JUNE- September 2021:
▪️I'm honored to be included in Dominick Rabrun's documentary "Portrait of a City" with the Levins from Chuck Levin Music Center, Fata Togba-Mensah, founder of Fas Marketplace and Dan Thompson, founder of Wheaton Arts Parade. Rabrun's intention was to paint or describe the city's soul through its people, particularly, community art leaders who've made a difference in the Wheaton, MD arts district.
View the documentary here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G0W5-REBuPc&feature=share
As a Puerto Rican artist outside of the Island, I first felt at home again in Wheaton because of its cultural mix and down to earth charm. I found MAA Gallery co-op, joined Montgomery Art Association then I became its Membership Chair for four years. I advocated for Latin artist inclusion in the region and co-founded TLAL. Then I focused on artist outreach for Wheaton Arts Parade, led artist meetings in The Art Factory, organized the fun, tableaux vivant groups for the parade (and portrayed Frida Kahlo too!) I also managed WAP Gallery co-op, designing and installing the shows in its former 2 locations. My mural "Roots" is at University Blvd +Veirs Mill Rd, and my art pyramid "The Lunatics" is exhibiting at Brookside Gardens. I look forward to more art adventures in this town full of warm, creative people!
▪️I was invited by The Better Block Foundation to design and paint a ground mural for the Pike District Connector. The community was invited to participate. The project aims to give visibility to the trails around the area. Visit the Bethesda Trolley Trailhead on Edson and Woodglen, Bethesda, MD to enjoy these and see my latest mural. Photos on the Public Art tab.
▪️Great news! Our proposed design "The Gathering Tree" (a collaboration with artist Stuart Diekmeyer) won the public/community vote for the Park Public Art Project by Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association in Silver Spring, MD. More details of next steps coming soon!
▪️My design "Hope Tree" was selected for the #ARTHAPPENSHERE mural/banners project by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD. You can see it at Woodside Urban Park in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. I talk about the mural in this video by Montgomery Parks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJZ2RiCQCms
▪️I'm excited to be collaborating with @CryptoFuchsia, exhibiting a series of one of a kind "Festive Masks" NFT's in their shop at OpenSea: https://www.opensea.io/CryptoFuchsia
▪️The Path of Pyramids public art installation by Wheaton Arts Parade continues to travel. Find my pyramid "The Lunatics" at location #12 in Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD. There are 13 pyramids by local artists, placed throughout the gardens for everyone to visit.
▪️ I finished "Roots/Raíces", my mural for Wheaton Gateway LLC Public Art Project. The theme was "Connection as the Cornerstone for a Strong Community". Come see it at and other 2 murals and banners by local artists at the intersection of University Blvd and Veirs Mill Rd in Wheaton, MD
▪️🌸 My Art In Bloom sculpture for the National Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 is in Takoma! Find it on 4th St & Butternut St NW Washington, DC 20012. If you take a pic or a selfie, please tag me! Go on a hunt for all 26 sculptures around the DMV, tag each artist and include #artinbloom, #stepintospring, @cherryblossfest to enter NCBF's contest. More details here: www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org
▪️My pyramid "The Lunatics" is now at Sandy Spring Museum in Maryland. It is one of 13 painted pyramid sculptures of public art installation "Path of Pyramids", by Wheaton Arts Parade. It started on the streets of Wheaton in September 2020, then some were selected for a show at In(Site) Project Gallery in VisArts in Rockville, MD (mine included) and now all 13 are on view at the museums' grounds. Visit soon!
▪️I'm excited to share that my design was selected for "Art in Bloom", a public art installation of giant Cherry Blossom flower sculptures that will be placed throughout the Washington, DC area as part of the capital's National Cherry Blossom Festival 2021. Twenty five designs were selected from a national call for arts...our designs will be a *surprise* and unveiled in March. Stay tuned!
▪️I have 2 mixed media drawings showing at Art Enables Gallery in Washington, DC, part of Montgomery Art Association's Winter Exhibition. And my work was used for their promo poster. The show is open to the public and online through the end of February.
