“Mi Herencia” Art Exhibit by Roel Flores

a-dsc_6410“Mi Herencia” Art Exhibit by Roel Flores

This October, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Creative Incubator is proud to offer an exhibition from Mr. Roel Flores.

Mr. Flores has an artistic family, which consists of a brother & nephew, who occasionally exhibit together.  The passion for Art runs deep in the Flores family particularly in Roel Flores who was born in Weslaco, Texas and still resides there. Their combined artwork exhibits have consisted of paintings on canvas, oil & acrylic, with each artist having a different perspective and unique style.

On this occasion, Roel calls this exhibit “Mi Herenica” to go along with heritage month.  Mr. Roel Flores’s, art work reflects an era when, the valley was young, untouched by commercial buildings and he worked in the fields.  Roel is the oldest of five brothers of seasonal migrant worker parents.

Mr. Flores’s accomplishments are many, but he is most proud to have received the National Arts & Humanities Proclamation from President Obama in 2013.

In additional to painting Roel is an accomplished guitarist.

A talented and soft spoken gentleman, Roel has exhibited in many locations, some which include the Weslaco Museum, San Benito, Austin, Houston, Chicago and in 2015 at the McAllen Creative Incubator.

“Mi Herencia” exhibit will be on display during Art Walk on Friday October 7th, and will remain on display for the entire month.

The focus of Incubator Exhibits is to promote awareness of local artists. On a monthly basis the Creative Incubator features talented artists who exhibit and join in for Art walk on the first Friday of every month.  A great variety of talented Artists have joined us from Corpus Christi as well as RGV residents.

AUDITIONS for Colibri Children’s Choir


PRESS RELEASE:  Announcing auditions for colibrí children’s choir

Auditions for the colibrí children’s choir will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator (601 N. Main).  No appointment is needed.  For those unable to come at this time, please call 956.307.6074 to arrange an alternate time. The first rehearsal will be Sunday, September 18.

The colibrí children’s choir is a community, auditioned treble choir for students in first through ninth grade. Students are selected on the basis of their aural and vocal potential, their desire to sing, their ability to learn quickly and their willingness to work hard. Children from public, private, parochial, charter, and home schools meet Sunday afternoons for rehearsals and musicianship classes, which are designed to teach music literacy. The choir performs at least two concerts each year and has appeared at McAllen’s Christmas in the Park and Fourth of July celebrations. The choir meets in the Gallery of the McAllen Creative Incubator.

A $20 registration fee is required at the time of audition. For further information including schedules and tuition, please visit www.colibrimusic.org.

Carol J. Brown, director
colibrí music studio and children’s choir
P.O. Box 759
McAllen TX 78505

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT NIGHTS by Viol Consort String Ensemble presents From baroque to Romantic era.



by Viol Consort String Ensemble presents From baroque to Romantic era.

Chamber Music Concert Nights it’s a program of educational concerts with a variety of classical music with the purpose of making art more accessible and understandable to the community.

 In this occasion Viol Consort will be performing a fine selection from baroque to romantic repertoire for string trio and string quartet.  The concert will begin with a beautiful collection of  XVII century sonatas  for violin, bassoon and cello  followed  by the Allegro from Rimsky Korsakov B-La-F String Quartet. and concluding with one of the most celebrated string quartets from Haydn’s Op. 64, the Fifth, in D, and so-called “Lark String Quartet”.

Viol Consort String Ensemble was founded in 2001 by violinist and music-arranger Sam Heredia 1st violin of the String Quartet, he is joined by violinists Sarah Torres and  Alfonso Atkinson, violists  Gamaliel Orellana,  cellists Abran Garcia, And for this concert the ensemble will be hosting the guest artist Arturo Gonzalez in the bassoon.

As classical crossover specialists VCSE excels in multiple styles — from baroque,classical, romantic, contemporary,  jazz, tango, pop and more . Since its concert debut in 2001, Viol Consort String Quartet has offered its exclusive  literature to local, national and international audiences in a variety of venues that include concert halls,  festivals, museums, and classrooms, for the sole purpose of promoting a cultural environment within reach of the whole community, especially in the Rio Grande Valley  where Viol Consort started  the program of 2 concert seasons per year  in McAllen Texas presenting eight didactic concerts  at the McAllen Creative Incubator (old library) located at 601 N. Main St, McAllen.

EVENT Date:Sunday September 18th at 7:30pm

Place: 601 N. Main St. Mcallen (McAllen Creative Incubator)

first concert of 2016  fall season

Alma Casso’s Art Exhibit Showcases the City of McAllen


Alma Casso’s Art Exhibit Showcases the City of McAllen

On Friday, September 2, 2016, local artist Alma Casso will be showcasing her latest art exhibit entitled “10 Magical Places in McAllen.” The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Creative Incubator’s Gallery located at 601 N. Main St., McAllen, Texas. Alma’s inspiration behind this exhibit is based on her desire to capture the many different aspects that distinguish the City of McAllen, and makes it exceptional. “As an artist, I wanted to honor the City of McAllen by creating a collection of paintings capturing city landmarks and their history. My objective was to present them in a light that reflects the great culture and people of the city.”

Selecting only 10 city landmarks was not an easy task for artist Alma Casso, especially since many of the city’s original buildings have been either demolished or remodeled. As Alma states, “Our modern society seems to want to push us into a uniform way of thinking and living. It saddens me to think that cities, little by little, are becoming increasingly similar, and they are losing the aspects that distinguish them and makes them special.” Alma’s objective in her art exhibit was displaying the essence of the city. “I believe that by capturing different aspects of the City of McAllen in my ten paintings, I will be able to remind people about the history, greatness, and exceptionalism of our city.”

