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New Mandala Workshop by Loralei Rose @ FPAC 2011

2 Sep

Creating Your Personal Mandala: The Connection Between Self & Source

Sunday, September 11, 2011
Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
@ Point Fermin Park, San Pedro
Babaylan Pavillion

What is a Mandala?

The word “Mandala” has its origins in Sanskrit and simply means “circle.”  The depiction of the mandala can be found in all religions and cultures as a circle, wheel, wreath, rotation, circulation, round dance, or just simply – dancing. (Mandalas for Power & Energy by Marion & Werner Kustenmacher)

Technically, a circle is defined by its center and a number of points that are the same distance from the center. As a religious symbol, the center of the circle is equated with God, the One, Source, etc. The circle itself represents our lives rotating around the center/Source which brings meaning to our everyday.

Join me at the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture on Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ the Babaylan Pavillion @ 2pm to create your personal mandala. Using mixed media we will create visual representations of our lives rotating around the life-giving Source.

Hope you can make it out! It’s going to be a fun and inspiring day!

For more info on FPAC please visit


01.13.11 Come Celebrate My Bday with Me @ LA Art Walk!

3 Jan


January 13th Derekstar has a big treat planned for the LA Artwalk @ the Harlem Street Cafe!  Come by for a good time and to celebrate my bday with me! ❤


What do you think of when you hear the words “Black Heart”? Well, it was a tricky one for us too! Please come down to Harlem Place Cafe on January 13th and see what our artists were inspired to create after we decided to work with this theme.

We will be a part of the Downtown LA Artwalk for the FIRST time! This is a big deal for us and we would love to have your support. Here’s what you have to look forward to…


Tayen Kim
Jerrell Conner
Kytia L’amour
Gilbert Hernandez
Tweedy Cudal
John Lawrence Cudal
Charmaine Genuino
Eloisa Hernandez
Kevin Morgan
Rodney Farol
Brian Paraiso
Ritchie Kong
Garrick Fujii
Julieann Quinto
Marlus Dos Santos
Marcus Newsom
Al Williams
Loralei Bingamon
Chris Jones
Sherwood Andrews
Sonia Godoy


Chrizle Reyes
Aaron Flores
Jonathan Blake Salazar
Denicar Bergancia
Daniel Donnie Flores
Kevin Yap
Evelyn Blanton
Blueprint Graffiti

More to come…

Making Progress

2 Jan

Here is a sneak peak at a new piece. I am still working on it, but you can see the final piece this coming Saturday! It will be on display and on sale Jan.8, 2010 at the Vintage Renewals Show Room Grand Opening/ Art Show. See my previous post for more details.

SHOW             01.08.11 @ 3pm-11pm

LOCATION 565 W. Second St. #2 Pomona, CA 91766 Arts Colony

Happy New Year Everyone! Hope to see you Saturday 01.08.11.

Inspire Me, Hafiz

7 Dec

Caught the poetry bug. Enjoy!

Hafiz, c. 1320 to 1389, a beautiful, mystic, Sufi poet from Persia

The Day Sky

Let us be like

Two falling stars in the day sky.


Let no one know of our sublime beauty

As we hold hands with God

And burn


Into a sacred existence that defies –

That surpasses


Every description of ecstasy

And love.

Faithful Lover

The moon came to me last night

With a sweet question.

She said,

“The sun has been my faithful lover

For millions of years.

Whenever I offer my body to him

Brilliant light pours from his heart.

Thousands then notice my happiness

And delight in pointing

Toward my beauty.


Is it true that our destiny

Is to turn into Light


And I replied,

Dear moon,

Now that your love is maturing,

We need to sit together

Close like this more often

So I might instruct you

How to become

Who you



09.02.10 Poetry/Spoken Word + Music + heARTwork @ Common Ground Open Mic

23 Aug

Common Ground Open Mic. 09.02.10. Featuring heARTwork by loralei rose

Hellooooo Friends! If you are in or around the OC come thru to one of the newest open mic events, Common Ground. I will be taking my artwork down at the Coffee Studio in about a week and putting it up @ the VAALA Cultural Center on Sept. 2, 2010.

Prints will also be for sale.

Come kick it and enjoy a fabulous night of spoken word, music, and art. Hope to see some of the homies as well as make new friends.

What can I say? YAY for ART and EXPRESSION! Life would be colorless without them in the world. 🙂





1600 N. Broadway Santa Ana, CA

*co-sponsored by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)
*Doors open at 6pm. Open mic sign ups @ 6:30pm.
$5 suggested donations

common ground:
connecting communities through creative expressions.
We are a collective of community members, artists, and activists committed to cultivating positive
and safe space for artistic growth and community empowerment.
every first thursdays

Meet Jenny (@ Magic Garage 6 08.21.10)

20 Aug

"Jenny". 8 x 10 Print Matted in 11 x 14 Frame. $35 @ Magic Garage 6

Meet Jenny

Jenny is a cool chick. She is laid back and will whoop you at any recreational activity. She loves music, especially hip hop and just chillin’ with the homies. Don’t get it twisted cuz this womyn is hella fashionable but down to earth. She is someone you want as your bff.

I made this piece for my bff Jenny a year ago. The description above captures her essence and what I was thinking of when I made this piece.

Come through to Magic Garage Art & Music Show tomorrow, 8/21/10 @ 5pm-3am to see this piece and maybe even purchase it!

JENNY. $35. Matted & Framed. Available @ Magic Garage.

You will love her as much as I do!

08.21.10 MAGIC GARAGE 6

17 Aug

Get your ART & MUSIC on! I promise this event is gonna blow your mind…

heARTwork by Loralei Rose will be on display and for SALE


August 21 at 5:00pm – August 22 at 3:00am

Catalyst Artist Collective, Downtown LA

1800 S. Santa Fe Ave.

Los Angeles, CA

The Magic Garage adventure has taken us through various venues throughout the last 5 years, and this time around the MG crew is thrilled to collaborate with LA’s Catalyst Artist Collective.

