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Summer days are gone again…

Hello All,

Just some pics to share of the last of Monstrochika’s summer fun 2011…

Art Lakeview Paintings

Art Lakeview Plushie Party

Monstrochika @ Art Lakeview 2011

Stop in and see my latest works starting this Thursday evening! With a plushie workshop scheduled for Saturday 9/10!

Show runs through end of September @ Suvarna Chiropractic:

Detroit & Bombers…

Hello again! Wow, lots happening and coming up in Chicago parts. It makes me happy to hear about fellow artists and friends coming into their own and continuing to make things happen!

The sequential art show was lovely and I was excited to see all the other comic art. It’s inspiring to see the many different ways to tell your story pictorally and sometimes with no words at all.

The first Pilsen coaster show was a success and everyone contributed such original pieces. It was fun to see what everyone came up with and the coaster trades among the artists was a hit! Here is one of my coasters. I made a set of monster kids on their picture day.

Dolores Bird Girl & Coaster Show…

Daddy-O’s & Kitty-Kats:

The first story from my Dolores Bird Girl comic will be part of an “open walls” show at the ARC Gallery’s Sequential Art: Comics & Beyond Exhibition opening tomorrow May 27th!

AND another good time show is coming up at Carlos & Dominguez Fine Art Gallery in Pilsen:


It was nice weather for a few days but today we saw flurries again and brrrrrrrrrr….some chillies too. lol. Below is a pic of a commission I just finished. Someone approached me about making a painting with his daughter as a Monstrochika. I thought it was a neat idea and what you see here is what I came up with. I had just added the frame to it. This is the first Monstrochika with a braid in her hair! I also really loved how the paint color on the frame came out.

I also want to post a pic here of my mom’s amazing work. I definitely get my crafty/artsy side from her. She sews, crochets and makes jewelry when she can find the time. She is a busy mom and grandma! I’ve invited her to the upcoming El Stitch y Bitch Beginner’s Meeting. More on that real soon. Here is a pot holder set she just surprised me with! Thanks Mom!

Pilsen Holiday Sale & Tianguis: Dec 11-12, 2010

Its holiday art sale time! All around the city you will find artists selling their works and wares this time of year. There was a nice and steady turn out for La Neta a couple of weekends ago. I saw some old friends and got to catch up with my girls Jessica & Thelma of El Stitch y Bitch. Some of the same artisans and many more will be at this weekend’s Pilsen Holiday Sale & Tianguis at Casa Juan Diego. Come out and start checking off your holiday gift list!

Awesome poster design by Diana Solis and Chema Skandal:

Monstrochika’s shoppe…

The Latest…

Hello again!

It was such a great turn out and such a wonderful time at Rumble Arts! Thank you to all the creative peoples that came out! Below are a few pictures to share with you….

I’ve also been a busy little elf in preparation for upcoming craft shows in the area. The first one is this Saturday and the super talented El Stitch y Bitch crew will be participating in La Neta Art Sale @ Beer Run Gallery in Pilsen.

The whole gang is donating pieces for purchase in support of the SYB & their future events. So come out and see what we’ve cooked up and maybe bring something home with you!

Also this Saturday, my good friend Kelly Pelka and Graciela Llorente of RE-GIRL will have a booth at the DIY Trunk show in Wicker Park. You can stop in and check out their one-of-a-kind legwarmers!

There is also a Holiday Art Sale in December which I will have more details for in the near future.

This Saturday there will also be a host of artists participating in a Day of the Dead art show. Come out and support The Native Soul family:

I have some days off next week for the Thanksgiving holiday. I’ll be going on a family trip to Louisiana to see my big brother.

I hope everyone gets to enjoy some time off with their loved ones. Until next time my friends… peace.

Plush Workshop @ Rumble Arts

I’m so happy and excited to be holding a plush toy workshop once again! This time I will be at Rumble Arts Center in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Rumble Arts has a great mix of evening and weekend classes available, from yoga and dance to figure drawing and screenprinting. If you are a parent living in the city and looking for affordable arts classes for the family I recommend checking them out. You can visit their website for a schedule of classes and events.

I received an email from Rumble last week that I have a full roster for this coming Sunday. See everyone real soon 🙂

Plush Workshop w/ Monstrochika @ Rumble Arts!

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!

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