Lia graduated from The National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, and later studied at the New York Academy of Art. She now works with murals, stained glass, mosaics, watercolor, oil paint, and acrylic paint.
2014 – Solo exhibition at Brooklyn Library – Kings Highway Library – Brooklyn, NY
2014 – Exhibition at Ward Nasse Gallery – New York, NY
2014 – Restoration at Paramount Theater – Staten Island, NY
2014 – Group art show “Imagine This” – Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition – Brooklyn, NY
2014 – Show at Empire Hotel – New York, NY
2014 – Yay Art Gala – Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York, NY
2014 – Gowanus Open Studios – Brooklyn Workshop Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
2014 – “We Heart it”- 46 Lounge by Rockefeller Center – New York, NY
2014 – “Small is Beautiful”- Flowers Gallery – New York, NY
2014 – Group show – Dacia Gallery – New York, NY
2015 – Mural at Bulgarian Orthodox Church – New York, NY
2015 – Platt & Borstein Galleries at American Jewish University – Los Angeles, CA
2015 – Gallery nine 5 at Pulse Art Fair Miami – Miami, FL
2016 – Frank Lloyd Gallery – Santa Monica, CA
2016 – Cirrus Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
2016 – William Turner Gallery – Santa Monica, CA
2016 – Blum and Poe Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
2016 – David Richard Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
2016 – “Holiday Treasures” – Debra Huse Gallery – Newport Beach, CA
2017 – “Musical Motifs” – California Art Club – San Marino, CA
2017 – “Color Me Bold” – San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Museum – Tarzana, CA
2017 – Art Hearts Fashion Show – Angel Orensanz Foundation – New York, NY
2017 – The Set NYC – Holy Apostles Church – New York, NY
2018 – Figment NYC – Union Square Ballroom – New York, NY
2018 – Les Coloures NYC- Domenico Vacca Gallery – New York, NY
2018 – “Long Island City Artists” – Plaxall Gallery – Long Island City, New York, NY
2018 – Salmagundi Club Members Show – New York, NY
2018 – Gallery 104 – New York, NY
Dominick grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and started making art at the age of 18. He tried to sell art in the West Village, but only sold one drawing which made his day. Then he got into photography, and he loved it. He started to shoot celebrities for page six of the New York Post, and work in night clubs.
Now his love for Pop Art is here.
Dominick creates Pop Art by taking a photo, creating digital art on it, and transferring it to a canvas with Mod Podge. Some of the outcome will look grungy, and ripped which gives it an original feel. He loves to work with acrylic colors, and markers to bring out the subject matter. He also makes 3D art on canvas, and fabric.
The majority of Dominick’s work is selected from whatever makes him happiest. What happens in his studio makes everything happen for him, and he stays focused on that. He doesn’t have one style, and loves to explore different styles. Sometimes Dominick paints his subjects too carefully, and realizes he has the freedom to be a little sloppy instead of so neat. According to Dominick, “Even when I’m finished, I would look at it for days, and then add something else on the subject.” He also loves to make people happy when they purchase his artwork.
Jose Delacruz sold his paintings on a West Broadway Manhattan street corner for seven years, and taught art at the Manhattan’s Beacon Program for six years.
Sarah Joy Gatchalian is a New York City based graphic designer, and visual artist. She sometimes goes by the name “Catus.”
Renard Kelley, a.k.a. “Vens,” is from Long Island, New York. His journey started in his childhood before he could spell his name. Comic books, especially Marvel, caught his attention growing up. He enjoyed reproducing artwork he saw in comics like Heavy Metal, Creepy and Eerie magazines until he branched off and created his own world of comics. Renard went to school for art, and studied oils, acrylic, still life, and landscape paintings, but loved cartoons and their vibrant colors. So, when he was introduced to graffiti in the 80s, it grabbed his attention. Renard also likes to make portraits, and still life drawings, but capturing the classic feel of NY graffiti in cartoon form is what he enjoys the most. All of Renard’s art, whether on paper, or walls are not the same with every piece that he does. According to Renard, “Challenging yourself creates growth.” All of his drawings tell a story of a struggle. He recently started making digital art and enjoys that as well. About digital art he says, “It’s amazing what you can do with digital art by taking your drawings to a whole new level.” Renard is a member of the world famous original NYC graffiti crews, “T.N.S.,” “T.F.P.,” “T.D.S.,” and “Ex-Vandals.”
