad, el valor de toda la marina italiana, debido a la gran contribución de los descubrimientos geográficos, y para mejorar y hacer hincapié en la importancia 12 de octubre.
Tomando por los historiadores y hacer la transición de la Edad Media, el Renacimiento y la Edad Moderna, que finalmente conduce a un encuentro entre las últimas culturas y nuevo mundo.Las mayores influencias del desarrollo de Aida Corral como artista, han sido Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, y Remedios Varo Erté, así como a su familia maravillosa a quien ama entrañablemente.
Aida Corral considera su estilo de arte “Un sueño Expresionismo”.
Cuando se le preguntó ah Aida “, ¿cómo te describierías a ti misma y tu trabajo de arte?”
-Ella respondió “Incesante” y su obra “legítimo”
El estilo y la singularidad de Aida Corral es a la vez hermosa y cautivadora. Ella crea con su arte un mundo muy hermoso para que el espectador admire. Es un placer disfrutar de cada una de las creaciones de Aida Corral las cuales con mucho esmero ella produce. Gracias a sus bellas creaciones el mundo del arte vuela sobre las nubes de algodon.

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Aida Corral, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

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Featured Artist: GIGI CHEN



Gigi Chen is a visual artist with a playful mind that radiates into her Art. She was born in Guang Dong, China and raised in Woodhaven Queens and NYC where she now resides and works.


The inspiration for her work comes from all of her surroundings. She finds her mind to be a bank of accumulated bits and pieces of thoughts and visuals. She often finds creativity in the oddest places for example, a person can say a word and she will hang unto that idea for a few months and then she will create it into an art piece.


Gigi Chen was born with the creative muse within her. At the tender age of 11 she recalls copying an image of Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.” The drawing was what her little kid brain felt was pure perfection. That was the actual moment she decided that art was going to be the career she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Forever. No kidding!!

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Gigi Chen’s biggest influence have been the wonderful world of child play, the Saturday morning cartoons!. Watching cartoons triggered her imagination and allowed her to reach into the grand desire to become an animator. She went on and got her BFA in traditional animation. Gigi also craved the desire of learning the masters. Her favorite was Leonardo Da Vinci. The old Masters have an inexplicable and fantastic hold on her.

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Once she knew what she wanted in life, she began to spend hours at the library doing research on the matter. She would check out books on art and drawing. She was hooked on Da Vinci master pieces. The drawings and the sculptures of Michelangelo set off a complete need and that was ” IT!” she was hooked!

Gigi Chen was not sure about the style or label her art would be considered, since she started showing in galleries she has been told that her work falls into the category of “Pop-Surrealism.” Her work comes from so many different places: animation, traditional painting, films… Because her work doesn’t come from a strictly illustrative base, it has made it difficult sometimes to know how the work should be labeled. Maybe that confusion makes her work so unique and special with it’s own identity.

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Gigi Chen creates an aesthetic that combines her training as a traditional animator and her love of the “Old Master” techniques. She has displayed her works at the “Queens Museum of Art”, “the Index Art Center” and at “Mighty Tanaka Gallery” in New York.

Gigi Chen -“My paintings are unconventional self-portraits that explore my ambivalent feelings towards being an artist and how it affects my views of the world. The Toy-like characters personify my neuroses and hearken back to my childhood fondness for soft playthings. The dynamic between the human figures and the characters is a constant push and pull. They are interchangeably protagonists and victims, winning as well as losing. Collectively, the scenes illustrate the struggles and rewards of being an artist.”

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In one sentence she describes herself and her work with her favorite Motto:”LOVE + FUN= ART”

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Featured Artist: JOHN BROPHY



was born in St. Louis, MO, but didn’t spend much time there. His father was an aerospace engineer for McDonnell Douglas (which is now known as Boeing.)

The family moved a lot and by the time he was 12, he had already lived in St. Louis, MO, Tustin, CA, Boise, ID, and South Carolina, as well as Japan and Athens, Greece. As a young adult, he later lived with his family in several different places within the state of California.


John Brophy first started painting just after he finished high school. He had been a yearbook photographer and had enjoyed taking photos, but felt a need for something more and thus, picked up oil painting.


When his dad was transferred to Zaragoza, Spain, he took the opportunity to go to a university in Madrid. That’s where he studied fine art, taking full advantage of the Prado Museum and the wonderful courses that he could absorb.

