Pilsen Open Studios @ Cobalt Studio

Hello again everyone!

My, oh my, what a lovely time we had at the grand studio warming/open studios event at
Cobalt Studio! Big ups to Adi Baltazar & Toni Martinez for the sweet set up. Beautiful artwork and installations throughout and a warm and inviting atmosphere for all. Just in case you missed it you can read on for a short reenactment below 🙂

Right when you enter you are greeted by Adriana Baltazar’s beautiful hanging paper flowers. You then walk the front area with plenty of open space for a complete viewing of the paintings and installations. Past this area is a delicious spread of appetizers, sweet treats and red wine. As you are munching away you suddenly realize that you are before another work of art, yes, it is Baltazar’s lovely little work area. Print-outs, cut-outs, postcards, photos, cover the wall and hover above small works in progress and various work materials. Just atop to the left you also find an outstanding installation piece which is a small hand constructed model of her Abuelita’s home in Pilsen.

Towards the middle of the studio you find people crowding around and cheering at the players involved in a fooseball table game. But not just any fooseball table, no, this is yet another remarkable piece of art. A fooseball table covered in the artwork of Juan Compean which focuses on the U.S. immigration issue. The player pieces are also works of art, molds were made for each piece and painted with the “players” on both sides of the issue. Some that I recall on the West end were a border patrol officer, a rockero with a mohawk, and a blood spattered butcher representing immigrant meat packing plant workers.

Across from the fooseball game is a lounge area where people sit relaxing and conversing on a comfy brown couch surrounded by the artwork of Antonio Martinez. You are entering the back area of the studio where Martinez’s work area is located. Small to large works on canvas and wood grace the walls. His paintings include such figures as the late Carlos Cortez, Padre Jesus, masked luchadores, hand tools and his recurrent mighty hands which he says stem from his experience working with his hands as a plumber by trade.

I am such a lucky girl. To raise funds for the studio there was a raffle held with various prizes and one of Tony’s pieces was among them. A couple of days after the closing my sister received a call from the studio that she had won Tony’s piece! But of course I have the sweetest sister ever and she kindly gave it to me as a gift ☺ Thanks Nora!

The opening night continued on with music and drinks. A special thank you to my honey, Jose, for lugging some equipment around for us. You are the best!

As for Monstrochika – we made our debut of six mixed media pieces and the intro comic to The Brown Bag Lunch Hour series. If you would like to check it out or purchase a comic it is now available at Quimby’s Bookstore and Chicago Comics and also at my Etsy Shop 🙂 Yes, I finally got around to entering something in that poor little shop! I will be adding more goodies soon so stay tuned.

A big hug to everyone at Cobalt Studio for this most wonderful exhibition among friends!


Chika A Day: DAY 31 – Project Ended

Tonight I had dinner with two great artists/friends in China Town. They had me cracking up. There is something that I cannot be without. LAUGHTER. It feels soooooo good and I love it.

So my friends, here is the final Monstrochika in the Chika A Day Project. A happy and fully nourished Monstrita. Like my favorite Buddha – The Happy Buddha 🙂

Thank you all for your support. It was a fun and at times wacky project to share with you. Keep visiting because there is more fun to come!

Chika A Day: DAY 27 & 28


My sincerest apologies to all the followers of this project. Although I have failed and as Chika A Day nears its end (this Sunday) I will take this moment to reflect upon what I have learned through the project.

1. It is important to draw everyday for an artist, and especially in my case, spending most of the day in an office without artist minded people, it is essential to the survival of this artist.

2. This has also been a great exercise and practice for me in drawing my caricatures’ facial expressions, and their various bodies and poses. It has also finally moved me to begin a comic series that has been put off for way too long.

3. Finally and through this unfortunate missed day I’ve also learned that sometimes it is not possible to DO IT ALL. Not even for a Monstrochika!

Besides being an artist, I am an eldest daughter, sister, Auntie, wife, dog owner, in-law to a large familia, friend, volunteer, full-time employee, sailor in training, domestic diva, woman. Oh, I also bathe, eat and sleep. So thanks to all who support me and all my crazy goings ons!

Ok peoples. Don’t forget to come and see us all for the Annual Pilsen Open Studios this Saturday & Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm. We are at Cobalt Studio #7 on the map. This is the best and only opportunity for you to see the works of Pilsen artists at their studios and/or their very home! WOAH! I will also have my new comic series available to all. So don’t miss it! A very special thanks to Adi & Toni for opening their space to all of us 🙂

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So again….

Love you all 🙂

Chika A Day: DAY 25

Met with some cool gals today and I’m excited about future projects with them 🙂

Here’s a little ruff and tumble chica….grrrrrr….

Chika A Day: DAY 23

Lots of Birthdays to celebrate today! My little brother Jay, my friend Jessica and my cousin-in-law’s son! Well, I’m off to see them all! Lovely weather today 🙂 Enjoy the weekend everyone!


Chika A Day: DAY 22

Sorry for a late night post again. I worked on my pieces all evening and through the night. The laptop just got home too.

Summer days are still upon us….