JAI Featured Artist of the Month- Shelley Heffler

Shelley Heffler - Quarantine Blanket 60" x 42"

Dear Art Lovers,
I am honored to be recognized by Jewish Art Initiative as Artist of the Month  for my artwork. This new body of work follows my Rescued Refuse series, inspired by the materiality of used vinyl banners, The process of manipulating the vinyl, tearing, slicing, cutting and painting leads to shapes that ebb and flow in time and space. 

To see The Shape Shifters, click HERE

Studio visits are available by appointment.
Stay safe, stay strong.

Website: http://www.shelleyheffler.com/

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Selena Anderson wins Rona Jaffe Foundation Award

We are proud to announce that one of our 360 Xochi Quetzal Resident Writers, Selena Anderson, is one of the six winners of the prestigious Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. This prize is granted to writers who demonstrate great talent and promise and comes with a $40,000 award. 

Anderson says that when she got the call about winning the prize, she tried to sound cool but was silently jumping up and down. Her nominator writes, “Selena articulates, through brilliant prose, the fears and thoughts that preoccupy modern society. I have been consistently struck by the ways in which she balances the confidence of a mature writer with the vulnerability that characterizes the most impactful work. There is, at once, an emotional honesty and physical reality to her writing that has captivated me from story to story.”  She also won the Transatlantic/Henfield Prize in fiction writing.

Selena is finishing a novel about three best friends who write letters to men in prison and working on a new project about the Texas-to-Mexico underground railroad. Anderson says that she will use some of the prize money to fund childcare so that she can finish some of her work-in-progress. https://www.ronajaffefoundation.org/2019/Winner/Selena-Anderson


John Clinock-Chapala Paintings

Vancouver painter John Clinock, who was here last year, recently updated us with the completed paintings that he began during his stay in Chapala.

THE MAGICIAN - 17x14 in. 43x36 cm. Acrylic on paper

About John Clinock

I’m a visual artist in Vancouver, BC. Canada.I work in a variety of media including words, painting, drawing, and  mixed media.I teach and workshop the creative process of art in the community with a belief in the healing power of the act of art.
Making art enchants me. The sensual and quintessentially magical process of making something from nothing animates my life.

I play and lose myself in the act of art.

I work until I disappear.

Each new piece I make is a deeply personal journey, a dance with those aspects of consciousness that are mysterious and elusive.

I approach each working surface as I would a new relationship, a Fun-House mirror, or a dream, in search of another disclosure of self.

 My art is an unfolding path of exploration and adventure, a dance of flesh and spirit, a poetry, a making magic on the edge of the unknown.

La Dama de las Flores - 17x14 in. 43x36 cm. Acrylic on paper
Lola and Smudge - 17x14 in. 43x36 cm. Acrylic on paper
Tres y Muerte - 17x14 in. 43x36 cm. Acrylic on paper
An Unexpected Encounter - 17x14 in. 43x36 cm. Acrylic on paper


 My emailjohnclinock@gmail.com

My blog:  https://clinock.com

Instagram @johnclinock

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Jan Miles: The Post-Racial Negro Green Book

Author Jan Miles, 360 Xochi Quetzal Winner in the Writing Category

Jan Miles worked as a children’s book editor for more than seven years, during which time she authored over thirty children’s books. As a staff writer, a ghost-writer, and a writer for hire, she has provided content for a variety of publishers, both in verse and in prose. Her work for children includes every conceivable format, from board and activity books to picture and chapter books.

Her new release was recenly reviewed by Brentin Mock for Citylab.


A Revival of the “Green Book” for Black Travelers Review: by Brentin Mock

“New Orleans-based writer Jan Miles has revived the enterprise with the publication of her book The Post-Racial Negro Green Bookreleased in November, 2017, which continues the service of identifying the problem of a lack of safety and security for black travelers. There’s a twist on Miles’ book though: Instead of listing hotels, restaurants, and gas stations that African Americans can patronize, as the original Green Books did, Miles’ book lists various acts of police violence and racial profiling in a given place that have made the news in recent years. It also delves into both concrete and abstract examples of racism reported, such as mass incarceration, sentencing disparities, microaggressions, and even white privilege.”