This year’s theme is “Choose Your Own Adventure”, inspired by a series of gamebooks where the reader makes choices during the story to determine the plot and outcome. It may just be the best Magic Garage yet!


David Haskell
Patrick Haemmerlein
Native Science
Rajiv Jain
Aaron Paul Rogers
Patrick McPheron
Trevor Wright
Barry Mulling
Shatto Light
Fitz Carlile
Brian Ostroff
Simone Elum
ARTsonist Woman
Seth Williams
Evan Stiles
Jen Davis
Reflect Thought
Peg Kennedy
Kaleidoscope Eyes
Flor Quinto
Chris May
Leticia White
Carson Marjaama
Miss Fruitfly
Robbie Monsod
Heidi Spring
Misty Rose
Carol Guerra
Heather Holyan
Jenny Liu
Christle Revolt
Judy Berberian
Nicole Fournier
Ericali J
Sergio Teran
Marcello Dolce
Katie Kane
Peg Kennedy
Jim Cruz
Nikki Cross
Morgan Leriah
Sebastien Roche-Lochen
Rene Castro
Andrew Lee
Loralei Rose


Live BODY PAINTING by Sparkle Sparkle B!/album.php?aid=4104&id=100000618274729


.. and much MORE!!!


Tarah Marie
Run River Run
Pedestal & The All-Girl Band
The Great Machine
Mike Dobler
Demon Slayer
Icy Lytes
Random Patterns
DJ Brock

+ surprise guests!

Check out pictures from our 2009 event, Magic Garage 5, by amazing photographer, Barry Mulling:

Also, a short MG5 documentary by Abel Boaz:

I am Soultable

22 Jul

“ The artwork and artist, work and person, in every field of activity, are in a mutually creative relation to each other.

Each requires the other to give to and to communicate. The relation between a person and her

work is thus a living expression of dialogue.”


Every third Thursday, I pack an overnight bag and prepare for my monthly get away. I know, it is not fair. You must be thinking to yourself, “Why does Loralei get to go on vacay once a month?” Although you may not have thought those words precisely, you may at least have been asking yourself where I take these little vacations of mine.

Truth is, where I go technically isn’t a lavish R & R spot. Friday after work, I jump in my purple Scion and head out to a small office in Manhattan Beach for a weekend packed with activities regarding Expressive Arts Training techniques. I consider this time more like vacay or even something close to a retreat rather than school because the experience has a consciousness raising and even somewhat spiritual effect on me.

School, at least the type of school we have here in the US, which is based on power struggles, rewards and punishments, etc. is nothing like what I experience in these classes. Here, I get to learn about myself through various creative activities and really take time out for me. I can’t explain the high I feel when I am there and even after I leave. But all I can say is that in a society where we have to be on the grind 24-7 just to pay the bills, it feels good to be able to give back to myself every now and then.


In my last class, we focused on the VISUAL ARTS. I want to share a few of my creations as well as my experience with you all.

The piece below was created by dipping a piece of string into black india ink, painting with it, and then going back in and coloring it in with watercolor. Usually, artists are concerned with aesthetics balance, etc. However, here, I just let my mind go blank and let my feelings and intuition guide my process. The key to this technique was to NOT HAVE A PLAN and simply LET GO.


When I first stepped back and looked at my piece, I was in awe. To me, it looked as though I had created a spinning heart-shaped turntable. This was meaningful to me because I viewed it as a gift from my subconscious. [ As I said, I had no plan when I began this piece. I was painting it purely for engaging in the act of creation.]

Music is mos def my supreme muse. When my piece revealed itself to me, it was as if the universe was confirming this deep and meaningful relationship.

If you turn the painting upside down, the heart now resembles the “BA” symbol in baybayin, the Filipino indigenous writing system. It is believed that shape within an ancient fertility symbol called the lingling-o, evolved to become the symbol of BA. The baybayin BA symbol represents the sound for “ba” the syllable found in girl or female in several Filipino dialects, for example Babae (tagalog) and Ba-i or Bai (Visayan).

Looking at it from this perspective also touches me deeply. A few months ago I attended the Babaylan Conference in Sonoma. That weekend was synchronistic and unbelievably magical. I was able to meet fabulous women who inspired me to continue along my journey towards wholeness. I learned so much about the relationship between Filipino psychology, spirituality, healing arts, and expressive arts. It was only fitting that this subconscious painting lead me towards those memories and confirm to me that I am along the right path.

I am so thankful to have art in my life. Without it, I don’t think I would be who I am today. Art is so integral to my being. In the process of creativity, I get lost and I find myself.

heARTwork @ AUTOFREAK Pop-up Shop & Gallery 06.13.10

8 Jun


This is the last month of AUTOFREAK!! BIG SPECIAL AUTOFREAK FEST happening THIS Sunday June 13 from 1pm-8pm.

Live painting by

Mark Canto, Manila Ryce, Karlo Santa Ana and more!

Prints by Loralei Bingamon

live performance by Shinichiro Kawasaki




Little Tokyo Market Place

333 S. Alameda 90013

2nd Floor, Unit 212

@ the other end of Max Karaokee

Can I get a window seat?

14 May

All I gotta say is PREACH it girl! I am thinking I need a window seat right about now, too. There is something about getting out of town and escaping that every day hustle and bustle that is just so dang refreshing. This song reminds me that I just need to BREATHE sometimes. If I can’t literally get that window seat (cuz those seats ain’t cheap!) then hopefully I come back to myself and find that inner peace which a “window seat” can potentially provide.xoxo

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