Design+Art Exhibit at Kirksey Architecture by Graciela Socorro

This week of June 19th to 23rd, I will be showcasing my photography work "Between Sun and Palms" along with thirteen local artists at Kirksey's private exhibition celebrating Design+Art month 2017, Houston, TX. 

About Between Sun And Palms
I've been working on this portfolio since 2011 and it is my very first time exhibiting it in Houston, TX. It consists of an image of a palm tree multiplied numerous time using Adobe Photoshop. No color is altered. 

These images are from different species of palms tress taken in Maracaibo, Venezuela during dry and rain season. I began taking images of palms trees because I really loved the minimalism, geometry and colors of these dynamics leaves. Playing with light and shadow, colors and lines, I decides to multiply an image creating an optical illusion that really captives the eye.

Prints
I will be presenting 10 giclée prints using  Hahnemühle German Etching and William Turner paper, 310 gsm, 11"x17".

 

 

Mariposas - Butterflies by Graciela Socorro

Un dia con mi cámara en mano estaba tomando fotos en el jardín de mi abuela.  Detrás hay un pozo de agua con mucha vegetación tropical alrededor la cual creaba un pasillo con una atmósfera sombría y escalofriante, por lo tanto me mantuve alrededor del mismo. Sin embargo, una hermosa y grande mariposa negra pasó por mi lado y voló hacia la parte de atrás del temible y tan evitado lado oscuro del pozo. La seguí pero me detuve justo en la entrada del pasillo creado por la abundante vegetación. Pensé en entrar pero tenía miedo de encontrarme con alguna culebra, alacranes o arañas lo cual era bastante probable. Pero mi deseo de tomarle fotos era tan grande que le pedí a Dios que me guiara en el camino y que alejara cualquier animalito que me pudiera hacer daño. Así que con los ojos bien abiertos y el paso fuerte penetré las hojas y flores de Bastón del Emperador sembrado por mi abuela. Al quinto paso vi un rayo de sol que atravesando el follaje alumbrando una hoja. Y ahí estaba, sobre una hoja aleteando sus alas como acomodándose, hasta dejarlas bien abiertas para darme la bienvenida. La luz del sol estaba en su mejor ángulo, perfecta para una foto. Mi pequeña musa se quedó quietecita y muy valiente, ella y yo, nos quedamos un rato en sesión de fotos. Le dí gracias a ella y a Dios por ese momento. Era algo que quería hacer y gracias a Dios todo salió bien. La experiencia fue magnifica e inolvidable. Por supuesto esto va más alla de una foto. Representa cada aspecto de mi vida en donde necesito recuperar mi poder y confiar mas en el proceso de la vida. 

Luego busqué el significado de Mariposa en internet. No salía de mi asombro! Esto fue lo que conseguí: "La Mariposa en el tótem animal simboliza la Transformación. La mariposa puede conceder claridad a tus procesos mentales, te puede ayudar a dar el siguiente paso en tu vida. Viene algún tipo de transformación, ya estás preparado para ella. Esta transformación puede ser en cualquier ámbito de tu vida, analiza el momento en el que te encuentras y vuélvete mariposa para emprender el vuelo. La mariposa da claridad a tus procesos mentales y del alma y te permite organizar aquellos proyectos que deseas emprender, especialmente en tu vida personal y profesional. ¿Estás preparado para cambiar, para transformarte?. Si te has sentido débil o fatigado y quieres saber dónde está la curación, observa los colores que te atraen. ¿Tu cuerpo vibra con el verde, con el naranja? El verde te indica que comas más verdura, el naranja alimentos como la naranja. Este pensamiento es la medicina de la Mariposa. (1)

La Mariposa representa la necesidad de cambio y de mayor libertad, y a la vez representa valentía: se requiere valentía para llevar a cabo los cambios necesarios en nuestro proceso de crecimiento.

