Women’s History Month is upon us again, and to honor the achievement of woman, NoMAA is curating its annual “Women in the Heights” exhibition, where I have been chosen to debut the REVAMPED & FINAL version of my “I Have a Dream 2013″ painting! The video will also be played at the show.
Since the painting’s premiere during MLK’s “I Have A Dream” 50th anniversary last year, I put in another 15+ hours last month (added to the over 100 hours I had already spent) to make sure all 57 people finally have a portrait. This is the first time everyone will get to see the revised and completed piece, and I am so excited to be able to share this with you all at this amazing venue!
The exhibit is FREE to attend and opening night is next Wednesday, March 5, from 6 – 8 pm:
178 Bennett Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10040
It’s been a whirlwind couple of months, leading up to the gallery show, “I HAVE A DREAM – 50 Yeas of Change,” at El Taller Latino Americano, where I have been invited to display my multimedia tribute piece to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It has been the most involved, collaborative, and intense art project I have ever done.
The gallery opening was on Wednesday, July 24th, and in the weeks preceding I spent over 100 hours creating a painted portrait of Dr. King, based on screenshots from the videos of over 50 people, from all walks of life, who each generously took the time to recite one line from the speech to camera.
In addition, my piece, officially titled “I Have A Dream 2013,” (below, right) includes a video montage of all the submissions I received, and that video can also be seen at the gallery, on a tablet under my painting.
This entire experience has been so moving, and so time-intensive, that I am only now catching my breath enough to step back and appreciate what has been created, not just by me, but by the amazing people who believed in Dr. King’s dream enough, to lend their voices and faces to the project. I am ever in their debt.
The gallery show ends this Saturday, August 10th, so I invite all of you to feel free to come up to 104th and Broadway in NYC and see all of the amazing work before it closes. I am so honored, not only to be able to show alongside such esteemed and established artists such as Felipe Galindo, Martin Kozlowski, & Sylvia Hernandez; but also to be part of an exhibit curated by my wonderfully talented and gifted mentor, artist Andrea Arroyo.
Read Press: El Diario»
If you’d like to visit, gallery hours are Mon-Thurs 10-6, and Sat 10-1, and the address is:
The Grady Alexis Gallery – El Taller Latino Americano
2710 Broadway, 3rd Fl. New York NY 10025. 212-665-9460
It’s free to attend, and I hope you can make it, but either way, more is yet to come for IHaveADream2013.com – so stay tuned!
About 1 in 4 Americans suffers from some form of mental illness in any given year 1. And because of the stigma often associated with mental illness, many people afflicted do not seek help, which means the number is likely even higher.
I am fairly certain that each of us has either experienced mental illness ourselves, or has someone close to us who has; and considering its prevalence, isn’t it time to get rid of the stigma and acknowledge that mental illness is NOT something to be ashamed of?
May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, and is a perfect opportunity to support one another (and ourselves) in getting educated about what mental illness is, what it isn’t, and how we can all help each other to become or remain mentally healthy. (Learn about mental health/illness here»).
To that end, G Gallery in Bellmore, NY, is holding an art show entitled “ASYLUM – It’s All In Your Head,” sponsored by the Long Island Crisis Center, which provides “24/7, free, high quality, confidential and non-judgmental programs and services to support and empower Long Islanders at critical times in their lives.”
This promises to be a diverse showcase featuring passionate local artists, and I am very pleased and proud to say – I am going to be one of them! Two pieces which I created that reflect various states of mental distress will be on display, as well will be offered for sale.
So please save the date: Saturday, May 18th 7:30 – 9:30 pm
…and the place: G Gallery, 2717 Grand Avenue, North Bellmore, NY, 11710
Wine & hors d’oeuvres will be served, and any questions may be directed to Liz at: 516-376-2737.
Hope to see you all there, and please remember, mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, and you should never give up hope. We are in this together. <3
After weeks of hard work, my team and I are pleased to present the very first episode of Awaken Inspire Create!
Be sure to subscribe to my channel at Youtube.com/DesiSanchezTV so you don’t miss the next episode, and visit the show’s web site at AwakenInspireCreate.com to learn more about the series and join the discussion on how we all can become more creative in our own lives.
Many thanks to:
Rod Savant, Director of Photography
Moses Naranjo, Motion Graphics & Video Editor
JiEun Lee, Production Assistant & Logo Designer for Awaken Inspire Create & AICTV
Sarah Wood, Wardrobe Stylist
Yes, visual art can be video as well as traditional media!
And I had a great time shooting the Women Inspired exhibit for my new online show about creativity, awareness & philanthropy this past Monday. The footage looks great and while I work on the edit, I wanted to give a big thank you to Curator and Artist Andrea Arroyo (pictured above with me), Professional Women Photographers, as well as El Taller Latino Americano. And of course heartfelt thanks to my favorite cameraman & awesome PA – it’s a team effort.
Please stay tuned and subscribe to my YouTube channel here: www.Youtube.com/DesiSanchezTV, to see the final video and learn more about these wonderful artists who are making a difference.
