FREE ART SHOW EVENT
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday November 14, 2015
7:00 - 10:00 PM
(Part of NELA Second Saturday Art Walk)
Featuring Mosaic Artist Rafael Matias,
Designers Marilynn Pardee, Lilian Mercado,
Live music by Carlos Guitarlos
5526 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90042
in the Historic Highland Park Business District
The SECOND SATURDAY of every month is ART GALLERY NIGHT in NORTHEAST LOS ANGELES. Galleries, artist studios, businesses, shops and restaurants open their doors as the streets fill with shoppers, diners, patrons and interested pedestrians.
Established in 2006, NELA Second Saturday Art Walks provide a free, festive, multi-cultural evening that brings together community friends and art lovers in the historic, eclectic and diverse communities of Northeast Los Angeles.
Over 60 galleries throughout the area participate in the evening, all opening free to the public, with many offering artist receptions, demonstrations and live music.
Bob Taylor Properties, a local real estate office at 5526 North Figueroa Street, participates in NELA Second Saturday Art Night by by hosting a one-night, once-a-month ART and MUSIC EVENT, displaying work by some of the neighborhood's most talented and creative artists
For November, Bob Taylor Properties is pleased to present bold, large scale, beautiful and intricately constructed mosaic paintings in beads and glass tiles, created by internationally acclaimed and sought after artist, Rafael Matias.
Born in Chicago, in 1960, Rafael Matias' ethnic roots: Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and French, are reflected in his vibrant art.
Raphael began creating mosaics while living in South Africa. His early pieces were life size steel sculptures covered with Byzantine glass, glass beads and found objects.
Raphael describes himself as a "...storyteller, writer, poet, who uses mosaic instead of words or brush strokes to tell my feelings and stories. The combination of my pieces are about balance and harmony between man, woman, lovers, family, community and my dreams. Always present in the pieces of my work is the heart representing the theme of love and forgiveness."
And we have wearable art as well: Unique hand painted shirts and hoodies for men and women, as well as one-of-kind gauze tops and inspired Cabo Capes by artist and designer Marilynn Pardee
Lilian Mercado will show whimsical handmade jewelry.
Live music for the event is provided by the Carlos Guitarlos Trio, delivering delivers Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Americana and Rockin' Roots; deep,true, driving sounds brought forth from a lifetime of experience and hard living.
Mike Varney, founder of Shrapnel Records Group and Blues Bureau International says “Carlos Guitarlos is one of the greatest Blues/Americana guitarists of our time and he might just be a better singer than guitar player.”
Cadillac Zack, of Southern California Blues Society says "Carlos Guitarlos is possibly the most prolific and soulful of American roots songwriters and performers today, if not all time"
Map of NELA Galleries open for Second Saturday: https://www.nelaart.org/map/
Rafael Matias web site: https://rafamatias-mosaics.com/
Review of Rafael Matias work: https://www.examiner.com/article/tiny-beads-make-large-mosaics-for-raphael-matias
Carlos Guitarlos web site: https://www.carlosguitarlosmusic.com/
Los Angeles Times review of Carlos Guitarlos: https://articles.latimes.com/2003/apr/30/local/me-carlos30