Meet the Artists
Arturo Morales Romero
My name is Arturo Morales Romero. I was born in Mexico in
the state of Guerrero in a town called Tepetixtla. My inspiration for my artwork is my wife Erica and my children Cuauhtemoc Eloy, Emiliano, Pilar, Julio Armando, and Xitlali Alicia. I started painting at the age of six. I'm the first generation of migrant worker here in the United States, my mother brought my three sisters and me to Visalia California in 1989 where my mother and I worked in the fields. While I worked picking oranges, grapes, olives, peaches, tangerines, and plums I attended elementary middle and High School I graduated in 1997 from Redwood High School.
After High School, I attended College of the Sequoias where I had art lessons for two years. In 2000 I moved to North Carolina in 2009 I enrolled at the Forsyth Technical Community College where I studied Automotive Custom Fabrication, Custom paint and auto Body Repair. In 2014 my family and I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan with Ventlab the company that I had worked for since 2002. Now I'm honored to share my artwork with all of you.
Seth Ter Haar
Seth Ter Haar is the curator of the Lindo Mexico Gallery. He is also a soon to be graduate of Jenison High School. This West Michigan native will be attending the Milwaukee lnstitute of Art and Design in the fall where he will be studying New Studio Practice.
Seth has been showcasing his artwork at Lindo Mexico and other galleries for the last two years. His artwork is inspired by a lot of personal memories and childhood nostalgia. But, he hopes to translate those feelings into artwork that is relatable to a larger audience.
Hi! I'm Jamie Shackleton, a local Grand Rapids artist. I have Native American heritage and I am originally and proudly hailing from Michigan's Upper Peninsula. These influences can be seen in my works connection to animals, nature and my interest in the meanings behind these symbolical elements. I also find it interesting that often when we see particular animals: birds or butterflies for example many of us think of a loved one this was also an influencentail piece to me.
My artwork is all about finding wholeness and rediscovering who I am at this moment in my life. I am fascinated with mandalas which have deep meaning throughout history. The works are all 12 by 12 watercolor, most have a compositional feel of a record. Each represents a piece of me, my personal journey and has been absultly healing to create. I am a single- mama with to two amazing kiddos. When I have downtime some one of my favorite things to do is kayak.
Ryan is an artist from southwest Michigan, currently living in Grand Rapids. He
graduated from Western Michigan University in 2010 with a Bachelor Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting. His work relies on color and strokes which allows the viewer into the piece.
The style stems from car rides through Chicago, seeing the rural areas versus the urban/ suburban areas. Trips in which brought about awareness to a tension between color and speed.