Fall Art Calendar – Final Stretch

Three events to wrap up the year for the holiday season.

  1. Alpine Artwalk. November 18 & 19, 2016
  2. Guiton St. Artists Fall Open Studio Event. December 3, 2016
  3. Author Visit-A Book Event for Girls and Moms. December 10, 2016




These three activities wrap up the event year after which I will sojourn to write and paint in my typical winter hibernation habit. We’ll see what the new year brews for us.


New Book: A Tribute

In 2000, my grandfather died after a brief but intense struggle with Alzheimer’s. Through odd circumstances I discovered he had written a surprising collection of songs. Written in the later years of his life accompanied by his guitar, he cataloged his work with the intent to share it before his mind wandered off.

The Songs Of My Grandfather, Edited by Lilibeth Andre

The Songs Of My Grandfather, Edited by Lilibeth André

The book, The Songs Of My Grandfather, brings these songs together as poetry to pay tribute to the man of his time that he was. The songs are presented in Spanish with an accompanying translation to English.

From the Forward:

I am not musically educated but I love music. My grandfather left these songs typed, numbered and cataloged. He left a list of songs he recorded on tape. I also found some untitled songs and other writings. I gave the untitled songs a name inspired in his words.

Songs 2 through 5 are missing. The titles are listed in his catalog but I did not find these songs. I list them to honor his work. The first piece in this book is a “calavera” written by my mother, my grandfather’s daughter. Calaveras are rhymes that poke fun at death and reflect the character of the loved one no longer in this world. I felt it was a fitting piece to introduce the man and his work.

I would consider my grandfather’s songs to be ballads, romantic pieces in the vein of folk songs recording life from his era. Some of the songs seem quite contemporary. Many of the songs depict life as he knew it in a world of tradition, honor, and more conservative values than today.
This book is a compilation of my grandfather’s songs as poetry. I present them here with my grandmother’s blessing and the expectation to finally read the completed work. My grandfather spoke Spanish and I have translated each song into English to aide those who do not read Spanish.

This is the work of Isauro Mendoza Nava (1912-2000), my beloved grandfather, my “Tito Chencho”.

The book is now available online and will soon be released electronically.

It’s Not Just About Walking, You Have To Talk Too

Ever since I remember, my modus operandi (MO) has been to give people the benefit of the doubt. At times, it has presented me as naive or gullible but allowing people to be as great as they want to be has always been a right I respect.

To enable this right, I have perhaps given more than I should have to facilitate their success. This has taken me on the path to learn a new lesson, the truth of: Walk the Talk.

I learned that I am a person that walks the walk.

How did I learn this? I learned this by realizing that there are people that talk the talk and they do it extremely well.

I see this a lot in the political and professional world. The talkers and the walkers are not always the same and this lends to an ease of disengaging with the ethics of walking the talk. However, my closest experience with talking the talk was when I suddenly came into a parenting role of an older child at a time when it was prime that I learn this lesson. The child was an expert at talking the talk. This led me to learn to define boundaries. I was open to the talk but I wanted to see results so I established my new truth. I said, “Don’t tell me, JUST DO IT!”

My point was and still is that a great amount of energy (if not cost)  is expelled telling about it and Just Do It, as we grew to know later, is always the final proof.

I have learned that walking the walk is a sin of humility but sure gets things done. It provides personal pleasure and great rewards in achievement, personal achievement. However, if our work is to be shared at any given point in time, then the talking part is key to facilitate how we or others leverage our walk.

Lilibeth Andre Walks the Talk

Lilibeth Andre Walks the Talk

About eight years ago I realized that I can set the walk, and talk the walk for others but was still haunted by the humility handicap of thinking that my walk would set me free. I realized that if I wanted to share the walk I was walking I needed to learn to talk too.

By talking, others become aware of your walk. Even though you may have a lifetime of walking the walk, that’s just the world we live in.

Another benefit of talking the walk is that you can find others who are of the same journey and follow an amazing path, and you can become enriched with sharing your walk and learning from theirs because, as we advance in our way, reinventing the wheel is not something we care to do much of so often.