Este tótem guía nos enseña a no tomar la vida tan en serio y nos advierte que el crecimiento y la transformación no tiene que ser traumático; puede ocurrir con suavidad, con dulzura, con alegría. El gran paso que nos indicará, vendrá reflejado por la situación que percibamos del estado en que vemos a la oruga de la mariposa, así, si lo que vemos es el huevo, indicará que estamos en el inicio del proyecto, si lo que se nos presenta es la larva dentro del capullo, nos estará indicando que necesitamos conectar con nuestro ser interior y si lo que percibimos es la apertura del capullo, nos indicará que debemos de compartir con los demás los conocimientos y experiencias obtenidas. Cada paso de la transformación de la mariposa nos servirá para conocer en qué etapa nos encontramos y por tanto, conocer cual va a ser la siguiente. " (2)

Hoy en día sigo tomando fotos a las mariposas, y cada vez que veo una me tomo un momento y tomo conciencia de mi presente y mis pensamientos que ayudan a entender mi crecimiento espiritual.

Así que te invito a estar en el presente cada segundo. Cada encuentro no es casualidad, es "causalidad". Tiene un propósito en tu proceso de vida y gracias a las herramientas de hoy tienes acceso a esa información. Si te encuentras una arañita, tiene un significado en tu vida. Cucarachas, saltamontes, grillos, hasta las temibles culebras tienen un significado maravillo siempre en pro a crecimiento personal! Medita su significado y aplícalo en tu vida. Sera mas fácil si te dejas fluir. :)

©2012 Graciela Socorro 

 

English -

One day I was taking photos in my grandmother's garden. At the end of the garden there is a well of water with a lot of tropical vegetation around which created chilling atmosphere, therefore I stayed around it. However, a beautiful and large black butterfly passed by and flew towards the back of the fearsome and so avoided dark side of the well. I followed her but I stopped right at the entrance of the corridor created by the abundant vegetation. I thought about going in, but I was afraid of meeting some snakes, scorpions or spiders which was quite likely. But my desire of taking pics was so great that I asked God for guidance along the way and to inspire away any little animal. So with my eyes wide open and a strong step I entered the leaves and flowers of Emperor's Staff sown by my grandmother. At the fifth step I saw a spotlighted leaf by the ray of light passing through the foliage. And there it was, on the leaf flapping its wings as if getting comfy, until it opened wide welcoming me. Sunlight was at its best angle, perfect for a photo. My little muse was still and very brave, she and I, we stayed for a while for a photo shoot. I thanked her, I guess she was female, and God for that moment. It was something I wanted to do and thanked God for everything went well. The experience was magnificent and unforgettable. Of course this goes beyond a photo. It represents every aspect of my life where I need to regain my power and rely more on the process of life.

Then I looked the meaning of Butterfly on the internet. I didn't get over my amazement! This is what I found: "The butterfly on the animal totem symbolizes Transformation. The butterfly can grant clarity to your mental processes, it can help you take the next step in your life. There is some kind of transformation, you are ready for it. This transformation can be in any area of our life, analyze the moment in which you find yourself and become a butterfly to undertake the flight. The butterfly gives clarity to your mental and soul processes and allows you to organize those projects you want to undertake, especially in your personal and professional life. You are ready for change, to transform. If you have felt weak or fatigued and you want to know where the healing is, observe the colors that attract you. Your body vibrates with the green, with the orange The green tells you to eat more vegetables, orange foods like orange. This thought is the medicine of the Butterfly.

The Butterfly represents the need for change and greater freedom, and at the same time represents courage: it takes courage to make the necessary changes in our growth process.

