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Annie McCone-Lopez

Annie McCone-Lopez, Second Runner-Up of the first 360 Xochi Quetzal BIPOC Residency in Visual Art

LA-based visual artist Annie McCone-Lopez explores her Mexican heritage and the sacred feminine using colorful Mexican iconography in an entirely original way. Her visual art spans printmaking, bookbinding, ceramics, fiber, painting and drawing. She has the rare ability to combine content, culture and form in a personal and universal manner.



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Karen Miranda Augustine

Artist Profiles

Karen Miranda Augustine, First Runner-Up of the first 360 Xochi Quetzal BIPOC Residency in Writing

Canadian writer and mixed-media artist Karen Miranda Augustine was our first Runner-Up in Writing. Her coming-of-age manuscript was gripping and her writing includes poetry, spoken-word, and video.  Karen is of Dominican and Kalinago Indian descent and her work has been published in numerous books and publications in the US and Canada.



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Rosa Leff

Rosa Leff, Winner of the first 360 Xochi Quetzal BIPOC Residency in Visual Art

Rosa Leff grew up in an urban home in Baltimore, MD where making things by hand was a family tradition. Her art form is paper cutting, a traditional craft in both the Latino and Jewish cultures. Rosa identifies as Black, Latino and Jewish and she has found a brilliant way of integrating her cultural background with her primary art form.

Rosa’s work is on view at the American Visionary Art Museum in an exhibition titled “Abundance: Too Much, Too Little, Just Right” through September, 2023.



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Georgia Rowswell

I am a curious person. I want to know the how, what and why of things. It’s a mindset that leaves me open to inspiration from many sources. A full blown series could develop from a book I’m reading or a fossil I purchased at the local gem and mineral show. Maybe it’s the rust patterns on a car or nature discovered on a walk. A thrift store forays can put me into curiosity overdrive. Thrifts are also the prime source for my artmaking materials. Reclaiming and transforming used clothing, household textiles and other bits and pieces into artwork extends and adds to their life story. 
I believe that creative expression is part of living a full life. To help further this belief I share my artistic visions though studio visits, workshops and collaborative projects. You can find me doing what I like best at my studio and gallery, Blue Door Arts, located at 1608 Capitol Ave in downtown Cheyenne WY.  

Video Interview with Georgia Rowswell

Art is the language I use to translate the world around me. Unusual materials and combinations with a heavy emphasis on pattern, color and texture are my words. My goal is to present work that inspires an interesting and lively conversation. Georgia has a gallery and studio space in the heart of downtown Cheyenne Wyoming. Her work can be seen at Blue Door Arts located at 1608 Capitol Ave in the Historic Hynds building. Visit Georgia at her studio by appointment or serendipity. Text or message her at 229-546-5183 or email at​

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Update-Georgia Rowswell on Residencies

360 Xochi Quetzal -on the Lime Casita steps enjoying the great weather in 2016 Artists residencies happen all over the world in all kinds of situations, cultures and climates. With a little bit of Spanish and a lot of excitement, I embarked on a personal

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Deborah Kruger

Patterning has influenced Deborah Kruger’s work since her training in textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has taught, lectured and exhibited her artwork in museums and galleries throughout the US and Mexico since the 1980s. She is preparing for two solo museum exhibitions featuring her feathered sculpture, wall reliefs and installation that address habitat fragmentation, bird migration, species extinction and the loss of indigenous languages. Turbulence: Birds, Beauty, Language & Loss opens at the Museum at PALCCO in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2022 and travels to the Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA in 2023. Kruger’s work is currently included in two international Biennales. Her piece Abandon is in the Rufino Tamayo Bienal that opens at the Contemporary Art Museum in Oaxaca, Mexico and closes at the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City, Mexico in 2021. Kimono is included in the Art Textile Biennial traveling across Australia in 2021.

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Kruger has attended residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, La Porte Peinte Centre, Noyers-sur-Serein, FRANCE and and an upcoming residency at Hypatia-in-the-Woods, Shelton, WA. The artist maintains studios in the vibrant art community of Durham, NC, and in the lakeside village of Chapala, Mexico.
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Sandee Johnson

Sandee Johnson has been somewhat of a gypsy after getting an undergraduate and graduate degree. Her life has been a whirlwind of living in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Mexico, Canada and several American locations in addition to residency programs.

For the past 45 years Sandee has worked as an artist, free-lance photographer and writer. She works in multiple mediums and has mastered many techniques enabling her to exhibit all over the globe. Her work can be found in public and private collections spanning the world.