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Saliha is a self-taught artist who grew up in Pakistan. As a teenager, she would sit with her father and close friend, both of who used art as a respite from life’s struggles, and an intensely private pastime.
Perhaps that is why she similarly uses art to soothe the soul. She always thought that her art communicates her message better than she does verbally because there are layers, and meanings of the soul that she finds easier to describe using color and shape.
Since 2005, she’s lived in the US, Tanzania, Pakistan and the UK. She’s a mother of three, and lives in the New York City Borough of Queens. She says she will always remain a learner, and she is excited to share her journey with others.
Knitting has given Sooo-z Mastropietro a way to harness her anxiety during this highly unusual time. What began as small sign post cozies became colorful messages of inspiration and hope. According to Sooo-z, “it gives me a sense of power to sneak out at night and hide my work in plain sight.”
She calls this “Project aKNITdote” because it is an ongoing mission to redirect her energy away from the unfathomable while trying to keep her family’s, and community’s gaze on something positive, and happy. Like the coronavirus, she strikes at random, and infiltrates various targets with the intent of putting smiles on faces when people can get out to see their world. Her targets include popular jog routes, secret pathways, test sites, and hospitals. There are no boundaries, and even with restrictions, she finds ways to go out at night and stretch her perimeter. She won’t stop until we resume some form of normalcy.
Aaron Ollero is from the Philippine Islands, and lives in Wailuku, Hawaii. He is a photographer, digital artist, and graphic designer.
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Inna Pashina was born in Russia, and learned how to make art there. He moved to the United States for political, and economic reasons. Everything he does, and all the experiences he has bring him back to his art. That’s where his heart is.
Candice Rios is located in New York City, and has more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. She is a licensed cosmetologist, licensed cosmetology educator, makeup artist, aromatherapist, and reiki practitioner. You have probably seen her hair and makeup work on television, magazine covers, fashion runways, in print ads, and music videos. Her artistry has been used on Oprah, Eating Well, Parents, Flanelle, Vulkan, Solis, Connecticut Bride, Clarisma Beauty, Wear This Love Shapewear, PepsiCo, ABC, NBC, CBS, MTV, and VH1.
She has blogged, written about beauty, and served as a guest expert for several publications. She has also been an on-air guest for podcasts, radio, and television programs. Candice is a firm believer in giving back, and has volunteered her makeup services to Broadway Bares. She has also coordinated fundraising events for the MAC AIDS Fund, Safe Horizon, and the American Red Cross. She has spoken out against domestic violence as a member of the Cut it Out program, and the New York Women’s Association. Candice currently volunteers her time as a Lipstick Angel at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and is a member of the Professional Beauty Association.
In 2014 she became a Professional Beauty Association State Captain for New York, and for Connecticut in 2016. She was a featured professional in the Professional Beauty Association’s “I Am” campaign in American Salon in 2015.
Candice completed her cosmetology education at Roffler School of Hair Design in Connecticut, and is a licensed cosmetologist in Connecticut, California, and New York. She majored in business, and finance at the College of Westchester in New York, obtained a teacher’s license from The University of the State of New York in New York City, and went to New York City’s International Reiki Center as well.
You can visit her at Blush Salon in Westchester County, New York for highlights, haircuts, balayage, and eye brow service. You can read more about her in these publications:
Nikolai Solonski was born in the USSR, and came to the United States in 1991 where he now lives, and works in New York City. He is a self taught artist with more than 30 years active experimenting in art. In 1993, he started to work as a photographer’s assistant, work in Photoshop, and retouch photographs for major US and international corporations. While he worked in photography, he also experimented with different art projects. In 2020 he transitioned to freelance artist, and illustrator. He works in a variety of media like drawing, doodling, cartoons, and abstract art.
Nigar Shanta is a fabric artist born in Tangail, Bangaldesh who lives in Comilla, Bangladesh with her husband, and son. She makes hand print woven fabric dresses.
Rose Taglieri is a mixed media artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has experience illustrating, and designing graphics in many mediums. She likes to work in collage, and paint because of the endless creative possibilities.
