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   Jorge Valdes was born in the province of Havana, Cuba. At the early age of 11 he began his art studies at the “Circulo de Bellas Artes” of Havana. He then continued his studies at the “Anexa and Superior School” of San Alejandro. It was there that he was awarded 2nd place in a contest for “Rumba”.
   At the cultural exchange celebrated between the nations of Cuba and Guyana (then British Guiana), Mr Valdes’ piece “Maria Teresa (and Orphan Girl)” was presented to the Premier of British Guyana, Mr Cheddi Jagan.
   Upon his arrival in the US, Mr Valdes worked for 6 yrs at the Museum of Reproductions, “Ava Museum Replicas, Inc.” While there he conducted the final phase of work to fine art reproductions of famous art works from various museums, such as the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art. He then worked at the “Pieces of New York Museum”, where he conducted similar work. In 1978 he became an Art and Spanish Language professor.  In 1980 he received his Master’s from University City College of New York and began work on his PhD at NYU.
   Mr Valdes has received enormous acclaim for this art works. He received 1st prize twice for his piece “Haitian Girl” and 3rd prize for his piece “Fertility” in separate art competitions at the former La Mirada Art Gallery (no longer open).  Mr Valdes continues to receive awards for his art work.  He has shown in fine art exhibitions at a variety of galleries and venues, including the Anaheim Museum, Bata Gallery, Huntington Park Library, Huntington Beach Art Gallery, Whittier Gallery, ACOLM, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, La Habra Art Gallery, Circlo de Bellas Artes, Escuela de San Alejandro, Palacio del la Magdalena (Santander, Espana) Brea Civic Art Gallery, Huntington Park HS and City Hall, and the Jaragua Hotel in the Dominican Republic.
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 Victoria Pflanzer started her lifelong love of photography as a teen taking pictures for her high school yearbook in a small town just below Mt. Shasta in the most northern area of California.  Years later, in her early 20’s, she answered a newspaper’s classified ad for a school pictures photographer.  She turned that seasonal job into a 5 year full time job as a portrait studio photographer before going back to school, Brook Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and go on to become a professional product photographer in Los Angeles County.  
   While Victoria loved the challenges that working with large companies and advertising agencies provided, life took one of those unexpected twists as a parent volunteer in her daughter’s classroom where she discovered the rewards of working with children.  After earning a Multiple Subject Credential, a Supplemental Art Certificate, and a Specific Single Subjects Credential, Victoria now teaches photography at Benton Middle School, a Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
   Having never left her roots of growing up immersed in nature, Victoria continues to photograph scenes found in the outdoors.  Her photographs have received awards in many competitions; City of La Mirada’s Photo Contest, Los Angeles County Fair’s Photography Contest, and the Arts Colony of La Mirada’s Mirrors of Your Mind Art Show.  
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Janet Havey has made her living by working as a chemist, but has always been interested in visual arts.   After visiting the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay in Paris on a business trip, she was inspired to take up drawing.   She started by taking community drawing and painting art classes in La Mirada and then further improved her skills by taking painting classes at Orange Coast Community College and attending art workshops.  She enjoys watercolor plein air painting and studio painting in oil and acrylic.  More recent works include contemporary collages using clips of newsprint or ads and mono printing on a Gelli plate.   She is grateful to ACOLM for encouraging her artwork and providing an opportunity for displaying her art in the community.   
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Lillian Maglione

My name is Lillian Maglione, an impressionistic watercolorist. I love color and enjoy new challenges in my learning process. I owe my interest in Art to a third grade teacher who allowed experimentation with all kinds of media. I have taken art classes from some of our area's finest artists, who always keep me motivated. I enjoy Painting "plein air", reproducing scenes from my childhood in New England, scenes from Southern and Northern California, and casual portraits of my eight grandchildren.

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I began painting in the late 1980s based on Bill Alexander’s PBS series on oil painting using Wet on Wet Technique.  Did not do much painting between 1990 and when I retired in 2006.  I became re-inspired after watching “Paint This” with Jerry Yarnell on PBS and began using acrylic paint.  I also attended a ceramics course and a printmaking course at Cerritos College in the 1980’s.   Generally I get inspired to paint by print media photos regardless of subject.  I have amassed several hundred reference material photos that I keep by subject…animals, human form, vehicles, landscape etc.

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