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Stephanie Galloway

Free Art Friday: Art Connection

Art Connection by Stephanie Galloway

The act of making and sharing art is a powerful way of bring people together to make human connections. A piece of art can start conversation and stimulates thought among people, Free Artbuilding a way to communicate on a deeper level. Art gives us questions to ponder and an open space for our imagination to roam.

When we experience art it makes feel something we want to talk about. Part of the reason I started Free Art Friday Albuquerque is to connect artist with their community and reach out and help make meaningful experience for the art giver and receiver. Please consider sharing your art Friday and everyday.
Find some more of my Free Art Friday Albuquerque articles here. Thank you for supporting local arts!

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Stephanie Galloway

Stephanie Galloway is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and still loves to explore the magic in words and their power to touch others deeply. She taught art to children as the Children Zone Leader of the Rail Yards Market and is the founder of Free Art Friday Albuquerque.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market, the Monte Vista Fire Station and the Ponderosa Music Series. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!
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Art Eyes

Free Art Friday: Art Eyes

Art Eyes by Stephanie Galloway

Ever since I started Free Art Friday Albuquerque I see the city I live in in a different way. As I explore the city I see the places I go to as art opportunities! Every space seems to hold the potential for leaving art Art Eyesin for someone to find. Bus stops, libraries, trees, park benches all start to look like places that could use more art.

Most public places I encounter now seem like good places to share art in. So it has made me more art minded and has me looking at the city I live in more positively and expand my ideas about where art belongs. Try sharing art in public spaces, you might learn something about your city that you didn’t already know!

Find some more of my Free Art Friday Albuquerque articles here. Thank you for supporting local arts!

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Unmatched Fire

Stephanie Galloway

Stephanie Galloway is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and still loves to explore the magic in words and their power to touch others deeply. She taught art to children as the Children Zone Leader of the Rail Yards Market and is the founder of Free Art Friday Albuquerque.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market, the Monte Vista Fire Station and the Ponderosa Music Series. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!
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From Broadway to New Mexico

60 Minutes to Broadway

By Alex Paramo

Update: Alex’s bilingual multimedia book, Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves, is now available in PRINT! Please click here for more info and to purchase! —–

7 Subway Line to BroadwayI grew up in Jackson Height, Queens, NYC. It take roughly 60 minutes to travel from my “house” to the Theater District in Manhattan, where magic on the stage is in continuous flow. Funny thing is that my friends and I born and raised NYer’s, talk about where we lived in terms of “house” when most of us actually lived in apartments. And most of us did not have the pleasure of experiencing a play on Broadway. Why? Because most of us were from working-poor families and could not afford it. Broadway plays were not part of our paradigm.

Broadway Noise and Funk

The first Broadway show I attended was Bring in da’ Noise, Bring in da’ Funk. It was an exciting, multi-sensory experience! The music, the dancing, the ambiance was pure joy. Due to this first exposure to live theater, I developed a greater appreciation for actors, performers and the act of writing for a live performances. Since that time I have come to personally believe that playwriting is the highest writing form!

Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves

Leaving NYC was a big decision for me, as one would imagine. I missed my family of friends, Stoic Framemy family, as well as the rhythm and the pace of the city. I first visited New Mexico to attend the Gathering of Nations PowWow. New Mexico, so enchanting with it’s beauty, lure and mysticism promised to deliver to me the life that I never imagined as a kid, walking up and down the crowded streets of NYC. It was during that first visit that I came into the acquaintance of two talented musicians, Matias Pizarro and Keith Sanchez, who along with Glenn ‘Buddha’ Benevidez and Todd Sanchez formed the phenomenal band Stoic Frame. I developed a fast friendship with both of them and admired their talents from afar until I moved to New Mexico.
Read more about Stoic Frame by clicking here

The Land of Enchantment

From Broadway to New Mexico

In New Mexico, the Universe delivered to me a gift named Marisol (Spanish for Sun and Sea), the Princess of My Soul. She was the spark that ignited the process that enabled me to share the story of Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves with everyone. Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves is based upon the real life characters: Marisol Paramo (Princess Marisol), Matias Pizarro and Juan Carlos Ramirez (the Moon Thieves) and their interactions. The fact that these two rock & roll musicians visiting from Los Angeles would spend part of their time making a little girl laugh was heartwarming.

