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October 2015

Week 9: Artist Conversation- Maccabee Shelley


This week at the Gavot West Gallery, I met Maccabee Shelley. Maccabee was born in Los Angeles and later moved to San Francisco and now lives in Long Beach. Maccabee has a degree in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and is currently working as a post-baccalaureate student at California State University Long Beach. His display featured art pieces that were made from ceramic and melted glass. Maccabee uses ceramic and glass to create a design that his viewers don’t typically see in art. Maccabee like to mix colors and glass pieces to create a display that is vibrant in color and shapes. In addition, he uses materials and figurings that he finds and collects and incorporates them into his art display. In Maccabee’s display, he used broken glass, color and non colored glass, and an old dinning room table glass to create a display for his viewers.

His display uses many materials that I have not seen other artist use in their art display throughout this semester. Maccabee’s display was unique and pleasant to view. I liked his creativity and idea to incorporate recyclable display using broken glass. is his web page


Week 9: Classmate Conversation- George Estephan

This week I met a new classmate by the name of George Estephan. Like myself, George is 19 years old and is a second year student at Cal State Long Beach. George is undeclared, but is considering studying an art such as music. George likes to listen to all types of music and goes to many concerts. In addition, George has worked on a few songs that he has written and recorded. His current musical project is to release his own album called Revelation. He plans to release this album by the end of this year. On top of his musical hobby and passion, George likes to go to the beach and clubbing with his friends


George’s favorite color is black and white. In 10 years, he sees himself going no where or owning his own clothing company. To George, art is having a deep meaning like hands on art and not the typical drawing or panting artwork. His favorite art gallery was the display of ceramic sculptures a few weeks ago.

Week 8: Activity- Art Writing and Editing

This week’s activity will require me to edit an Artist Conversation the Nicholas Ramierez and I have previously done.

Nicholas Ramierez

technical items: 1.)Grammatical- Week’s instead of Weeks 2.) God’s instead of Gods 3.) Great Flood instead of great flood

conceptual things: 1.) Sentence structure- Angela enjoys the use of clay because it comes from the Earth and she can make sculptures which resemble nature with materials that come from nature. Instead Angela enjoys using clay because it is a natural material that come from the Earth, thus, clay allows her to make sculptures that resemble nature using items from nature. 2.) In Angela’s sculptures she used six different types of clay to make the different colors of layers. Instead In Angela’s structures she uses six different types of clay to make the different layers of color. 3.) pure creation of Gods will. Instead Just God’s creation.

The conversation the Nicholas had was great. He added good details to explain Angela’s creations and expresses her theory behind her art pieces. Nicholas just be careful for grammatical problems and sentence structure. Other then that Good Job Man!

Taken from

My last posting to correct was from this week’s assignment. In my opinion there were no corrections needed as I reread my posting many times before posting it. In relations to this assignment, I need to work on adding more information about the artist and their display. In addition, I realized that my paragraphs do not connect. I will work on this by putting my paragraphs in chronological order and using transition words to connect my ideas.

Week 8: Artist Conversation- Mimi Haddon

This week I had the opportunity to visit the Maxine Merlino Gallery to view the art work of Mimi Haddon. Mimi grew up in Southern California and has two more years left in her art program. Mimi one day plans to teach art to other people, but she currently teaches art to young children at a private camp during the summer. In Mimi’s display she used t-shirts that were torn and cut to create a display of vibrant colors. She is a strong believer in using materials that are recycled. She uses fiber to create artifacts from  an imaginary world.

To Mimi, art is a physical experience, she compares her art to being a dance, and metaphorically explains her connection as she does a dance with her hands as she ties and stitches her art pieces. In addition, she says that the physicality of her work allows her to examine her emotions and her place in the world.

The art work that is displayed was created by Mimi. She used many colors and used about 100 t-shirts for her whole gallery display. Her favorite color throughout her display was the orangy-red colors.

Mimihaddon is her Instagram name and has a collection of her art work.


Week 8- Classmate Conversation: Rosanna Ramierez


This week, I had the opportunity to meet a young lady by the name of Rosanna Ramierez. Rosanna is an undeclared, second year student, and attends Cal State Long Beach. Rosanna likes music and wants to major in music production. In addition, she has been playing the guitar for the last 5 years. Rosanna likes to go out with her family and travel. She has traveled to Oregon, Washington State, and Mexico. Out of all the locations that she has been to, Rosanna says that Guadalajara, Mexico was her favorite. Her explanation to traveling to so many places was because she wants to learn about different cultures.

