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Brave Woman, Brave Heart....

How are you today Brave Mujer? With all the heartbreaking news going on in the world today it's hard to not be heartbroken or affected by it. Nevertheless I encourage you to find ways to mend, heal and restore your mangled heart.

As a mom and woman when I see and read the headlines ...they break my heart. If I'm not careful I can fall into depression and be overcome by it. What I've learned though is that when I'm in that state I have to remember to go through it, not around what…


Added by Maria Sanchez on August 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

New sketches and painting in the works

I've been out a little out of touch with my blog and art life these past few weeks, mostly enjoying time with my husband while he is home on two weeks leave. We are half way through his deployment. It's been a great two weeks of family time. I am slowly getting back to painting and sketching. Here are few images of what I'm working on now for Chicago exhibit, "My Life as a Deer".…


Added by Maria Sanchez on April 12, 2013 at 11:17am — No Comments

Be Brave! Mujer!

Encouraging women to Be Brave Mujeres

I've always wanted to be a helper, an encourager to other women.…


Added by Maria Sanchez on March 5, 2013 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Inocente Izucar- a Brave Story of Resilience

I just wanted to share this amazing Oscar winning documentary on young Latina lady and artist, Inocente Izucar.  It's a story we should all see. It's a story of bravery, resilience and determination and following your dreams.

Lets support her by buying her work, sharing her story.

click to view…


Added by Maria Sanchez on February 27, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

DIY Dia de los Muertos Pennant Banner - Crafty Chica Design Team

I am so thrilled to share this project with you. I was selected to be a part of Kathy Cano-Murillo, also known as The Crafty Chica - Design Team for her new product release with Michaels. Kathy has always been an inspiration to me. I am grateful for this opportunity to blog and share what I created with her products. I chose her…

Added by Maria Sanchez on September 27, 2012 at 10:51am — 3 Comments

DIY Tutorial Dia de los Muertos mask

I love this time of year. Getting ready for Dia de los Muertos comes early for me. Here is a sample of some of the crafts I am working on.


What you'll need:

Wood skeleton face masks... I found these at my local Michael's. They come with a skeleton face already painted on them. I painted over mine with gesso to create a more custom look. I used acrylic paints and glitters. Including Elmers' glitter glue. Liquitex Basics, Crafty Chica paints, Crafty…


Added by Maria Sanchez on September 18, 2012 at 4:49pm — 2 Comments

Scammers and spammers on ABLA

Hola amigas

I received a couple emails about members being spammed by other members. If this happens to you please let me know ASAP. Spamming and scammers won't be tolerated on this site. It means automatic ban from the site. It's hard to know the intentions of people sometimes when they join, (they can easily make up fake names/photos/profiles... these scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated, and prey on people by using sob stories to get you to send them money,…


Added by Maria Sanchez on August 14, 2012 at 10:23am — 2 Comments

Happy Spring

I want to thank all of the members of this site that have kept it going by sharing your creativity and art. I am always inspired when I come here. This time I am featuring the beautiful jewelry designs of Wink Artisans and Ms. Andujar. Happy Spring!

Added by Maria Sanchez on April 26, 2012 at 5:13pm — 1 Comment

Hispanic Heritage Month - The Latina Mosaic: Strength in Diversity on Blog Talk Radio

Passing this on:…


Added by Maria Sanchez on October 14, 2010 at 11:17am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Galeria Tonantzin, San Juan Bautista, CA

Have you checked out Galeria Tonantzin prospectus for a dia de los
muertos exhibit for October. They are including a digital show that will
play throughout the month at el teatro campasino performances in San
Juan Bautista. Please pass the word around to other artists. The
prospectus can be found at

Added by Maria Sanchez on September 17, 2010 at 10:02am — No Comments

Book give away: Sisters Strangers and Starting Over, by Belinda Acosta.

Hello and happy Summer!

I have a book give away. 1st 3 ladies to comment get a copy! happy reading! Maria Sanchez

Sisters, Strangers, and Starting Over By…


Added by Maria Sanchez on June 30, 2010 at 9:54am — 6 Comments

Hearst Corp. Call for art (Photography)

Rule Breaker. Pioneer. Innovator. Are you next?

Hearst Corporation’s history of working with photography’s pioneers and rule breakers continues with the 2nd Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial – an international competition saluting the next generation of talent, which will play an important role in the future of magazines, media, the web, design and photography. Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial is a competition to identify and promote new and emerging talent among photographers in the… Continue

Added by Maria Sanchez on January 15, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Call for Women Artists.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Call for Women Artists!

Solo Mjueres 22nd Annual Art Exhibition 2010, Deadline for entries is February 6th by 5pm/Submission Fee $15 Open to all women artists working in any 2 and 3-demensional artowrk and installation, video, digital & sounds works welcome. All artists must be 18 years or older. Work entered must have been completed within the last two years. Student work is ineligible. Artists that have participated in "Solo Mjueres" in the… Continue

Added by Maria Sanchez on January 7, 2010 at 2:39pm — 5 Comments

What's new on the ABLA site? Deadlies & Featured Artist Lupe Flores

Art By Latina

What's new at ABLA?

October/November Featured Artist: Lupe Flores, virtual gallery also come and watch her live painting video!

Lupe Posada has also added some great photo/video documentaries of her artwork! They are also being featured on this arteABLA ning site! :)

Deadlies: Dia De Los Muertos Virtual Exhibition: Arte by Lupe… Continue

Added by Maria Sanchez on October 3, 2008 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Congratulations to Lizbeth Ortiz! Official Latin Grammy Artist!

Lizbeth Ortiz Named Official Latin GRAMMY Artist

September 10, 2008

The 9th Latin GRAMMY Awards artwork by Lizbeth Ortíz

Houston-based artist unveils work at nominee press conference

Lizbeth Ortíz has been named the official artist for the 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy. Ortíz's artwork will be used as the official image for the world's premier Latin music event… Continue

Added by Maria Sanchez on September 11, 2008 at 11:50am — 1 Comment

Dream In Color Book give away!

Hi ladies!

I have 5 copies of this book before it hits the stores this fall. The 1st five to reply get a free copy!



Dream in Color How the Sánchez Sisters Are Making History in Congress

By Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez

By sharing moments from their childhood in Southern… Continue

Added by Maria Sanchez on August 7, 2008 at 2:58pm — 9 Comments

New "Powerful" RSS feed

Dear ladies and (gentlemen). I've added a new RSS feed to inspire us. Please welcome Aurelia Flores of to the ABLA network. Her blog will now be feeding into the ABLA network home page.

Aurelia Flores currently practices Intellectual Property law for a Fortune 300 company that does over $8 billion per year in revenues and has approximately 44,000… Continue

Added by Maria Sanchez on July 30, 2008 at 11:12am — 2 Comments

New Frida painting for SF MAPP August 2nd


This new Frida painting will be on exhibit at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Starting August 2nd - through August 21st.

"Frida en Papel", at MCCLA in collaboration with the Mission Arts Performance Project and SFMOMA. A window… Continue

Added by Maria Sanchez on July 29, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Congratulations to Mitch Garza on the grand prize win of the Sabrosura Art Contest!

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, July 3 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Two iconic Texas brands are collaborating this summer to showcase Hispanic artists from across the country with the Sabrosura Art Tour. Whataburger and Dr Pepper have teamed up for the tour which will make 38 stops at Whataburger restaurants in Texas and New Mexico during July and August to display the work of 23 Hispanic artists.

Professional, student and amateur artists submitted hundreds of original artwork pieces… Continue

Added by Maria Sanchez on July 3, 2008 at 12:17pm — No Comments

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