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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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Emerging Artists who Caught My Eye Part I 

Seeing as I haven't been feeling well these days (looks like what I thought was a cold or developing allergies may be turning into my chronic bronchitis again- but I'm still fighting it), the hub thought it would be nice to take a drive up to Connecticut to see the last hour of the senior thesis art exhibit of one of my former students, Lorena Estrella. Lorena is currently a double major (Latin American Studies and Printmaking) and is now the second of my students who took printmaking with me in high school and went on to major in it in college. If that's not good medicine, I don't know what is!

Lorena is about to graduate Wesleyan University. While there I got to see another former student of both my hubs and I, Nikki Long (psych major) and we got to see other artists in the senior thesis show. The two others (along with Lorena's that really caught my eye) are Nicolina Baxter and Eric Bissell. There were others exhibiting, but had I walked into that space in any New York City gallery these three are the ones I would have photographed for you anyway. So here is part I of three post- each is very different so stay tuned.

Lorena Estrella with her senior thesis prints entitled 'ataduras' Lorena's ataduras print photo by m.diazLorena's ataduras print photo by m.diaz Lorena in the printmaking studio displaying her drawerLorena's matrix from one of her prints

Yes, the Giveaway is still going strong (i'm amazed!) and April 4th is almost here!

-ciao Amarettogirl

Reader Comments (16)

i love this feature! is this going to be a large series of artists??

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi pumpkin pie

I absolutely love those prints! I wish I could buy a couple from her, but I think that they would be very expensive. They are all very detailed and beautiful, I can't wait to see the other features that you have!

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

wow, she is so incredibly talented!!!

check this out: reminds me of your work: http://endofmarch.tumblr.com/post/483123522/sophiejade-pinpricks-mirabella-st-lucys

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

Now that is such a precious gift to know that at some point in her life you and Gregg were an influence in her life to have continued in the arts. The reward of your energy, your being and method of teaching (which mentioned in an earlier post does not follow the conservative thought and method). Kudos to you nena!!! Her work is beautiful. Looking forward to the other postings.

ps. OH MY!!! PLEASE get yourself checked out!!!! That sounds too serious!!! xoxo

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon <3

Her work is amazing! so realistic for moments it looks like pictures worked on!

Thanks for showing!

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

Thank you for this post, I'm looking forward for the next part.

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpapijorj

Her art works really good, it really looks diffrent and its interesting, you have some really artistic students! ;) anywho i hope it is not brochitus i hate it when i get that, its the worst... Hope u feel better! xoxoxoxoxo9 rina

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

That is so cool! She really has her own style, it's beautiful. And she is such a pretty girl as well.

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Eyed Night Owl

Wow those paintings are amazing..... I love the wrinkily look.

You should feel so proud of the direction that you've made these students go in. So proud of you!

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTital

Wow! She's really good! I hope you feel better soon!

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBunnyKissd

OMG! She's from Brazil, isn't she?

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

I am loving Lorena's work, her prints are haunting and beautiful...so hauntingly beautiful. Im glad you were able to catch her show and kudos to the hub for thinking up the spur of the moment trip:)

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai

Very talented young girl!

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSalmezan

wow.... i wish i could do that!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterclare

I would love to see the raw lino cut. I am curious how it looks like with all the detail cut into it.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLi Lian

awww... that is a medicine that will warm up anyones heart... even when they are not sick!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindz

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