So here I am as I learn more about talking my walk without sacrificing the time I prefer to walk my walk.

And you, what is your approach? Do you walk your talk?






Los Angeles and Las Vegas-Summer News

Saturday, June 28, 2014, Las VegasThe Lady of The Turquoise Pendant receives the First Place Award for Best Educational Young Adult Book presented by Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards.


Finalist-The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant

First Place Winner-The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant

The International Latino Book Awards occurred on June 28th in Las Vegas as part of the American Library Association 2014 Conference. The Awards were held at the Clark County-Las Vegas Library Theater. Over the last 16 years the International Latino Book Awards has grown to become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. Amongst this year’s 231 honorees were well known authors like Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Allende, Rudy Anaya, Mary J. Andrade, Edna Iturralde, all of whom are past ILBA Award Winners. Other honorees include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and celebrities like TV chef Pati Jinich, the late singer and actress Jenni Rivera, singer Linda Ronstadt, screenwriter Rick Najera, and TV personality Lilliana Vasquez. Winners were from across the USA and from 18 countries outside the USA.


Sunday, July 6, 2014, Los Angeles – The original oil paintings of the three Fridas (Yellow Frida, Frida Teal, and Princess Frida) will be included in the Frida Kahlo exhibition opening at ChimMaya Art Gallery.

Lilibeth Andre, Yellow Frida, Oil, 16x12

Lilibeth Andre, Yellow Frida, Oil, 16×12

Each of these paintings is 16 x 12 inches and held in a 3 inch frame. They represent color versions of classical Frida Kahlo black and white photographic portraits. The paintings are an expression of composition, color, and texture that successfully manifest the strong Mexican flavor of the celebrated artist through the forceful work by Lilibeth Andre.

The Reception for this event takes place from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, at ChimMaya Art Gallery located at 5283 E. Beverly Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California.










On The Road Again – June 2014

And so it begins. A new adventure. It’s been a hectic time in between but having tried to get ahead on projects (and we all know how that never works exactly as we hope),, I see the road ahead and begin to focus on my new research mission.

I will bring you along the way and let you share a little bit of it as much as possible. So as I make a final check, grab my veggie snacks and peppermint lemonaide, I get on the road heading west.

The  heat is unforgiving, even in the airconditioned car but I head on out. Time to roll!

Andre-Heading West

Andre-Heading West

Book Award Finalist!

Finalist-The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant

Finalist-The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant, by Lilibeth André

I just received word that my book, The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant, is a finalist in the International Latino Book Awards.

I am very excited! This is my first book award. The awards event takes place in Las Vegas this June. As a finalist in the 16th Annual International Latino Book Awards I want to be there but I need your help.

Here’s how you can help get me to Las Vegas this summer:

Buy more books or make a donation.

If you buy more books or make a donation I can get to Vegas and make sure I’m there for the 16th Annual International Latino Book Awards. You can keep the book to yourself, give it as a gift or donate it to your neighborhood or area school library.

Can you help?



The ‘Lady’ Goes Electronic

After celebrating the first anniversary of the presentation of my book, ‘The Lady’ goes electronic!

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant, by Lilibeth André

That’s right, I’ve completed the launch of The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant in electronic format to reach out to ebook readers.

So now, you can read about Izta, the Aztec Princess, and her followers, Xochitl, her life maiden; her wise but insecure advisor, Tochtli; and the brave Jaguar Knight Popoca who makes her heart leap, on Kindle, Vook, iTunes and other ebook formats.

The book is already available on Amazon, Vook, Barnes & Noble…and Apple will launch shortly.

The ebook includes the eight illustrations I created especially for the book. The original oil portrait illustrations of the main characters are on display at my studio and can be seen by appointment.

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant is a Young Adult novel suitable for third graders on up, although I  have had successful presentations from second grade on up. Read more on my book Page.

I’m always looking for feedback, story or otherwise, so please share what you think. And if you’re looking for a speaker, let me know. I’d be glad to tell you more.

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