▪️My piece "The Lunatics", part of "Path of Pyramids" (a public art installation by Wheaton Arts Parade) was selected for a new exhibition at In(Site) Gallery on the Rooftop of VisArts Center for the Arts and it is currently open to the public M-F 11am-4pm.
▪️My artwork Fleurette Africaine 5, a mixed media, inspired by Monk's classic jazz melody with the same title, is part of "Abstracts", MAA's online exhibition.
▪️I was invited to design the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration poster for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Special thanks to M-NCPPC'S Visual Arts Specialist, Stuart Diekmeyer, to Elizabeth M. Hewlett of the Prince George’s County Planning Board and Director Bill Tyler of Department of Parks and Recreation for the intro and presentation.
Here's the video of the unveiling of the poster "Moon Fades, Sun Rises":
▪️I was also invited by M-NCPPC to show my new, digital/mixed media series: "Puerto Rican Vejigantes, Masks & Patterns" in the "2020 Hispanic Heritage Exhibition: Maria Lanas + Sandra Pérez-Ramos" at Publick Playhouse in Cheverly, MD and Online. See full exhibition here:
▪️My work "Gato Loco & The Lunatics" was one of the winning designs for Wheaton Arts Parade's Tetrahedron Public Art Installation. Our sculptures will be placed around town for the community to enjoy between 9/20- 10/04/20. https://www.wheatonartsparade.org/map
▪️I'm part of a group of Latinx artists working with the multi talented David Camero in his virtual comedy sketch. This experiment, a la "theatre of the absurd", will be shared in September as part of Wheaton Arts Parade 2020 virtual program.
▪️My work was one of ten artworks selected by art critic Lenny Campello from the DMV Artists/Covid-19 FB Group and featured in his article:
▪ Six of my latest drawings are exhibiting online at MAA's Urban Landscapes Show and at Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery in Westfield Wheaton Mall.
▪️My work is currently at Oasis Art Gallery in Westfield Montgomery Mall (Bethesda, MD) in the 3rd Annual MAA Members Show held at that location. And I have other works at MAA's Colorful Expressions Show, held at Glenview Mansion in the Rockville Civic Center and at Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery's latest show on the Lower Level of Westfield Wheaton Mall.
NOVEMBER 2019-JANUARY 2020
▪️Six illustrations and one of my "Nichos" in mixed media are exhibiting at WAP Gallery in the Westfield Wheaton Mall, MD.
AUGUST- SEPTEMBER 2019
▪️Great Masters' Masquerade at Wheaton Arts Parade 2019. Our group of tableaux vivants returns for an encore. This time iconic visual artists, living paintings, totem animals and folk masks come together in a surreal fiesta. Come celebrate the arts and cultures of Wheaton, see us and many art floats parading down Georgia Ave towards Price and Fern Streets. Parade starts promptly at 10 am on Sunday, September 22. An arts festival follows the parade at 12 noon. Map and program: www.wheatonartsparade.org.
▪️Sept 2-25, 2019. Five of my "whimsies" are on display in the September Exhibition at Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery, in Westfield Wheaton Mall. It includes 74 works in different media, including fiber arts, mosaics, photography, collage, painting, drawing.
▪️Aug 31-Sept 2, 2019. Paint the Town/ MAA's Labor Day Show at Kensington Town Hall. My sculpture-assemblage "Mangrove" received a 2nd place award in the 3D/Sculpture category, given by juror Glen Kessler.
▪️August 2-28, 2019. MAA Members' Show at Artists & Makers Studios 1 in Rockville, MD
▪️ July 20-August 18, 2019. Nature of Art Show/MAA. Visitors Center, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
▪️My new mixed media works are currently at the summer exhibition in Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery (2nd level, Westfield Wheaton Mall). The gallery is open all week, includes local artists' works ranging from original sculptures, encaustic, photography, paintings, collage, illustration and also cards and matted prints.
