ANISHA SINGH, M.D.

Dr. Anisha Singh is a board-certified practicing physician. Her passion in philosophy, humanity, and creativity makes her to put on many other hats. Since childhood in addition to choreographing and performing in numerous dance events she has also emceed events eloquently. An ardent actor, Anisha has appeared in several print and motion film commercials as well as acted in Hollywood movie. Anisha wrote regularly for various blogs and journals as well.

A devoted humanitarian in heart, Dr. Singh stayed actively engaged in multiple number of not for profit organizations. She worked extensively among the Bhutanese and Burundi refugees in the USA. She organized fund raising events for victims of acid attack and for other social causes. As a board member of Asian Community Alliance, she worked closely with the community. She launched ‘Apna Sapna’ (My Own Dreams) – a meeting space for keeping elderly people engaged socially and culturally. She has also worked with the displaced population of North Carolina following the devastation caused by hurricane Florence.

In addition to her medical degree, a zealous student, Dr. Singh has earned certificates and degrees in Holistic Nutrition, Yoga teaching, and in Spiritual Psychology. Currently she is pursuing a course in Ayurveda, the science of medicine practice in ancient India. “Like Yoga, Ayurveda in the near future will significantly contribute in the quality of life and in the healing science in the western hemisphere” says Dr. Singh. Currently she hosts weekly ‘Yoga of Gita: 101’ sessions where she talks on interpretations of teachings from Gita, teaches yoga and meditation, offers non-medicinal healing services. A centered soul through connecting with self, Anisha impacts lives on a daily basis through her authentic lead by example lifestyle and through her deep connecting ability with individuals.

ANNE BYRD

I’ve been into art since before I can remember. At the age of 14 I decided I wanted to be a professional artist and set my sights on art school. I graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus Ohio. 7 years later I did my first fine art festival and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I love using materials like colored pencil, wax pastels, pan pastels and ink markers because they combine the detail of drawing with the color and form of painting. I get ideas from many places, but undoubtedly nature is my biggest inspiration.

Currently I live in Houston Texas with my Husband and two ridiculous dogs.

ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ

Armando Rodriguez is a Mexican Artist who received his BFA from the University of Houston. Specializing in Graphic Design, Photography, working in digital and traditional; Albumen, Cyanotype, Palladium and Platinum printing. Printmaking; Monotype, Xylography, Serigraphy and Intaglio. And a passion for Paper Mediums: Bookbinding, Paper Marbling, Collage and Drawing.

He is also the founder and owner of Taller ISMA, a printmaking and art studio.

BRENT REANEY

A Canadian portrait photographer exploring the intersection between fine art and documentary work, Brent is interested in how activity in a person’s mind transfers to their face and body language within a photograph. To capture this subtle emotional complexity, he uses a lengthy, psychological process involving intense conversation paired with quiet reflection and visualization by the subject.

Brent has published and exhibited photographic work in North America, as well as internationally. His studio portrait project, Philly Style, was exhibited at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in 2019, and he’s currently a photo and digital media MFA candidate at the University of Houston.

CHELL VASSALLO

Chell Vassallo is a self-taught representational artist with a profound interest in mythological narratives, working primarily in charcoal and graphite.

I think of my work as the breadcrumbs left by Hansel and Gretel to track their way back home. Each artwork represents a step into the dense forest of my being in search of my true self. When we leave the everyday world, and we see ourselves outside the familiar domain, a guide or pattern of action is paramount to keep us moving toward the desired direction. I utilize mythological narratives as the guide, and I combine dramatic negative spaces with monochromatic representations to create an atmosphere marked by tension and resilience.

Born in Brazil in 1984, her childhood was marked by contact with nature and endless hours drawing. Vassallo earned a BSc in Chemical Engineering from The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and worked for one decade in the engineering field.

In 2013, she finally was able to dedicate her life to art as a full-time career. Since then, Vassallo has already won several awards, and her artworks are part of private collections in Dubai, Australia, Netherlands, USA, Argentina, and Brazil.