Dylan Thibert is a conceptual artist, and iconographer in Toronto, Canada. He considers himself an untrained, outsider artist. Acrylic paint is his primary medium, but he also works with video art, photography, and sculpture. In 2016, he established an art collective called “Confessional: an unsafe space.”
Mfon Kester David is a two dimensional animator, motion graphics designer, Illustrator, artist, and graphic designer born in Lefrak City, New York. He uses the pen names Kenta David, Kenryu Davi, and The Creator. You can see more of his work on facebook, and on his website.
Sarah Kasher has used her emotions as a guide for her art since the creation of her debut film, “Bottled Up.” She creates melancholic films as a platform to both escape, and explore her emotions. Common symbols and motifs proliferate her work, such as extended use of water, which exhibits a beautifully temporal effect on material, a certain manipulation of light that can only be captured on film, and an obsession and fascination with the word ‘love.’ Beyond her past work, she is eager to explore other sides of film making. Her films stem from pain, and she is ready to explore films which stem from growth, happiness, anger, and humor. To her, sadness is “monstrously monotone” at times.
In one of her more controversial opinions, she does not believe in a cohesive, perfectly linear plot thread for her films. She writes, “my films are open to thematic interpretation, with a particular focus on stylistic presentation around a core idea or emotion.” To this end, she strives to include music, which she finds compelling. “I usually start with a song, then play with ideas to the motions of the song, and try to come up with something comparable to work of filmmakers like David Fincher when he directed for Madonna. I rarely ever start with a plot line in mind, though they sometimes develop. Music is the cornerstone to my creative brain.” This hampers her slightly because it disallows her from entry into many competitions, but she still opts to use music as a way to coordinate her films with an external rhythm.
As a film student in Capetown, South Africa whose passion is visual art, her time at The University of Cape Town has left her with mixed emotions about which she writes: “The University of Capetown is at its heart an academic institution – the projects offered are largely academic in nature, comprising papers, tests and exams; all of which make it difficult to express my creativity. However, I managed to create a portfolio during my undergraduate studies, despite the limited amount of time I had to do so… Creating visual art and design is something which helps me mentally.” You can see more of her films on Vimeo.
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Wendy Shear is the daughter of the late producer, and director Barry Shear, and actress Sondra Roe Shear. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she moved to Beverly Hills, California when she was 6 years old.
Growing up, Shear spent most of her free time following her father around on numerous productions, and learning show business first hand.
After graduating from Hollywood High School, she went straight to work for KLAC, and KMET radio stations, and then made the leap into the music business. It was there she met her first husband, a road manager for The Who, and moved to London for 5 years. There she worked for Universal Television.
Her marriage went south, and Wendy went west back to California. There she made great leaps in her career by working as an assistant director on shows like Dynasty, Wings, and Sisters, and second unit stunt director for several more shows; including Dukes of Hazard. She also served as assistant director for Clint Eastwood’s iconic film, Every Which way but Loose.
Shear married again to a Belgian Baron, and after 10 years, that too came to an end. In 2005, Shear felt the need for a new life, and moved to New York. There her years of experience came to fruition, and gave Shear the chance to produce several indie films, as well as the golden opportunity to direct her first feature film, The Camera’s Eye.
Whitney Jackson is from Atlanta, Georgia, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her measurements are: Waist: 27, Height: 5′ 8, Hips: 36, and Shoe: 8.5. She can be reached via email.
185668232 is an avant garde electronic music composer, video producer, web designer, dj, talent scout, and piano tuner who hosts festivals, and events in the New York City area. He also tours twice a year. His latest project, 365.25, is on SoundCloud, and you can find out more on his website.
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Brian Akatsuki is an alternative music artist from Brooklyn, New York. He started making music by recording voice memos on his Apple iPod touch, and listening to beats on YouTube with his Apple headphones. Amongst other music projects, he collaborated with Chrissy@’. You can listen to more of his music on SoundCloud, and follow him on Instagram
Lady Akwa is a soca music singer born in St. Lucia. She performs her own songs, plays with a live band, and covers songs by artists like Otis Blackwell. She is looking for a record deal.
Erika Bolivar is a singer, and songwriter from Venezuela. She sings, and writes merengue, salsa, and reggaeton songs. She performs at Esquina Tequila, and with Kumbaya Sound.
