We Are Strong Community Mural Project

I so enjoy facilitating community art projects and fortunately have the opportunity to host another workshop this summer at the Interfaith Community Service with their Haven’s House homeless clients. Human Development students taught by Dr. Eliza Bigham at CSUSM is hosting this project with me.  I take the role of coaching, inspiring and guiding our students as they encourage homeless individuals to create art with them.  One individual told me today that he should do more art like this. He shared he’d served time in prison and spends a lot of time in courtrooms but is looking to create art as a way to unwind and deal with the stress.

We are only on day two of the project and will continue it next week but so far, the project is progressing nicely.

Participants shared that they like the bright positive colors and it makes them feel energized.  The conversations shared among the group is fascinating and I learn so much about others and what they endure in their lives.

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Wonder Woman is a State of Mind

If you know me or follow my work, you know I work full-time during the days and then paint like there’s no tomorrow by night.  I always have several collections in the progress but one collection I’m currently working on is painting random female faces reminding that ALL women can be Wonder Women regardless of their color, size, weight, class, race, ethnicity, beliefs, or cultural background!

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Healing through the Arts – Train the Trainer instructed by Marilyn Huerta

CSU Palliative Institute Healing through the Arts Registration!

I’ve always used art as a tool to help me connect, communicate and to cope with difficult times in my life and now that I know and understand the power of the arts, I share this knowledge with others.

You too can learn to use art to help you and then learn how to use art to help others. If you’re interested, sign-up for my next Healing through the Arts – Train the Trainer course hosted by the CSU Palliative Care Institute.  We offer a simple 6-week online course and no art experience is necessary. Visual art projects are as simple as scribbling, doodling, collage making and working with mixed media but you’ll also learn more about yourself and how art helps others.

Sign up quickly before for next course fills up, it begins on Feb. 7, 2018.

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Saluting Heroes this Veteran’s Day and Mural painted for the family of Hero Rodney Buentello

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by Marilyn Huerta

I remember hearing the story about retired USMC MSgt Rodney Buentello who sacrificed his life while saving the lives of two teenagers in June of 2016.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/10/us/hero-marine-dies-saving-teens-trnd/index.html

I am happy to have been asked to paint this mural and it will be presented to the Buentello family this upcoming Veteran’s Day weekend at the All-Star Vets Softball Tournament. The softball fundraiser will honor our heroes and donations will be used for a scholarship named after Rodney Buentello.

All Star Vets is taking Veterans to new heights and is connecting military and families through the transformative power of sports. Learn more about this amazing programs and how you can be a part of it or support it!

All Star Vets Salute 2 Heroes Charity Softball Tournament

 

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Remembering Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down

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Lyrics by Tom Petty
Artwork by Marilyn Huerta
Well, I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down
No, I’ll stand my ground
Won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground
And I won’t back down
(I won’t back down)
Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down
Well I know what’s right
I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin’ me around
But I’ll stand my ground
And I won’t back down
(I won’t back down)
Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down
Hey baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I won’t back down
(I won’t back down)
Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down

Remembering Community Arts Outreach

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Going down memory lane with just “some” of the important creative community outreach projects I facilitated or co-facilitated with fellow artists, community colleagues and friends. Thanks to all of you who has been working with me on bringing so much art outreach to our communities! Check out this slideshow and see how much you’ve been a part of. These are just a few of the many projects we’ve completed. So much more work to do, to help others connect, communicate and cope! Life goes on…

Bad As* Women Art Expo 2017

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This 2nd Annual art expo was another huge success! My artwork titled “Princess” was transformed into a promotional poster and not only did I participate as an artist but I also got to coordinate the live painting session with a beautiful model as our subject.  Participants ranged in ages, experience, backgrounds and cultures. It was wonderful to work with such a diverse population.  I look forward to being part of this again next year, if not sooner!

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18238671_10154527358432543_4002407421770326427_oIt was great hanging out with good ol’ friends and co-workers from The Upper Deck Company. We practically grew up as young adults in the 90’s. Real friendships never die.

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Huge group of talented artists participated in this great exhibit!

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A few of my artworks in the exhibit.

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Photos from the live painting session.

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Protect your babies, no matter what…

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I painted this acrylic piece last week when many thoughts were flooding my mind. Whether you are ProLife or ProChoice, we have to protect our children.  Life is so precious and sometimes the world can be a scary place.  Do what’s best for your children, fight for them and ensure they are your first priority. We know that it takes a “village to raise a child” but it first starts with you. Be the best you can be, lead by example and bring peace for our children.