Wednesday, November 25, 2009
My upcoming event is a photo display at Coqui Mexico, a fusion shop in the South Bronx. This Latino-owned shop is celebrating its first anniversary with its holiday bash. You are invited.
Go to my calendar at my official site for details.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
As you could imagine, I was so happy to learn that Lladró will launch a sculpture in her likeness at an event in New York City during Puerto Rican Heritage Month. I hope to be there.
Here's the press release:
Lladró, the world renowned Spanish producer of exquisite porcelain works of art, will launch a sculpture in tribute to the patroness of Puerto Rico, Our Lady of Divine Providence, at its boutique in New York City on November 19. The unveiling coincides with Puerto Rico’s celebration of Discovery Day.
The Spanish company honors Puerto Rican traditions and culture with this faithful depiction of the image of the Virgin with the Christ Child in her lap. Ángeles Lladró, member of the Lladró Board of Directors and daughter of one of the three founding brothers, explains that the company decided to create this sculpture during her last visit to Puerto Rico.
“I was so enthralled by the open nature of its people, very similar to the Spanish character in so many ways, and their appreciation of our brand, that we thought of making a piece to show our gratitude,” she says. “This faithful depiction of the image of Our Lady of Divine Providence is our best way to honor the Puerto Rican culture, tradition and religious devotion. It is a very touching scene, in line with other Lladró maternities, and I loved it right from the beginning.”
With this magnificent porcelain depiction of the Virgin, Lladró not only pays tribute to the people of Puerto Rico, but also celebrates two rich cultures united by the same roots.
Created in glazed porcelain and decorated with Lladró’s traditional spectrum of colors, the piece is noteworthy for its size, 16 1/2" x 7", considerably larger than other Lladró Virgins. The combination of white and blue, the colors symbolizing the purity of the Madonna, with ocher tones, further reinforce the splendor of an image venerated mainly by the order of the Servants of Mary.
The Latin phrase on the porcelain base, "Tu honorificentia populi nostril," or "You are the glory of our people," is taken from Tota Pulchra Es, the 4th century anonymous “canto” that includes texts dedicated to the Virgin from biblical books.
Worship of Our Lady of Divine Providence originated in Italy in the 13th century. It was a very popular devotion that later passed to Spain, where a shrine was built in her honor in Tarragona, Catalonia. When Gil Esteve Tomas, a Catalan priest, was appointed bishop of Puerto Rico in the mid 19th century, he brought this devotion with him to the island. In a decree signed in 1969, Pope Paul VI declared Our Lady Mother of Divine Providence as the patroness of the island of Puerto Rico.
During the reception, the sculptor of the piece, don Nacho Aliena, will demonstrate the techniques that he employs in executing his work. He will be available to answer questions about the design of the Virgin of Divine Providence.
The suggested retail price is $1,500. Lladró will donate 10% of all sales during the New York City celebration to the Puerto Rican Family Institute (PRFI), a non-profit organization responding to the needs of the growing Latino population both on the U.S mainland and in Puerto Rico since 1960.
“We are so proud to join with Lladró in launching this Virgin,” says María Elena Girone, President and CEO of the PRFI. “The Virgin not only symbolizes devotion and faith in Puerto Rico, but also reminds us of our mission to help the needy, the essence of our organization.”
Lladró was established by the brothers Juan, José and Vicente Lladró in 1953, and has a presence in more than 120 countries. Lladró has proprietary shops in the most important commercial centers in the world: London, New York, Beverly Hills, Singapore, Hong Kong, Moscow, Tokyo, Miami, Las Vegas, Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, where the company is headquartered. For further information on Lladró visit www.lladro.com.
About the Puerto Rican Family Institute
The Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc. (PRFI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen the functioning and self-sufficiency of diverse marginalized communities, and to prevent the disintegration of families. It is a humanitarian services agency that promotes programs dealing with families, provides cultural services to children, youth, adults and families, and that respects all races, cultures and personal identities. The identify and community of each individual, independently of how they define themselves, serve as the foundation for the cultural services offered by the Institute. The principal services include psychological care, preventive care, education, mental health, care for AIDS sufferers, case management programs, home care, crisis intervention, and Head Start. PRFI operates about 48 programs throughout New York, Jersey City, New Jersey and Puerto Rico.
