A Big Shout Out & Thank You To My Amiga Pamela

We are in the heat of summer. Especially in Arizona where we feel we live "Two zip codes past hell!" So many small business owners and entrepreneurs working hard perfecting their craft, meeting potential customers and building relationships. Working for yourself can be very hard....and yet I wouldn't change it for the world.

In steps Pamela Enriquez....she brightened my day and actually made me cried at her thoughtfulness towards me when I know she herself has her own load of day-to-day challenges. 

I was introduced to Pamela though another great friend and talented artist Georgina Diaz when I first started my obsession with coffee in a small building off highway 28 in La Union, NM. That is where Johnny L💋LITA's first started.  

Some of Georgina's work  

Some of Georgina's work  

Johnny and I started our Artisan's Thieves Market where I met the most wonderful and talented artists from Texas and New Mexico. Pamela and her mom participated in several of our markets and the moment I met her I was instantly a fan of her work and a fan of her! 

You must check out her Facebook page  (Pamela Enriquez-Courts (Artist)). I am a fan of "Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and all things "skeletal". Pamela creates such beautiful work but what impresses me the most is her attention to detail especially in fabric. Not only will a "Calaca" (a dressed skeleton for those who do not speak Spanish) have a beautiful dress...the actual fabric she paints will have a print on the fabric or her lace...Oh her lace is so detailed and delicate. To paint like that....unbelievable. 

My Cafecito de Lolita!  

My Cafecito de Lolita!  

I was chatting via Facebook messenger to Pamela and I mentioned a possible dream of doing coffee and baked goods in a vintage trailer and wanted to know if she had anything with a coffee theme or baked goods. She said she would look into it and would get back to me as she was working on numerous orders and getting ready for a large show in Santa Fe. 

The other day in the mail I had a package from Pamela. I immediately wrote to her and asked her what do I owe? Pamela said "she is a gift". She continued that I had a good heart and I always have the sweetest and most nspirational things to say so she wanted to gift her to me. I was so taken aback. I opened the package and found the most beautiful painting. I turned it over and saw what she named her and I cried. "Cafecita de Lolita y Pan Dulce" which translates to Lolita's coffee and sweet breads.  

Such a beautiful gift that I will cherish. I told Pamela when I get my trailer and start my coffee and treats...she will proudly be displayed in my trailer. I am overwhelmed with such love from my Amiga in New Mexico. 

Future trailer ??? 

Future trailer ??? 

If you want to see more of Pamela's work, go to her Facebook page. You can find her beautiful work...original and prints plus find out where she will be traveling to attend some of the best art shows in the region.  

To my beautiful Amiga Pamela...besos y abrazos.  I can't wait to get that trailer. 

Lolita💋 

Eclectic Desk Art by Sharon "Aggie" & Johnny

Since opening Johnny Lolita's last year, we've come to know many new people. Of the many that come in and join us for a cup of coffee or a chocolate croissant is our wonderful local artists Sharon "Aggie" Rhine. 

Johnny has been dabbling in art for the last couple of years when we retired from staffing. He never thought of himself as someone who could paint and create art. He still doesn't think he is any good....I disagree...and many others do too.

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Well, his favorite "new person" he met is Sharon. Sharon has been an established artists for blank years! I'll let Sharon fill in the blank if she chooses to, but I think she'll just leave it at that. Sharon is an artists like no other...someone that can go out in the desert and find a discarded piece of wood and within the grain sees an Indian dressed in his "war bonnet" waiting to pop out of the wood with the help of Sharon's painting magic.  

Sharon has created numerous works of art from found objects thrown in the desert. This gal has become an inspiration for Johnny. As he got to know Sharon, he learned how to look at rusty metal, pieces of wood and other scrap items as potential art waiting to come out. With that he has created some new works based on Sharon's style which he has gone to her on several occasions for guidance and of course lots and lots of conversation. 

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Recently, Johnny decided to create some cool eclectic pieces of art that is hands on and fun pieces to adorn your office desk or home. Johnny said that so much of one's time is spent in an office. Whether you are a "9-5" corporate professional or a stay-at-home mom, you are spending time at a desk for work or monthly bills and accounting at home. 

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So Johnny created some cool "Office Desk Art" for when you need a paper weight for a stack of bills or paper or when you just need a break from the work and something funky and eclectic to look at.

Well...Sharon was inspired by John's desk art that she went on a hunt and found some great pieces to create her desk art to join in on the fun. Together the two of them have wonderful pieces that make great gifts for anyone and can cause you to smile and possibly a chuckle or two. 

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When the two of them get together (Johnny & Sharon) no telling what'll happen....but I do know that their spirits are very similar and the joy of conversations with a cup of hot coffee and a chocolate croissant, time is not managed but inspiration of art and life can take days and weeks to sort through. (wink wink smiley face)

We have a few of their Eclectic Desk Art available for sale at the store. Sharon will also be one of the featured artists for our Earth Day Celebration on April 12-13. Stop by....I'm sure Sharon will be at the counter with Johnny scheming on their next project(s). 

 

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