Friday, June 10, 2016

Maria Laughlin - Feature Artist for July at Art Gallery of Viera

Date: Throughout July 2016
Time: During regular business hours
Location: Art Gallery of Viera
Address: 2261 Town Center Ave, Viera FL 32940
Phone Number: (321) 504 4343

The Art Gallery of Viera is proud to present featured artist for the month of July, Maria Laughlin. She is a Venezuelan artist who loves to express her visions through figurative art. The daughter of Venezuelan artist Raúl Reyes, “He taught me many things,” she says. “I come from a long line of artists. My grandfather was an artist, my father was an artist, and my uncles are artists. Art has been in my blood throughout my life”. 

Although Maria originally did not want to be an artist after seeing family members struggle, she gave in to the lure of art and studied graphic design in Venezuela before moving to South Florida. Most of her work shows innocence and love. The meaning of her career has been a passion to help and inspire kids. Charcoal, graphite, colored pencil and watercolor have been her newest media. 

Many of her paintings are created for special events to benefit children’s charities. She began her philanthropic endeavors in 2011 with Miami Children’s Hospital’s Dan Marino Center, where she volunteered as an art educator to autistic children. 

In 2012 she created a piece for The Ricky Martin Foundation, as well as a personal piece for Ricky Martin himself. In 2013, she hosted Noche de Gala, a black tie art event in Brevard to benefit Nana’s House, as well on 2014 benefiting The Children’s Hunger Project. 

Today Maria teaches art classes at multiple locations: Art Gallery of Viera, two Pineapple Cove Academies, and the Recreation Center of West Melbourne. “During the years I have discovered a few future artists, and many new friends. These years have been a truly amazing experience” said Laughlin. 

Today she is the author and illustrator of two books in the “Blue Teddy Bear Series” they are called My Blue Teddy Bear and Blue Teddy Bear Goes to the Hospital; she dedicated her books to all the children in the world that have been attached to any stuffed animal.

Please stop by Art Gallery of Viera during the month of July to enjoy her  featured artist display.

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