Soon after, he left home, he moved back to Japan for about 8 years.He ultimately decided to nest in Issaquah, WA. Though he has endured much travel, John Brophy is thankful for the experiences he gained.With a very well-marked passport, he feels that he cannot quite say where his inspiration comes from and that it springs from many places and experiences. Some artists have a hard time with coming up with ideas, but John Brophy is happy to say he is not one of them.

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When John Brophy was new to painting he idolized Salvador Dali and found that he could think up all kinds of Daliesque compositions. However, it was something that bothered him because even though the ideas were good, they were in someone else’s style. It took him a while to realize why he was rendering his work in someone else’s style, and ultimately he realized that it was because successful artists have done the hard work of developing their own styles and visual vocabulary.


The styles of the most successful artists were contagious to the point where that particular artist could engulf themselves in anyone’s style of painting. As he stated “It is easy to move into a beautiful house that has been built by someone else.” Taking this into consideration, John Brophy, found it necessary to stop looking at works of other great artists and build up his own inventory of visual iconography.


John Brophy’s biggest influences are Salvador Dali, Mark Kostabi, Pierre et Gilles, Tadanori Yokoo, the music and writing of Brian Eno, Haruki Murajami, and one of his first art teachers: John Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald’s temperament and gentle insight helped tune John Brophy’s eye and sharpen his creative instincts.


John Brophy considers his work to be for the viewer to name, he doesn’t place stylistic labels on his art. As John likes to state:

“I just do my art and leave it up to others, who come later, to worry about [it].”

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Featured Artist: JOHN DICANDIA -JinnDow

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John Dicandia-Jinndow also known in the art world as “Jinndow” was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and of Italian heritage. John Dicandia-Jinndow has been creative for most of my life but has been seriously active in artwork only in the last 25 years. He works primarily with ink, graphite and acrylic to convey thoughts about his environment and the human state, both solipsistic and interpersonal, fusing myth and reality. A blend of mediums and ideas that make his work both beautiful and captivating

John Dicandia-Jinndow is both a creative enigma in artwork and a delightful writer and illustrator. His work has been published and also has been elected to compliment book covers. John’s curiosity for the human heart is what keeps his work so full of life, with colors and concepts that are naughty and nice, keeping the viewer in suspense and thrilling them with great expectations.
Although John Dicandia-Jinndow has traveled extensively he resides and creates in his home town in Melbourne, Australia. His artistic creativity surfaced at a very young age. When John was 11 years old he began to take an interest in writing. It is hard to pinpoint one source of inspiration. Perhaps it’s from his diverse environment and the people that he has met along the journey of his life. It was then at that very young age that he started writing stories about having really cool friends and going on adventures.20140202-223753.jpg
His biggest influence have been numerous, for he has had the fortune to get inspiration from his environment and his peers. John can’t single out one major source of influence or art movement however he does have an affinity to the period from 1890-1940 covering the Belle Epoche, Dadaism, Art Nouvelle and Art Deco.

John Dicandia-Jinndow likes to consider his art style to be -Art deco with Gothic and pop art elements” or as he likes to say- “in a nutshell”. He Describes himself as “A puzzle with missing pieces!” His work is as he states “Organized chaos!”20140202-223745.jpg

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Featured Artist: PEGGY ROBLES – AlVARADO

Peggy Robles-Alvarado
A poet a writer an actor and a director that has shined her energy upon those that have had the immense privilege of meeting her. She is an amazing lady that fills the room with an intense connection.

The first time I met Peggy her voice and poetry hit me like a ton of bricks. She opened the emotional barrier that seemed impossible to brake. She spoke to the microphone and the walls of the gallery disappeared transforming that time and space into a visual delicacy full of yesterdays and memories of childhood dreams.

Born of a Puerto Rican and Dominican decent Peggy was raised in Washington Heights by two hard working middle class parents who decided to break tradition and named her “Peggy”. A name that she upholds with pride.

Her mother and father where one of her biggest influences. She learned that life was, what you made of it. The beauty of your world is but yours to mold. Her parents were both full of virtues, good ethical morals and ruled their home with unconditional love. Peggy is a person of such deep roots that shine through is all the aspects of her life. She loves communicating and expressing her views.

