Meet the 2019 Artists
Ofrenda Theme: Bitter Sweet
Anita Sanchez is a Texas born and raised Latina who lives and works within the Oak Cliff community. Anita considers herself an ‘arts-and-craftivist’ and finds happiness and purpose through expression in many different forms of art. At an early age, Anita began writing poetry and would go on to host poetry nights at the public library and continues to write and participate in open mics.
Anita owns a small jewelry business that began in the early 2000’s. She designs and handcrafts jewelry focusing on upcycled, repurposed, fun and kitschy statement pieces under the name Anne’s Disasters and currently sells her creations at local events as well as on her social media platforms.
Anita is the creator and organizer of Hecho Con Amor, which translates to ‘Made With Love’. Hecho Con Amor is an Oak Cliff based entity that curates and promotes reoccurring pop-up vendor markets and events. Hecho Con Amor offers a platform for small and local vendors and businesses to showcase their work, nourish the lines of communication with the community and also to strengthen financial stability through selling their goods while networking with other vendors. Currently these events are held at the long time Oak Cliff neighborhood staple, Maroches Bakery off W. Davis St. Hecho Con Amor celebrated it’s one-year birthday/anniversary in August.
Anita is an avid reader who loves animals, her army of nieces and nephews, glitter, and making stuff. She currently lives with her dog, Roxy, who can be spotted with her at most events, in her apartment that is located in a creepy old house built in 1912 in the historic block of Kings Hwy in Oak Cliff.
Ofrenda Theme: Family, Friends & Literature
Opalina Salas is a poet, a former bookstore owner, and creator and host of the Poets on X+ reading series, held in her beloved home of Oak Cliff, TX. Her first collection of poetry, Black Sparrow Dress, reflects a lifetime of engagement and evolution as a poet and a person.
She was an editor for the femme lit zine, Let It Bleed and is a Contributing Poet on Mad Swirl.com. Her poem, “,” was featured in CITY OF __________: DISPATCHES FROM 16 DALLAS POETS. She is also a host and co-conspirator for ATTACK OF THE POETS, an annual multi-day festival, held in Oak Cliff, TX, hosting poets from around the US, bridging the gaps between various literary communities far and wide.
She got her start as a spoken word performer at the legendary Club Clearview Dallas Poetry Slam. She has performed at the first annual New Orleans Poetry Fest of 2016 and was featured at the Texas Beat Poetry Festival 2012, Forest Fest in Lamesa, TX in 2011. In and around Dallas, TX, she has performed for OPP: Other People’s Poetry, has featured at Pandora’s Box, at Arte y Pan Dulce, a PoC Art Show, and is a regular as Mad Swirl’s Open Mic on first Wednesdays. She is the Vice President of the WordSpace board and a member of the poetry collective Tejana Cosmica.
She has been writing and performing in and around the DFW area for 20 years with her comrade, partner and fellow poet, Carlos Salas.
Ofrenda Theme: Selena & Richie Valens
Priscilla Rice is a poet, storyteller, and actress residing in the Southest Dallas community of Pleasant Grove. She is a collaborator in two spoken word events: Verse & Rhythm (at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center) and Pleasant Groove (at the PG Branch Library). As an actress, she is currently in Artstillery's production of "Generations of Adam," which runs until November 1
Ofrenda Theme: The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema
My journey with Jewelry design began almost 20 years ago. It was a hobby that grew out of the love of beaded jewelry and natural stones as well as vibrant colors and anything eccentric.
I design and create what is resonating with me at the current moment and that is always changing. Whether it is using beads, fabrics, metals or textiles my work is always a surprise even to me.
My love for culture - especially that of my own Mexican heritage, nature & spirituality is expressed in my creations and it is what inspires me.
I use materials that our Mother Earth have gifted us with. Materials that have come from our planet's naturally occurring disasters. Just like a mixing of the Earth's elements - I never know what i will end up with - but it's always an exciting adventure to be challenged and create something beautiful.
To Create is to Live - To live is to Create
Ofrenda Theme: The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema
A native of Dallas, Iris Candelaria has been honing her talents full time for over a decade. Drawing from her vivid experiences the painter/designer masterfully uses color to express emotions on a very unique level and shares her love for strong women through her colorful artwork.
As part of a family-owned business she sketches, fabricates, and embellishes elaborate and festive cakes to mark any type of special occasion.
As a painter she uses her vivid imagination to illustrate very candid and intimate moments gathering inspiration from her two daughters and her colorful latin culture.
She is also the former executive director for ArtLoveMagic’s non profit organization which brings local art to the community and helps artists break down the walls between galleries, art lovers and artists by creating events where artists showcase and teach their talents to live audiences. Has produced several dozen Free Childrens Art Workshops through Dragons Halloween Ball and the Latino Cultural Center.
Iris was also recognized by the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2015 for being an outstanding business and civic leader in North Texas.
She has participated in other artists markets, fund raisers, and special events with her affiliations and other organizations such as The Artistic Push, ArtLoveMagic, Just Us League, Unified Arts, Kettle Gallery, ArtCon, Big Thought, DaVerse Lounge, Latino Cultural Center, Latino Leaders Magazine, La Reunion, City of Dallas, Marinela, Dragons Halloween Ball, RAW, Latino Fashion Week and the DFW Art Awards, Univision and Telemundo, J. Waylon & Associates and the Hispanic Women’s Network of Dallas.
Ofrenda Theme: Sangre Matriarca
Maribel Rubio is a Chicanx writer, artist, and social justice activist. Born in El Paso Texas, she is a first-generation Mexican-American. She received a Bachelor's degree in International Business from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MBA from Columbia College in Missouri. Maribel currently lives in Dallas and in her free time, she loves to travel and explore nature through hiking and camping. In addition to having a short story and a poem published in the book, Stuff I Never Told Anyone: Finding Power in the Shadow of Shame, Maribel is currently working on her second novel.
Isabel Montemayor, PhD
Amber Skye Padilla