Vassallo’s relentless personal struggles in search of the authentic self are manifested in her work.

Chell Vassallo currently works and resides in the Greater Houston area, TX.

CORINE MICHEL

Corine Michel is a photographer, stylist, and visual artist. After spending 16 years in New York working in various creative fields- (publishing, music, dance, film and culinary), she’s back in Houston working as an independent photographer and stylist while she continues her artistic style in other mediums— interior design, architecture, people, and dogs.

As a stylist, her main focus is advertising- she’s worked for Fortune 500 Companies to mom-and-pop shops. As a visual artist, her style is to evoke a story through combining shapes, colors, composition, and light with humor- often times dark, pop culture, sexuality, or reminisces of the past being central themes throughout her work.

ERIKA ALONSO

Erika Alonso is an artist living and working in Houston, Texas. She is a first-generation Cuban-American born in Mission Hills, California. She spent her early childhood in Southern California, before moving to South Texas with her family. She has lived in Houston for over fifteen years, and attended the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in marketing. She is a self-taught artist whose work includes painting, collage, and graphic design. Her primary mediums are watercolor, pen and brush in ink, and oil.

Erika’s most recent work—paintings of watercolor and ink—mixes method with pure chance through a unique process that intertwines psychic automatism and action painting. Despite her suggestible process, recurring themes emerge—obsessions with hair, multi-faced people, and fantastical creatures—each of which tell a truth about her. In combining her penchant for harsh black ink markings with pale-toned watercolors, the artist has created a dark and whimsical collection of creatures and beings.

GARY WATSON

After a decades-long career as an award-winning filmmaker, Gary Watson has embraced the verisimilitude of silver-based photography in a time of ubiquitous digital imaging. Using vintage cameras and working in 4×5, medium format, and 35mm film, he creates dramatic black-and-white art images ranging from studio studies to photojournalism. This choice of medium reflects Gary’s belief that creative works should have durability. In photography, time’s forward motion is arrested and encapsulated as an indelible memory on a physical medium in tones of black, white, and gray. preserving those images as a record of who we are, where we live, and what we do; creating a continuity of our visual history. Modern images recorded through early optics are given a veneer of timelessness, reminding us that what is new today is tomorrow’s history. Diverse styles of documentary, allegorical, and personal photography create both observational and declarative statements to provide a catalyst for emotional responses, thoughtful discussion, and positive action.

GERARD HARRISON

Gerard Harrison is a fine art, fashion, and portrait photographer. At a time when film was the photographic medium and fashion magazines were only distributed in print, he was drawn to the striking and beautiful images on the oversized pages of the day’s great fashion periodicals –Harper’s, Vogue, and McCalls. The idea of photography as a profession would not occur to him for many years, though. The son of a U.S. Air Force bomber pilot, he was determined to follow his dad into the Air Force. When that ambition waned, he took up another passion –writing. He got a degree in English literature from the University of Texas, wrote a column for the University of Texas newspaper, composed fiction and plays, and eventually –as the demands of a growing young family increased –directed his writing and analytical skills towards law. After finishing a law degree with honors at the University of Houston, he successfully practiced law for over two decades in top law firms, but never found much joy in it. It was during that time that he acquired his first serious camera and began shooting landscapes and simple portraits. But photography, in that period, remained only a hobby.In recent years, with kids grown and out the door, his photography has taken a more serious turn. He has opened his studio, Image Theory Photoworks, where he often collaborates with his daughter, painter and makeup artist, Sarah Kate Hirth, on fine art projects. His influences include Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, and Hopper. His earliest and strongest photography influence remains Ansel Adams. Among contemporary photographers, he admires the work of Sølve Sundsbø, Nick Knight, Annie Liebovitz, and Richard Tuschman. Gerard’s work and teaching follows two guiding principles:

  • The primary goal of all art is to engage the emotions.
  • “Art transcends its limitations only by staying within them.” Flannery O’Connor
  • Gerard teaches studio lighting, Photoshop/Lightroom, and retouching.
GILBERTO MELLO

Gilberto Mello was born and educated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1985 he came to the United States to complete a Master’s Degree in Geology at Columbia University and later another one in Science Education at Teachers College, in New York City. While living and studying in New York, he took interest in art after visiting the city’s museums. He began to study oil painting in 2007 at the Art Students League of New York.

