Past El Paso Event: VOL 17

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ONE MAN BAND: My journey so far

@ VOL 17 ON OCT 21, 2017

Christopher Rueda is the founder of Penny-Farthing Design and the designer of this event’s poster.  Christopher shares on how he started a design business and continue to grow it. He touches on both the pro's and con's of his particular journey, and what he does to keep himself going as a Sole-Proprietor. 

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Anxiety Quiet Anxiety

@ VOL 17 ON OCT 21, 2017

People who have anxiety usually have a hard time explaining what it is to those that never experience it. One way to describe it is it having many of the same qualities as the loud/quiet/loud dynamic of rock n’ roll songs. Leonard Martinez’s presentation looks at the heady topic of anxiety through the lens of music. All you’ll feel is calm - hopefully.


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Dear Adults

@ VOL 17 ON OCT 21, 2017

Melody Gomez works with Square Peg Youth Empowerment. Melody asks how often do we consider that we are projecting expectations on our youth, and are asking them for blind compliance with explicit interference. Are we asking of our youth what we wouldn’t want for ourselves? Maybe the Panacea to global ills is as simple as recognizing that our youth are rookie global citizens, and we should ask them take a bigger role in their world. Melody asks are we the role models with whom our youth want to participate?

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Under the Radar

@ VOL 17 ON OCT 21, 2017

Based in New York City, Elaine Molinar has been an architect with Snøhetta for over 25 years. Snøhetta is an interdisciplinary design studio which takes an integrative approach to architecture, landscape, and interior architecture.  Originally from El Paso, Elaine began her career as a designer of the Alexandria Library in Egypt after participating in the initial conception for Snøhetta’s winning competition entry.  Throughout her time with Snøhetta, Elaine has held key positions in major cultural projects and competitions in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.  She currently leads general management, strategic planning and business development as a partner and managing director at Snøhetta.  Tonight Elaine presents, Under the Radar which shows works from or destined for the attic, or are unusual enough to actually happen one day.  Never published or never realized they represent the place where designers most like to be - under the radar.

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Chicano Art

@ VOL 17 ON OCT 21, 2017

“CIMI” Alvarado is an El Paso, Texas native, and began his artistic career experimenting with graffiti art.  Following his studies under Gaspar Enriquez at Bowie High School, Cimi delved into public art projects, which often included educational components and community involvement.  His efforts have included an intensive, ongoing mural education program in Dallas, Texas; two full-scale murals created with students from the El Paso, Texas Juvenile Detention Center; and two large murals depicting the history and culture of El Paso, Texas.  Cimi’s recent public works involved community brainstorming, input, and inspiration through both community meetings and written, anonymous surveys.  Cimi’s artwork has been featured in shows in Mexico City; Buenos Aires, Argentina; the El Paso Museum of Art; the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and Cd. Juarez, Mexico - “Binational Art Exhibit” Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

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Unscripted Beauty

@ VOL 17 ON OCT 21, 2017

Art and the concept of beauty are all very personal. What is beautiful to one - may be abhorrent to another. Muriel Borders’ presentation highlights some of the unscripted moments of her concept of beauty.  Many of these photographs are taken with a Sony Alpha 7, although some are taken with mobile phones as Muriel often finds herself in situations of fleeting beauty, without a camera, and has learned to make do with what I have at that moment so as not to lose the moment.


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Art is alive

@ VOL 17 ON OCT 21, 2017

In his presentation, Samuel Rodríguez will motivate us to understand why we need art to live and show us what art says to society and culture all around the globe. Samuel goes into many forms of art literature, paintings, and film.


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Star City Studio

@ VOL 17 ON OCT 21, 2017

Diego Muniz is active in the community - promoting local bands. Tonight Diego presents on his passion for Live studio music video recordings where Diego is connecting people through art & music at Star City Studio


Elaine Molinar
in New York
Jesus "Cimi" Alvarado
Artist/Muralist in El Paso
Diego Muniz
in El Paso
Melody Gomez
in El Paso
Muriel Borders
in El Paso
Helen Vargas
Dulce Mal Band in El Paso
Leonard Martinez
Storyteller, Honey Badger in El Paso
Christopher Rueda
Graphic Design, Self-Employed: Principal of Penny-Farthing Design in El Paso
Samuel Rodríguez
Writer in El Paso