The Semi-Solo Show
The Semi Solo Show hosts a selection of artists to represent each of the Able ARTS Work programs. The Artists, Cristina Mariotta, resident artist of our Achieving Results Together Program (ART) since 2006, Lawrence “PJ” Ward III, resident artist of the Cultural Education Center for the Arts (CECA) since 2015, Roberto Lugardo, resident artist of Encouraging Personal Independence (EPI) since 2020 and Satchel Hayes, resident artist of the Cultural Education Center for the Arts (CECA) since 2018.
Through this exhibition we highlight the progress of each artist has made since joining Able ARTS Work and celebrate their continued creativity while working virtually for over a year since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Semi-Solo Show was juried by Able ARTS Work Resident Artists.
Thank you to our jurors:
Lawrence “PJ” Ward III
Artists who submitted for this exhibition were not allow to vote for their own work.
View the Physical Exhibition Below
Resident Artist of ART Center Since 2006
Cristina is a local artist among the Long Beach area. Her 15 years of involvement within the company has showcased her dedication to Able ARTS Work and its art projects, local events and artist news.
Cristina’s creative work includes a wide range of drawing, painting, installation and printmaking. She is a well-rounded artist who thrives on supporting her local community and other emerging artists. She is an advocate for the environment and healthy living, which has a profound influence in her artwork.
Cristina’s creative process varies, but she enjoys both fine art and illustration. Over the last few years, Cristina has become comfortable with now creating digital art and seeks to explore more opportunities to create digitally in the future.
Cristina is influenced and motivated by those around her. She is competitive and has accomplished many projects as a resident artist. Her most recent pieces of work are on display at the gallery off of 2nd and PCH. She was a runner-up contestant for the Littleton Road Philanthropy logo competition and has been commissioned to work on an assortment of projects throughout the years.
Cristina has been practicing her watercolor painting skills and when asked about her interest in the medium Cristina responded “Watercolor painting makes me happy and lets me express myself in all the light colors”. Cristina has established many projects that involve food but for this series, she would like to include the food with the use of watercolor materials.
This video is about ASL Good Manners.
Cristina took part in writing the audio drama, "Halloween Scare" a scary Halloween story in October of 2021. She created lines to be read and suggested sound effects. You can hear her sound effects of "boo!" and screaming throughout.
ART Orchestra was created to give ASD clients an opportunity to get inside classical music. We incorporate the essential elements or ingredients of a musical piece: melody, rhythm and movement and put them together to create a unique recipe. This semester we will be recording all five movements of our interpretation of the Firebird Orchestral Suite written by Igor Stravinsky.
Each of the five movements is put together in six lessons. Lesson one develops the melodic ingredient of the piece, lesson two develops the rhythmic ingredient, lesson three develops the movement ingredient, lesson four further develops the recipe by putting all of the ingredients together, lesson five focuses on refining the recipe, and lesson six focuses on sharing our musical creation with the community.
Lawrence "PJ" Ward III
Resident Artist of CECA Since 2015
PJ is a resident artist at Cultural Education Center for the Arts (CECA), a studio program at Able ARTS Work located in Hawthorne, CA.
PJ loves music, dance, and mixed media art. In his signature expressionistic painting style, he creates whirlwinds of energy radiating from within the canvas. His subject matters vary in theme and complexity from exploring the basic earthly elements, processing emotions related to illness, death and separation, to purely visual expressions of rhythm and gesture inspired by his favorite music. He enjoys experimenting with contemporary art media, including spray paint, airbrush and collage. In 2018, PJ celebrated his first solo show at Long Beach City Hall and was recognized by the City Council for being an influential member of the arts community. He has participated in several exhibitions with Able ARTS Work including Make Your Mark in January of 2021 and Yamaha Cares Upcycled Guitar Exhibit in March of 2021. He is currently challenging his artmaking practices with larger and more complicated works.
An avid music fan, DJ-PJ creates playlists of hip hop, rock, and Latin pop tunes for both family parties and professional engagements. His musical tastes reflect the vibrant cultural landscape of his native California, while speaking to his passion for human connection and irresistible grooves.
Milkshake and Fries
Resident artists at the Cultural Education Center for the Arts (CECA), a program of Able ARTS Work, submitted an original song and video to ArtBeat Radio!
The members of their Songwriting class went through a list of themes, and they collectively chose to write a song about “Love.” The lyrics were chosen by going through a series of love and relationship scenarios asking the questions like: “Where do you want to go on a date?” “What do you feel when you like someone?” “When do you find yourself thinking about the one you love?” “What are you doing when you are thinking about him/her?” The lyrics were completed within a few days and participants assisted in choosing the style of music and the key in which the music was written.
This project is a collaboration of two different classes (Songwriting and Music Video Production) and so it allowed many artists to be a part of it. We hope you enjoy "Milkshake and Fries"!
Resident Artist of EPI Since 2020
Roberto Lugardo is a resident artist at our Encouraging Personal Independence Center in Hawthorne, CA. Lugardo’s works titled The Sad Painting and Going Out were both featured in the 2021 Milestones Masterpieces Exhibit at the Milestones National Autism Conference. Both were created during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Lock Down and depict women wearing masks.
Lugardo favors materials such as paint and colored pencils and frequently incorporates bright colors in his work.
Roberto is inspired by videos and animation. The two masked women paintings that were featured in Milestones Masterpieces Exhibit are anime like figures. He is interested in making comics, since he likes to draw a lot of characters and come up with personalities and stories for them.
He’s very passionate about animals. He takes care of his dog Oso, his three hamsters, his guinea pig named Loki, and his cat Ramen. Ramen sometimes helps him pick colors by laying down on his desk and batting at his colored pencils.
He’s excited to participate in The Semi-Solo Show, and states, “It’s my first time doing that.”
Lurgardo says about joining Able Arts Work:
“In the beginning, I was really shy to talk. And then I opened up a little bit, then some more. Then I talked more. I feel happy. My work comes out really good now. I’ve improved my art.”