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.


In Appreciation Of A Wonderful 2014

It’s been a year since I launched the ebook version of The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant in January. I was very excited when the first European reader purchased my book.

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant, by Lilibeth André

In June I returned from vacation when I learned the book won the Best Young Adult Educational Book Award presented by the International Latino Book Awards in Las Vegas.

The Guiton St. Artists Spring Open Studio was a fun success with my fellow neighbors Bruce Williamson and Caroline Ratliff opening the door to their studio as well. My exhibition was curated by artists Darra Keeton and we called it FACES:Houston Community. It gave me the opportunity to share my art and visit with old and new friends.

I was invited to participate in the Frida Kahlo Exhibition at ChimMaya Gallery in Los Angeles this summer. I was thrilled to reach out to California with my paintings.

Original art by Alpine High School students

Original art by Alpine High School students

This fall I visited with 800 grade school students in Alvin, Texas. We talked about what it is like to be an artists and I demonstrated how I work. I was excited to see that over half of the students considered themselves artists. I also had the opportunity to work with 100 high school students through the Arts In Education Program in Alpine, Texas.

Your invitation to the Open Studio & Art Sale

Your invitation to the Open Studio & Art Sale

The Fall Open Studio was a good way to close the year with new works at the studio. I once again teamed up with my neighbors Bruce Williamson and Caroline Ratliff to open our doors and share new artworks.

The fall in West Texas was fun and exciting. I was honored to be selected to lead a chalk art project for ArtWalk 2014. The painting was at Brown Dog Gardens and I worked with team of talented local artists to produce a sample of ephemeral art.

I am very thankful to Kiowa Gallery for representing my artwork in Alpine!

The Songs Of My Grandfather, Edited by Lilibeth Andre

The Songs Of My Grandfather, Edited by Lilibeth Andre

To close the year I completed my new book, The Songs Of My Grandfather. A tribute to my grandfather, the book gives me a sense of completion and pride to share his songs as poems in this book that compiles his lyrics in Spanish with English translations. I look forward to the official launch of the book next year.

This year would not have come together without the help, appreciation, support, encouragement, camaraderie and love of all of you. I thank you for your inspiration, your motivation, and appreciation for the work that I do to express my creativity. Thank you for letting me share my language of the world, as I see it, inside and out.

I am glad you visited my blog. I look forward to exciting opportunities to share more in 2015.


About The Lady Of The Turquoise Pendant

Tamal breakfast

Snow capped Popocatepetl

It was in the early 90’s that I wrote my version of the Aztec legend of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, the two volcanoes found in central Mexico. I did it to share part of my culture with my children. It was a story I grew up with. My version was a short story. I found that each version was a little different so I felt comfortable telling my own as I learned it over the years. The main format was that of a tragedy a la Romeo and Juliet but in an Aztec version.

While tinkering with the first version of the story I procrastinated getting it done until one day. My husband invited me to a tasty taco joint in Stafford, Texas and lo and behold, pinned to the wall was an illustration of a glorious Aztec warrior with a beautiful sleeping maiden in his arms. The caption had the legend written in about 8 lines. I took that as a sign that I should finish my story.

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant, by Lilibeth André

In 1999, I decided to turn the story into a novel and work on the manuscript began.  I finished it in 2002 and sent it out to a few publishing houses that I thought might be interested in the subject matter but I began to collect rejection letters. It was not something they were looking for at the time.

Time went on and every time Popocatepetl, a semi-dormant volcano, spewed steam and ash I took it as a sign that I needed to do something with the book. I began to have a strong feeling that I needed to share the book with more kids, not just my own. I felt that by sharing this story built on the background of research I conducted about the Aztec culture to believably place my story in a space and time, I could help Hispanic and Latino kids better understand where they came from and be proud of their rich culture.

Lilibeth André, King Topiltzin, Oil, 24x18

Lilibeth André, King Topiltzin, Oil, 24×18

So my mission became to use the book as a tool to generate curiosity about a native American culture we don’t read about in school. We may learn about the pyramids in Egypt but we don’t learn about what was one of the strongest cultures in the Americas.

My kids are grown now. I published The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant with my own illustrations and use it to help me share with Hispanics and non-Hispanics about the love I have for my culture and the things we have learned from the Aztecs. And maybe, the book can be a spark to generate curiosity to learn more about the Aztec contribution to the world through urbanism, agriculture, engineering, astronomy, calendars, culinary richness and so much more.

More about The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant:

Book Award

eBook Launch

Latina Book Club Interview



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.










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.

My Year-end Recap

Lilibeth Andre, Yellow Frida, Oil, 16x12

Lilibeth Andre, Yellow Frida, Oil, 16×12

The 2013 year began for me with wonderful opportunities to share my creativity, and the momentum continued through the fall.

I applied my new art technique and created three portraits of Frida Kahlo for the 8th Annual Frida Festival 2013, at the East End Studio Gallery.

The Guiton St. Artists celebrated our open studios with a three-day festival in April. The closing event included live music by Jimmy Dan, and new art by me and my fellow artist neighbors to share with our growing amazing followers of classical and impressionist art. We so appreciate your support.

Lilibeth Andre, Twin Sisters Morning, oil, 12x16

Lilibeth Andre, Twin Sisters Morning, oil, 12×16

In June, I rejoined my artist friend Myrna Salaun and we returned to the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. The Market celebrates 10 years in 2014, and Myrna and I started way back then. Mitch Cohen has been a wonderful organizer and friend.

I was proud to be included in Second Nature, an exhibition of student works, part of Darra Keeton’s retrospective, In My Nature – Art and Science, at Rice University. The exhibition ran from May to September.

Lilibeth Andre, La Coleta, oil, 16x12

Lilibeth Andre, La Coleta, oil, 16×12

Fechas Patrias: A Celebration of Mexican Independence was a solo art exhibition at Talento Bilingue de Houston, in Houston’s East End. The show compiled a progressive trajectory of works over the last eight years to candidly present my artistic evolution beginning with works in colored pencil and including my most recent pieces from the Mexico Series.

In October I held my first workshop for writers to share my publishing experience. The concept for this workshop came from the questions I received during my summer book tour as an Author in the Stores for Kroger.

In the fall we celebrated our 7th Guiton St. Artists Fall Open Studios, and my 7th Anniversary in my studio. Live music was by Jeff Taebel, Janet Z, and recordings by Filip Blachnio. Original works were by my fellow artist neighbors and myself.

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant

The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant, by Lilibeth André

I celebrated my 7th year volunteering for Houston Via Colori with another 10×10 street painting. And although due to excruciating health circumstances I was not able to return the second day, I enjoyed the fantastic opportunity the Center for Hearing and Speech provides me as a local artist to share my work with thousands of visitors.

El Dia de la Cultura Salvadoreña offered me an opportunity to share my book as a presenter among an impressive program of Latino writers.

I was interviewed by the Latina Book Club, and I had the exciting opportunity to share The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant as a speaker for professional groups, and K-12 students sharing about the Aztecs, writing, art, and innovation.  

Tall boot shopping

Tall boot shopping

The year came to a close giving me the long-awaited opportunity to meet my goal to obtain certification as a Natural Health Professional, and completing my Naturopathic Doctor studies. I look forward to sharing this knowledge with you in the future as well.

I hope your Holidays are Merry and that you can capture your dreams in 2014.

With much appreciation, peace and love.

You can learn more about my work at www.lilibethandre.com

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