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Tiny but EPIC! LQAF Scholar Spotlight: Marnie Navarro

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You may recognize La Quinta Arts Foundation former Visual Arts Scholar Marnie Navarro from her participation as a sound artist at La Quinta Arts Festival. In 2016 & 2017, she performed as “IAMNOTADJ”, where she entertained guests daily with her eclectic mix of rhythms and sounds.



Marnie aka MLN17 is a Southern California-based multidisciplinary visual artist and co-owner of LIFEWORK Gallery. Education includes California State University San Bernardino, B.A. in Psychology and post-baccalaureate degree in Studio Art, and the School of Visual Arts New York, M.F.A. in Art Practice. International art studies include Instituto Allende in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico and the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Recent exhibitions include Sensing Elsewhere (Here) in New York, NY, ALL or NOTHING, at SPACE Gallery in Pomona, CA, and ART ARMY, a solo exhibition, in New York, NY. The scope of MLN17’s oeuvre includes painting, photography, printmaking, video and sound work, and performance, as well as public art and curatorial practice.  In May 2017, she worked with local artist Monica Morones to do a LIFEWORK Pop-Up in Palm Springs. 

For September, she is extending her reach with her gallery LIFEWORK in the City of Indio. She is working with local organizations to present a documentary film series.

Tiny But Epic!

Tiny but EPIC! is a collaborative effort between S.C.R.A.P Gallery, the Coachella Valley Art Center, and LIFEWORK (my gallery) to present a set of documentary films that highlight critical issues taking place in the world around us.”, she shares. “The goal is to create an access point in different cities throughout the Coachella Valley for people to be exposed to these important issues, to understand the related chain of cause and effect, and perhaps be compelled to direct action via personal activism. There are mini art workshops after each screening so that participants can come together and process through a directed activity; these films contain difficult and emotionally charged content, so it’s important to us that people have an outlet to process their thoughts and feelings afterwards.”

The first film they screened was Jeff Orlowski’s “Chasing Coral”. Other films include Ava DuVernay’s Emmy award-winning “13TH”. Follow her page to get the latest updates. 

We applaud our talented art scholars for their creative work in the community. 

In keeping with LQAF’s mission of “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts,” annual scholarship awards are made possible with proceeds garnered from LQAF public art events including the La Quinta Arts Festival, plus La Quinta Arts Foundation memberships and contributions by sponsors, community partners and memorial contributions.  LQAF scholarship recipients are eligible to receive funding for up to five years.

The Visual Arts Scholarship Program is designed to assist local college-bound art students, and returning scholarship recipients, as they work toward a career in the field of visual arts.