Andrea Lamarsaude is Avanti’s Arts Al Fresco first guest artist. Born and raised in Dallas, Andrea is a primarily self-taught artist (abstract art, mixed media, mono-printing, acrylic pours and collage). Her hope is that her work “visually tells captivating stories, inspires conversations and pleasant dreams, and brings positive, creative energy into the world.”
Andrea’s studio is in Uptown.
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Born in Mexico-City, Luis Barcenas is a primarily self-taught artist. Luis Alonso started to paint and express his passion for colors in Dallas in 1999. “When I paint I forget about everything; I only focus on colors. Mixing my colors puts me on a cloud. I find my inspiration inside of me. The painter in my head is working all the time. I put my emotions in my art; they translate through my colors and the strokes of my brush.”
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Although raised in Texas, Nell Potasznik's European family background has always been of great influence. A graduate from The School of Art & Design at University of North Texas, she maintained a long career in the fashion industry working for luxury brands.
"I am very interested in investigating the body’s functions with various materials.
My work deals with the human body specifically the female image. The human body, whether portrayed healthy or ailing, relates to the images found in my work.”
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Color Me Empowered 's Young Artists in Studio (YAIS) is an apprentice program for young artists who are exploring the creative arts as a career. There are two main components to the YAIS program: learning the business of art and art in the community.
Participants learn the business of art by having one-on-one time with a professional artist to develop their individual artistic skill and increase their understanding of art as a business. Students also create a piece for an annual show where they get to offer their art for sale, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the art business world.
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Abi Salami is a Nigerian-American visual artist based in Dallas, Texas.
Abi’s work ranges from vibrant abstract art to imaginative, surrealistic paintings. Her artwork has a dramatic sense of life and energy because of her use of bold hues and textures. Abi’s work is influenced by her Nigerian heritage and also by the works of great Surrealism artists such as Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Frida Kahlo. “As an artist, I reserve the right to evolve. My art is ME. I am still evolving as an adult and as a result, my art will too.”
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Born and raised in Texas, Bart Sloan works in a variety of styles and media.
Using oil, acrylic, gouache, ink, graphite and even house paint (Jackson Pollock’s favorite!), Bart draws from diverse influences ranging from mid-century abstract expressionism to the new realism and pop art movements of the ’60s and ’70s.
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