“FUSION: fashionART” Exhibit by Ruben Gomez
Born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, but raised in the tropical Rio Grande Valley, Ruben Gomez received by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio/Painting from the University of Texas Pan American in 2000. He is a self-taught artist that has also found a passion in teaching students at the Academy of Arts and Humanities (at La Joya High School). Also teaches, about the many elements of art along with the importance of art marketing and business.
“I have been blessed to have found a career where I can work in what I find passion in, that is learning, creating, and teaching Art.” Said Mr. Gomez, “Art is undeniably about passion. It is about putting all of what you are, and what you are attempting to communicate, into what you have created. One of my favorite quotes by Vincent Van Gogh, derived from a letter he wrote to his brother Theo; “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” This quote defines me. I feel this is something that I have tried to communicate with my artwork. All of my pieces relate to one another either visually, or with a feeling. I try to capture moments that I find beautiful. Moments such as the way light and shadow wrap around a figure, or the way colors evoke emotion.”
The McAllen Creative Incubator prides itself in supporting local Artists like Mr. Ruben Gomez, by providing Artists a space at the Incubator where they can display their artwork at no cost to them. McA2 is located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen and opens daily from 9am-6pm. All artwork on display is available for sale.
FUSION: Fashion Art Exhibit by Ruben Gomez, opens on Friday April 7th during the Art Walk event, from 7pm- 9pm.
Artist Page: https://www.facebook.com/rubengomezartanddesign
McAllen Arts Council announces 8th Annual Fine Art Exhibit-Photography Contest
Entry Form: 8th Annual.Entry Form.2017
The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s McAllen Arts Council is pleased to announce the eighth (8) annual McAllen Arts Council Fine Arts Exhibit.
There is no age limit for participation. All work must be the original work of the participant. This is a Juried Show; Artists are encouraged to submit artwork related to the
Theme: Architectural History of the Rio Grande Valley
A maximum of 10 entries per artist may be submitted for consideration. To submit artwork for consideration, bring your entries on a USB to Laura Robles to 601 N. Main Street, McAllen, TX before April 10th from 8am-5pm.
Artists may submit entries the following ways:
- Download “Entry Form” and fill out the form the website www.mcallenart.com
- on a CD or USB flashdrive (CD/flashdrive will not be returned)
- Submit on no more than 2 jpgs via e-mail to email@example.com. For emailed entries, include required entry information with each image sent as it corresponds to entry form. Limit 2 jpegs per artwork: 1 full view & 1 (optional) detail or alternate view. Title each jpeg file to correspond with the # on the entry form as such:
yourlastname_entry#.jpg. Each jpeg must be limited to 1024 pixels on the longest side.
Photographs are judged by a selected panel on technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal. Submissions that do not comply with these rules will not be presented to the juror. The decision of the judges is final.
The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Visit McAllen, McAllen Creative Incubator, City of McAllen, and McAllen Arts Council are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged materials.
Ribbon prizes, for each category, will be awarded.
Art must be mounted or matted with no frame. Photo sizes between 5”x7” and 12”x16” are eligible. Entries are accepted until April 24th.
Winning entries will be on display from May 1st through May 26th in the McAllen Creative Incubator Exhibit Gallery from 9am to 5pm; except for Friday, May 1st when it will be available for the Art Walk 6pm-9pm. Art work will be available for sale during Art Walk. Entrance to the Incubator is always free.
All artists interested in participating are encouraged to bring their entry or entries to the McAllen Creative Incubator at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen, TX or contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McAllen, TX – On Friday, March 3rd, the McAllen Creative Incubator will be bursting with a colorful collection of hand-crafted works imagineered by IDEA Public Schools’ young, emerging artists.
Under the direction of 13 of the district’s studio art instructors and the diligent coordination of Julissa Rodriguez, art instructor at IDEA College Preparatory San Juan, IDEA Public Schools is proud to present Freedom to Create, the 8th annual district fine arts exhibition.
Juxtaposed against March’s Art Walk, the exhibition will feature art work from 6th through 12th grade students enrolled at IDEA College Preparatories in Brownsville, San Benito, Weslaco, Alamo, San Juan, Pharr, McAllen, Mission, and San Antonio. Musical performances by students at IDEA College Preparatories in Mission and San Juan will also be showcased on the Incubator’s main stage.
“Its so wonderful [being able] to learn and laugh together with the students,” remarked Eva Williamson, art instructor at IDEA College Preparatory Pharr. “There’s never a dull moment and we always feel continuously challenged in a positive, growth-mindset type of way.”