Patrick Njoroje is a musician from Nairobi, Kenya. He is a music instructor at Pefa Church, and often plays at the Compassion Centre in Nairobi. You can reach him on facebook.
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Anjali Rose, formerly Ananda Luna, is an alt-indie music project currently based in between Brooklyn NYC and New Jersey. Anjali spent the past year in Spain, toured Europe for two months, then continued to tour back and forth between New York City, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Montreal for half a year before settling in New York City. She is finding community through a Brooklyn based music collective known as “The Sound Mind Collective,” and is starting a new feminist music project with an Algerian Darbuka drummer from the project “Darbuka for Her.”
Anjali started playing classical piano at the age of 8, but started playing in bands, and writing her own music when she was 20. The first band she played in was an all-women indie rock folk band called “Sapphic Prince,” followed by a five piece jazz indie fusion group called “Ginger Libations,” and then a short lived, three piece indie fusion band called “Maple Babe.” While living in Western Massachusetts, Anjali met a touring band from Montreal called “Thanya Iyer” and that inspired her to start taking her music on the road. Anjali’s bi-racial heritage and frequent visits to India growing up influence her sound as it continues to expand and grow its global perspective.
Anjali’s performances usually involve impromptu audience participation to capture the beauty, and challenge of spontaneity. Makeshift, or recycled hand percussion is passed around as well as looped sequences on a microphone so the audience can feel what it means to create a living piece of art in unity. Her most recent performance was in Almería Spain at a feminist rally, and involved yoga, and vocal yawning exercises to meditative looped vocal sequences. Anjali Rose has released two singles, one through Santa Rosa Records under the moniker “Ananda Luna,” and another self-produced cover of the infamous “Silent Night.” As a therapeutic response to COVID-19, she created a cross continental mixtape available on WordPress. Anjali plans to release two projects in the upcoming year, or two. These projects include an EP with “Ginger Libations” recorded at Ghost Hit Recording Studios, and an album recorded in Montreal with multi- instrumentalist producer Daniel Gelinas.
Tim Skehan is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player from New York, New York. His latest project, Et Vox Tympanum, gives vocalists more freedom by requiring each original song to be played differently every time it is performed. You can listen to more of his music on his website.
Vocalist, oud player, and composer Shelley Thomas blends Balkan, Arabic, Hindustani, Classical, Pop-Soul, and African music styles in her compositions, creating the emergence of a new genre: World Chamber Pop. With cinematic arrangements and inspired emotive power, she interlaces diverse threads of culture through a rhythmic, poignant examination into the human condition. Recognized for her attention to vocal detail, ornamentation, expression, and pitch precision, her depth of study and sensitivity have allowed her a rare breadth of styles including folk, classical, traditional, and improvisational world vocal arts. Her work pushes the boundaries of musical archetypes in a reverent, poetic, and progressive aesthetic. For fifteen years, she has performed songs in over fifteen languages with disarming fluidity and authenticity, synthesizing methods absorbed from different world musics which she has studied extensively. She has taught workshops, recorded, performed and toured internationally with world-class artists including Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble, The Knights, Kronos Quartet, Simon Shaheen, Hassan Hakmoun, Bassam Saba and the New York Arabic Orchestra, Bulgarian Voices Trio, Brooklyn Raga Massive, AlSarah & the Nubatones, Yael Deckelbaum, Adam Maalouf, Jebebara Unity Drum, Innov Gnawa, Mayssa Karaa, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. She has performed at venues and festivals such as the Moscow Conservatory, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Vancouver Island Music Festival, and Abu Dhabi Festival at Emirates Palace. Highlights include a feature on Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble’s GRAMMY-Winning album, Sing Me Home, with vocal ensemble Black Sea Hotel (Best World Music Album – 2017); Sweden and East Coast tours; interview on MJ Dorian’s Creative Codex Podcast; and soundscape vocals for Panorama Festival’s 360 ARK Dome. Performances include the Mediterranean Jazz Fest, Rockwood Music Hall, Brooklyn Maqam Hang, Toronto’s Drom Taberna and Small World Music Center, The Sonic Jungle, Ecstatic Dance NYC, Alex Grey’s COSM (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors), ARTERY showcase, Ragas Live Festival, Lund Choral Festival, Stallet Stockholm, Santa Fe’s San Miguel Mission, BRIC, Le Poisson Rouge, Jalopy, SoFar Sounds, Alwan for the Arts, Yale Repertory Theater, Havana World Music Festival, Mexico’s Cumbre Tajin Festival, Rural Route Film Festival, Prototype Festival, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and Fete de la Musique Beirut. Shelley released her debut acappella album of Bulgarian songs, titled Joy, in 2016. