The purpose for the images that were created for this show was simply to provoke questions about the origins of ancient text descriptions of “visitors” or “saints”. The local artist, known as Aztec Smurf, was hoping these images could also be a catalyst for questioning the heavenly beings that brought the knowledge and messages to us humans. Through his own research and the need to know more about ancient knowledge, he began creating and seeing these images in his head. Along with the possibilities for all these stories of these ancient beings, or rather, saints and aliens, and their history.
Chingona Soles celebrates women in Phoenix through art. Artists, local celebrities, designers, community and business leaders will transform a black stiletto into a piece of art. Transformed stiletto are auctioned off to benefit a non-profit organization in the valley. In previous years, it has donated to Dress For Success and #WomenOfPhoenix. When the show was first launched in 2015, portraits of Phoenix Trailblazers and their mentees were displayed alongside the transformed stiletto; further demonstrating that Chingonas understand the value of passing on their knowledge to future generations.
In 2016, Chingona Soles art show featured 70 local artists,
In celebration of International Women’s Month, Luna Culture Lab exhibited for the first time in March of 2016 “Ladies First.” This art exhibit featured photography by DEANNAsREID, a local photographer in Phoenix, with beautiful images that captured the spirit of various women of Phoenix. From business and community leaders to the nannies and assistants that form part of their support systems, this show celebrates the sisterhood behind today’s modern woman. The exhibit was hosted by Tania Torres, Stephanie Vasquez, Rosa Cardenas, Deanna S Reid, Maria Ragain and Leticia Chavez.