Monday, June 29, 2009

Bangin', Tree Museum, Summer Lit in the Park, Obama and plenty more in July trolley

There is still some time to view the "Obama! Reflections" exhibit at the Bruckner Bar & Grill. I am among the lineup of artists.
The Obama exhibit has been extended to be part of July's South Bronx Culture Trolley. Admission is free for the trolley and the attractions.
Here's the lineup for Wednesday night's trolley:



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. 

For more info., visit (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez of a caller participating in the Tree Museum public art installation at Joyce Kilmer Park. By the way, I'm one of the audio guides in the Tree Museum outdoor project. I'm #59. Go to for more info. on this project along the Grand Concourse.)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

@ the parade

For more of my photos from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC, go to

Click on my PR in NYC '09 events photo set. I shot a bunch of photos, largely focusing on the cultural part of the parade.

Monday, June 22, 2009

You are invited to artist dialogue and closing reception for Obama! Reflections exhibit

An artist dialogue and closing reception will take place on Sunday, June 28th from 5-8 p.m. at the Bruckner Bar & Grill at 1 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx. (I'm among the participating artists and am planning to attend the closing reception.)



Art Belongs to Everyone would like to invite you to the closing reception for OBAMA! Reflectionsa collection of work inspired by the campaign, election and inauguration ofPresident Barack Obama. A screening of the video poem Obama Time Will Be Our Time will kick off the reception, followed by an artist dialogue with featured artists. Refreshments will be served.


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 electionbut 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 participationthrough art programs  and performances that provide equal access to information; inspiringreflection, discussion, collaboration and action. By merging art and community, AfC provides a space to explore social issues and celebrate the richness of cultural diversity.







To read the The Village Voice’s review on OBAMA!reflections please click the link:



See photographs of the opening reception here:

source: Art for Change

(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez of artwork at the exhibit)


Thursday, June 18, 2009

About the 'Shooting the Bronx' photo exhibit today

For Bronx Week, Puerto Rico Sun Communications, which publishes the Bronx Latino lifestyle blog at, joined forces with the NetWorks Organization to curate a Bronx-themed photo exhibit, showcasing the work of photographers with Bronx ties.


Participating photographers are:

David Greene

Elena "Mamarazzi" Marrero

Mario Burger

Joseph Dominick

Eileen McNamee

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

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My photos featured at

Hi, some of my Flag series photos are now featured at multimedia community dedicated to the Puerto Rican Diaspora - a place for discussion and learning, for stimulating imagination, and promoting solidarity.