Art News

Gustavo Cruz at The Folk Tree in Pasadena


Pasadena, CA – SAINTS & SINNERS XXIV, The Folk Tree’s annual Easter season exhibition, is on view April 16 – May 14, 2011.  Work by area artists addressing themes such as good v. evil and the sacred v. the profane are displayed alongside Latin American religious folk art and artifacts, primarily from Mexico.  Approximately forty artists are included, represented by painting, printmaking, assemblage, cut paper and paper mache, drawing, mixed media, jewelry, and more.  The public is invited to a reception on Saturday, April 16, from 2 – 6 P.M.

First Street and Tierra’s Sunland Artists well represented at CORE 6 exhibition

Arts and Services for Disabled and the National Arts and Disability Center present the sixth annual installment of Core: Defining Ourselves.  Core is a space for artists, community members, and arts & disability advocates to build common bonds and promote visability through a diverse art forum.  This year’s event will take place at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica and will feature multiple performances in addition to the art display.  Included in the show are First Street Gallery artists Helen Rae, Dru McKenzie, and Evelyn Campos and Sunland Studio artists Sarit Halo, Sarkis Keushkerion, Harold Sakamoto, and Gustavo Cruz who received a First Place Prize for his drawing, Woman with Baby (Three Faces). Core 6: Defining Ourselves is co-curated by First Street Gallery artist Rebecca Korin and Gallery Manager Seth Pringle and includes an international selection of artists.

Light Bringer Project’s 24-Hour Gallery presents

Gustavo Cruz

Recent works reflect the artist’s contemplation of man’s existence in the physical world, and his never-ending quest for answers. These thoughts appear via intertwined body parts, organs and faces that combine to take on other forms.  Cruz’s intuitive nature is revealed in black and white multidimensional compositions, mirroring the way he perceives them in his mind’s eye.


The exhibition runs from September 1 thru September 30, 2010


24-Hour Gallery 80 North Raymond in Pasadena 91101

Located in the public display cases on Holly Street at 80 N. Raymond and is on view twenty-four hours a day

Gustavo Cruz is a part of the Tierra del Sol Foundation’s supported education program, NEXUS.  The NEXUS program supports inclusive education, coupling participants with coaches at community colleges.  Tierra del Sol Foundation serves our community by enabling individuals with disabilities to establish valued roles and contributions within the economic, cultural and civic vitality of their communities.

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) purchases Tierra Artists’ work for their International offices.

CARF has chosen to showcase the creativity of the individuals served by it’s accredited programs and services through a display of their artwork. Out of thousands of submissions, three artist’s work from Tierra del Sol’s Sunland Studio and First Street Gallery were selected.

Congratulations Sarit Halo from the Sunland Studio and Evelyn Campos and Michael LeVell from the First Street Gallery!

CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. CARF’s accreditation signals a provider’s commitment to continually improving services, welcoming feedback, and serving their community.

The collection may be viewed at CARF’s International Offices in Tucson, Arizona.

Sarit Halo "Little Boy"

Sarit Halo "Staring at You"

Americans with Disabilities Act

Art Exhibition

Congratulations to artists Gustavo Cruz, Dru McKenzie, Isabel Diana Vartanian, Sarit Halo, Harold Sakamoto and Trina Kirkman. Their works have been accepted to be a part of the 20th Anniversary Americans with Disabilities Act Art Exhibition.

Works will be exhibited at the Los Angeles World Airports, Terminal 2, July 2- November 3, 2010 and the Los Angeles City Hall Gallery, 3rd Floor, July 30- Aug 31, 2010.


"Her" by Gustavo Cruz

Four Hired By Americorps

Four people served by Tierra have just been hired by the nation’s WeCare Americorps Volunteer Program to teach and mentor others in 2010.   Tierra was honored to earn two national Arts Internships for two artists from each of our Sunland Art Studio and First Street Gallery.  All four artists will enrich the experiences of older adults in our communities.

The Arts Internships, which are paid positions, were developed to focus on an Artist Career Track as well as providing general teaching assistance, communication skill building, and mentoring.  Studio practices and professional development provide further valuable resources for the seniors served.  In addition to earning a living allowance, the Americorps Volunteers will learn new skills and become leaders in their community.

Congratulations to Gloria Li, Trina Kirkman, Rebecca Migasi, and Tom Lamb.

Lights on LA

Tierra del Sol Sunland Studio Artists Sarit Halo and Diana Vartanian participated in Teresa Tarryn Gallery’s Lights on LA. Lights on LA is a public art project that celebrates artists working in the Los Angles area. Each participating artist will paint a CFL light bulb and all the decorated bulbs will be collected into a single temporary public exhibit. The assembly of lights will be illuminated in downtown’s Pershing Square and will coincide with the summer’s free concert series from July 15- September 18, 2009. After the event, the gallery will publish a book commemorating the installation, featuring photographs of each light bulb and statements from each artist.

Lights on…. will be continuing in other cities due to a tremendous response. Please stay connected to hear of future installations.