Posted on February 01, 2016 by Erick Rios

Open Call for NYC Amateur Artists for The Community Talent Showcase at Frames and Stretchers
Frames and Stretchers would like to recognize, show and frame the artwork of talented people from the community. If you are an amateur artist (never showed in a gallery) with passion for painting or drawing and living or working in The Lower East Side, please send us images or suggest someone else to

Our First Community Talent Showcase at Frames and Stretchers - Art by Maria Tavarez

COMMUNITY TALENT SHOWCASE @ The Clemente, 3rd floor (right outside Frames and Stretchers). We aim to feature the talent of various community members throughout the year.

Our First Community Talent Showcase at Frames and Stretchers - Miguel Trelles, Erick Rios and Maria Tavarez

Maria Tavarez
Our first talent

Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Maria Tavarez has been painting since childhood. She pursued art studies at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in the Dominican capital.

Her work is mostly figurative although Tavarez has experimented with abstraction. Among her inspirations are: the human figure, portraiture, landscapes of Quisqueya (Dominican Republic), Surrealism and Cubism. On her spare time, she is working on a series of Surrealist and Cubist oils.

Maria moved to NY at the beginning of the millennium and now resides in El Barrio. In NY, she has worked in various areas including the garment industry. Maria is a vital part of the Clemente team, bringing to the maintenance of this beautiful building her aesthetic sense and caring, lending special attention to our growing plant collection. (She loves them! )

Posted in AMATEUR ART, drawing, painting