EL PASO Posts

"Beautify your own life."

In "Art En Vivo" from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 13, Jonathan Childress talks about Art En Vivo, a weekly live screen printing project hosted by Proper Printshop. Its aim is to promote the craft of printmaking, empower artists, and engage the community to engage with art. The project will feature 52 artists in 2016 and travel the world beginning in 2017.

"We should capture who we are at this moment."
 
In Why Portraits Matter from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 15, David Parish shares his decision to create portraits in a world of selfies and why portraits matter.  Utilizing his background in psychology to connect with his subjects, David brings new life to the art of the portrait.  His studio portraiture takes on a painterly quality while revealing the humanity of his subjects though a classical eye.

PechaKucha Night El Paso takes the City Focus for their recent second Bi–National event in association with their sister city – PechaKucha Juarez. The two cities came together again for a two day, two city, one borderland event. Check out some amazing presentations both in English and Spanish!

Freeing Your Mind Through Freestyle


“I am the artist, the skateboard is my stencil and the world is my sketchbook.” 

In Freeing Your Mind Through Freestyle from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol.13Jacob Whitt, a 23-year-old professional freestyle skateboarder shared his passion for the art of freestyle skateboarding. Skateboarders know the feeling of freedom when they finally begin the trick, the trick that makes our world no longer run in seconds, but in milliseconds. In that moment when nothing else matters, when your heart is set free, your body is moving and your mind is trying to absorb the myriad of amazing feelings that overwhelm, up until the trick is over - and it is then time for the next one.

 

PechaKucha Night El Paso caught our eye this week with its lemony-yellow, funky poster for Vol. 14! Bright colors are just what you need to brighten up the mood, as the fall season gets colder. Head to our Tumblr page, if you want to see more cool poster designs that PechaKucha Night inspires designers from all over the world to come up with!

 

PechaKucha Night El Paso caught our eye this week with its lemony-yellow, funky poster for Vol. 14! Bright colors are just what you need to brighten up the mood, as the fall season gets colder. Head to our Tumblr page, if you want to see more cool poster designs that PechaKucha Night inspires designers from all over the world to come up with!

PechaKucha People: Edgar Lopez



Our PechaKucha People spotlight shines on Edgar Lopez who in addition to Co-Coordinating PechaKucha Nights in El Paso, has served his community for 21 years as an architect and as design principal for the last 4 years at one of the leading and award-winning design firms in the region - In*Situ Architecture. His experience has lead him to take a leadership role in the city organizing team of PKN El Paso by recruiting a diverse array of presenters and designing the city's always vibrant posters. A true trailblazer, Edgar believes in curating PechaKucha Nights as a window into the creative heartbeat of El Paso.



"We're creating a body of work that people need to know about outside of El Paso, and [Art in Vivo] is going to facilitate us being able to do that."

At PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol 13, Jonathan Childress shares on Art En Vivo, a weekly live screen printing project hosted by Proper Printshop. Its aim is to promote the craft of printmaking, empower artists, and engage the community to engage with art.  The project will feature 52 artists in 2016 and travel the world beginning in 2017.

 

"These were vehicles of economic mobility."

In The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 13, Peter Svarzbien shares his project to get El Paso's trolleys running again as they did in their heyday. Svarzbien is a photographer, artist and now city Councilman of El Paso. He once imagined the historic streetcars returning to the streets of El Paso again with his MFA masters thesis "The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project." Several years later, this project no longer resides only in our imaginations as the first tracks are now being laid in the streets of El Paso for the new streetcar line. With El Paso's first streetcar line in many years now under construction Peter is not content to stop here, but is now gathering political support to push for the restoration of trolley service over the international bridge - reconnecting Juarez and El Paso's fabled international streetcar service. Peter's presentation inspires us to consider how art can operate on a grand city scale to improve our quality of life.



Wayne Hilton is this week's PechaKucha Person! One of PKN El Paso organizers, he's also a mixed media artist, focussed on cultivating community outreach programs and educational curriculums, bringing arts education to students and communities that might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn and discover through creative thinking.

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