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts (2008 – B.F.A. World Music Performance), she taught with the Canada’s FolkCamp, One World Brooklyn Kids Chorus, MUSE Academy, Music To Your Home, and Gowanus Music Club in addition to private coaching. She attended Artist Residencies at Canada’s BANFF Centre (Persian & Eastern Traditions Program) and Vermont’s Avaloch Farm Music Institute. She was a recipient of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ Traditional Arts Development Grant. Current projects include the January 2020 release of her first single, and video, “Cancer Moon” for a ten-piece microtonal orchestral ensemble; preparation for recording her full album Mirror; and collaborations with BAE Collective, and electronic producer Husks. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
“As exhilarating to listen to as it is a towering display of vocal prowess. Thomas has such vast range, formidable technique and minutely nuanced command of microtones that she can do it all. The result is rapture that sometimes borders on terror.” – New York Music Daily
Deborah Akubudike is a passionate poetess from Imo, Nigeria who prefers to write from other people’s points of view. Her aim is to create awareness, encourage, and enlighten.
Ashley Fitch is a poet from Trenton, New Jersey.
Trevor Denny Marshall is a resident of Queens, NY, and resided mostly in the Twin Cities until now. They currently work retail in Manhattan, and other things they did for money include, but are not limited to: carrying wood to wood chipper, wiping off cars for the denizens of a suburb, librarian at a bed and breakfast, measuring men for rental clothing in a mall, and throwing shoes into bins in alphabetical order. They live with one dog. They on occasion write, and live in a shroud of… something.
Nigel Moses is a writer from Newark, New Jersey.
Originally from Georgia, Dexter Toby is a poet, screenwriter and songwriter who works with his brother in New York, New York.
Jeri Dayle lives in New York and is a children’s book author and freelance writer. You can find her children’s stories on Amazon Books.
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Born in Venezuela to creationist parents who fled communist Russia for their absurdist beliefs in dinosaur bone churches and annual biblical floods, Alejandro was frequently an outcast among outcasts. Very early on, he saw writing as a tool – a shovel, and that shovel would dig him out of the jungle, and straight to New York for college. His current attempts to solve astrological mysteries are solely to chase God out of the visible world and into the realm of fantastical wonder where it belongs.
Mercury Noel is an aspiring novelist, and short story writer from the Tri-State area.
Daddycool is a comedian from Onitsha, Nigeria. He performs at venues like Victor Warner Worldwide. You can reach out to him on facebook.
Danny Lemache is a Latin American actor based in the Atlanta area. A graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre program at Montclair State University, he trained, and studied under the guidance of some Broadway veterans such as Jeff Shade, Peter Flynn, Clay James, Mark Hardy, and Greg Dlugos.
He was recently seen in St. Joseph, Michigan as Bernardo in Ghostlight Theatre’s production of West Side Story. Previous credits include Juan Peron in Evita, Joey Storms in Fly by Night, and Michael Novak in God of Carnage with the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre. He also played Lt. Buzz Adams in South Pacific, featuring Broadway’s Rob Gallagher as Emile Debecque, and Ritchie Valens in The Night the Music Died with Texas Family Musicals.
Danny’s mother and father came to the United States from Cali, Colombia, and Alausi, Ecuador, respectively. Their journeys led their son to freedom in the exploration of creativity. Born in New Jersey, and raised in South Florida, Danny has spent his lifetime performing in theaters, and choirs across the country. His goal as an actor is to spark conversation, and open people up to the idea of healthy communication.
Arthur Kelly is a voice over artist, and a SAG-AFTRA member since 2009.
Katarzyna was born in Poland and moved to the United States in 2001. She always had a creative side to her that she recently decided to share with the world. She currently studies improvisation, acting, and singing. Kate also makes her own videos. You can follow her on Instagram for more.