Author Archives: Selene D. Garza

Selene D. Garza sees a story in everything and has been reporting for 10 years. Selene was a community reporter for The Virginian-Pilot and lifestyle writer for Distinction Magazine, both in Norfolk, Va. She currently works in economic development and is always happy to tell regional stories when she gets the chance.

Giving Back: McAllen Artist Mitch D’Arte

Mitch D'Arte with villagers from one of the remote communities in San Luis Potosi. (courtesy Mitch D'Arte)

The works of Mcallen artist Mitch D’Arte are very much inspired by the multi-colors and textures of Mexican art. Her paintings are very representative of the heavy local Mexican influence.  But D’Arte’s connection to Mexico goes deeper than the vibrant colors and culture found in her artwork. At least twice a year, D’Arte travels to San Luis Potosi, Mexico and into the very remote parts of the city to give…

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Edinburg Cultural Arts Brings Communities Together

Sherry Cantu helps fix her 6-year-old daughter Natali Ann's costume before the Frida look-alike contest at the recent Edinburg Cultural Arts event FridaFest. (photo Selene D. Garza)

The sound of Mexican music reverberates throughout the courtyard at the Edinburg City Hall. Colorful papel picado dance above the crowd. Women and little girls walk proudly with their hair pulled back and crowns of colorful flowers adorning their head. They were among the thousands there to celebrate the iconic Mexican female artist Frida Kahlo.  FridaFest is one of 13 major annual events organized by Edinburg Cultural Arts, a division of…

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