Upon walking in to Vertigo Coffee Roasters' first Pop-up Art exhibit of the year, I couldn’t help but be surprised to see a pretty hip and busy scene unfolding despite such a rainy day in San Juan Bautista. The artist’s name is Allison Marie Garcia.
Garcia’s art show is titled, “Milky Way Romance: Illustrations and Explorations.” BenitoLink writer Frank Perez introduced her as an artist in a recent article, noting, “The theme behind this collection of her artwork—which includes ink illustrations, prints, stickers, and buttons—is aliens and sex.”
Garcia lives in Santa Cruz but is a recent San Benito High School graduate. She is the artist behind Vertigo’s signature logo, mugs, commemorative T-shirts and other merchandise.
“These are two things that fascinate a lot of people,” the article said, then quoting Garcia. “’It’s about possibilities and exploration,’ she said, adding that she hopes those who attend her exhibit feel inspired to take notice of the limitless ‘possibilities that are around them.’”
It was warm and cozy at Vertigo with a good DJ and a crowd of mostly young people that, even though I grew up in the county, I had never met. The theme of Garcia’s current collection was intriguing, instead of imagining a first encounter mixed with fear or violence, she re-imagines it much more positively, which I though was unique and futuristic. She may be exploring how we deal with new and different cultures and ideas and how we approach things we are not used too. This is the launch of Vertigo’s monthly series displaying different artists. Garcia’s exhibit will be up for the month.
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