Peggy has also had many big influences growing up, such as Sandra Maria Esteves and Tato Laviera who wrote about identity and culture. In her recollection she talks about the many influences such as Ntosake Shange, Carmen Rivera, and Lorna Dee Cervantes, Isabelle Allende, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Martin Espada, and Edwidge Danticat.

Her style has been an evolving and fearless playing with words and structure that addresses social and emotional issues that affect women, society, those deemed statistics, and the voiceless.

She finds her inspiration in her surroundings, sometimes something as simple as a smile can set Peggy on a journey of the soul. Peggy’s writings can surge from an experience in a past relationship or an afternoon in the park interacting with a child, maybe even from passing by a particular place that provokes intense feelings that then trigger a memory. She also writes about women’s issues such as gender roles, domestic violence, and what it means to be a woman.

Lately Peggy has been writing about whatever makes her angry. Rather than dwell on an issue or situation she writes about it, giving negative energy a new spin and creating reactive art!

Peggy began writing poetry and performing in 2008 but it wasn’t until 2011 when she published her first book of poetry “Conversations With My Skin”.

Writing this book was a major turning point in her career after the publication of her book she began to book a regular basis. Peggy then started to perform poetry for all kinds of audiences.

This year Peggy did something she hadn’t done before, getting herself into a new journey in life she co-wrote and co-produced a Spoken Word theatrical production titled “Soledad Speaks” with 3 other poets J.F. Seary, Maria Rodriguez, and Meriam Rodriguez, and an amazing director Linda Nieves Powell.
The experience pushed her creativity to new limits and now she is experimenting with poetry and theater.

Peggy also began to produce literary events under “Robleswrites Productions” and started a new project titled “The Abuela Stories” Project highlighting the essence of unique Abuelas (grandmothers) through poetry, prose and photography. You can visit for more information: http://www.abuelastories.com

In one sentence Peggy describes herself and her work:
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“I am a fearless magic making, perfectly imperfect woman with a penchant for poetry and storytelling.

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Contact email: robleswrites@gmail.com




Featured Artist: RICHARD RAMIREZ

Richard Ramirez
Was born in Manhattan in St vincents hospital, raised in the bronx and lives in Puerto Rico.
Living in the Bronx, NY in the ’60’s he was exposed to a wonderfully colorful environment.
Full of energy and inspiration at every corner. Richard was always interested in the rhythm of life and the beauty of the colors of his everyday environment. His style is remembrance of the peeking interest of the way the colors gave energy to his every stroke. As a young man Richard was working with sketches, markers and pencil. Making commissioned pieces for collectors that love his work and followed his career.
One piece that stands out from that time is the recreation of the cover to “The Stairway To Heaven” album by Led Zeppelin.

Richard loves surreal and abstract art. Growing up in the 60’s in the Bronx, He was exposed to a psychedelic world, and loved the hidden messages and subliminal undertones of this type of art.

Richard -“I say Art has to make you think.. most of the time anyway.. I find it to be a stress reliever for me”. He has worked with many different and mixed medias. Like gourd art, graphite pencils, markers, oil and acrylic and photography. Richard also ran a tattoo shop in the Bronx for more than 10 yrs. Were he made custom tattoo designs for customers.
Right now his choice of medium is acrylic paints upon gourds. His pieces can be found on canvas, paper and his favorite Organic Gourds.
One of his favorite pieces is “My Guardian Angel” This piece is special to him because it was born of a dream he had when he was about 10 years old. As soon as he awoke he had to sketched it out. Later on when he was older he rendered it on a canvas. Working in oil paints. It was his first real piece of art work . He really felt connected to this piece. During the years he lost it in a move. It was a difficult loss for Richard, because it was a piece that was part of his life and had always had it with him throughout his life. It was the Angel which took care of him.

Richard decided to recreate it again on a new and exciting medium “cardboard”.
Meeting a fellow artist Marthalicia Matarrita, who works on cardboard inspired him to do this. By seeing her work, it reminded him of his Angel. So the process of re-painting it with acrylics on cardboard began.

“My Guardian Angel” is still a work in progress and still remains his favorite piece of work simply because it was his piece that was from deep in his conscious mind and transferred itself into a dream.

Richard Ramirez, how would you describe yourself?
Richard: -There is a saying… “We are constantly invited to be who we are” I don’t know who wrote this, but I guess it describes me in a way.. I love the challenges life brings me .. and With God in my life I will find a way to fulfill His will in me.

