Studio 1 – 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




MARIA CONCEPCION FLORES DE CUEVA Originally from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico An architect graduate of the Design Center of “Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara” in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Originally from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
An architect graduate of the Design Center of “Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara” in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina Graduated from the “Instituto Nacional para la Educación Especial”.  Buenos Aires, Argentina

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduated from the “Instituto Nacional para la Educación Especial”.
Buenos Aires, Argentina


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ArtOne Studio

Learn to drawing in pencil, charcoal, soft pastels, acrylic painting, watercolor, oil paint and mixed media.







When I was a girl I loved the colors and their combinations. At 15 years old I started to study different techniques for drawing and painting since then I have not stopped painting. I admire the design in nature and I think that nature gives us inspiration. I’ve always tried to paint abstract or realistic, natural expression of everything around us, things that our eyes do not see and things that impact our heart.” Sais Aurora Vite, of Art One Studio “I have participated in Art Walks in Texas and I have organized exhibitions of my students to show their progress in various techniques. I have also organized exhibitions of graphic design in libraries and universities in northern and southern of Mexico.”  Aurora’s classes are available at 601 N. Main Street, home of the McAllen Creative Incubator.

Contact Aurora Vite for more information at 956 -569 -1915 via email,  You can also call Laura Robles at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 956-687-2787. (800x600)

Studio 18 – Adrian Guerrero

Adrian Miguel Guerrero
Studio 18

Hollywood, here I come! This start-up production studio will do everything necessary to
get a film or play made public from writing, acting, directing, producing, pre and post-production
and music.
Ever since Adrian Miguel Guerrero was a young boy, he was smitten with the movie bug,
re-enacting movies right after he watched them, pretending to be the hero, the star.
“Ever since I was a little kid, all my experiences have built me to be the type of person I
am today,” Guerrero said. “This is a stepping stone to help me continue building my experience
until I reach my ultimate goal of producing large scale film and theatre productions”.
Guerrero has already produced one feature film – Campeon – and four short films –
Hunch, G and I, Here For You, and Bloodsport Jr. After eight years as a theater teacher at
Mission Junior High, he developed Studio 18 to have a space to create the many ideas coming
his way. An artist, writer, producer, director and actor, Guerrero uses all his talents in making his,
and others’, ideas come to life. “I’m fighting for my dream.”
Call for further information.

Adrian Miguel Guerrero
Studio 18


Studio 6 – Ruth Hoyt

Hi! My name is Ruth Hoyt and I am a naturalist and full-time photographer who spends as much time outdoors and as little time at the computer as possible. I say this but actually spend a good deal of time indoors at the computer.

Some of my time spent indoors is on my blog or website, but more of it is spent working with photos (some mine, some belonging to clients), performing research, writing classhandouts, magazine articles and much more.

I love to travel for photography, adventure and fun but prefer living in South Texas ranch country where I photograph, lead workshops and tours, guide photographers on private ranches and teach nature photography both in classes and private instruction.

I have taught photography since 1990 and have led tours and workshops for various companies such as Kodak and agencies such as the National Parks system.

Photo Credits

National Geographic Books, The Nature Conservancy, Birder’s World, Texas Wildlife Association, Valley Land Fund (Texas), Coastal Bend Focus on Wildlife (Texas), Missouri Wildlife, Missouri Magazine, AAA’s Home & Away, Michigan Living, Texas Monthly, Rio Grande Valley Nature, North American Birding Association’s Birding, Vision Magazine and many more.

Photo Competitions

I have won major awards in significant national and international photo competitions. Some include Nature’s Best (international), Valley Land Fund (Texas) and First Grand Prize with my partner and teammate John Pickles in the Coastal Bend’s wildlife photo contest (based in Texas ranch land).


I work with private students and consult with photographers interested in competition photography, with a very high success rate for grand prize awards.


I am a CIG (Certified Interpretive Guide) with NAI (National Association for Interpretation, a national organization with training requirements) and CTMN (Certified Texas Master Naturalist, Texas organization with annual training and volunteer work requirements) with more than 800 hours of volunteer time logged since 2009.

I founded MoNEP (Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers, in 1996 and served as President & Chairman of the Board for five years. I founded TexNEP (Texas Nature & Environmental Photographers, in 2001. I served as President & Chairman of the Board for seven years and am a current, active member who serves on the Board of Directors.

I also maintain memberships in Texas and the United States with various nature, conservation and photography organizations.