To Laugh and Cry

Princess Marisol & the Moon ThievesNarrated by the amazing vocalist Jackie Zamora, and Illustrated by the immensely talented Audrey McNamara, my little Marisol executes the voice of Princess Marisol in this whimsical story about a little girl that discovers her voice – her confidence: and two mischevious musicians who steal the Moon. The soundtrack is a brilliant eclectic set of melodies by Diplomacy of Mad Science (Matias Pizarro and Juan Carlos Ramirez) featuring Latin, Electronica, Pop, African and Pop sounds to mention just a few. On page 23 Marisol, who was 5 at the time, sings! I have listened to it often and it often makes me cry tears of joy. I am so proud of my 7 year old Marisol, great granddaughter to a Navajo Medicine Man. She is bright, creative, articulate and full of a lifelong of ideas!

 

FUSION Theatre Company

When I first received a call from Dennis Gromelski, Executive Director of FUSION Theatre Company, I could not think straight. My mind was in a fog as I though to myself, “a professional theater company wants to take my story and make it into a play.” Not only that, Dennis informed me that award winning playwright Jen Silverman would be adapting my story for the stage! To top it off, my old friend Keith Sanchez would be writing the score for the play and performing it. For a guy from Queens, NYC, that never attended a Broadway play, the honor of my story being adapted for the stage is almost overwhelming.

When my time in this dimension comes to a close my Marisol can say two things with pride about her daddy: “he wrote a book about me that was made into a play” and “he taught me what God is: God is Love.”

Performance Schedule

Performance schedule and information can be found by clicking here. More information and to purchase my bilingual Multimedia Book can be found by clicking here.

*Article Originally Published in June of 2014
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I would like to thank everyone mentioned and a few others involved in the production of my multimedia story including but not limited to: super talented musical contributor Christian Orellana, my partner in life and love Yvette Sandoval and my mom who gave her all to put food on the table for me and my brothers. A special salute to all the wonderful sound engineers!


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Alex Paramo

Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital programmer at Rail Yards Market.
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Free Art Friday: Your Art Makes the World A Better Place

Your Art Makes the World A Better Place by Stephanie Galloway

People often wonder what they can do to make a positive difference in the world. One way to make the world better is sharing art! Art can bring a smile to people’s faces and let them Free Art Friday Albuquerqueknow that they are loved! When someone finds your art on Free Art Friday it lets them know that someone cares about them.

You taking the time to make a piece of art for them to find shows them that they are worthy of your time. This act of kindness is so much bigger than just one person and the grandness of its impact can be felt by the entire world!

Find some more of my Free Art Friday Albuquerque articles here. Thank you for supporting local arts!

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Unmatched Fire

Stephanie Galloway

Stephanie Galloway is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and still loves to explore the magic in words and their power to touch others deeply. She taught art to children as the Children Zone Leader of the Rail Yards Market and is the founder of Free Art Friday Albuquerque.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market, the Monte Vista Fire Station and the Ponderosa Music Series. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!
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Arts for Peace Sake

Arts for Peace Sake

Arts for Peace Sake by Alex Paramo

Albuquerque is a medium-sized city with small town sensibilities. You start seeing the same faces over and over again. Many of the faces in Albuquerque belong to talented artists of all mediums. Living with and around artists (painters, musicians, actors, writers, photographers…) for these last several years has allowed me to “discover” a fascinating link between them: the ability for their work to transcend the everyday tasks demanded of us by ArtTherapy-Handour current economic system (work, pay bills, uhm work some more, bury somebody and work some more).

