Thank you to Urban Edge, Dandelion Gallery, patrons, friends, & family, La Campeona, the News Sun, and the National Museum of Mexican Art!
This weekend meant a lot to me, because of all those who helped. It feels like a turning point for me. I was in two shows in downtown Waukegan! Urban Edge and Dandelion Gallery! All of the following photos were taken by other! Thank you for documenting these events! Please see this great article about The whole Waukegan Arts District, in the News Sun:
Event paints pretty picture of Waukegan - Lake County News-Sun and see the following "thank you-s"and photos.
Thank you to David Motley and Vickie Marasco of Urban Edge for including me in this exhibit, and for putting on this event for the good of Waukegan. (Also, thank you to Vickie for buying and appreciating my piece.) So much good has come from this one event and will continue to snowball, as is evident from the following thank you-s. You are the spark that will light a thousand candles in the Mexican community, art community, and beyond. (READ MORE "THANK YOUS" BELOW)
Thank you to Dandelion Gallery for your support over the past two years. The opportunity you have given me at Dandelion Gallery has branched into SO many other opportunities...I am aware of this. And the trickle down effect will continue. You were/are an essential part of the very beginning of the Arts movement in Waukegan! Your movement continues! Amazing. Also, thank you to Margaret, Raul, and Patricia of La Campeona, for including me in your broadcast on Monday, promoting my work, reminding us of the power every human connection we make has, and reminding me of the power of our Mexican culture. Thank you to ALL my friends, family, supporters, and UE & DG patrons for photographing work and posting it on facebook, buying my work, listening, coming to my shows, helping with a thousand little things, and for SUPPORTING THE ARTS in general. Your support is priceless and essential to my future and the future of Waukegan. Thank you to Ambee, Lulu, & Jon for encouraging me to start working again two years ago. Thank you for putting up with all of the chaos, helping price work, make tags, load my car, hang work, and just being understanding. It's been a big adjustment for everyone, and all three of you are incredible! You are my biggest cheerleaders. Thank you to Long Hwa-shu of the News Sun for writing and including me in a wonderful article about the whole arts movement in Waukegan! Event paints pretty picture of Waukegan - Lake County News-Sun Thank you to the National Museum of Mexican Art for including your artists in the show at UE, and for showing your support by being present.
Long Hwa-shu of the News Sun and his wife buy a painting entitled Sister Intuition. Photo by David Motley
New work at Dandelion Gallery this month. The whole grouping is entitled Pinata. Photo by Alicia Giles
Some of my work at Urban Edge. Photo by Alicia Giles
Behind Pablo's colorful paintings, you can see my daughter Ambee talking to artist Becca Zastany and my mother in a blue dress.
My daughter Ambee and artist Amy Lynn Ross watch the amazing dancing and Mexican music next to Pablo Ramirez's paintings. Photo by David Motley
My three Church paintings hanging at Urban Edge. This AMAZING raw space makes the work look even better! Vickie Marasco, curator at Urban Edge bought the piece on the far right entitled A Friend Afar! Photo by Alicia Giles