Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Homegirl Story: Stephanie


I grew up in Aliso Village and I’ve known Father Greg ever since I was young.  I was in and out of trouble at a young age and I knew of Homeboy Industries.  I was in and out of the system and I started to use the resources at Homeboy Industries and Homegirl Café to change my life.  I started working for Homegirl Café in May of 2008.  I had come to Homeboy to get my juvenile record expunged and by the end of my visit, I had a job.   
Homeboy Industries changed my life in so many ways.  It gave me the opportunity to grow and understand myself and I learned how much I’m worth.  It opened many doors for me and gave me opportunities that I never imagined.  
Homegirl Café taught me patience and to never let my past define my future.  I learned to always ask questions and stay true to myself.  I will never forget my experience at Homeboy Industries.  
In August of this year, I started working at Brewster Parsons, a post-production company.  I am currently a  PA (Production Assistant) and I love my job.  I love the people I get to see every morning.  Everybody is so positive and happy to come to work.  No one judges me about my tattoos nor do they care about my past.  I love the environment that I’m in.  When I think about the future, I see myself growing with Brewster Parsons and becoming a producer.  I’m so grateful that I can finally think about the future instead of dwelling on my past.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

photo of the day

We are starting to get excited for Fall! (This is from our Halloween party last year, don't worry we don't have pumpkins yet)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

two or more art show

Check out the new art show that just went up in the café! Here are the artist bios:
Two or More
Michael Conger is a Southern California based artist working primarily with encaustic medium and fiber arts. Shortly after receiving an art degree from Cal Poly Pomona, he found himself working as an elementary school teacher. He quickly realized teaching was a natural fit for him, and he has been at it for 15 years now. In recent years, Michael discovered encaustic (painting with beeswax) Here, he is able to combine his knowledge of collage, design, woodworking and sewing. Michael has an aesthetic for deteriorated textures, found objects, and unique paper ephemera. He strives to reclaim bits of the lives of others to retell their story or to create his own.                                              This artist can be reached at MikeConger@gmail.com
Espie Muñoz (S.P.) creates a realm where the boundaries of reality are stretched far and wide to encompass both the beauty you see and the beauty you feel.  Espie has created art her entire life.  It was while completing a project for an advanced art class at Pasadena City College, however, that she became inspired to abandon her fashion design major to focus her energies on fine art.  Using collage as a vehicle for self-expression, Espie tells a story in each and every piece she creates.  Seeing the world with new eyes, she is an artist for those with a bold, intrepid spirit!                                      This artist can be reached at sp.munoz@hotmail.com
Polo Quintero is a L.A. based artist & musician. His attraction to art was set in motion by urban and collage inspired work. He began collaborating with Espie Muñoz (Palomos Sucios) four years ago, working on mixed media projects which combined acrylic painting with paper, collage pieces, and sketching. Polo’s individual passion now lies in working with wood and learning texture techniques. Polo’s art pieces often reflect the tales of innocence he conveys through music.                                              This artist can be reached at poloq3@outlook.com
Edgar Montoya & Raymundo Renteria were born and raised in Los Angeles and met during Junior High.  Edgar and Raymundo have had an affinity for hand lettering and intricate design throughout their lives. They attended Trade Tech where they studied Sign Graphics under Doc Guthrie. They have since applied their talent towards professional signage, logos and even album designs. Although their friendship surpasses that of brotherhood, this is surprisingly their first (and definitely not last) collaboration.                                                                                                                       These Artists can be reached at edmontoya21@yahoo.com & elrayesarte@gmail.com
Two or More is collaboration among friends who share the same passion for art and spiritual growth. The intention behind this alliance was to create a powerful message through their talents and collective consciousness. We thank you in advance for allowing us to experience ourselves as artists through this show. Enjoy!

photo of the day

Salsa de Semillas