Today you can join me for the opening of the exhibition "Ad Astra" at Blick art materials store, 1 Bond Street, Soho, New York. It will start at 6 p.m. and it will go on until 8 p.m.
You all know my relationship with space and stars. Going to the roof at night with my father to set up the telescope and find different planets, nebulas and star clusters, was always an adventure.
Today I have a couple of [pieces I did as homage to Laika, the first animal sent to space, the first real cosmonaut. This Russian dog died in space, as well as many other animals sent after her before they started sending humans.
Back in September, during the WHEDco weekend walk, BxArts Factory created a fun activity to increase the exposure of the nearby Morning Glory Community Garden. At the same time I engaged the community to help me paint the fence of the garden and beautify the space.
It was a very successful event, many members of the community came, painted and enjoyed the great space they have at the garden, hopefully we encouraged more neighbors to be part of the MGCG and will be enjoying fresh vegetables for their homes.
This summer I visited my boyfriend's hometown of Valdosta, Georgia. It was my first time visiting the south and we had a great time getting to know the town and the history of his family. I really love Nature. For me it was an inspiring experience to see so many different birds, plants, butterflies and dragonflies, mosquitoes...
I remember my first acrylic painting was a still life with a teapot, leeks and some flowers from a photo I found on a magazine. I always admired the classic flower arrangements on big paintings you can see at the museums. So this time I decided to paint some flowers to decorate my mother-in-law's apartment. She loves flowers and color, and me too, so it was an easy fit. I got some art supplies at Hobby Lobby and painted for a couple of days in the porch, giving my blood for free to Georgia's mosquitoes, who by the way had a feast.
Flowers With Bird
Acrylic on canvas
It's been a hard month but life goes on and we are back with our monthly Paint the Night Away events! This September our design will be a surprise (with flowers involved)!
Friday, September 9th at The Bronx Beer Hall from 7 to 10 p.m.
$35 ticket includes a FREE drink and ALL art materials. At the end of the night you will take home your own creation on a canvas! Buy your tickets here
This month we have a special treat! During our summer months, adults and children in the community have created designs on the aprons that you will use. It is a way for them to thank you for your financial contribution! You can have this specially designed aprons! You can purchase the apron you will use this evening for only $5.
This evening, all funds collected by BxArts Factory will support our Free Workshop Series for 2017! With your contributions we are able to purchase materials, support the artists facilitating the workshops and provide free of cost snacks for participants. We love our Free Workshops Series and we are happy to receive your support for our 3rd consecutive year of programming.
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