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Rising Stars: Meet Celea Guevara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Celea Guevara.

Celea, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born and raised in Honduras, a small town called Santa Rosa de Aguan, Colon. When I was six, my family moved to the City (La Ceiba). At the age of 16, I moved to Tegucigalpa in order to enroll in a Fine Arts school back in 1997. From a very early age, I was fortunate to develop the abilities for the arts.

In 2006, I migrated to USA, knowing nothing but little English, immediately I decided that would be one of my priorities so I enrolled myself in some courses in a library near the apartment I was living at moment.

In 2011, I was able to graduate with an Associate Degree from Houston Community College. By that time my oldest daughter was two and my second daughter was six months old.

In 2015 was accepted to the University of Houston, after having being applied three times, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a minor in painting in 2017.

Today I am working as a PK teacher in one of the most prestigious charter school in the country (personal opinion). I hold a MFA in studio art from Houston Baptist University (2019).

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
No, it has not been easy! There were and there still been challenges along my journey. One of the persistent challenge is being an artist/professional and being a mother. Both activities goes hand to hand. Every stage shows a different challenge by itself, I would say it was more difficult when my kids were a little smaller that today.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am currently working as a PK Teacher at KIPP Dream Prep, I love coming every day and give my students the best of me, this experience came to me as a gift from my father God. I planned to be working as an art teacher in a higher-level education but God with her perfect plans got something different and greater for me. Working with the smallest kids in our school has been a very special experience that I have ever imagine to be part of. It reborn the child in me in a way that brings out my higher energies. At school, I am known for bringing joy and love and seeking the positive specs from every situation. This year has been very challenging for us in person teachers and being able to be resilient and courageous beyond circumstances is just a huge blessing. One of the things that set me apart from others is when I become one with myself when the only one apart from God that can see me is Me.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I enjoy creating what I call gourmet food, combining different cultures where the one that prevails is my Garifuna heritage. Like for example, vegetables with Cassava and fried fish.

I am currently working on a series of three printmaking in which I want to tackle the notions of wisdom, empowerment and self-love.

Also, I am launching a line of artwork in a shirt (printmaking).

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