Art lovers unite to launch new community gallery in Five Points neighborhood

What began as casual coffee shop chats among five El Pasoans has developed into an ongoing friendship and a joint creative venture. Edward Reyes, Jacqueline Aguirre, Javier Hernandez, Carlos Humphreys, and Aryk Gardea met by being regulars at Joe Vinny and Bronsons Bohemian Cafe on Piedras Street in Central El Paso. After discovering a shared appreciation for art, they decided to work together to support their vision of a community gallery. They secured a narrow space next to the coffee shop and opened Galeria Cinco Puntos in January. Gardea, whose background is in art with a BFA in ceramics and painting from UTEP and a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in sculpture, pitched the idea of launching the gallery with an exhibit featuring the Horned Toad Prints exchange.

El Paso’s creative sector expanding, city reports

Music festivals, art, and theater performances are only some of the great treasures that make up El Paso’s creative economy. Kailey Hoppe, a tourist from Rockford Illinois in town for the 2015 USBC open championship, was impressed with all the art and festivals El Paso offers. “I think so far it’s amazing. It’s huge and fun to see. Wicked is in town which is one of the best shows I’ve seen so far and it’s fun to see it come to El Paso.”

The latest Destination El Paso annual report shows almost 3 million people have visited El Paso.

Kids are always up for fun. Julian Jimaréz-Howard around age 8. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Howard)

Hooey, Fooey

Teaching and Learning and Caring Blog

EL PASO – I think we always knew that boys wanted to have fun, but it took Cyndy Lauper to tell us that girls did too. When the song “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” came out, I fell in love with it.  I was a serious college professor, a divorced mother of two kids, pushing 50, and declaring myself a “girl.” I could hear the commercial, “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids” rattling around in my head along with the song. But not feeling particularly guilty. So why is it we think that fun is for kids only, that it is something juvenile, inherently not adult? When somebody says, “Grow up,” they mean, stop playing around and get serious, the fun stops here, at adulthood.