Friday, May 29, 2009
More info on my Mentor
Here is Benny Alba's studio where she does most of her work. This picture only shows about a quarter of this studio. The building also includes areas for three more work spaces she rents out, an upper storage unit, a garage, front gallery, office and library!
One thing that impressed me besides her being a fourth generation artist is that she started showing in museums before galleries. She has the chutzpah and drive that I can readily relate to. So far (fingers crossed) we seem to have hit it off pretty well. Along with the work she has me do, she is generous enough to share tips on doing almost everything that needs to be done [ from setting up a ladder to cutting matboard easier] throughout the day. One of her apprentices rents a studio space from her and her work is fantastic too! Another thing I love is that Benny did not attend art school, [she has a BA in psychology which she used for Crisis Counseling for a time] and she is used to 'black humor' that cops and Emergency personnel use to get through a traumatic event. I love her current series called BONfire. Why don't you check it out here?
I have the kids for the next few days so I am going to work on some project and hopefully will have something to post soon. Thank you for your patience! hugs!