Meet the Artist ReginaFor this week’s edition of our Meet the Artist blog series, we sat down with Pinot’s Palette Alameda artist and instructor, Regina Gelfo. Regina is originally from Miami, Florida where she comes from a family of artists. Both her father and grandmother were painters and Regina received her first set of paints when she was just five years old. Art was something that was always around, and it grew to be something that she loved. She was immersed in it from birth and spent her youth attending a magnet art elementary school from 4th through 6th grade where she learned color theory, art principles, crafting, jewelry, and dance.
As Regina grew up, she found her art niche in the medium of music and movement art. She is inspired to work in forms of dance and found her self-identity as Elf Queen, a performance artist who uses dance, songs, and rituals to create what she calls a sacred space that can take people on a spiritual journey of music and movement. Though not the typical painting or sculpture that one may see in a museum, Regina’s movement art is electric, full of life and vibrancy that indeed walks the line between spiritual and earthly.
She has a vision to one day create a piece similar to the Cirque de Soleil that returns to the roots of spiritual practice, but brings it into the modern day. Pinot's Palette Alameda, she tells us, gives her a chance to step away from her typical medium and back to the classic form of painting. She took a step back from painting after finishing her Bachelor’s degree, and instructing at Pinot’s Palette allows her to find pleasure in painting again and expand her abilities and her style. Regina loves teaching, and enjoys helping people unlock their creativity. She tells us that she feels like she is helping people who don’t believe they can become an artist realize that, yes, they can!When we asked what advice she had for those looking to become artists, she was adamant about two very important things: 1) set aside time every week for just one hour as a sacred time to do whatever form of art they find most creative and inspiring and 2) do everything in the spirit of play.
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