Getting to know Chelsey Magaoay

Chelsey Magaoay Blaire is a studio art major in her third year at SDSU. In her spare time, she likes to take her Corgi on walks and watch Netflix. Chelsey grew up in Grass Valley, California, where nature, and boredom, were very present. To entertain herself, she did crafts such as playing with yarn and coloring in coloring-books. However, unlike the average kid who simply colored the pictures, Chelsey would add to the backgrounds. Her parents noticed this, and began to buy her sketch books. Since then, Chelsey’s love for drawing and painting has only grown.

Now, Chelsey focuses on portraits and abstract work that involves nature. Nature, along with personal experiences, inspire Chelsey’s artwork. When I asked her what art means to her, she answered, “Art is an escape.” It was an escape then, and it still is now.

Chelsey then shared her favorite pieces that she’s created.

Photo provided by Chelsey Magaoay.

The first piece she chose is from her “Fantasy” project. “Fantasy” is her most recent painting, and was done in her Realm Life drawing class. She said that this class helped her figure out what direction she wants to take in the future.

Photo provided by Chelsey Magaoay.

This is an embroidery piece she made last semester called, “These Hands.” It is an identity piece, as she used to play with yarn as a kid, and a representation of many ideas tangled together.

Photo provided by Chelsey Magaoay.

The last piece Chelsey chose is “Self.” She created this last semester in her digital photography class. “‘Self’ is a representation of everything I comprehend…I’ve learned about being comfortable in my own skin, and I try to reflect some of that confidence in my art work.”

After she graduates, Chelsey hopes to curate her own touring gallery with a team of different artists. She believes that working in a team is part of the experience and helps you learn.

Featured image provided by Chelsey Magaoay. 

Thursday Night Things with MCASD and the SDSU Downtown Gallery

Looking for something cool to do this Thursday?  Well look no further, because KCR’s got you covered!

This Thursday, July 16th, there are two pretty awesome events happening for all you art enthusiasts.

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TNT: Reconsider

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is holding a Thursday Night Thing event from 7PM-10PM. The new exhibition, open for the public on Thursday, is composed of three different projects exploring the geography and cultural history of the region. The projects featured are those of Anya Gallacio , Byron Kim, and Jock Reynolds & Suzanne Helmuth, which could be explored with the help of the MCASD Gallery Educators in the guided tours provided for guests attending. Other activities also include a 3D printing demonstration with Fab Lab San Diego and making black-on-black paintings inspired by the work of Byron Kim, who is among the three projects being shown at the MCASD.

At 7:30PM, the party kicks off with some live music provided by Kyle-m with an all vinyl DJ set, who is then followed by band Chicano Batman at 9PM. Dance the night away, enjoy some drinks at the bar, or snack on some food truck treats. Whatever you do, you’re going to be doing it to some sweet sounds.

This event is free for Members (who will also receive their choice between a free cocktail or beer), $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for non-members.

Tickets to this TNT event can be purchased here, but if you want to keep coming back for more TNT events, become a member! Being a member costs $5 a month, which gets you free admission to every TNT and a free cocktail/beer every event. Now isn’t that a steal? Take advantage of this deal and join today!

 

 

 

SDSU Downtown Gallery: Live Drawing Event

Right across from the MCASD, the SDSU Downtown Gallery is holding a live drawing event from 6PM-9PM that Thursday as well! Model Christa Maier will be in costume for you to draw her throughout the night, so swing by with your sketchpads and get to drawing! Materials such as drawing boards, sketchpads, and pencils will be provided if you’re running low on supplies. No worries, we’ve got you covered!

Make your Thursday night special by submerging yourself in the San Diego art scene! You’re sure to have a blast.

MCASD Downtown

1100 Kettner Blvd

San Diego, CA 92101

T: (858) 454-3541

SDSU Downtown Gallery

725 West Broadway

San Diego, CA 92101

T: (619) 501-6370