CALEXICO- The Art Walk on the Border Festival in the Calexico Gran Plaza Outlet parking lot Saturday evening provided local artists, vendors, and musicians an opportunity to showcase their talents for the public to enjoy.
Collaborative efforts by Gran Plaza Outlets and the local community informational organization, Mi Calexico, made the event possible.
“We are a platform that focuses on informing, connecting, and inspiring the community via our magazine, website, and social media. Rosana Pacheco initiated the idea, and now this is our fifth event of the year,” commented Angel Esparza, co-coordinator and founder of Mi Calexico.
Acrylic artist, Manuel Mejia of Calexico, displayed his life inspired abstract symbolic pieces.
“It’s my fourth time participating in this event. I’m here showing my work to the people, hoping to sell some art,” said Mejia.
Inspired by personal events and creating mostly with acrylic and water colors, Nayna Salais of Calexico exhibited her abstract surrealist piece, Witness.
“This paining shows different parts of people put into one person because we are all one. One eye open represents our observation of reality and a closed eye signifies dreaming. This piece inspires a balance between dreams and reality,” explained Salais.
In an effort to raise proceeds for the Calexico High School Art Club, instructor Eddie Shiffer had a booth with shirts and stickers created by Calexico art students.
Utilizing recycled wood, Mexicali muralist Jasef Frank and assistant Johnathan put the finishing touches on their aerosol and acrylic mixed media piece IM (Identity Mexicali).
“The humming bird glows purposely to convey that there is always some light even among darkness,” elaborated Frank about the meaning of his project.
Music provided by Neighborhood Watch Presents (Justin Salgado and Danny Acuna) allowed local DJ’s to come perform Bass House and Dubstep music for the public.
“We created this network to provide a scene for local musicians to have a place for people to hear their stuff,” said Salgado.