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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Art House Sketchbook Event!!

Spread from My Arthouse sketchbook click HERE (or scroll down) to see it

The Arthouse Sketchbook Brooklyn event was this past Friday on the last day of school before our Spring break. And what a day that was...but that's another story. It was a beautiful way to end the day as we (my husband fellow artist Gregg Emery and I) accompanied our student Colin (who is also an artist featured in the sketchbook event) to the Brooklyn opening by public transportation from New Jersey. At the last moment, we were joined by two of our other art students, Ji Min and Nicole. What an adventure it was to take the bus, subway and walk through Brooklyn's warehouse district with our students in such a spontaneous, unplanned and informal trip.

All of us at 175th Train StationThe ArtHouse Event was at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn

The Arthouse Event was sponsored by 3rd Ward Creative Space in Brooklyn, NY. 3rd ward is an amazing space with art facilities from wood to computer center available for use by the public. There were over 2500 international participants in the sketchbook event. When we arrived there was already a major crowd spilling out onto the street, music blaring, and sketchbooks galore being perused.

Our three students checking out sketchbooksfolks checking out Colin's sketchbook

As soon as we realized how the sketchbooks were being displayed - simply laid out to be handled and traded we knew finding any of our own would be like finding a needle in a haystack, but we tried anyway. By a stroke of luck, Colin immediately spotted some folks checking out his sketchbook! He was overjoyed as they were commenting on how much they loved it!!

Colin peeking through an uber-creative sketchbookMy sweet cousins, Tai Tai and Kas came to the show too! ready to check out some art!Another amazingly creative sketchbook!We met up with some co-workers and alumni (students of ours from 1999 and 2000!)There were so many varied responses to the Everyone I know theme...it was mesmerizing!Sketchbook spread by artist Duncan Reid - my favorite sketchbook of the night.

So thanks for tagging along to our Art house sketchbook event in Brooklyn! Hope you are as inspired as we were when we left...we were so hungry we got off the subway in Manhattan and had some Gray's Papaya before heading back up to Jersey!

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OMG, how fun and amazing and inspiring and just a beautiful, wonderful thing. Gawd, I wish we had great things like this in Alabama. Ugh, Podunkville is killing me!
Great journals/sketchbooks all!
Peace & Love,

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

i lovelovelove this. i wish i couldve went. i had SATs the following day! its too bad it was only in town for a day. i love the one with the stickers and the last one is very cool. very strange how they exhibited the books that way. i hope i will be involved in something like that one day.

i thought you'd majorly enjoy these: http://www.q-pot.jp/products/2009-spring/eraberu-macaron.html

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

The sketchbooks look amazingggg!! <3 <3

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

I love the book with butterfly's , I'm sad I did not get to see that one in person. Kassie and I had a good time, I enjoyed looking at the books and getting the chance to see you and Gregg(by the way tell him I think his Thunder Cats tie was all kinds of awesome!). I was so worried about everyone's books being handed around but enjoyed being able to see them up close and the sharing viewing them with strangers.
Kassie had a good time(even though she was chilly) she got home and told her mom all about the books and she really really wanted to buy one I had to explain art can be very expensive.


March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTai

hahhaa. yeah izzy, i had the SATs, too. XD i kinda zoned out during the essay part....oh well.

XD cowboy collin...YES!

aye~ now send me that site so i can participate next time! X3

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJi Min

I love this post...it was such a fabulous night with amazing artists! I never expected to be hanging out with students old and new, friends from grad school and yes of course the brilliant and beautiful amarettogirl herself! Looking forward to the next show!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstainboy

This is fantastic, some of the books there were amazing. I really should've written down the name of the "lonely in massachusetts" creator. That laser cut one; my mind couldn't even wrap around how awesome it was. I felt like i was holding butterfly wings.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercowboy colin

MARISOL! I really do read the blog! :-) And yes, it was a lovely night...I was just sad I missed your sketchbook! But lots of good creative vibes...and some fun subway riding. :-)

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

WOW!!! All of these are crazy good!!! Plus i hear there was free beer XD. I hear your sick :(... Feel Better!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAEPi Guy

I feel spurcial :D
Also, that night was spontaneous and awesome and happy; definitely needed after that horrendous week.
Public transportation makes me happy.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNICOLE :D

cool stuff im liking the one thats all cut carefully man that must have taken a while.. but hey i wish i couldve gone it wouldve been so awsome and cant wait to see you soon!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOrph

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