After relocating to Texas in 2009, Gilberto Mello continued his art instruction at the Art League of Houston.

He further advanced his artistic skills by taking workshops at the Angel Academy of Art, in Florence, Italy, in 2015; still life painting with artist Qiang Huang in Austin, Texas, in 2016; and portrait painting at the Gateway Academy of Classical Art (GACA) in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2018.

One still life painting by Gilberto Mello was added to the permanent exhibition at “Muzeul Municipal Ramnicu Sarat” (Ramnicu Sarat Municipal Museum), Romania, in 2018.

In 2019 Gilberto Mello attended a Life Drawing and Painting class at the Glassell School of Art in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Presently, Gilberto Mello lives in Katy, Texas, where he works from his home studio. Occasionally he volunteers to demonstrate his technical painting skills to the public and participates in local shows in his community. His latest public show participation was in November of 2019, at the SiennArt Festival on Sawmill Lake Club, Missouri City, Texas.

JULIAN SUNIGA

Julian Suniga was born in San Antonio to a loving family, who are all musically and artistically inclined. His passion has always been music and art of any form. In highschool he apprenticed under a master picture framer, who taught him important life lessons that Julian still reflects on to this day. As Julian got older his passion shifted into high fashion. Julian is incredibly grateful for all the opportunities and for all the attributes he received from a diverse range of people who have influenced him greatly. Julian’s journey is ongoing and ever changing.

LAURA PENA

Laura Peña was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Education. Currently she is an elementary bilingual teacher in Houston. She has been published in Diversity from the Austin International Poetry Festival; Houston Poetry Fest anthology; Boundless from the Valley International Poetry Festival; Texas Poetry Calendar; and various other anthologies both in print and on-line. both in print and on-line. She was the featured poet at the April 2018 Valley International Poetry Festival in McAllen, Tx. Laura received the Lucille Johnson Clark Memorial Award at the 2018 Houston Poetry Fest that is awarded annually to the top juried poet who is also a K-12 classroom teacher.

Laura has been a featured poet at Inprint’s First Friday and Public Poetry. She has performed as part of Invisible Lines most recently for “The Stars Go Waltzing Out in Red and Blue a tribute to Sylvia Plath” and “It’s About Love: An Accidental Dialog” featuring music and lyrics by Charles Bryant and the poetry of Kelly Ann Ellis. Laura wrote a series of ekphrastic poems in collaboration with painter Silvia Pinto-Souza that was on display at the Jung Center from November to December 2019. Laura also organizes Poetry Out of Bounds each year which is the official kick-off to the Houston Poetry Fest.

LUCIA PALACIOS

Born in a family of artists, originally from Xalapa Enriquez Ver. Mexico, Lucia Palacios began to learn painting with water color at the age of six. Color theory was one of the most magical experiences for her. She continued learning through her school days, where she was introduced to other mediums of painting. At the age of eleven, for the first time she explored oil medium and never stopped her journey ever since. At a tender age, she replicated ‘Starry Night’ since she was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and his creations. Lucia was also active in theater club at school that spanned over a period of five years.

Lucia moved to the USA in 2014. The demand of life compelled her to stay away from creative work as she entered the workforce. Lucia’s urge to return to visual arts found a resolute year in 2019. She reduced her work hours and devoted time to create new paintings. She exhibited her new works at the RAW art market in Houston. Lucia is excited to be an active part of Aseity Creations where she believes to have found her wings to blossom into a full-time artist. According to Lucia, arts can be the most beneficial experience for our souls. Art is the most authentic vehicle to know self.