▪️My work "Patterns" (made with repurposed vinyl from my kids' broken, inflatable pools) and "Árbol Esqueleto" (illustration about nature, death, rebirth) were selected to be part of an exhibition at All Eco Design Center, a beautiful showroom with environmentally conscious materials for interior remodeling in Wheaton, MD. The show runs through August and is part of Wheaton Arts Parade's initiative to bring local art to local businesses in the community. Business hours are M- F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm.
▪️Visit the MAA Spring Art Show at Kensington Public Library to see 2 of my illustrations and art by more MAA members. The exhibition runs through May 30th. Library hours are T-Thu 10am-8pm, F-Sat 10am-6pm.
▪️The May Show is up at Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery, it runs through the first week of June. I have 4 originals exhibiting and prints too. Gallery hours are M-TH 11am-8pm, F-SAT 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm.
▪️I'm excited to be part of this interview by Henrietta Biayema for Montgomery Municipal Cable TV Channel 16, about Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery and the upcoming event in September 22, 2019. The interview includes WAP's founder, Dan Thompson, artist Nar Steel and me.
▪️The April Show at Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery is up and running with more artists this month. I am showing 5 originals. Visit us during gallery hours! M-TH 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm.
▪️A new show is up at Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery on the 2nd level of Westfield Wheaton Mall. We are now 21 local artists!! This month, I'm exhibiting 4 originals (and new prints are in the bins). The show runs through the end of March 2019.
▪️GAITHERSBURG ARTIST COLLECTIVE'S "ART FROM THE HEART SHOW" AT ARTISTS ON MARKET. 201 Market St, Gaithersburg, MD. Opening reception: 1/27/19 from 2-5pm. Show runs through end of February. I have 6 originals exhibiting here, also miniatures, cards and prints for sale.
▪️I was interviewed (in Spanish) by TELEMUNDO, about the mission of Theodore Carter's #1kfridas event and my art. It aired on 1/28/19. Video link:
▪️My art installation "Amor y Dolor/Frida's Wheelchair" was featured on both, 4 NBC WASHINGTON, and on WASHINGTON POST in an article about Night of 1000 Fridas public art event by Theodore Carter. It was displayed at Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery on the night of #1KFRIDAS 1/25/19 and exhibited to the public at Westfield Wheaton Mall.
▪️Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery Inaugural Show in Westfield Wheaton Mall (11160 Veirs Mill Rd/20904). Five of my originals are exhibiting here. This pop-up gallery is located on the 2nd level of the mall, across from Kay Jewelers. It opened on 1/18/19, includes local artists and photographers, the show runs through the end of February. Cards, prints, art jewelry for sale too. Hours are Sun-Thurs11am-7pm and 11am-9pm Fri-Sat. You're invited to the OPENING RECEPTION on February 9, 2019. Save the date!!
SELECTED PAST EVENTS:
Gaithersburg Artists Collective December Show at Artists On Market at 201 W Market St, Gaithersburg, MD. Opening reception: Dec 2, 2018 from 2-5pm.
Inspired by Frida at Artists & Makeres Studios 2 at 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD. Opening reception and Holiday market on Dec 7, 2018 from 6-9pm. Closing reception and market on Dec 22 from 10am-4 pm. My installation "Amor Y Dolor/Frida's Wheelchair" is exhibited here.
Gaithersburg Artists Collective October Show at Artists On Market, located at 201 Market St West in the Kentlands area of Gaithersburg, MD. Hours are Fri 4-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-8pm.
"Nuestras Raíces Latinas-Our Latin Roots Art Show". My work is part of this exhibition by invitation from MNCPPC of PG County, during Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. A reception will be held from 2-4 pm on 9/15/18 at Publick Playhouse in Cheverly, MD. The show runs through November 10, 2018.
Master Artists Tableau Vivant @ Wheaton Arts Parade, in MD.
I've organized a group of 19 diverse, local artists to impersonate different iconic painters and pose as living pictures during the parade. We will represent Montgomery Art Association and Latinx visual artists in the area.
