Some cities have artists displaying their art on the street for all to see. Urban creative forces that paint the landscape of the city simply with their presence. El Paso may not have street vendors or art peddlers on the sidewalks but there is always a ripple of creativity underneath the skin of our Downtown every month on Last Thursdays Art Walk. The Art Walk overseen by the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) helps to promote the Downtown art scene by encouraging these monthly events and consolidating the messaging so the public knows “It’s Happening” Downtown.
Amongst the plethora of parties dedicated to art on Last Thursdays this month The Art Avenue Magazine sponsored their first Art Show in partnership with MCAD. The magazine, launched earlier this year is the brain child of Kimberly Vanecek, an El Paso transplant who saw an opportunity to help artists get to that next level.
With only two weeks to put together the Art Show for Last Thursdays, which took place at the Camino Real Hotel Downtown, Kimberly wasted no time booking some of the best vendors and artists for the show.
The Art Show itself was bustling with eager eyes to be fed and they were not disappointed. Artist Maria Delgadillo De Velez painted a 3 dimensional piece that challenges your sense of perception as you approach it. Adrian Peraldi provided striking oil paintings and Monica Lozano a photographer showed 4 in a series of 18 titled “Borders” that depicts the different ways illegal aliens have attempted to cross borders. Many more talented artists filled the space beautifully with everything from painted canvas pieces to metallic sculptures.
The vendors consisted of artisans, restaurants and more artists. Everything from handmade puppets to jewelry were available for purchase. The Green Ingredient a forward thinking health minded restaurant normally located in the Chase building Downtown was present as well as photographer Brian Wancho and popular El Paso artist Mauricio Mora. Savage, a new presence in the artisan scene makes vegan and gluten-free sweets and breads. The modest yet ambitious show succeeded in collecting a synergistic group of both established and up and coming talent.
The Art Avenue has committed to sponsoring an Art Show every month for Last Thursdays. The Art Avenue Magazine can be purchased at the El Paso Museum of Art, located at 1 Arts Festival Plaza, where it holds the designation of being the only magazine permitted to be sold there.