MATT BARNETT

Matt Barnett born March 21, 1981 in Wharton Texas, grew up in Columbus Texas and attended high school there and graduated in 1999. Graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2005. I always loved the artistic side of chemistry and what I could do to manipulate metal with different acids and heat treatments. I have a patent on an explosive device used to destroy old land mines and have utilized the same explosive properties for making art with thin sheets of metal and custom explosive charges. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing my country property with likeminded artists. In 2016 I opened a campground on a creek near Columbus and am in the process of opening a large area in west Texas near Big Bend National Park for artists to enjoy the liberty of unrestricted spaces for creation. By enabling artists to create without bounds I believe that I am fulfilling one of my purposes.

MONICA VILLARREAL

Monica Villarreal is an interdisciplinary artist native to Houston. Her art explores ethnic identity, gender roles, migrant and environmental issues. She is a recipient of multiple awards in photography and filmmaking, and has participated in installation and performing art productions with Voices Breaking Boundaries and Project Row Houses. She has an M.A. in Digital Media Studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and her thesis focused on Graphic Design and Printmaking.

NEIL ELLIS ORTS

Neil Ellis Orts is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in the broad categories of writing and performance. His fiction has appeared in small press anthologies and literary journals, and his novella, Cary and John, first published in 2014, will be rereleased in 2020 from Wipf & Stock. He is a semiregular contributor to Houston’s OutSmart Magazine and Dance Source Houston’s The Dance Dish. As a performer, he creates performance art, acts in theater productions, and sometimes gets to dance onstage. He also enjoys directing. He finds nearly all creative endeavors have intersections in theory or process and so is interested in almost all art forms. His education includes a BFA in Theater (Texas State University) and an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts (Columbia College Chicago).

NIKKI BAILES

Nikki Bailes is a makeup artist living and working in Houston, Texas. She was born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma before moving to South Texas with her family. She has lived in Houston for three years, where shortly after she received her certification. Her experience consists of bridal, editorial and multiple fashion shows. Nikki has also worked as model since an early age. Her passion in makeup application developed since childhood. Nikki Bailes is a versatile hair stylist as well.

PK DAS

Born in Kolkata, India; PK Das moved to United States in 1990. An avid student of literature and language, PK worked as a journalist as well as a photo-journalist and cine-still photographer. His first collection of short stories was published in 1983. In 1984 he directed his first short-film. PK acted on stage since he was eight and received critical reviews in numerous newspapers and magazines.

Later he worked as marketing and business operations manager at multinational corporations for over two decades. He also trained sales personnel and wrote system process. However, the clutter of corporate couldn’t keep him caged forever. An indomitable urge to escape, paved the way back to his core.

Since 2012, PK published and edited a commercial news-literary magazine, scripted original stage-plays and toured nearly a dozen states with his show, performed at three Fringe festivals (Cincinnati, San Francisco, Chicago), presided as judge at theater competitions, organized events such as south-Asian theater festival, contributed as reviewer of professional theatre performances on behalf of League of Cincinnati Theatres, exhibited his fine-art photography at several art galleries throughout the country, produced nearly half a dozen short-films, and acted in main stream feature film. Author of over a dozen stage-plays, PK’s most recent book was published in 2018 and he participated in a few poetry festivals including Houston Poetry Fest (2018) as a juried poet.

PK also volunteered his services for non-profit organizations where he worked with children from refugee communities, especially in cultural event development. PK’s works often reflect philosophy of politics, relationship between the inner and the outer layers of human existence, and social causes. Deeply rooted in philosophy, PK’s self-professed experiment of nearly five years has culminated into a stream of photography where he works extensively with battered individuals, victims of trauma, and sufferers from depression (non-clinical) to transition into an uplifting and liberating experience through photography session. He calls it Holistic Photography. Guided deeply by the profound philosophy of ‘Bhagavad Gita’, PK is influenced by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Vincent Van Gogh, Sigmund Freud, Rabindranath Tagore, Franz Kafka, Amedeo Modigliani, Charles Chaplin, and Jean-Paul Sartre.