By the time IDEA students graduate from high school, they are given the opportunity to earn college credit either by taking the rigorous AP Studio Art and Art History exams or undergoing a dynamic evaluation through the International Baccalaureate Programme.
“As a student, I really enjoy that our art teachers take time to prepare us with the skills to create whatever we want,” shared Brittany Diaz, AP Drawing and 12th grade student at IDEA College Preparatory San Juan. “Its opened doors for me in ways that I could have never imagined before and I’m incredibly excited about studying fashion next year.”
The opening reception for Freedom to Create is free, open to the public and will be held Friday, March 3rd from 7 to 9 pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen. The exhibit will remain until the end of March, stop by and enjoy!
The McAllen Creative Incubator, Welcomes Tenant!
Meet McA2’s newest and talented Tenant, Ivan Quiroga. Ivan graduated from UTPA in 2014, he is a graphic designer & photographer.
“When I decided on my career choice, I was confident that I was equipped with great tools to take peoples ideas into digital platforms, to help promote their products and services.” Said Ivan, “One of the most important things in my profession is to satisfy people and companies needs thru creative solutions, using digital tools.”
We are excited to see what new projects Ivan will bring about. Mr. Quiroga is currently collaborating with a group of UTRGV artists, to bring about a fresh vibrant exhibit, that is sure to arouse the Artistic senses of our community.
If you wish to contact Ivan Quiroga, for help in promoting your business or a personal inquiry of his services, call 956-648-6259 or via email at email@example.com
For more information on how to become a tenant at the Incubator contact Laura Robles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 956-687-2787. The McAllen Creative Incubator is located at 601 N. Main Street and strengthens our creative sector, including arts, culture and for-profit creative businesses, by engaging the art, business, creative communities, providing capacity-building services, and serving as a thought leader and a convener.
McAllen Chamber presents Community Classes at The Creative Incubator
The McAllen Creative Incubator (McA2) is a department of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and exists to support and promote the arts within the community. McA2 has been in existence for over a decade and continues to support, promote and develop programs in support of the Cultural Arts.
Community Classes is a series of classes meant to engage adults in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts. Our goal of the upcoming workshops, is to connect local artists’ portions of the community interested in arts related events, thereby building a stronger community.
Community Classes will offer:
Aerobics Fitness & Toning group training with Trey
Crafts with Adriana (Bilingual/Bilingue)
Drama Basics for Adults (Bilingual/Bilingue)
English for beginners
Karaoke Club-Voice Instruction
Motorcycle Safety & Certification
Photoshop I (Bilingual/Bilingue)
Principals of Drawing Instruction (Bilingual/Bilingue)
The Art of Autobiographical Writing
Vocal Coaching (Bilingual/Bilingue)
As well as Spanish Courses:
El Arte De Hablar en Publico
Manualidades con Nora Garza
Principios de Dibujo-Instruccional
Taller de Composicion
Teoria y Practica del Color
Courses begin February 2017. Register today at www.mcallenlearning.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Robles, Cultural Arts and Incubator Coordinator
McAllen Creative Incubator
Date:Sunday January 29th 6:30pm
Place: McAllen Public Library Auditorium
Chamber Music Concert Nights it’s a program of free educational concerts offered by Viol Consort String Ensemble with a variety of classical music with the purpose of making art more accessible and understandable to the community.
A pre-concert talk would be offering a fascinating insight into the music you will be hearing. It begins at 6:30pm half hour before the performance at the McAllen Public Library Auditorium.
- pre-concert talk 6:30pm
- concert 7:00pm
the talk would bring each work and its composer to life in a whole new way and get you ready to enjoy the concert more than ever.
These lively, interactive and informal talk, last for approximately 20 minutes and it’s held half hour before the concert begins. Get to the concert early and join us in the McAllen Public Library Auditorium and let us give you all there is to the music “behind the music.”
In this occasion Viol Consort will be performing a fine selection of XIX century repertoire for violin, piano and string quartet. The concert will start with Johannes Brahms Scherzo in C minor for violin and piano from the F.A.E. Sonata followed by Franz Schubert string quartet N.14 in D minor.
Viol Consort 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 Chamber Music Concert Nights started the program of 2 concert seasons in McAllen Texas presenting eight didactic concerts per year.
The concert will be held at the McAllen Public Library Auditorium on Sunday January 29th at 6:30pm, Free Admission.
Viol Consort is part of the group of artists established at McAllen Creative Incubator, an institution dedicated to promoting local art in the McAllen community. For more information about these concerts please contact: McAllen Creative Incubator (956) 687-2787, email@example.com or like our facebook page: Chamber Music Concert Nights by Viol Consort.