This totem pole teaches us not to take life so seriously and warns us that growth and transformation need not be traumatic; Can occur gently, gently, with joy. The great step that will indicate us, will be reflected by the situation that we perceive from the state in which we see the caterpillar of the butterfly, well, if what we see is the egg, it will indicate that we are in the beginning of the project, if what we are Presents is the larva inside the cocoon, it will indicate that we need to connect with our inner being and if what we perceive is the opening of the cocoon, it will indicate that we must share with others the knowledge and experiences obtained. Each step of the transformation of the butterfly will serve to know what stage we are in and therefore, to know what will be the next. " (2)

Today I continue to take pictures of butterflies, and every time I see one I take a moment and become aware of my present and my thoughts that help to understand my spiritual growth. So I invite you to be more aware in the present moment. Each encounter is not

 

(1)  http://www.redcrecer.com/significado-mariposa-totem-animal.html

(2) https://santuariodelalba.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/el-espiritu-de-la-mariposa/

29th Dia de los Muertos: Retablo Exhibition & Silent Auction by Graciela Socorro

I am pleased to announce my participation on Lawndale Art Center's 29th annual Dia de los Muertos Retablo Exhibit & Silent Auction. There will be exhibiting 150 Houston- area artists showing their one-of-a-kind retablos and Lawndale will be celebrating with music, festive drinks and light Mexican fare.  

For those who doesn't know about this show, Lawndale provides a 8"x10" tin to each participant artist. So be ready for my tin will be Bindufied! This auction will benefit Dia de los Muertos programming and Lawndale's 2016-2017 exhibition season. 

For more information please visit http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org/events/dod/dod2016.shtml

Retablo Exhibition & Silent Auction
Thursday, October 27, 2016
7 to 10 PM

Tickets: $50 Non-members | $35 Members
Lawndale Members please call for discount code.

 

TEXAS BIGGEST 10 FOR ART by Graciela Socorro

I am honored and very happy to announce that my work Bindu Colony is among the winners at the first Texas Biggest 10 for the Art regional juried competition. Please join us for the opening reception! 

The jurors: Andrés Bardon, Founder/Editor/Director of The Pictorial Bardon Group, Arte Arteclásica Contemporánea and Museum Magazine; Patricia Covo Johnson, Art Critic and Curator; Ken General, Creative Director of Arts+Culture Magazine, Founder of Duende Art Project and Gallery Manager of BLUEorange Contemporary, Houston, TX.  
 More info www.bigtenforart.com
 

Opening Reception
July 23, 2016

5 - 7 pm
Katy Contemporary Art Museum
www.katycam.com

Collective Perceptions by Graciela Socorro

Please join us on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Silver Street Studios. The artists open their studios to the public from 2-5 pm. We will be at studio 217!

Spend the afternoon wandering through this repurposed warehouse (Silver Street used to be a Budweiser warehouse!) and discover an extensive selection of painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, mixed media and more!

Also it will be the opening reception for a new exhibition on the corridor gallery "Collective Perceptions" - Invite below. 

The event is free and we would love for you to bring some friends. No RSVP required. Free entry and parking. 

Collective Perceptions
Now on view at Silver Street Studios
On view: June 11- September 10

Opening Reception with the Artists: July 9, 5-6PM

A new exhibition of original art by the resident artists of Silver Street
Curated by notable Houston watercolorist, Gordon Phillipson

Presented by the artists of Silver Street Studios, the exhibition features new artworks in a variety of media. Notably, the featured artists hail from over fifteen distinct countries of origin and that diversity is reflected in the breadth and variation of the works on view.
Open to the public: Monday to Saturday 10- 6 pm

Silver Street, 2000 Edwards St, Houston, Texas 77007

More information: silverstreethouston.com

Get directions: http://bit.ly/SawyerYardsMap

                                              Graciela Socorro's work at the Collective Perceptions.

ipa ~ intl' photography awards ~ Family of Man 2016 by Graciela Socorro

Photography is one of my passions. I am always taking pictures. It is an eternal meditation. Last month I took a chance to enter a picture about my grandma and my cousins to the ipa's Family of Man juried competition and guess what? I received Honorable Mention! Take a look!