She now resides in the idyllic town of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.

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Liska Jacobs

Liska Jacobs is the author of two acclaimed novels, Catalina and The Worst Kind of Want both published by MCD | FSG. To quote a review in The Believer: “The Worst Kind of Want presents Jacobs at her best: thinking through the fraught ethical problems and pitfalls of desire… Jacobs is establishing herself as a novelist who can probe what it means to be both selfish and vulnerable, asking with bald-faced earnestness: What, in 2019, are adult women allowed to want—and at what cost?” Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions and The Hairpin among others. She has an MFA from the University of California, Riverside.

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Michael Pribich

Michael Pribich was born and raised in Northern California.  He lives in New York City with his wife Esperanza Cortes.  He received a BA degree from Sacramento State University and MFA degree from Hunter College, NY.   He is interested in the artist’s role in advancing ideas that lead to continual growth and change.    He explores the idea that labor can be viewed as cultural production, resulting in an expanded social space.  

He has completed projects with the Public Works departments in Sacramento and Woodland, California.  2015-2018 projects and exhibitions include: Travel and study project locations include India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Guadalajara and Hong Kong.    Solo exhibitions; Labor Days, Cuchifritos Gallery, NY, Centerfield, Webb School, Knoxville, Tn. Group exhibitions at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art,  Bronx Museum of the Arts, Mocad, Detroit, Orange County Cultural Center and Flux Art Fair, NY. He was an artist resident at 360 Xochi Quetzal in Chapala Mexico, Jentel Residency, Sheridan, Wy; travel residencies in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Guadalajara. 

In addition to producing artwork he has been employed as a forest firefighter, logger, prison instructor, house painter, waiter, art handler and art courier.  


Zahava Sherez

ZaHaVa Sherez is an international contemporary artist and spiritual activist who has been using her art since 1990 to give voice to social justice, human rights, immigrants, and refugees.

Born in Argentina, raised in Israel, and moved to the USA in 1985, ZaHaVa has been living and working in both California and Jalisco, MX since 2018. Being multi-cultural and multi-lingual has enriched her life in indescribable ways. Life experiences such as immigrations, wars, and oppression have been her implausible teachers, deepening and shaping her worldview to understand that humanity is One Race. Living in multiple cultures has allowed her to witness the rich differences between them and recognize the fundamental similarities that make divisions obsolete.

Her latest work, InBodied Light is a large sculptural project visually representing the message “We Are One!”. She chose a material with transparency and lightness, emphasizing our connectedness with all through the light energy of Quantum field. These silent Beings transforming with their luminous and numinous presence.

It is a global traveling art project.

The “InBodied Light” series has been juried into prestigious exhibitions and museums worldwide, including the London Art Biennale, the Museum of Colonial Art in Havana, Cuba, Brookgreen Gardens in SC, USA, New Realism/Altered Reality at Gallery 23 in NY, USA, Xavier Villaurrutia Art Center in Mexico City, MX, Casa del Sol in Ajijic, MX, and the Museum of the Americas in San Juan, PR.

ZaHaVa Sherez has received numerous awards and her art has been shown and collected in various countries, including all over the US, Israel, The Netherlands, Australia, Argentina, Puerto Rico, England, Chile, Mexico, and Cuba. 

Zahava is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew.

Interview with Zahava Sherez

Zahava Sherez is one of a growing number of visiting artists who come to Lake Chapala for a personal residency and then fall in love and return over and over. You work in sculpture and mixed

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Selena Anderson

Ms. Anderson did her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and got her M.F.A. at Columbia, where she said “the best lesson … was to read with purpose.” She received her Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Tenderoni, Anderson’s recent collection of short stories melds fantasy and realism. The Rona Jaffe Foundation described it as examining “the boundaries of realism and fantasy … and interrogates the ideas of race, identity, and Black womanhood in the American South.” She is also finishing two other novels, Quinella and Cenisa, Samira, MonetHer work has appeared or is forthcoming from Glimmer Train (see Amazon link below), Kenyon ReviewJoylandAGNI, The Best of Gigantic Anthology, Oxford American, The Georgia Review, Bomb, Callaloo, and Fence, among others. In addition to 360 Xochi Quetzal, Anderson has also attended residencies at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, the MacDowell Colony, the Carson McCullers Center and the Kimbilio Center. Selena is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at San José State University in California and Director of their Center for Literary Arts. 

Update-Selena Anderson Resources (for an excerpt of Tenderoni)

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