Read the full REVIEW

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The Magnificent Obsession of Jan Huling

On The Beaded Path – Jan Huling

Congratulations to former XQ Resident, Jan Huling on her cover story in American Craft Magazine!

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About Jan Huling

Jan Huling’s background in textile and commercial design has led her to her current art form, surface transformation utilizing thousands of tiny glass seed beads, chain and cabochons to cover a variety of objects. She has discovered that when a form, such as a mannequin or an animal form, is completely covered in complex patterns and colors, somehow one is able to admire the elegance of the form itself. Her work has been compared to the Huichol Indians, but their techniques and imagery are quite different. Lately she has concentrated on organic natural forms, be they bird, bug, animal or human.  Jan is unveiling a major new piece this coming October at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The show will revolve around the theme of Mystery and will be up for eleven months.


Jenine Shereos-Ephemeral Garden

Book Preorder Invitation

Hello friends, 
As we find ourselves reflecting upon another seasonal transition, I am excited to announce the arrival of a photography book that has been in the making since last Spring. While at an artist residency in France at La Maison Verte in Marnay-sur-Seine, I created a series of ephemeral installations using flowers that I collected while walking through the village. The installations currently exist only in memory or in photo documentation. Now, I would like to share this series of photographs with the world in the format of a photography book.

I am so excited to bring this publication into the world, but I can’t do it without your help! In order offset printing costs, I’m offering the opportunity to preorder a copy of the book at a discounted rate. If I reach my goal of $2,500, I will be able to publish a first edition of 100 copies, and as a stretch goal, if I am able to raise $3,750, I will be able to publish 150 copies! I invite you to follow along with me in this journey, as I will be posting updates.

In anticipation of the holidays, I am also offering a number of other perks related to the project, which would make excellent gifts. The book and all perks will ship in early December, in time for the holidays. Thanks so much for the taking the time to consider supporting my publication. Even if you are not able to contribute financially at this time, I appreciate your help in helping me spread the word.


Wishing you all the best,


Whether it is a single hair that she sews into a leaf vein or a cotton thread delicately stitched into flowers, the link is a transcendence that brings us back to earth like an umbilical cord… We have to consider it as the Ariane’s thread, which guides us through the sensitive path of the artist and reminds us to find our way back to our Earth.   

Didier Rousseau-Navarre


Featured Artist | Catherine Armbrust

Sager-Braudis Gallery features Catherine Armbrust, 360 Xochi Quetzal´s first Residency winner.

Catherine Armbrust is an MFA fiber and mixed media artist in Columbia, Missouri, and her series, Touched Icons, is featured as part of the 2019 February Exhibit. While Armbrust’s current work gives an immediate sense of depth and value, viewers will find that insight into its origins enhances experience of the work. Gallery Director Hannah Reeves asks the artist about the ideas and processes behind this series in this month’s blog feature.

Read the full Sager-Braudis interview

Read the 360 Xochi Quetzal interview

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Special Recognition Art Award in Sculpture

InBodied Light, Woman #3 & Man #3

Zahava Sherez is the winner of the Dr. Janet Jordan Special Recognition Art Award in Sculpture for her “InBodied Light”: Woman #3 & Man #3. Curated by Renée Phillip, founder of The Healing Power of Art and Artists. The exhibit entitled “The Spirit of Resilience” can be viewed through November 4, 2020.


See more: https://zahavasherez.com/special-recognition-award/


Jan Huling on Artsy

A self-proclaimed “beadist”, Jan Huling coats the surfaces of found objects with brightly colored seed beads. Through surface design and elaborate patterns, she recontextualizes familiar objects, masking original forms to add whimsy and transform the mundane into something special. Inspired by a fascination with indigenous cultures, mythologies, and pop culture, Huling’s patterns echo tessellating African textiles, Southeast Asian Buddhist architectural ornamentation, and Mexican embroidery. Working with an air pen to place beads, as well as buttons, coins, tokens, and similar found objects, Huling adorns any object that catches her eye, and creates approachable, evocative objects that elevate the everyday.

Visit Jan Huling on Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/artist/jan-huling