 

Entry Description:

My light in the shadow. You whisper to be still. I take a big breath and remember to trust like you told me. Woman, mother, angel on call. Sweet is your giving name. You have an innate spirit for love and giving. Your wisdom is passed through generations. Now is their turn. I see that. I feel that. I hear it. Everything's going to be alright. Thank you.

Studio 217 Ready for Summer Series 2016 by Graciela Socorro

Join us for a night full of Art, live music and fun! All studios will be open and ready to sell some original and one of-a-kind art pieces for you to begin or continue your fine art collection. 

If you want more info about the event, please contact me at info@gracielasocorro.com

Studio 217
Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards St. 
Houston, TX 77007

 

Houston Symphony Ball 2016 by Graciela Socorro

© Bindu Magic. Acrylic on clay. 2016.

© Bindu Magic. Acrylic on clay. 2016.

On May 14, 2016, the annual "Houston Symphony Ball 2016" was celebrated at the impressive Jones Hall. Graciela is pleased to announce her contribution to the Houston Symphony's Education and Community Programming through auction of her most recent clay sculpture Bindu Magic

Graciela enjoys music. On her free time she loves to sing, dance, play guitar and harmonica. She recently finished the first Music Literacy Workshop thanks to Mr. Brodrick W. Hill, Chairman of the Houston Symphony's African - American Leadership Council, and facilitated by noted Houston pianist and instructor extraordinaire Mrs. Stepheny Scott. For the education is the key of success. 

                             Music Literacy Workshop. Image by Mr. Brodrick W. Hill © 2016

                             Music Literacy Workshop. Image by Mr. Brodrick W. Hill © 2016

Deck the Walls at Catherine Couturier Gallery by Graciela Socorro

Please join us this Saturday, December 5th, from 5-7 p.m. for the opening of  
   
 Deck the Walls

This annual group exhibition highlights photographs from the collection
both contemporary and vintage.

This year we will be featuring the work of  

Graciela Socorro and Kris Sanford. 

Deck the Walls is a group exhibition of vintage and contemporary pieces that allows us to showcase a variety of artists, prices ranges, styles, and photographic mediums. 

We will be showcasing new gallery artists Graciela Socorro and Kris Sanford. Other exhibited artists will include Keith Carter, Kate Breakey, Jerry Uelsmann, Mitch Dobrowner, Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz, Marion Post-Wolcott, Max Yavno, Roger Mayne, Weegee, Willy Ronis, Louis Faurer, Libbie Masterson, Maggie Taylor, Susan Burnstine, Elliott Erwitt, Brett Weston, Stanko Abadzic, Niniane Kelley, and Rachel Phillips just to name a few. There will be something for everyone's budget and taste. 

As the work is so varied, we will update the exhibition page regularly to highlight special pieces. We hope to see you in the gallery for this perennial favorite!

 

Complimentary valet parking will be available during the opening.  

 

For more information on any of our works, please contact us at 713.524.5070 or gallery@catherinecouturier.com.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

 

 Catherine Couturier Gallery
2635 Colquitt
Houston, Texas 77098
(713) 524-5070

  www.CatherineCouturier.com 

8 Houston-Area Artists to Showcase Recent Work in downtown Houston! by Graciela Socorro

Save the dates!

Eight Houston-area artists will be showcasing recent work in a special weekend event, BazaART,” on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15 in Studio 122 at Silver Street Studios.

Beat the holiday rush, and shop for gifts from a wide range of work that will include fine art, limited-edition prints, unique furnishings, and other art objects by the following visual artists, photographers and designers:

Luisa Duarte - www.luisa-duarte.com
Elizabeth McLean - 
Carlos Pelayo Martínez - 
Lorena Morales - www.lorenamorales.com
Carlos Ocando - www.carlosocando.com
Carolina Otero - www.carolinaotero.com
Gerardo Rosales - www.gerardorosales.net
Graciela Socorro - www.gracielasocorro.com

Hours are 12 to 7 pm on Saturday, and 12 to 7 pm on Sunday.

