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July 26, 2012 in Article
Originally written by Wren Pearson in the print version of The Village: Magazine of the Arts
My husband and I rode our bicycles along the paths of Robinson Preserve, sharing the road with legions of fiddler crabs and a pair of roseate spoonbills as a storm front approached from across the bay whipping the sea grapes and palm leaves into a clattering fury. Great egrets and ibis were startlingly white figures making their way across the deepening violet of the clouds to the shelter of low trees and bushes. It was a dramatic afternoon of nature’s beauty that left me thinking about the influence of perspective in the making of art. Why does a pink bird in blue water against green trees make us stop and observe? Why do some people see and stop, while others continue, or don’t see at all? From where does our perspective spring? Read the rest of this entry →
June 21, 2012 in Artist Bio
My name is Alejandro Garcia. I am 23-years-old and a Houston, TX native. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Electronic Media & Communications from Texas Tech University in May 2011, the possibilities of my future were boundless. I could have gone to L.A. or New York and played starving photographer or gone to Colorado to play in the snow. I could’ve even soared over an ocean to end up In Asia and really experience culture shock. Instead, I chose to move to Bradenton, FL in August with my girlfriend of nine years.
She was accepted into the graduate program at LECOM School of Pharmacy in Lakewood Ranch and I was stuck searching for jobs in one the nation’s largest job declining states. Along with my job searching, I also volunteered with the Manatee Art Center with my photography and began networking with local and business-savvy artists. Unemployment slowly crept its hand in my wallet and time was all I had to spend so, I applied to begin graduate school back at Texas Tech in the fall of 2012 to receive a Masters in Sociology. Now I am back in Houston waiting for school to start.
Our apartment lease in Bradenton ended on May 31st and in the second to last week, a local artist asked me to photograph a live-art event in downtown Bradenton that happened to be hosted by the VMI Media Group. My last week in Florida, Hector asked me to photograph another event at Mixon’s Farm. I was able to document local art and support the community while adding work to my portfolio. While my time in Florida and my collaboration with VMI were very short lived, it will always be one of the most favorite chapters of my life and it’s great to have contacts in another state.