Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My new exhibit: Visions of Puerto Rico

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 - / 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.

Artists include:

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

Support Artworks

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 for details.

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 or 212.348.7044

source: Art for Change

Sunday, May 17, 2009

@ the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade

Photos of today's Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade are posted at my photo page at Click on the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade photo set.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

'Tommy the Cat' at the New York Photo Festival

I am taking part in the worldwide "We are All Photographers Now" online exhibit, which is being shown at the New York Photo Festival. One of my photos "Tommy the Cat" was shown yesterday at the festival, which ends Sunday.

Here's a copy of an e-mail I received tonight.

Dear Photographer,

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:

How cool.

Short and Sweet NYC: NYPH 2009- New York Photo Festival

Short and Sweet NYC: NYPH 2009- New York Photo Festival

Friday, May 15, 2009

I'm happy

I was just informed that one of my photos will be used as art in the invitation for the Puerto Rican Day Parade Reception in June at Gracie Mansion in NYC. This is a by invitation fiesta.

I'm not going to say which photo will be used to not spoil the surprise, but it's an honor.

I am participating in

This is a worldwide online exhibit being shown at the New York Photo Festival between May 13 to 17.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

@ Obama! Reflections

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 Click on the About Me photo set.

(photo by Milagros Gonzalez)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bronx PR Parade royalty

For more photos of the Bronx Puerto Rican Parade events, go to my photo page at Click on the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade photo set.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

OBAMA! Reflections in the South Bronx

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

La muerte...

La muerte/death is this way. (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)