CALEXICO â€“ The Calexico Arts Commission, in conjunction with the City of Calexico, named Elizabeth M. Ibarra the April Artist of the Month.
Ibarra held an art exhibit at the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center where she displayed her vivid and varied works that included numerous artworks, prints and Lizzyâ€™s Mystic Crystals.
â€œI am honored to have been chosen artist of the month,â€ said Ibarra. â€œThis exhibit is very special to me, a dream come true. Not only is this my first solo exhibit, today also celebrates eight years to the day I met my husband, John Leo.â€
Ibarra said her parents signed her up for art classes when she was ten years old and has been painting ever since then.
â€œI am inspired by life in general, nature and mythology, and admire painters like Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Da Vinci, George Keith, and Burne Jonesâ€ said Ibarra.
â€œMy goal is to continue creating my artwork and inspire people with what I do. I feel that my work is therapeutic, especially with the gods and the wire wrapped crystals that I make that are very healing,â€ said Ibarra.
Ibarra currently offers art classes through the ACES program at Desert Garden Elementary School in El Centro for grades 1-6.
Admiring a painting named Aphrodite; Goddess from the Sea was friend, Candice Legaspi.
â€œElizabethâ€™s artwork is beautiful, spectacular,â€ said Legaspi. â€œ(This is) My favorite painting because she (Aphrodite) is gorgeous and it captures her beauty.â€
â€œI admire Elizabethâ€™s energy, she lights up the room. She is so full of love and inspiration, sheâ€™s a beautiful person,â€ said Legaspi.
The breathtaking artwork featured a series of Â Mythic Sea, Fandango, Vintage, Nostalgia, and Floral Bouquet paintings that were also available to purchase.
â€œIbarraâ€™s artwork is beautiful,â€ said Severa Cardenas, Calexico. â€œI am glad the city (Calexico) has been putting on these exhibits, not only does it give us the opportunity to admire beautiful artwork, it also gives residents a place to go while getting inspired.â€
Local performer John Leo, who also happens to be Ibarraâ€™s husband, entertained the attendees with his tribute to the Beatles.
Exhibit dates will run from April 19-21 from 5:00 â€“ 8:00 p.m.[envira-gallery id=”75901″]