PechaKucha Night is Around the Corner!
Getting to Know the Speakers
PechaKucha Night is in seven days on Thursday, June 10th at 6 pm at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan! This year’s selected topic is Post-Pandemic Innovation and Design: Reflections from the San Diego-Tijuana Region.
Take some time to get to know our speakers! Included in our speaker line-up is M.R. Barnabas, John Raymond Mireles, Jorge Ozorno, Robert Wellington Quigley, Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio, Melissa Walter, and Ron Miriello.
MR Barnadas is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and researcher dedicated to engaging with the public domain. MR (Melinda) was born in Montreal to parents from Trinidad and Peru and grew up across North America. She holds a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in Painting/Art & Technology and an MFA in Visual Arts with a Public Culture focus from the University of California San Diego. Ms. Branadas conducted a year of Regional Studies in Mexican Art and Craft at the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, in between her other studies. She has instructed at Woodberry University School of Architecture, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana, California, San Diego, and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany. She has been a fellow of the UCSD Center on Global Justice. She is currently residing in the borderland city of San Diego, producing public art commissioned works with the City of San Diego and Port of San Diego on behalf of Collective Magpie.
Benjamin Longwell is a San Diego native, and at only 32 years old, he is one of the youngest developers/owner-builders in San Diego. After graduating from USD in 2010, Benjamin began working for a boutique real estate development company in San Diego. He learned everything from commercial leasing to hands-on real estate development.
In 2017, Benjamin completed a successful multi-family living development in University Heights called Exotic Gardens. Benjamin then formed The Society of Master Craftsman in 2018 to experiment with Urban Infill Development. He just completed a mixed-use community in Normal Heights, Orchid, in April 2021 and is projecting to start construction on his next project, Daffodil, a mixed-use collective in Logan Heights, this fall.
John Raymond Mireles believes that fences provide an opportunity for connection, not division. What began as a visual display of his neighbors (through his fence) in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood, Mireles’ Neighbors Project, has grown into a portrait of series that features a variety of 86 Americans from all 50 states with fences.
His practice as Architect as Developer includes several housing projects in San Diego. He is Assistant Professor and International Network Champion at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design. Mexico, Europe, and the United States have exhibited his artwork related to UNESCO.
Rob Quigley is an architect, planner, and community activist. His work focuses on the geographic, social, and cultural elements that define a place. Concerned with both neighborhood making as he is with the building itself, Quigley’s projects are noted for his consideration of context and community.
His notable contributions include the new Central Library, the Children’s Museum, the Little Italy Focus Plan, the Balboa Park Activity Center, and the first modern SRO affordable housing projects. Recent buildings include the LEED Platinum Ocean Discovery Institute and the Bayside Fire Station.
Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio is a Mexican artist whose work includes oil painting, drawing, muralism, and installation. Her current work in astrophysics, philosophy, and memory focuses on the concept of time and the transitions of change through the parallel perspectives of her individual narrative.
Most recently, she has been exploring public artwork. She received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BA in Art History and Visual Arts at the University of San Diego. Ortiz-Rubio has exhibited her artwork internationally, in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United States, and such places as the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Quint Gallery, Biennial Maria Izquierdo in Guadalajara, Mexico, and has a permanent mural in San Diego and has work in the San Diego Civic Art Collection. She was an Artist in Residence at the Chavon School of Design in the Dominican Republic and the Bread & Salt Gallery in San Diego. She currently teaches drawing and painting at the University of San Diego.
Melissa Walter is a San Diego abstract, mixed-media artist. Her practice is rooted in observation, research, and translation. Conceptually, Walter often gravitates toward topics concerning astrophysics as a response to her past experience as a science illustrator. Recently her work began evolving to consider the study of neurology and forensic science while visualizing using more visceral and intuitive gestures.
Walter received her BFA in studio art from the University of Rhode Island in 1998. She was an artist in residence at 1805 Gallery and Bread & Salt. While there, she participated in exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, Quint Gallery, Ice Gallery, Warehouse9 (DK), Torrance Art Museum, La Caja Galeria (MX), and the San Diego International Airport.
Ron Miriello is a designer, collector, and restorer of Italian steel bicycles. He lives part-time in Italy, where he documents the artisans who still make crafted bicycles. He is also co-leading the restoration of a barracks in Liberty Station to restore them into a community-wide bicycle center for San Diego and Northern Baja. With e-bike evolution, the growing relevance of cycling during the pandemic, and cycling’s role in making urban life more sustainable. Miriello believes these developments will remain as rich subject matter in the future.
Sign up today! And remember, attendance is FREE, but registration is highly suggested!