Rosanna’s parents are both from Mexico. She has a twin sister and they are both fraternal twins. Rosanna’s sister is older than her by a few minutes. When I asked Rosanna what does art mean to her, she responded by saying, “Art allows people to express themselves and be creative.” Rosanna is a nice person and her personality was positive, funny, and respectful.

Week 7- Artist Conversation: Jane Weibel

This week I went to the Max L. Gatov gallery where I visited the art work created by Jane Weibel. Her artwork featured an art creations created by ceramic and fibers. Jane’s gallery focussed on recounting fading memories and altered memories and stabilizing shift time. In Jane’s interview she explained the purpose of her gallery was to reconstruct childhood memories that she had as a child. In addition, she expressed that she wanted her viewers to have the same intensions as her, and have them reflect on their childhood. Jane also shared that this gallery display took her about 2 months to complete. It was important that Jane keeps her childhood memories alive because she recently lost a family member who suffered from Alzheimer. This experience was hard for her because she had to see how people can forget their childhood memories and not remember fun and important events in their life. That is why she decided to recreate an important chapter in her life that she currently could remember such as her childhood.

Jane is a 3 year college student, 1 year student from San Diego City College and a 2 year student from Cal State Long Beach. She is majoring in ceramics. Her favorite artist is Jessica Stockholder.

Jane Weibel- @Janemargarette on Instagram


Week 7- Weekly Activity: Ephemeral Art



So this week’s assignment required me to use once again- social media. Not a stranger to Snapchat, this week’s assignment required me to decorate my snaps with color. To be honest when I do use Snapchat, I try to refrain from drawing on my pictures because I try to respond to the snaps in a timely manner. It is very time consuming to add detail to my photo so I just send snaps with funny captions and geo filter to add to my photo.

Some of the Snapchats that I made this week were a replica of an attendance card that I would most likely turned into class. Another Snapchat that I did was an outline of the CSULB emblem. In addition, the two other Snapchat photos are of a classmate in our class.

I liked this week’s assignment and I actually found out some more cool things that I could play around with Snapchat in the future. I feel that all the social media apps that have been created such as Instagram, Periscope, and Snapchat all have the same purpose- which is to publicize our personal lives. We can show other people around the world or connect with family and friends to see what each other are doing daily.

Week 7- Classmate Conversation: Cesar Torres

This week I reconnected with a friend that I made over the summer. His name is Cesar Torres. Cesar is a second year student at CSULB and currently studying Criminal Justice. Cesar plans to get a job as a police officer. Cesar and I met as we both studied abroad this past summer in Scotland.

Cesar likes to listen to music and hang out with his family and friends. In addition, Cesar likes to go to music concerts. All in all, Cesar likes to have a good time. As Cesar and I conversed, I asked him what was the craziest thing he did as a young teen? And Cesar responded by saying he had egged someone’s house. Besides Cesar’s crazy childhood, he is a smart, outgoing, and honest person that loves to have a good time.

He said that if he had the chance to color his hair any crazy color it would be dark red. He said that red is a cool color but dark red would be less crazy but yet cool.

Cesar’s site:

Cesar and I
Cesar and I

Week 6- Weekly Activity: Identity Art (Periscope)

This week’s assignment required me to create a Periscope. Not having known much information about Periscope, I became adapted to it pretty quick. Periscope has 4 basic settings at the bottom that allows you to personally Periscope, Watch other Periscopers, view your personal profile, and see other Periscopers internationally. I decided to ask other classmates for their periscopes so that I would be able to view their broadcasts over the weekend. To my amaze, a few of my classmates had some funny and entertaining periscopes that were worth watching. I personally periscoped while my family and I were at the Dodger game on Saturday. I decided to Periscope the 7th ending in which we sang “Take me out to the Ball Game”. This experience was fun and broadened my social media, but I don’t think I will keep Periscope as it is very time consuming and requires a lot of attention. Periscope is not really needed in my life but I will watch other Periscopers in the future.


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