(NOTE: I was having problems with Blogger and hope to upload the image of the sculpture soon.)
source: CapitalWirePR press release
To view some of my photos, visit my "Our Lady" photo set at http://flickr.com/photos/clarisel.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Andrea ARROYO ║ ANITA ║ Annalisa IADICICCO ║ Anthony TREMBLAY ║ BARA Æ ║ Blanka AMEZKUA ║ Catherine KUNKEMUELLER ║ Chinitas YON ║ Chris BORS ║ Christine GEDEON ║ Christopher KUHL ║ Clarisel GONZALEZ ║ Concetta PREVITTE ║ David HUMPHREY ║ Elena “Mamarazzi” MARRERO ║ Elliot TOOLEY ║ Emcee C.M. MASTER OF NONE ║ Emily STEDMAN ║ Esperanza CORTÉS ║ Fanny ALLIÉ ║ Fanny ALEXANDROPOULOS ║ Felipe GALINDO ║ Francisco ALVARADO-JUÁREZ ║ Francisco OSORIO ║ Gabriela ALVA CAL Y MAYOR ║ Hatuey RAMOS FERMÍN ║ Heather SAUNDERS ║ Jeanne VERDOUX ║ Jessica LAGUNAS ║ John AHEARN ║ Johnathan NEAL ║ Jorge ROJAS ║ Juanita LANZÓ ║ Julien GARDAIR ║ Keliy ANDERSON-STALEY ║ Ketta IOANNIDOU ║ Laura NAPIER ║ Lina PUERTA ║ Linda CUNNINGHAM ║ Liza KAHANE ║ Mariano CINAT ║ Luis D. ROSADO ║ Mario VIÑAS ║ Maryana OLIYNKYK ║ Mary Joy SCOTT ║ Matthew BURCAW ║ Melissa A. CALDERÓN ║ MICHAEL ║ Nancy BENIGNUS ║ Nathalie TROVATO ║ OLEK ║ Philippe AVILA ║ Raul HOFER TORRES ║ Renzo ORTEGA ║ Roni MOCAN ║ SALIAS ║ Saroska CONDE ║ Sol ARAMENDI ║ Sujin LEE ║ Tommy MINTZ ║ Tyko KIHLSTEDT ║ Valérie HALLIER ║ Vince CONTARINO ║ Vittorio OTTAVIANI ║ Will CORWIN ║ Willie WEABER-BEY ║
all to be part of this month’s art sale and celebration at the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project. We announced it as a PRE-HOLIDAY ART SALE but in reality, it has been the coming together of a wide array of styles that now adorn not only the blue bedroom but also the living room and hallway. So we hope that you will allow yourself to be surprised, captivated and hopefully enchanted by the work of these artists. Art price range is $100-500, but a handful of artists decided to differ. In the spirit of the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project all proceeds go directly to the artists.
Dates to keep in mind…
Opening for PRE-HOLIDAY ART SALE!
Saturday November 7th from 12-8pm
Live music from 4-6pm…
Suggested but not required: bring a treat or drink to share with us during the opening…
BBBP Bronx Culture Trolley Stops…
Hop on the trolley and enjoy attractions at some of the hottest cultural spots along the lower Grand Concourse on
Wednesday November 4th
Saturday November 21st
For more information:
To accommodate the sale, please note that BBBP will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 12-6, other days by appointment only.
For more information on the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project, go to http://www.bronxbbp.com.
source: Bronx Blue Bedroom Project
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The photo workshop's lineup: New York Times' journalist David Gonzalez and photojournalist Angel Franco and photojournalist Ricky Flores of the Journal News in upstate New York.
To register, http://www.eventbrite.com/event/439470468
Thursday, October 15, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m....
This year’s talent showcase will include Maria Cangiano, who will perform tango music from Argentina; Caña y Cadencia, a Spanish Flamenco group; St. Mary’s Second Generation youth salsa dancers; and the teenage salsa/merengue/bachata band, De la Isla! Latin restaurant Sofrito will be serving samplings of their fine Puerto Rican cuisine.
The event is free and open to the public.
The celebration is part of a series of events held at the East 54 Street Center spot lighting cultural, history, community, recreation, and fitness.
Location: Recreation Center Fifty-Four: East 54 St Recreation Center (348 East 54 Street), Manhattan
(I will be displaying some of my Puerto Rican-themed images. Elizabeth Valentin, another artist, is also exhibiting some of her work.)
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I'm taking part in the Latina Art Exhibit of the 100 Hispanic Women, Inc., at Taller Boricua in NYC's El Barrio on September 10. You are invited to attend.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
There is still some time to view the "Obama! Reflections" exhibit at the Bruckner Bar & Grill. I am among the lineup of artists.
July 1st TROLLEY STOPS & FEATURED ATTRACTIONS
BCA’s LONGWOOD ART GALLERY @ HOSTOS (450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street / 718-518-6728)
• Bangin’ – Drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture and video by nine emerging women artists (Main Gallery)
• Linger – An installation of video, sculpture and performance by Bronx artist Melissa Calderon (Project Room).