Our Tableau Vivant was featured in this article at Culture Spot MC:
My work was included in "Judith Levine's Gallery Picks" article in Montgomery Art Association's Newsletter in May 2018:
You're invited! My artwork "Wander", (mixed media: pigment inks and gouache pen) is now exhibiting at OASIS GALLERY inside Macy's Home at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, MD through May 4, 2018. A free, opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 17 from 2 - 3:30pm. The show includes works by 26 artist members of Montgomery Art Association.
What is special to you? It could be something, someone, a concept, dogma, romance. Desde la vida cotidiana...hasta algo espectacular. Like our grandparents' kitsch, old fashioned sofas or like religious scapulars... contained in clear plastic vinyl or singled out in niches, encased, preserved in time. In this show, I explore what is sacred, those dreams that are never abandoned. Those longed for but never reached, those that were completely lost, others that were found. The dreamers, (creative types) are usually considered mad, idealists, lunatics...who wonder, persevere, do not abandon their beliefs. "De poetas y locos...todos tenemos un poco". Opening on Friday, December 1, from 6-9 pm at the opening reception of my solo show "Textiles and Lunatics: Constructing Dreams". There are lots of new, experimental fiber artworks, fun illustrations and an interesting combination of media in this show! It runs through December 21 at the Merge Gallery in A & M 2 (12276 Wilkins Ave. Rockville, MD 20852). Gallery hours are Tues-Sat 10 am- 4pm.
For more details of my show, please click on link to DC Art News blog!
October Show/Featured Artist at Gallery 209/ A&M 2. October 6- 31, 2017.
Opening reception: October 6 from 6-9 pm.
My art will be featured this month! (75% of sales of my art will be donated to a Puerto Rico hurricane relief fund of the customer's choice).
We are 12 contemporary, local artists partnered in Gallery 209 @ Artists & Makers 2 (#12276 Wilkins Ave. Rockville, MD 20852). We work in different media and styles ranging from abstract to representational. There's a new show every month with opening receptions held every first Friday of the month. We welcome you to our gallery. Hours: Tues- Sat 10 am- 4pm.
More info at: www.gallery209art.com, www.facebook.com/gallery209art and on Instagram @gallery209art.
Best selling author KEITH DONOHUE wrote a beautiful short story for Wheaton Arts Parade titled "PISCES". It was based on my painting " De Alla Pa' Ca". ( I'm humbled, excited and agradecida at the same time!)
Here's the link to his blog and short story, added on September 27, 2017.
Wheaton Arts Parade 2017 was a success! I was part of a team 6 artists and designers, winners of a WAP grant and we built a beautiful float "Celebrating Frida Kahlo". We marched to celebrate art and diverse cultures in the Wheaton area with our float. Friends, family and more artists joined us dressed as different Fridas and Calaveras. There were also other awesome floats built by local artists and students. A festival followed, with 3 stages, music performances, puppets, films, poetry readings, tents with children's crafts, art for sale, and food vendors...all by LOCAL talent and businesses. I'm looking forward to participating next year!!.
Check out the pictures at www.facebook.com/wheatonartsparade, www.facebook.com/fridafloatwheatonartsparade,www.wheatonartsparade.com
#1KFRIDAS PUBLIC ART EVENT by Theodore Carter. My installation piece "Amor y Dolor/Frida's Wheelchair" was featured on NBC Washington, and on the Washington Post. It was displayed at Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery on the Night of 1,000 Fridas (1/25/19) and exhibited to the public at Westfield Wheaton Mall from 6-8pm.
It was an honor to design the poster for the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Special thanks to M-NCPPC'S Visual Arts Specialist, Stuart Diekmeyer, to Elizabeth M. Hewlett of the Prince George’s County Planning Board and Director Bill Tyler of Department of Parks and Recreation for the intro and presentation.
Here's the video of the unveiling of the poster "Moon Fades, Sun Rises":