Juan Pablo Alonzo became involved in the arts during high school through a very small but powerful program at Klein Forest High school under Roberta Sajda. It was here that he learned a basic understanding of drawing and painting. He was later awarded scholarships to the RISD summer program in 2001, MICA summer program in 2002 and the Marie Walsh Sharpe summer seminar in 2002. He founded an artist collective in the summer of 2006 that would later be named El Rincon Social. Juan currently runs the space providing studios to local artist, engaging the community through workshops and exhibitions.
Tessa graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 with a degree in Film, Animation and Video. She runs bi-monthly movie screenings at El Rincon Social and hopes to start an experimental film workshop for people to learn the badassness of film as art. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting any film events with El Rincon Social or have film supplies to donate. Her other passion is teaching children and she eventually wants to start and after school arts program. She is also working on a mural arts project in the East End of Houston with local artists and the community. Painting the town pink one wall at a time.
Lisa Marie Godfrey
Melissa Juvan is a working Houston artist, which means that she supports her art habit by working a part-time job and makes art when she is not sleeping. Melissa was born in San Francisco, but was reared in Houston and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 1995. She then went to "art school" and ultimately graduated from the San Francisco "Art Institute" in 2002. Melissa has been an active member of Houston's Art community for over 15 years, and has worked and volunteered for many of Houston's Arts organizations. In 2007, she founded ArtStorm Gallery, an artist's collective which produced over 20 exhibitions and events and was named as the best new gallery of 2008 by the Houston Press. More recently, Melissa has moved to El Rincon Social and currently co-facilitates a weekly drawing group in the upstairs gallery. Additionally, she is building a darkroom and hopes to teach many people how to use it. Melissa's artwork explores themes of the the collective unconscious, mythology, symbolism, dreams and the subconscious, and she prefers to make art in automatic suggestive states.
Julia Claire Wallace
Julia Claire Wallace is a Houston Performance Artist. She acted as a facilitator of Performance Art Lab, and she created and runs Performance Art Night. Her artwork deals with the personal, the sexual, the spiritual and the intimate. Her work is often a strange mix of shocking and endearing. To read more about Performance Art Night, please visit her performance art blog, Performance Art Houston. To read more about her personal artwork visit her blog, Julia Is Living. Contact her at email@example.com.