Silver Street Studios is located at 2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007.

Free onsite parking is available.
The event is free and open to the public. 

Press release in Houston! by Graciela Socorro

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On July 10, 2015 Lawndale Art Center had the opening reception for all Houstonians and guests to The Big Show, an annual open-call, juried exhibition. For this year's exhibition, a total of 76 works by 62 artists were selected from 972 works submitted by 355 artists living within 100 miles of Houston by guest juror, George Scheer, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC were the american-venezuelan artist Graciela Socorro presented for the first time on this show her art piece called "Bindu Star" which it is characterized by its color explosion and 3D dynamism inviting all guest to have a closer look to its detailed surface determined by handmade elements made out of clay and acrylic paint. 

Visit this interesting Art Center where you can find different styles and technics but the harmony of the event resides in the contemporary art's features existing between the selected artists as well as the cohesion of different elements on each piece. The Big Show will be displayed until August 8, 2015 at Lawndale Art Center located at 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. 

Afterwards Graciela Socorro will be presenting "Bindu Coralina" for the New Texas Talent Show XXII at Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX on August 8, 2015. A juried exhibition by the guests jurors Terri Provencal, Editor in Chief of Patron Magazine and Barry Whistler, Founder and Director of Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX. 

For the month of September Graciela Socorro and her husband Carlos Ocando (www.carlosocando.com) will be showing their works at ExxonMobile Spring, TX celebrating the National Hispanic Heritage Month. This event is aimed for all ExxonMobile's residents and guests honoring the hispanic culture through diverse activities at their campus in Spring.

http://www.elvenezolanohouston.com

New Texas Talent XXII by Graciela Socorro

Hi Everybody!

Bindu Coralina is in Dallas, TX ready for the New Texas Talent XXII Exhibition at the Craighead Green Gallery! If you are in town, please stop by!! We might meet there :)

Reception Opening: Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm. 

www.craigheadgreen.com

Take a look at Bindu Coralina. Is a handmade clay sculpture painted with vibrants acrylics and sealed with shiny resin specially for this show.

© Bindu Coralina, 2015 

© Bindu Coralina, 2015 

This Friday at Silver Street Studios! by Graciela Socorro

Dear friends!

I invite you to come to Silver Street Studios at 2000 Eduards St, Houston, TX 77007. Silver Street is a new complex that includes a 20,000 square foot event space and 70 creative studios. They're committed to supporting the arts and providing local creative entrepreneurs a community in which their ideas can thrive.

Bindu and my husband's photography work (Go to -->  www.carlosocando.com ) will be part of this event at Serrano Gallery (Studio 117).

This is a great opportunity to meet the artists in their studios and buy some great pieces of local art for your collection. 

Join us for a summer art party! Explore the buildings, meet new artists, sip on a refreshing summer cocktails. Admission is free and we hope your bring your art loving friends!

 

The Big Show! by Graciela Socorro

I am pleased to announce that my latest creation "Bindu Star" has been chosen to be part of Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition The Big Show in Houston, TX. 

For this year's exhibition, a total of 76 works by 62 artists were selected by juror George Scheer, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC, for the exhibition from 972 works submitted by 355 artists.

Bindu Star 2015. Image copyright of the Artist.

Are you in Houston? Check this out! by Graciela Socorro

Bindu Volupta and Bindu Tesoro at 2000 Eduards St. Houston, TX Suite 118

Bindu Volupta and Bindu Tesoro at 2000 Eduards St. Houston, TX Suite 118

Valentina Atkinson did a wonderful job curating Bindu Volupta and Bindu Tesoro at her Fine Art Gallery located at 2000 Eduards St. Houston, TX Suite 118.

Visit the Gallery by appointment writing to valeatkinson@gmail.com or to myself and we could arrange a meeting.