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AMATE: Women Painting Stories

8th Annual Celebration of Women’s Voices.

Saturday, October 24, 2009 | 8:00 pm

Featuring: Sandra García Rivera, Irene Faye Duller, Aida Salazar, and Las No Que No! (Son Jarocho). Hosted by Leticia Hernández with an Artist Bazaar and the sounds of DJ Special K.

For eight years, Amate: Women Painting Stories (formerly Pinta tu Propio Mundo) has celebrated a richly diverse and talented group of women artists of color. Founded and organized by writer Leticia Hernández, this event has grown over the years from a small poetry reading to a multidisciplinary showcase of established and emerging women artists. Galería de la Raza will light up the Mission district neighborhood on Saturday October 24th with performances by three incredibly accomplished poets: Sandra García Rivera, Irene Faye Duller and Aida Salazar. Closing off the night is a special performance by the Los Angeles based son jarocho group, Las No Que No! Local women artists will be selling one-of-a kind goods during the event, with DJ Special K providing the soundtrack.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation.

Featured Artist Biographies:

Aida Salazar is a writer and a performance and installation artist who uses text to explore issues of gender, identity and the construction of the self. She grew up in Southeast Los Angeles where she spent many days sitting in little puddles of water on cement believing she was in the ocean. This day dreaming eventually led to a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts. She has performed at Highways Performance Space, Beyond Baroque, California Institute of the Arts, MOCA, Galería de la Raza, Mission Cultural Center as well as at cafes, alternative art spaces and universities throughout the Southwest and Mexico. Before moving to the bay area to become a write at home mom, she co-founded an activist-based art space, Regeneracion, and produced multi-media events and festivals. She is currently lives in Oakland with her husband, musician, John Santos, and two children and is at work on a book-length memoir about the death of her first-born child. You can read some of her meditations on mothering on her blog –

Irene Faye Duller. As a founding and performing member of the Pilipino poetry performance poetry group 8th Wonder and the Rhapsodistas (all women interdisciplinary hip hop group), Irene has performed nationally and internationally at colleges, universities, black boxes and main stages. Some of the venues she has presented at recently include: Intersection for the Arts, SF Asian Art Museum. In Spring of 2008, as part of the 10th Annual Pilipino Post-Modern Performance Project, Irene debuted HOW TO SKYWALK. This is her first solo body of work in over 10 years on stage. An excerpt from this work was also presented at Kearny Street Workshop's Aperture Festival in Fall 2008. Currently, Irene is a lecturer at San Francisco State University teaching a course in Asian American culture. She is also the Education Program Manager at Brava! for Women in the Arts.

Sandra García Rivera
is an award winning poet and singer, born and raised in New York City. She has captured audiences throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Great Britain, and Amsterdam, self-published two collections of poetry – Divination of the Mistress, and Shoulder High – and two art editions of her poem That Kiss (Ediciones Mixtas) whose presentations resulted in Las Ferias del Beso. Her poems have appeared in Urban Latino Magazine; The Hostos Review; Promethean Journal; The Centro Journal of Hunter College;; and Galería de la Raza’s zine Manteca. She has appeared in the MUN2 show The Chicas Project, as well as in Rosie Perez’s documentary, Yo Soy Boricua Pa Que Tu Lo Sepa, and currently performs in the Bay Area as a solo artist, while working on an MFA in Poetry at Antioch University.

Las No Que No! began as loose collective of women studying Son Jarocho who decided to gather at a farmer's market in North East LA to share this music from Veracruz, Mexico. Individually, group members participate in other projects and collaborations, however as Las No Que No! they create a special critical mass that an all female collective brings: the power of expression, sharing, and learning that is unique to a space comprised of all women. The name Las No Que No! reflects the attitude that women can carve their own spaces for musical, and personal development.

Founder and host, Leticia Hernádez, has presented her her music and teatro-infused poetry throughout the country and in El Salvador. Her writing has appeared in newspapers, anthologies and literary journals, some of which include, Street Art San Francisco, Latino Literature Today, and This Bridge We Call Home. Her chapbook of poetry, Razor Edges of my Tongue, was published by Calaca Press in 2002. The San Francisco Arts Commission recently awarded her an Individual Artist Grant to complete a poetry manuscript and spoken word/ music c.d. entitled Mucha Muchacha. Too Much Girl. She has worked with youth and community based organizations for over eighteen years, and is currently the Executive Director of GirlSource, a non-profit organization that supports and empowers young women in San Francisco.

$10 to $15 Sliding Scale. Members $5.


Sandra Garcia Rivera
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