Studio 4- Coco Salinas

“I paint different topics and find myself in the art. To me the world is art and we are all artists,” Coco Salinas said “All nature, people, the beauty of the human face, abstract and figurative, everything is art, everything is beautiful and everything can be translated onto a canvas. My wish is to help others find themselves through art.”

Coco Salinas has a passion for Art. She aims to capture the beauty of the simple things with a stroke of the paint brush. The abstract objects, the freshness of a fruit, the hidden beauty of an old tree but mostly her work convey an emotion to be captured by sitting, observing and drinking some coffee, tea or wine, as someone would do with a great friend. Ms. Salinas is currently accepting applications for new student. As a teacher, Coco offers, no intention to change the students’ world view, but offers advice through her own artwork. Art is her business, her passion, her dream. Art is the window into her world.

Coco Salinas

Studio 7 – Doko Casual Art


Doko Casual Art by Dania Olivares

As she looked down at the line that would seal the deal, she just couldn’t bring herself to do it. With a heart dedicated to art, she pushed the offer away and decided to follow her life-long dream and passion.

Two years later she’s going full speed ahead with Doko Casual Art, working out of the Incubator at 601 N. Main St. in downtown McAllen.

She currently has artwork placed in restaurants Roosevelt’s in downtown McAllen and Sabor Amor on Shary Road near Military Highway. She’s also received invitations to showings in Houston and Austin. “Many people have told me I am lucky but I don’t think so,” Dania said. “I work a lot. I search, I do research, I look for opportunities – that’s how things happen.”

Dania will have her 2013 annual exhibition at the Creative Incubator on Saturday, March 9th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm; with the help of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce the Incubator at McAllen open its door for the public to enjoy her work and talent.

“Olivares’s paintings are comprised of up to a dozen layers of this unique combination of materials. The artist’s vibrant colors pop from beneath a gem-like. This stunning finish supports the philosophy she wishes to convey.” Ivan Gonzalez said Cultural Arts Director from the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.


You can see Dania’s Art on her Facebook Page – or visit

You can also make an appointment to see her creations via email:

Studio 11-Lian Cheng Shingler

Lian Cheng Shingler


Lian Cheng Shingler is from China. She is a graduate of Chongqing Normal Unitversity and Shenzhen University in China. Ms. Shingler is a Dancer, Magician, Artist( Embrodery), Fitness and Martial arts ,Tai chi Yoga instructor. As a child she liked to watch the neighborhood women, while they embroidered and learned the art of embroidering. Through the years her love for this traditional art form grew. She continued to develop her embroidery skills, and has held a exhibit in 2007 at the International Museum of Arts and Science in McAllen. Lian is also a very talented performer of Magic and Chinese Opera, specializing in Bian Lian, or “Face Change”. During the past fifteen years she has performed throughout China and in the United States cities of Hidalgo, McAllen, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and New York. Lian Cheng Shingler, is a recipient of numerous awards for her skills in Tai Chi, Yoga, Kung Fu Wushu, Sword, fan and Ballroom, Folk, Baller, Latin, Bollywood and Belly dancing. In Beijing her instructor was a famous magician Jeff’s Mcbride. Recently she won twice first place for two different Magic shows in South Texas talent competitions and has attended International Brotherhood of Magicians .

Ms Lian holds Certificates as a Fitness, Martial arts and Dance instructor.

She has received many honors and awards for organizing Chinese Dragon and Lion Dances promoting Chinese culture. She is owner and manager of the Asian Culture Company in McAllen, Texas. Her company’s primary various types of dance instruction, magic show and events.


Lian Cheng Schingler