I had a great time at the NoMAA Women in the Heights art exhibit! Check it out until 4/18: http://www.nomaanyc.org/2013/02/women-in-the-heights-celebrations/
– with curator Andrea Arroyo & art by Francoise van Dijk & Erica Criss
I had such a rewarding time volunteering to teach Drawing to children for Artistic Dreams International this past spring. The kids are great, ADI’s founder Lillian Alonso-Marin is a pleasure to work with, and I am so grateful to those people who came together to help out:
* Jessica Perilla, for assisting in class and for the wonderful photos posted here
* Emily Neil for coordinating and assisting in class
* Michelle S. for donating a ton of art materials so that the kids could draw in full COLOR
* My father, Jose R. Sanchez, for donating more pencils than we can ever use
* Charlie Winkler for coordinating and arranging to get materials
* NYPL’s Tiffany A for coordinating materials and enabling us to use that wonderful space
* And of course, Lillian herself, for allowing me to participate in such a worthy cause
It was truly a collaborative effort, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!
If you’d like to support ADI’s mission to encourage, develop, and nurture creativity and self-expression in children and young adults through arts education, then please consider a tax-deductible donation online, or you can also donate your time and/or materials directly, by emailing ADI here.
If you’d like to specifically donate materials to my class in 2013, please get in touch so we can discuss.
Thank you so much for caring about kids and art!
This is the BIG EVENT!
Roughly 100 HOURS of me painting for a “secret project” this past May, have led up to this moment: I am unveiling 6 original hand-painted bottles, and auctioning them up for charity, thru RawHouse Wine and the Art.Sound Movement! See bottles here »
Here are the details, and please be sure to RSVP to RSVP@LawrenceBlake.com!:
Rawhouse Wine Presents: A Celebration of Art!
(July 27th, 2011- 8pm) The Lawrence Blake Group is pleased to announce the newest addition to the family, Rawhouse Wine Company! Scheduled to officially launch this Fall, Rawhouse produces a specialty Pinot Noir in hand-painted collectible bottles. Working with fine painters from around the country, Rawhouse has a goal of promoting emerging artistic talent as well as spreading awareness on the importance of arts education for our youth. A portion of each purchased bottle of Rawhouse will benefit The Art.Sound Movement, a not-for-profit project bringing arts programs into public schools.
Rawhouse Wine Presents: A Celebration of Art will be like no other gathering you’ve attended. The evening will feature an avant-garde presentation of some of New York’s favorite emerging artists’ work alongside live music and dance performances and more! Rawhouse will feature a live auction of it’s signature collection, entitled “The Rebirth”. Rawhouse artists Erin Dinan, Desi Sanchez and Whitney Meers will be in attendance to introduce their hand-painted bottles.
Celebrity appearances, musical performances and special guests will been announced closer to date. This is a private media event, not open to the public. RSVP is kindly requested.
A $10 minimum suggested donation is kindly asked of all guests to benefit The Art.Sound Movement (Facebook.com/
Media Registration: Press@LawrenceBlake.com
Rawhouse Wine Presents: A Celebration of Art will be hosted at the world-renown Juliet SupperClub on Wednesday July 27th. Juliet SupperClub is located at 539 West 21st Street.
Doors open at 8pm. prompt arrival is strongly suggested as doors close at 9pm.
Desi is one of the honorees! Organized by The Lawrence Blake Group and Sydney Cohan. RSVP required, $10 donation goes toward the Art.Sound Movement.
Complete list of Honorees:
Stevie Boi – Celebrity Eyewear Designer
Jack Panico – Owner, Panico Salons
Warren A. Peña – Field Director at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Karen Biehl – Reality Star, Doggie Moms
Susan Korwin – Award Winning Life Coach
Mari Twins – Fashion Designers and Philanthropists
Marvin Valladares – Editor-in-Chief Pinstripe Magazine
Lorenzo Laroc – Critically Acclaimed Violinist
Art Jones – Social Media Marketing Expert
Melissa Gonzalez – Founder, Lion’esque Media
Carlos Ontaneda – Fashion Stylist
Laurie Sinert – Respected Fashion Branding Consultant
Simone Rodrigues -Founder, Sisa Fashion Designs
Desi Sanchez – National Network TV Host & Visual Artist
Erin Dinan – Fine Painter
Stephen Marinaro – Founder,www.TheSalonGuy.com
Whitney Meers – Actress
Sandra Baquero – Fashion Designer
Michel Thomas – Founder, Vision TV
Dakota Madden – Founder, Pale Blue Pictures
Surprises are scheduled all night including a live auction for an all inclusive vacation to the Caribbean! The Lawrence Blake Group will make a special announcement regarding an exciting upcoming media project.
This event will take place at the world-renowned venue, Juliet SupperClub located at 539 West 21st Street in New York City. A live performance by recently signed recording artist Shilpa Narayanhas been confirmed. Celebrity appearances have been confirmed. A suggested donation of $10.00 per guest is kindly asked to support The Art.Sound Movement, dedicated to providing arts education programs to public schools. Guests may RSVP by e-mailing RSVP@LawrenceBlake.com. Press interested in covering this event may e-mail their request Press@LawrenceBlake.com
21+ over, free.
Includes TEN never-before exhibited pieces by Desi Sanchez! Open to the public, bring friends, all are welcome!!