What is your favorite thing to create? Richard -“Gourds, its a medium I found not too many people are doing.. so I keep challenging myself, I love the process, it keeps me grounded and makes me work for a piece of art.

I have to peel, cut and gut this organic matter and then comes the fun part of painting it for someone’s pleasure.

I do mostly custom work, I make my gourds to order.. so my clients give me a general Idea of what they want some more specific than others and I create them for them from tiny gourds to giant gourds. It is an amazing career it fills my time and gives me pleasure.

Here are some art works by: RICHARD RAMIREZ
“Mother Sun and Father Moon”

on Medium Gourd Inspired by a wonderful artist and friend who I call my sunshine and who pushes me to work harder everyday.

“The Magic Brush”

On a smaller Gourd If only my brush could do this.

“Iraida’s Beauty Salon”

On a large gourd commission work for a beauty salon when it comes to art. It enables me to find myself and lose myself all at the same time.

Mornings like this prove God is great who else could create such an amazing world!
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Featured Artist: HELENE RUIZ

Helene Ruiz

Artist at birth. Helene Ruiz is one of the most influential artist of the century. We are blessed to have her artistic influence and her spiritual essence teaching and guiding us all. She grew up in NYC.  With the beauty of the city and it’s many buildings,the community became one of the most special memories in her mind just like a warm blanket. Helene gravitated towards art before she learned to talk. Creative in so many ways she knew that Art would always be the biggest love of her life.

Helene Ruiz’s career reached a peek when Helene had trauma and suffered a spinal cord injury.Being unable to move freely and do the many things she used to, she found refuge in art.He Father was one of the biggest influences in her, from very early on he supported and fueled the fire of creativity within Helene. He was also a creative soul and a wonderful human being. She states -“My father always taught me to think creatively. He would be my biggest creative influence growing up. I grew up in NYC. I cannot choose any for a particular favorite as they all have their special place in this puzzle of life.”“ The moment I wake up, I am inspired. I am sometimes compelled by my environment and my dreams. I was always called “strange or different” …. but I suppose it is because I see in a different way than others.

Helene Ruiz is an artist whom works with many organizations always looking for new talent, she currently curates for art6 Gallery in Richmond VA and has been featured in many places. Her works range from spiritual, to enigmatic to deep and intense. Helene brings emotion unto a canvas and evokes mother muse for many whom view her work.

In short Helene Ruiz is the spirit of art.

Website: http://heleneruiz.redbubble.com


Helene Ruiz … Artista de nacimiento, es una de las artistas más influyentes del siglo.Tenemos la suerte de tener su influencia artística y su enseñanza esencia espiritual que nos guía. Ella creció en Nueva York. Con la belleza de la ciudad y sus numerosos edificios,la comunidad se convirtió en uno de los recuerdos más especiales en su mente como una manta caliente.Ella se inclinó por el arte antes de aprender a hablar.Creativo de tantas maneras que ella sabía que el arte siempre sería el más grande amor de su vida.La carrera de Helene Ruiz alcanzado un vistazo cuando Helene tuvo un trauma y sufrió una lesión en la médula espinal.Estando incapaz de moverse libremente y hacer las muchas cosas que solía, ella encontró refugio en el arte.

El Padre de Helene fue una de las mayores influencias de ella, desde muy temprano él apoyó y alimentó el fuego de la creatividad dentro de Helene. Él también era un alma creativa y un ser humano maravilloso. Ella afirma – “Mi padre siempre me enseñó a pensar de forma creativa. Él sería mi mayor influencia con mi creativa . Yo me crié en Nueva York. No puedo elegir cualquiera de uno de los favoritos, ya que todos tienen su lugar especial en este rompecabezas de la vida “.- “En el momento en que me despierto, me siento inspirado. A veces me veo obligado por mi entorno y mis sueños. Yo siempre fui llamado “extraño o diferente” …. pero supongo que es porque lo veo de una manera diferente que otros.

Helene Ruiz es un artista que trabaja con muchas organizaciones siempre en busca de nuevos talentos, ella actualmente cura exibiciones en la Galería art6 en Richmond VA y ha sido presentado en muchos lugares.Sus trabajos de arte van desde lo espiritual, a enigmáticos eh profundo e intenso. Helene aporta emociones a un lienzo y evoca la madre musa para muchos que admiran su trabajo.

En resumen Helene Ruiz es el espíritu del arte.

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