Through her exhibit, Alma hopes to tell the many stories behind the city’s landmarks. For example, did you know that the original owner of Quinta Mazatlan, Jason Chilton Matthews, fought alongside Lawrence of Arabia? Legend says that the ceiling beams of Quinta Mazatlan are made of Lebanese cedar which was a gift to Mr. Matthews from the King of Lebanon in gratitude for his fight alongside Lawrence of Arabia in Lebanon’s War of Independence from the Turks.

With a bachelor’s degree in communication, and an MBA, Alma has pursued a successful career that led her to work in education, business, government, and healthcare. But always stirring in her heart was a desire she felt since her youth of wanting to be an artist to capture and share the beauty she saw. In 2000, she succumbed, Alma decided to pursue a career as an artist. Studying with a number of artists, Alma developed her own, intense style, using brushes, and palette knives to fulfill the free expression of the emotions that drive her.

Alma is an avid artist, and she has been painting and teaching painting classes for the last sixteen years. Her art exhibit “10 Magical Places in McAllen,” is being funded thanks to a grant rendered by the McAllen Arts Council and the Chamber of Commerce of McAllen. The art exhibit’s paintings will be on display in the Creative Incubator’s Gallery for the whole month of September. Alma Casso has her studio in the Creative Incubator of the City of McAllen’s Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 601 N. Main St., McAllen, Texas. She also teaches painting classes. You can contact her directly via e-mail at almacasso@gmail.com or via telephone at 956-507-0414.

South Valley Performing Arts Studio “Rondalla” Invite!



South Valley Performing Arts Studio “Rondalla” Invite!

At South Valley Performing Arts Studio (SVPA Studio) we are excited to be part of the creative team that makes up the McAllen Creative Incubator.

Today we invite young enthusiasts between 8 and 17 years and older, to join the first Youth Rondalla del Valle!    There’s no need to play the guitar to be part of the Rondalla, as it has never been easier to learn to sing and play guitar.

What is a Rondalla ? The Rondallas are usually a group of young people who sing and play guitar at the same time. Performances are in front of homes, restaurants or requested locations, the Rondalla songs are usually romantic, running themes of love, and serenades.

The most active times for a Rondallas are February 14, Mother’s Day, and even birthdays.  Serenade with a Rondalla or with mariachi takes place here in the Valley.  While it will be a battle for the public to expresses their opinion of which musical group is best, what if we make history and start our Rondalla from scratch?

This invite goes out to all, but remember that space is limited.  The groups will form as follows:  three groups, one with young people from 8 to 13 years, another group with young people from 14 to 17 years, and a 18 or older group will also open.

Keep in mind that in addition to this project, the first Youth Rondalla del Valle, SVPA also offers regular group courses and private Singing, Guitar, Piano and performance.

Additionally, I want to remind you that we are about to start courses in Spanish theater for children over 7 years, adolescents and adults! with Mtra. Lucia Macías.

Join us! It is part of SVPA Studio and McAllen Creative Incubator.  For more information, please contact us via text message closer to our Facebook page @svpaStudio.

The goal of the McAllen Creative Incubator is to support the continued professional growth of artists and enhance the cultural and economic vitality of our local community.   For more information about Incubator Tenants contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787 or via email at lrobles@mcallencvb.com.


Poem Productions by Ernesto Cervantes


Born in Pharr, Texas and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Ernesto Cervantes always loved the world of cinematography.  At 32 years of age, he decided to follow his passion and began studying the craft by taking workshops on photography and cinematography.

“What I love about photography is that you can always find the beautiful side of life,” Ernesto says.

Ernesto took his show on the road, shooting portraits, landscapes and urban photos across Mexico and the U.S. Working professionally with actors, models, musicians and dancers, he continues to hone his craft.

Ernesto is available for portrait, wedding, maternity, child, pets and quinceanera photography and video.

Workshops on composition, lighting, and portraits are available. Also available are workshops in cinematography and video production for short films, video blogs, and music videos.  He offers advanced and beginner workshops.

For times of sessions or workshops, please call or email. For times of sessions or workshops, please call or email at 956/310-3821, poemprod@gmail.com

“I’m eager to share my passion of telling stories through using different perspectives, like psychologically or visually, by applying various camera angles and settings,” He says.

McAllen Arts Council awards Grant to FEIPOL


The McAllen Chamber of Commerce along with the McAllen Arts Council, are proud to award grants to Arts Organizations, that encourage the Art in McAllen.  One of those organizations awarded this summer was the Latin American Foundation for the Arts.

The Latin American Foundation for the Arts promotes, creates and develops initiatives’ and projects to improve cultural access and visibility of the literary, visual and performing arts.

Their project is the “International Latin American Poetry Festival,” also know as the Festival Internacional de Poesia LatinoAmericana, in Spanish.  The three-day event is to be held on September 1st – 3rd, at the STC Cooper Center for the Arts, McAllen Texas.

“The First International Latin American Poetry Festival (FEIPOL) in McAllen, is the first festival of its kind in Texas and we are thrilled to be organizing it.” Said Monica Raygada, Executive Director of FEIPOL “Our vision is to present modes of artistic expression in preparation for the event.  This will include Mural Art, Accion Poetica, Photo Exhibits, Art Installation and more.”

Literature and Visual Arts come together to inspire the community and leave a mark at this event.

The McAllen Arts Council, supports and encourages the development of a citywide arts culture and infrastructure that includes all disciplines of the arts. This support and encouragement will improve the city’s quality of life through promoting and enhancing creativity, education, and the appreciation of the arts.

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