Escapist Art Launch Gala

Saturday October 15, Mayor Sylvester Turner declared a proclamation recognizing Art Launch and the Escapist Program. The same evening I had the honor of winning Escapist of the Year for 2016. It was a long, tough 10 months but I worked non-stop to abide by the pledge of the Escapist. I had the pleasure of sharing this moment with my loved ones, below are some photos from the night. 

Oregon recap Pt 1

We were only in Eugene for 3 days but we met a lot
of wonderful people and P.R.I.D.E. Portraits had another successful event! 

 

I got to The Wayward Lamb just in time to help Eric setup. We were greeted by the friendly staff, shout out to Anna, head of marketing, for helping us with logistics. The event began promptly at 5, people began to show up and Eric worked his magic! The club, which has a traditional bar in the front and a dance club in the back, was the perfect venue for the event. The intimate space allowed us to have conversations with many of the participants. Aydian and Jenilee were great, and had some awesome merch from Point 5CC . We received so many touching personal stories along with capturing some great portraits. Make sure to check Facebook for the Eugene gallery in the next few days! 

Event Recap: P.R.I.D.E. Portraits

COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER

 

Last Saturday Eric and I had the pleasure of debuting the large-scale canvas that serves as the official backdrop of this project. It is an honor to
be part of this and to create something that was inspired by of all you. Everyone, whether straight or gay, has a story to tell. My goal in this painting was to
capture the spirit, energy and beauty that makes us human. As we make our way to Austin for their Pride events I want to leave you with
a behind the scenes video of the project launch.

On August 20, 2016 Eric Edward Schell & Hugo Perez, the creatives behind P.R.I.D.E. Portraits, hosted the official project kick off at The West Studios in Houston, Texas.

Check out this Space!

THE WEST STUDIOS 

Saturday's event will be take place at The West Studios, an amazing new studio with spacious interiors and natural light. Its the perfect
spot for P.R.I.D.E. Portraits. Located centrally in The Heights, it was recently opened by local photographer Joseph West and his wife.
But don't take my word for it check it out yourself!

Saturday, 5-7 PM
948 Heights Blvd.  

 

 

Behind the Canvas: Jane Doe

Jane Doe represents the countless woman who
fled El Salvador during the civil war.

For many of these women, their journey ended in valleys like South Texas. Getting lost, not having enough water, heat exhaustion were just some
of the ways they perished on this trek.You will notice the line drawings in the background surrounding the main form, they are modeled after the art
on Loteria cards, a type of bingo played in Mexico, El Salvador and other Latin American countries. In the series, Pan Dulce, Loteria cards represents
the game of life, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. For these women the hope of a new life, away from war, was enough of a motivator
to put it all on the line. Assimilating here, becoming an American became the end goal, unfortunately, this often resulted in the end of their life.
These bodies, if ever found, were tagged Jane Doe, and we all know that name is as American as it gets. 

 

 
 

P.R.I.D.E. Portraits: Official Project Launch

OPEN INVITATION 

 

Mark your Calendars, on August 20th from 5-7pm, Eric Edward Schell & I invite you to come celebrate the official launch of P.R.I.D.E. Portraits.
Photographs Representing Individuals Deserving Equality is a bold initiative to photograph 10,000 people around the U.S. The photoshoot, OPEN TO EVERYONE,
will be at The West Studios, a beautiful new space located in The Heights. Enjoy a glass of wine and be the one of the first to view and be photographed by Eric
in front of a one of a kind painted backdrop, inspired by the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. The canvas will be the official backdrop for all P.R.I.D.E. Portraits. 

P.R.I.D.E. Portraits

White Linen Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out and showed support and especially to my new collectors who purchased one of my #pandulceartshow pieces "Jane Doe"! 

The event brought out a ton of people and John Palmer Art Gallery was extremely busy! I took a break for a bit and made my way to 19th street to check out the local art scene. I made new art friends, saw some old ones and even got #abuela to make an appearance, despite the heat! 

Visuale: Art & craft beer

My friends in the Heights opened a brewery. In the taproom they have different artists showcase their work. This month is my turn. I have a wide range of work from bright colored Victorian houses, based off real ones in the neighborhood, to expressive portraits and even a version of Alice in Wonderland that I'm thinking of turning into a series. If you're in the neighborhood stop Town in City and check them out. I recommend the white oak brew. 

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