For those unfortunate folks who work somewhere that is not contributing to their happiness, the arts can provide an escape, a refuge from their daily “reality.” But can the arts “create” reality or better put change our current paradigm from a “war-based” one to a “peace-based” one? The power of Art Therapy is well documented. But for folks who are not “conscious” of their affliction, the arts also have great power.

Arts for Peace SakeWe have all been immersed in a good book or movie. Similarly many works of literature inspire, rejuvenate and/or promote motivation. Just as advertising/marketing pros capture our minds through carefully crafted uses of words, colors and memes, we can as a global society capture the power of the arts to move us towards a peaceful future.

At the core of war is fear. The way I see it, sociopath leaders create the conditions for war and rush to use the tools of communication to convince us that war is ok, acceptable, necessary even vital to our survival. War is only necessary for their survival. The answer to war comes in breaking down walls created by fear. Grammy Award winner Omar Akram (Afghani American) explains that he plays instrumental music so his art can be communicated to everyone regardless of culture, nationality etc.

The key is “Arts Immersion Therapy.” Arts Immersion Therapy is not covered by your health insurance but it is available right outside your door. It involves visiting the wonderful galleries, independent book stores, local music venues, local watering holes and eateries that provide a space for the arts. Unfortunately too much of our “national” media are focused on war – Corporate TV/Film. Avoid those and visit small local movie houses, and live-theatre venues. Your support of the arts has reciprocal benefits: the dollars spent in a local establishment will allow that establishment to pay artists to display their work and in turn benefit society and move us in a positive direction.

“We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs. To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come.” Thich Nhat Hanh

*Find our Free Art Friday Albuquerque articles (art-sharing) by clicking here.

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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.z;

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!

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Art Heals

Free Art Friday: Art Heals

Art is a Healer by Stephanie Galloway

Art HealsIt is important for the well-being of society to have positive outlets of expression. Art gives people a way to process their emotions and experiences and share them with others in a manner that makes them feel like they are part of that society.

When people make and share art in a public space they are having the opportunity to be contributing members of the town they live in.  When a person feels like they get to actively participate in their community through art it breaks through feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Sharing art through Free Art Friday can be a healthy outlet for sharing your art and being an active member of your community whose voice is heard with vivid colors! Find some more of my Free Art Friday Albuquerque articles here. Thank you for supporting local arts!

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Unmatched Fire

Stephanie Galloway

Stephanie Galloway is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and still loves to explore the magic in words and their power to touch others deeply. She taught art to children as the Children Zone Leader of the Rail Yards Market and is the founder of Free Art Friday Albuquerque.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market, the Monte Vista Fire Station and the Ponderosa Music Series. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!
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Free Art Friday: Art Speaks Through Anonymity

Art Speaks Through Anonymity by Stephanie Galloway

Free ArtIt is easy to get caught up in ego when it comes to a desire to be recognized for our art and get caught up in the race to become known and famous. In this process of art getting attached to a name we can forget that art takes on a life of its own independent from the artist.

It is not that the artist is not important. The artist is a necessary vessel which creativity pours through and makes art possible. Artists are super heroes and sometimes a secret or anonymous identity is needed to remind us that the act of making art and the art itself is what makes the artist!

Find some more of my Free Art Friday Albuquerque articles here. Thank you for supporting local arts!

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Unmatched Fire

Stephanie Galloway

Stephanie Galloway is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and still loves to explore the magic in words and their power to touch others deeply. She taught art to children as the Children Zone Leader of the Rail Yards Market and is the founder of Free Art Friday Albuquerque.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!
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Art Finds a Home

Free Art Friday: Art Finds a Home

Art Finds a Home by Stephanie Galloway

Free Art FridayWhen someone finds a piece of art that was shared by an artist on Free Art Friday and gives it a place in their home it is a true honor. Our daily living space is meant to be a colorful place that inspires us and nurtures creativity.

