Something that really intrigues me is art. Art as in painting, representation on a surface with paint of an idea or feeling, or inspiration. I really don't know what it truly is. How does an artist become inspired--possessed--to paint. I saw two painters at this event paint what seemed to me a near complete painting in under 10 minutes while I, along with other poets, painted ideas in the air with our words as we recited poetry. I was amazed. There were two blank canvases behind us and suddenly the artists approached like lionesses upon prey and ripped open the canvases with their paint brushes and images burst out. Truly awe-inspiring.
That was the scene at Hinovations Art Studio in McAllen, Tx on May 1, 2015. It was promoted as the Postcard Art for Hinovations Art Gallery. Artists from around the world sent postcard-sized works to the Hinovations Gallery owned and operated by Raquel Hinojosa. The proceeds from sales of these postcards will go to benefit the gallery's summer art program for youth. Artists as far as Eastern Europe sent in their work to support this important endeavor.
To further spur on the efforts of this worthy cause, Raquel (along with Gaby Rico, a fellow contributing artist at the gallery) set up their canvases in one of the spaces of the gallery where chairs were assembled for the scheduled poetry reading in which participated Rossy Lima, Raquel Lopez, Isaac Chavarria, and yours truly, Gabriel H. Sanchez.
Raquel Hinojosa is a staunch supporter of the arts in all forms. She very frequently opens her gallery to local writers and other art groups to hold events on her grounds if not in the gallery itself. She is a friend to all artists and an important source of the unique art work being produced in the Rio Grande Valley.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is an author, poet, actor, editor, and publisher from the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas, on the border with Mexico. Gabriel is the author of "Once Upon a Bad Hombre," "The X Series," "The Martian Ones: Tales of Human Folly," and "The Fluid Chicano." You can read more about him and his other projects at gabrielhugo.com or on his Facebook page: @gabrielhugoauthor.
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