Ruth Hoyt



Summer Songwriter Series

It’s Officially Music After Hours week! This Friday at the McAllen Creative Incubator on 601 N. Main Street (the old McAllen library) we kick off our songwriter series All ages! Acoustic Musicians from all across the Rio Grande Valley and to kick off the summer season is Tara Craig award winning songwriter from Austin,TX! Performances by: Alex Cantu of ABCDE – Rebeld Poet and Michael A. Pullen! 7pm and Free JUNE 6th this Friday!

tara craig

Studio 15 – McAllen String Academy

McAllen String Academy by Sam Heredia and Sara Torres

The McAllen String Academy is open to children ages 5 to 18 who wish to study the violin through a curriculum that includes private and group lessons, theory and master classes, chamber music and performance opportunities.

Instruction is based upon the methods and philosophies of Mimi Zweig , Sam Heredia and Peter Martin. Beginning students participate in a weekly private and/or group lesson. Parents are required to attend the private and group lessons and participate in the daily practice. The first years of musical instruction are the most important for they set the stage for everything that follows. Even if students do not chose to become professional musicians upon the completion of their studies, all take with them the love and understanding of music, only attainable after years of study.


All students enrolled in the McAllen String Academy will participate in a weekly private and group lesson. Lessons are offered during the  fall and winter semesters, and the  spring semester following the public school schedule. Initial private lessons begin with the establishment of the basic violin, viola and cello set-up which sets the foundation for all successful future violin study. The Peter Martin repertoire is used, supplemented early on by additional folk songs, fiddle tunes, Classical concerti and dances. Group classes include ensemble playing, ear training, solo performance and theory instruction. The group setting provides a positive learning environment and brings children together who share the same interests.

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Professor and researcher at the Faculty of Music at the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas 2004 – 2012.

  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education “Teaching for Understanding February to May 2004.
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education “Teaching for Understanding II September to December 2004
  • Professional Development Seminar, “Teaching for Understanding and Multiple Intelligences” 2004
  • Project Advisory Excpedia “Care Center Student Talent
  • Professor Faculty of Music 2006 Coordinator of Student Services Centre Student Talent
  •  Academic Body Arts for Human Development, Research: “Absolute Ear and motor learning”
  • Pitch Relationship, Emotion, Sight-reading and conclusions.
  • Seminar on “Cognitive Neuroscience of Music” 2006
  • Seminar on “Cognitive Neuroscience of Music II” 2006
  • “Course of Multiple Intelligences“: Observing Student Interdisciplinary Understanding
  • “Course of Multiple Intelligences”: The Arts and Understanding.
  •  “Course of Multiple Intelligences”: Making Thinking Visible.
  • “Study Group”His work includes teaching several graduate-level



She began her musical studies at the age of 15 in the faculty of of music in Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, thanks to his tenacity and discipline is chosen to be part of a select group of students in the project excpedia in 2005, is now where she begins her serious studies violin under the tutelage and supervision of the teacher and soloist Samuel Gonzalez and director of the University Symphony: Juan Maldonado. In the summer of 2005 participates with his presentation on the topic: the origin of the violin in the house of culture of Tampico.

During college scholarship has been to take classes in other states and internationally renowned teachers as Agniezka Maklakiewicz, Arturo Romero  and Israel Capilla among others. As an orchestral musician active is part of Viol Consort Chamber Orchestra and has accompanied renowned artists as Placido Domingo with the Symphony Orchestra of the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas.

The profile has a large violin repertoire includes works by Mozart, Albinoni, Bach, Beethoven, Bruch, Seitz, Beriot, among others, which has been interpreted in different rooms of the republic. She concludes her Bachelor of Music specializing in violin in December 2010.

Currently leads the string orchestra for children and holds the post of Director Academic studies in the center of musical crescendo.



El Dia en que me quieras by Viol Consort

A Thousand Years by Viol Consort

Make you feel my love by Viol Consort

Amazing Grace by Viol Consort

Viol Consort String Ensemble at Cimarron – Weddings

Rolling in the deep by Viol Consort (String Quartet)

McAllen String Academy – Carolyn Tudor

McAllen String Academy – Tatiana Summer Evaluation 2013

McAllen String Academy Julian – Recital summer 2013

McAllen String Academy – Frances – Go for it Recital June 21st 2013



Welcome to McAllen String Academy 2014 summer Camp.

The camp is designed children from 5 years old to teenagers.
Full Camp (5 days a week) Mornings
Half Camp (2 days a week) Afternoons
Children under 8 years are one hour classes.
children over 8 years classes last an hour and half.


Children older than 8 years in full camp: $ 300
Children older than 8 years in half camp: $ 150
Children under 8 years in full camp: 250
Children under 8 years in half camp: $ 120



Phone: (956) 280 6706