Both shows are curated by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz.
BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS (1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street / 718-681-6000)
• Artist in the Marketplace 29: Living and Dreaming features the works of 36 emerging artists from the New York metropolitan area.
• Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100 – A celebration of the Grand Concourse examining its past, present, and future.
• Book Signing – This month’s featured author is Jackie Battenfield who will sign and speak about her book The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living
Doing What You Love.
THE TREE MUSEUM (Grand Concourse from 138th St to Mosholu Parkway / 212-729-1457)
• The Tree Museum -- 100 trees run the length of the Grand Concourse and those with stories to tell can be identified by their sidewalk markers.
Visitors can listen in on local stories and the intimate lives of trees offered by current and former area residents.
ALEXANDER AVENUE ART & ANTIQUES DISTRICT: Books, Notes & News (137 Alexander Ave, 646-496-6178), Custom Design Studio (49
Bruckner Blvd, 718-993-8370), Thrift World Antiques (122 Alexander Ave, 718-665-5619).
LDR STUDIO GALLERY (137 Alexander Avenue (#10, 4th floor) / 917-558-2389)
• Five Points – A multi-media exhibition of five emerging Puerto Rican-American artists living and working in New York City.
ST. MARY'S PARK (147th Street and St. Ann's Avenue)
• Open City's Park Lit Reading Series – An outdoor summer reading series in New York City Parks.
SYNTHETIC ZERO ART SPACE (305 East 140th Street #1A / 718-772-4961)
• Interaction – Curated by artist Carey Clark, Interaction emphasizes the theater in art and how it actively engages the viewer.
BRUCKNER GALLERY AT THE BRUCKNER BAR & GRILL (1 Bruckner Blvd. / 718-665-2001)
• OBAMA! Reflections – A collection of work inspired by the campaign, election and inauguration of President Barack Obama.
• Karaoke Night hosted by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
For more of my photos from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC, go to http://flickr.com/photos/clarisel
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
For Bronx Week, Puerto Rico Sun Communications, which publishes the Bronx Latino lifestyle blog at www.bronxlatino.blogspot.com, joined forces with the NetWorks Organization to curate a Bronx-themed photo exhibit, showcasing the work of photographers with Bronx ties.
Participating photographers are:
Elena "Mamarazzi" Marrero
Jonathan C. Perea
Clarisel Gonzalez (curator)
Participating photographers are members of the Bronx Latino photo group, the Bronx photo group or the NYC Collective of the Puerto Rican Photographic Society.
Most of the participating photographers regularly document the Bronx, capturing the diversity of our borough from our people to our places to our events. The Bronx plays a role in their art of photography. The Bronx is a subject, setting, backdrop, or an inspiration.
Puerto Rico Sun Communications is a community-minded independent multimedia social entrepreneurship aimed at informing, empowering and building community. Bronx Latino is a project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications.
For more information about today's event, go to www.thenetworks.org.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Exhibition: Visions of Puerto Rico & Puerto Rican Pride
June 12th – 28th – Opening Show 7-10 p.m. on June 12th
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, Inc.
107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan
Contact: Mia Roman Hernandez - email@example.com / 646-361-6448
About the show:
“Visions of Puerto Rico & Puerto Rican Pride” Celebrates Puerto Rican culture through Photography. The show will include more than fifty works by emerging and established artists from Puerto Rico, Miami Fl. and New York City. Each artist brings a unique style and vision. These artists have discovered the beauty, tales and the history to their culture in which has been incorporated into their craft of photography. Some of the pieces will depict Community, Urban settings, Music, Nature, Family, Politics and Spirituality. The photos will embrace the cultural empowerment of the Puerto Ricans and their pride. The photos will evoke emotion, feeling and discussion. We have bridged a gap between the Puerto Ricans on the Island and the Puerto Ricans out side of the island and this exhibit is the result of that connection.
Art is an expression of the unconscious and is dedicated to the free expression of feeling.
About CSV/ Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, Inc.:
The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, Inc. (CSV), a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit, was founded in 1993. The CSV Cultural Center is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and a collaborative philosophy. While CSV's mission is focused on the cultivation, presentation and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, it is equally determined to operate in a multi-cultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.
Clarisel Gonzalez, Mia Roman Hernandez, Elena Marrero, Vivien Perez, Carissa Hernandez, Christopher Lopez, Susan Alvarez, Marcelino Pagan, Luis Cordero, Pepper Negron, Marie Paola Martinez, Gamalier Martinez, Gerardo Javier Melendez Silvagnoli, Marielly Martinez, Ismael Nunez, Pablo Colon, Eliud Martinez
source: Art by Mia press release
Friday, May 22, 2009
A benefit for Art for Change
OPEN BAR and Complimentary Refreshments sponsored by
The Bowery Wine Company & Brooklyn Brewery
8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 30
The Brecht Forum 451 West Street (at the corner of Bank St)
Tickets in advance $30, At the door $40
To purchase tickets online, go to www.artforchange.org for details.
