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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018. 12:27 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Embassy of Mexico in Belize is honored to announce the opening of the exhibition entitled: Art/Alchemists, on Thursday November 29th, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize City.

According to a release from the embassy, this exhibit will combine eclectic styles, mediums, colors, textures and shapes, while simultaneously creating exalted value.

The Art Alchemist Exhibition is a visual expression of how to follow one’s heart no matter what obstacles may arise.  The art work is a testament of persistence, combining color, shape, age, value and fascination.  Every painting represents a story, as if a chapter in a novel.  Each piece provides a sight into the artist’s small world, while expanding the audience’s view and perspective.  Collectively, the exhibit is a meditation on love and that which frightens, stuns, satisfies and surprises us at the same time. It explores the unknown, feelings: the little things that bring joy to life experience.

Valerie Penner, Ilona Smiling, Keoin George Griffiith, Masani Live, German Raul Figueroa, Terryl Godoy and artist/curator Yaoling Lee will share their artistic powers at the event.

Valerie Penner is a thriving visual artist, designer, and a poet.  Her passion for art is expressed with bright and bold paintings, whether landscapes, surreal or conceptual, depicting pieces of herself, that can never be put into words.  It is the use of color, line, and shape that bring about the transaction between the untouchable inspiration and the concrete imagery.

Ilona Smiling is a versatile artist specializing in abstract art and music compositions.  Ms. Smiling is currently the curator at the Museum of Belize where she develops and designs exhibitions.

Keion George Griffith, also known as “Artist,” began his appreciation and passion for art since the age of 12.  At the Anglican Cathedral College, he sculpted his artistic talents into drawing and painting.  Keion earned an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from St. John’s Junior College and in 2015 became an art teacher at his high school Alma Mater.

Masani Live Mulraine transforms metal into dynamic body sculpture, sometimes weaving with it, and weaving thread into fabric, blurring visual textures and visceral boundaries.  For Masani, her process, her art, are like breathing and expresses her multi- dimensionality—a juxtaposition of the hard and the soft in an unabashed flow between the real and the surreal.

Germán Raúl Figueroa is a self-taught artist, whose interest of becoming an artist was cultivated throughout his childhood and teenage years in Santa Elena, Cayo. He has always been obsessed with art.  Mr. Figueroa currently works with the Organization of America States (OAS) as a part-time Teacher and at the Cappellos Art Gallery in San Ignacio.

Terryl Godoy is an artist has been painting since he was nine years old. He devotes his life solely to his house, painting, and his surrounding environment. Terry Godoy has sold many paintings internationally. Most of his art captures the essence of the Belizean lifestyle, antique buildings of Belize and even the life of a solitary man living in a house in the wild, where he survives by hunting, fishing, and harvesting.

Yaoling Lee believes “Life is art and art is life.”  Yaoling’s resume is extensive.  In Belize, Mrs. Lee has made countless contributions to the Creative Arts Industry since 2005 including a Group Exhibitions at the Image Factory Art Gallery, Museum of Belize, Wildfire Artzmosphere Art Gallery, House of Culture. She is an Art instructor and founder of “Art Studio.”



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