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Current Volunteers

Anjali Bahl    
Anjali Bahl, 21, is a senior at Loyola University Chicago. She grew up in the diverse Hyde Park/Kenwood area on Chicago's South Side, and it is reflected in her half-Indian half-Croatian heritage and cultural upbringing. She is majoring in International Studies and minoring in Communications, and the rest of her time is devoted to art. Her favorite medium to work with is watercolor, but she also specializes in pen and ink, and various drawing and painting techniques. Her inspiration comes from virtually everything around her, and she paints and draws the warped world she lives in, and admits to sometimes embellishing a bit.  
Amy Glasser    
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Amy Glasser spent the last four years at Pitzer College in Southern California getting her bachelor degree in both Studio Art and Spanish. Within her studies, she has had experience engaging with the Spanish speaking community in artistic and innovative ways. She has shared her artistic skills with children and workers at a day labor center. She is a firm believer of art as a way for social empowerment. Creating art with others has allowed her to understand the importance of cultural expression, political resistance, and interpersonal connection. Amy is excited to reconnect with the Chicago community through sharing her artwork.
Jose (2009)
Acuarela sobre papel
Gerardo (2009)
Óleo sobre tela
Martin (2009)
Óleo sobre tela

Portraits and Stories of the Pomona Day Laborers
Opening Reception
Friday July 17
Hotei Gallery and Art Center
1445 W. Morse Ave.
"Me llamo Azel. Nanci en México. Me crei estudiano y trabajando. desde los siete años de edad trabajaba haciendo tabiques..." - "My name is Azel. I was born in Mexico. I grew up studying and working. Since I was seven years old I worked making bricks...".
Los Retratos y Las Historias de Los Jornaleros de Pomona.
presenting work by Amy Glasser.
FMI: glasser.amy@gmail.com

Leah Salkoff Pohl
Leah Salkoff Pohl is a photographer and owner of Leah Salkoff Photography (http://www.leahsalkoff.com). She specializes in maternity and infant photographic art and has expanded into family portraiture and event photography. With an educational background in Latin American Studies and returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Guatemala, Leah is delighted to share her passion and eye for photography with Cuentos Foundation. Currently she is documenting the museum quality copper art pieces from Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico, as well as periodically photographing Cuentos Foundation events.
Alfred Li Tsao    

Alfred Li Tsao is an alumnus of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He graduated in 2002 with a BFA specializing in Visual Communication. While he is a graphic designer by trade, his true passion lies in painting. Alfred has had his artwork displayed at various Chicago area locations including the James R. Thompson Center, The Chicago Cultural Center, Gallery 2, Sullivan Galleries, “Calles y Sueños” Gallery, and Central Gallery. He was the featured artist during Asian American History Month at the Harold Washington Library in 2009. He has art permanently on display at Access Living. In his free time, Alfred also volunteers as a web & graphic designer for a non-profit organization, the Cuentos Foundation.

Alfred’s primary style of painting is modern contemporary Asian with Chinoiserie/Japonaiserie influences. Being an Asian American, it is important for him to reflect his dual identities in his work. By blending both backgrounds, he creates hybrid paintings with an East-meets-West sensibility. He combines painting techniques by creating traditional style Asian paintings using non-traditional style mediums such as acrylic, oil, and mixed media. Alfred’s most recent works have boasted vibrant colors capturing emotions using facial expressions.


Bamboo in the snow under the moonlight

acrylic on canvas, 10" x 20"

Lion dance, mixed media, 20" x 16"  

Spring - Blossoming plum trees under the moon

Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24"


Phoenix and Paulownia Flowers under the Sun

Barewalls 2008

November 2008 art show


Celebrating Diversity: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Reflection: the Perpetual Metamorphosis of Identity, Paintings by Alfred Li Tsao

May 4 - June 26, 2009
8th Floor North Exhibit Case, Harold Washington Library Center

for more information, visit Chicago Public Library

ART is memory ART builds bridges ART is meaning ART makes sense
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