One of the purposes of art is to help create sacred space. Having art on our walls reminds us that art holds a very important place in our daily functions. Art helps us to process our interactions with the world and makes us all feel more at home. Happy Free Art Friday!

Find some more of my Free Art Friday Albuquerque articles here. Thank you for supporting local arts!

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Unmatched Fire

Stephanie Galloway

Stephanie Galloway is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and still loves to explore the magic in words and their power to touch others deeply. She taught art to children as the Children Zone Leader of the Rail Yards Market and is the founder of Free Art Friday Albuquerque.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!
Community Publishing: From the Community For the Community

Mother's Love

Free Art Friday: A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s Love by Stephanie Galloway

Mother's LoveWhen I was a child I would bring a work of art I made to my mom and she would proudly display it on the refrigerator. The loving act of her doing this gave me confidence in myself and pride in my work. It also encouraged me to continue being creative. The public display in the house for all the family members to see and enjoy made me feel more a part of the family. I always carry with me the love she put into appreciating my art.

In much the same way when you put out a work of art for Free Art Friday and hear back that someone picked it up and took it home for some motherly love, care and appreciation. Make some art to share and help to nurture the artist within you and put it out there to grow from the loving care of someone that will give it a home.
Find some more of my Free Art Friday Albuquerque articles here. Thank you for supporting local arts!


Unmatched Fire

Stephanie Galloway

Stephanie Galloway is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and still loves to explore the magic in words and their power to touch others deeply. She taught art to children as the Children Zone Leader of the Rail Yards Market and is the founder of Free Art Friday Albuquerque.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!
Community Publishing: From the Community For the Community

The Nob Hill Growers Market: Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park by Alex Paramo

Arts in the ParkThe idea of helping to support local arts while promoting literacy was sparked after a meeting with one of the giant publishing house out of my hometown, NYC. Their “offer” to me as the Author of my bilingual-multimedia Children’s Book, Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves, was roughly a drop more than an insult (5%) and better than nothing: or so I thought. In my mind the top-down approach, where a big publishing house would distribute my books everywhere seemed like the logical path to proceed. After conversations with Co-Founder Yvette Sandoval, and Music Director Matias Pizarro, it was decided that we would do it ourselves and Community Publishing was born!

Multimedia Children’s Books

On the BookshelfCommunity Publishing now has 3 multimedia children’s books published and are weeks away from our 4, Janie & the Hummingbird. We have several more multimedia children’s books planned for 2016 and a non-children’s book production run, including the long-anticipated Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader for 2017. Our books are produced by a team of community folks including Authors, Music Directors, Audio Engineers, Voice Actors, Animators, Illustrators, Graphic Editors, and Translators.

Utilizing the multiple-media promotions approach, Community Publishing has a following locally, coast to coast, and internationally. In my opinion though, nothing can replace the good ole’ fashioned face to face approach. When I read my books to kids, I see their faces light up with excitement, and hearts fill up with motivation! It is with that in mind that we have teamed up with the ABC Library (Albuquerque/Bernalillo County) and the Nob Hill Growers Market to bring Children’s Books at the Park.

Art/Literature/Music

Art in the ParkChildren’s Books at the Park will feature Local Authors and personalities reading children’s books provided by Community Publishing and the ABC Library. Additionally local musicians will be on hand to play and local artists will be on hand to lead the children in coloring activities (when applicable).

Art in the ParkThe Nob Hill Growers Market is a lovely open-air market on Thursday evenings from late Spring to early autumn, from 3-6:30 pm at Morningside Park on Lead & Morningside SE. Depending on the time of year, you’ll find a variety of fresh vegetables, seasonal fruit, local butter, honey, eggs, French breads and pastries, and often gluten-free pastries and cool drinks and popsicles. Locals and visitors alike enjoy our friendly vendors, frequent musical guests, and our park setting with plenty of shade and a fun playground. They accept accept Debit/EBT, WIC, and Senior Nutrition vouchers!.
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Alex Paramo

Alex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our CP Logo Finalcommunities. We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!