WHY ATTEND YOU ASK....
The art work sold during the silent auction will benefit Art for Change. You don't have to be wealthy to be an art collector. You, too, can buy art at very affordable prices. Here is what people are saying about our Art Auctions --
"Every year, I look forward to Art for Change's silent art auction. I have found provocative art at incredibly low prices. I never thought of myself as an art collector but every time my friends come to visit, they remind me that I actually have quite a collection" - Jessica Smithline, Senior Account Development, Acer Company
Come take part in celebration for those things that bring real change...AND to buy affordable and great pieces of art at a time when our art organizations and artist need help!
AND most importantly to have FUN and DRINK at our OPEN BAR!!
ArtWorks will feature the work of AfC affilated artists including Joe Zuccarini, Rachel Crouch, Rebecca Crouch, Charles Jean-Pierre, Clarisel Gonzalez (me), David Weiner, Marilyn Johnson, Jeff Faerber, Elena "Mamarazzi" Marrero, Leticia Perelstein, Junior Manon, Claudia Plaza, Yasmin Hernandez and many many more..
If you have any questions or would like to pick up tickets, please contact our fabulous events team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.348.7044
source: Art for Change
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Photos of today's Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade are posted at my photo page at http://flickr.com/photos/clarisel. Click on the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade photo set.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Here's a copy of an e-mail I received tonight.
Congratulations! Your image was shown at the NYPH ’09 festival yesterday. Enclosed you will find an installation view of your image as it appeared on the festival’s screen.
The festival is enjoying great crowds. The organisers are all grateful for your participation in this global project. Thank you again for enriching the visual experience of festival goers.
William A. Ewing
New York Photo Festival ‘09
Director, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
Here's the photo as shown during the festival:
Here's my original photo:
Friday, May 15, 2009
I'm not going to say which photo will be used to not spoil the surprise, but it's an honor.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
My friend Cecil Harris and moi @ the "Obama! Reflections" exhibit on opening night. This group art exhibit runs until June 28 at the Bruckner Gallery, Bruckner Bar & Grill, the Bronx.
For more photos, visit my photo site at www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel. Click on the About Me photo set.
(photo by Milagros Gonzalez)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
For more photos of the Bronx Puerto Rican Parade events, go to my photo page at http://flickr.com/photos/clarisel. Click on the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade photo set.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I am among the artists participating in this upcoming exhibit. I will showcase some of my Obama-related photos. I plan to attend the opening reception, so I hope to see you there. Support local art.
Here's the press release from Art for Change:
Art Belongs to Everyone is thrilled to present OBAMA! Reflections; a collection of work inspired by the campaign, election and inauguration of President Barack Obama, to be exhibited at the Bruckner Bar & Grill from May 13-June 28. The works on view, drawn from an open call for submissions, reflect the multiplicity of experience and emotion surrounding this historical moment. The variety of media and subject matter, ranging from snapshot photographs to assemblage art to pen and ink, cartoon-style drawings, attests to this experiential spectrum, while collectively celebrating the impulse for creative expression in light of this significant event.
The juxtaposition of works by established and emerging artists speaks not only to the ways in which the vast, seemingly disparate nation was united by the 2008 presidential election, but also to the curatorial mission of Art Belongs To Everyone. This program, facilitated by Art for Change, strives to encourage artistic production at all levels as well as to make such work available to communities in non-traditional settings.
Art for Change (AfC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing civic participation through art programs and performances that provide equal access to information; inspiring reflection, discussion, collaboration and action. By merging art and community, AfC provides a space to explore social issues and celebrate the richness of cultural diversity.
An opening reception will take place on
Wednesday, May 13th from 6-9pm at the Bruckner Bar & Grill at 1 Bruckner Blvd. Closing reception 5-8 p.m. Sunday, June 28.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
For more cat photos, go to http://flickr.com/photos/clarisel. Click on "The cats in my life" series.
Friday, April 10, 2009
in the South Bronx
I just posted photos I took last night at St. Jerome's. To view more photos, go to www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel. Click on my Holy Week '09 photo set.
I shot Good Friday photos today at the outdoor processions at St. Pius V and St. Thomas Aquinas churches in the Bronx. I will post them soon.
Monday, April 6, 2009
@ the Conservatory garden
For more of my photos of my visit to the garden, go to www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel. Click on the NYC '09 photo set.
The Conservatory is one of my favorite places in the city.