The Virtual Sketchbook Diaries

Gwen Mercado-Reyes is a visual artist, art collector, educator and art enthusiast based in the greater San Francisco bay area.

San Jose: An art exhibit takes a diverse look at real, re-imagined superheroes →
— 1 week ago
#MACLA  #Curatorial Coordinator Joey Reyes  #San Jose  #superheroes 
NEW class offered at MACLA UPDATES

Contemporary art making: from the studio to the streets with Gwen Mercado-Reyes

Dates: Tuesdays, starting Sept. 30 -  Nov. 18, 2014   (no class Nov. 11, 2014)

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Cost: 105.00 (7 sessions)

Location: MACLA, 510 S. 1st. San Jose, CA.

To register contact: 408-998-2783

Skill Level: Beginner to Advance

Course Description: In this course we will explore a variety of art making techniques utilized in the art studio and examine how artists transition these approaches out into the public eye. We will look at specific artists whose practice crossover and blur the lines between the studio and the street. This is a hands on course and students will explore these concepts through a variety of art exercises. This may include: drawing, street rubbings, collaborations and multiple image-making techniques (stenciling, monoprinting, and relief printing).

Topics of Discussion: street art, graffiti, post-graffiti, installation, street interventions, yarn bombing, murals, materials, technique and collaboration. 

Activities: Each session may include the following: drawing exercises, videos, powerpoint presentations, class discussions and critiques as a way to compliment the creative process.

About the Instructor: Gwen Mercado-Reyes is an interdisciplinary visual artist who began art making as a young teenager painting graffiti art in the central valley. She has since pursued an academic career receiving a BFA in Pictorial Art from San Jose State University and a MFA in Painting from Syracuse University in Upstate New York. As an art educator, she taught at the Summer College Program at Syracuse University, local after-school programs and in the museum education field.

Aside from working as an artist Mercado-Reyes co-curated graffiti themed exhibitions in California and Upstate New York featuring the works of artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Vyal, ManOne and Victor Malagon. She also assisted in bringing artists such as Jose Parla and Ali Banisadr to Syracuse University’s Visiting Artist Program for the Painting Department.

Below: stencil and piece by Victor Malagon


— 4 weeks ago with 2 notes
#street art  #graffiti  #post-graffiti  #installation  #street interventions  #murals  #collaboration  #hands on  #courses  #MACLA  #Art San Jose downtown 

Doing some test run printing.

— 1 month ago with 2 notes
#brainstorming art  #printing 

Mural Collaboration by Gwen Mercado-Reyes, Joey Reyes and Patrick Milillo

— 1 month ago with 4 notes
#wall painting  #abstract mural 

Collaborative Mural in progress, detail shots with Gwen Mercado-Reyes, Joey Reyes and Patrick Milillo in Silicon Valley.

— 2 months ago
#Abstract mural  #freestyling  #organic painting  #art ark  #gwen mercado reyes  #joey reyes  #Patrick Milillo Silicon Valley 

Animated soft sculpture by Gwen Mercado-Reyes and Jose Reyes


— 2 months ago with 3 notes
Gwen Mercado-Reyes
Cuerpo Seco
Mixed media collage on paper

Gwen Mercado-Reyes

Cuerpo Seco

Mixed media collage on paper



— 5 months ago with 3 notes
#mixed media collage  #Silicon Valley Artist  #surreal collage 
Gwen Mercado Reyes Mixed Media Artist - Malar Butterfly Season →
— 6 months ago
#MACLA Art Auction  #San Jose  #photography  #Gwen Mercado-Reyes