REBECCA HERPIN

Rebecca Herpin is a photographer and social media manager located in Houston, TX. She graduated with a degree in Visual Arts from Columbia University. She strives to produce high quality content while helping keep art accessible and integral to the community.

RICK DAS

Since his High school days, Rick has been relentlessly studying and pursuing everything related to movie making. Now Rick is an actor, director, producer, screenplay writer, cinematographer. He is also an adept post production technician where his skill in sound mixing, color correction, editing, special effects manifests his mastery. Rick is also an accomplished still photographer and graphic designer.

Rick followed his passion with conviction despite facing challenges, especially with limitation of resources and equipment. Nonetheless, while continuing his bachelor’s degree in Business, Rick thrived in his journey of film making. His short-films were accepted at several film festivals within the USA as well as internationally. His success landed him onto the traditional method of film making system as was accepted at Chapman University (Dodge School of Film and Media Arts). Rick is currently pursuing MFA in Film and television production as well as working with some of the prominent filmmakers of Hollywood.

Rick has written, directed, produced one feature film and over ten short-films as well as acted in nearly twenty-five short-films. Rick is an expert level technical artist in Adobe software including Lightroom, Photoshop, After Effects, Premier Pro, Audition and much more.

SARAH KATE HIRTH

Sarah Kate Hirth teaches makeup art. She began her career in beauty on the sales floor of a national beauty chain, moved quickly into management, and was scouted by the regional managers for Laura Mercier, a leading luxury cosmetics brand. They asked her to join Laura Mercier in a management position at their Neiman Marcus Galleria store. Later, the Chanel managers at Nieman Marcus recruited Sarah Kate to join them. Sarah Kate. After 10 years in high end retail, Sarah Kate became a freelance artist. She brings a deep knowledge of cosmetics, makeup techniques, and skin care to her freelance practice and to her teaching. She is a veteran of numerous weddings, fashion shows, and photo sessions, and private events. In addition to makeup art, Sarah Kate is an accomplished fine art painter, and frequently collaborates with her dad, Gerard Harrison, on fine art photographic projects.

STEPHANIE SAINT SANCHEZ

Stephanie Saint Sanchez is a Houston-based multi-media artist, award winning filmmaker and curator. She founded La Chicana Laundry Pictures, where she has written, produced and directed over 30 award-winning genre-splitting shorts over the past decade. She founded Senorita Cinema, the first all Latina film festival in Texas, which debuted at Lawndale Art Center in 2007. Her work has been screened extensively both locally and nationally and received numerous awards, including a CACHH emerging artist grant (2005), Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship and Idea Fund Award (2013).

TIM HERSCHBACH

Tim Herschbach grew up in a small town in Oklahoma and spent his childhood playing outdoors in the woods, fields, streams, and lakes. He became interested in art at a young age. Tim had dabbled in photography, from his first 110 film camera given to him by his first-grade teacher, to the Minolta SLR he chose as a high school graduation present. However, it wasn’t until December of 2009 that Tim discovered how the balance between art, technique, and the technology that drives modern photography mirrored his own interests. He decided to pursue digital photography, although he had no idea that his hobby would soon grow into a new career track as a professional artist.

Tim began scouring the internet, reading every book he could get his hands on, and watching countless hours of videos on subjects like composition and image processing. He submitted photos to be critiqued by professional photographers and attended workshops about light and vision. He took on voluntary photography projects at work and at his church and he picked up some small family portrait projects here and there for family and friends. With every photograph Tim created, he grew closer to being able to use photography as not just a way to capture a beautiful scene or subject, but as a viable method of communicating his vision, a fundamental principle of fine art.

In the summer of 2013, Tim Herschbach left his full-time position as an IT specialist at a Houston television station and put his full devotion into his art career. Since then, over one thousand of his photographs have found new homes in private collections from Washington State to Massachusetts.

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