Sunday, February 9, 2014


A SPACE for the Arts

SPACE was born of a need and a passion for the arts in our community. 
Five years ago we set out to create a place where families, friends, and neighbors of South Pasadena and surrounding areas could meet, create and share, where people of all ages and backgrounds could come to learn from each other, where the world class fine artist would meet up with the impassioned novice to build bridges through the language of art. 
The dream is being fulfilled. SPACE has provided arts education to thousands of students and adults through classes, camps, workshops and artist-in-residence programs in local schools. SPACE has hosted over 50 exhibitions of local artists in its gallery, and produced literary and music events. SPACE is the anchor of an emerging arts district in downtown South Pasadena. 
As a non-profit, SPACE belongs to the community, and needs your support to continue making an impact. 

The fees charged for classes and art sales do not cover the actual costs of running an arts center. We are applying for grants, seeking corporate sponsorships, but we need you to help us bridge this gap.

We want to continue fulfilling the arts needs in our community and beyond. 

You can provide art supplies for a free family art activity. ($50)
You can provide 30 students with an art lesson. ($150)
You can send a child to summer arts camp. ($250)
You can sponsor an art exhibit by an upcoming artist. ($1,000)
Any amount you donate will make a difference. 
SPACE educates. SPACE inspires. SPACE touches lives. SPACE makes the community better. Thank you for being a pART of SPACE.

Since 2008 SPACE has been a big supporter of my work. Their first exhibition featured my work and they have created many opportunities for me over the last five years. Through SPACE I was able to work with children in the community through work shops and classes. Through the support of the community and patrons of the arts, a couple of my prints purchased at SPACE were incorporated into the set of the television series Modern Family, and were recently highlighted in November 2013's issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Their contribution to the arts and to the education of children is immeasurable. You too can contribute by donating to their cause today...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Monsters of Print, East Side Printmakers Sale @ Self Help Graphics, Sunday December 15, 2013

Prints so fresh... I don't even have titles for them yet. 
This Sunday, join us for the annual Monsters of Print Sale held in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles at Self Help Graphics & Art. I just finished printing the works depicted above. They will be available for sale in addition to prints from previous editions. I look forward to seeing you there. 
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Monday, December 2, 2013

I'm mentioned in Entertainment Weekly's - 2013 Hollywood Design Report - November 22nd Issue

Have you ever watched a TV show or a movie and found yourself focusing on the background or set location more than the actors? I have. I've often wondered how set designers and location managers committed to making certain decisions. It takes a detail oriented person to construct a visual narrative around characters in a production. They have to consider what kind of characters they are or construct their back story while being mindful about not including items that would be too distracting to the audience. 

Thanks to the South Pasadena Arts Center, some of my art work found a home on the set of the hit television series Modern Family.  Entertainment Weekly's Holiday Design Report - 2013 takes a tour of  Modern Family's set. The spread breaks down the elements that come to play in creating the environment for the actors of the show. The section highlighted as "Art Appreciation" depicts a couple of my drypoint prints hanging in the center of an eclectic arrangement in the Dunphy family's home. It's an honor to not only be credited by Entertainment Weekly, but also to be a part of a successful American sitcom with a large following. I hope that the sets of the show become as iconic as the sets I viewed when I was a child on sitcoms like "The Cosby Show",  "Married with Children" or "Roseanne". 
I will never forget what it was like to enter the homes of those families and feel as if I was getting to know them personally. I'm happy to be a part of this and look forward to seeing my work on set. Thanks to the design team for including me! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Paper Doll Press, Select Prints, Edition 1

Social media has revolutionized how we communicate, stay in touch and share information with others. I have grown to believe that using sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. has changed our psychology and has made us less likely to remember images, events, articles or conversations. It has made sharing information immediate and impermanent. Though the belief that publishing something on the internet is more permanent than the printed word, it has also become easy to forget. Sometimes within an hour's time, one forgets the images they saw an hour before.
Henry David Thoreau once said "Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years." One can say the internet has changed the pace of acquiring and distributing information more so than then invention of the printing press. There is a belief that print is dead, and many would agree that newspapers, magazines, books and printed media in general is suffering. However, there are people like me that appreciate paper and enjoy carrying books, sketchbooks, pens and pencils in their bags or in their pockets. I still make to-do lists and I enjoy crossing them out physically. I also really enjoy making art.
Whether it be printmaking, drawing, paintings or sculptures, I find it fulfilling to make something. Lately, I have been feeling that sharing what I am actively making with others online, generates a temporary interest qualified by "likes" or "hearts". I have become reluctant to show others images of works in progress, because of a fear that one will lose interest in the work before reaching completion. So I have been focusing on making work and I feel good about it. Once I have finished a solid group of art work, I hope to have a show and keep information and images current. Print, paper, text, images, art, ideas and everything under the creative umbrella is important to me. I have made at least 25 different print editions to date that have required countless hours of brainstorming, sketching, engraving, inking, wiping, tearing paper, measuring, running back and forth on each side of the press, editioning, signing, sharing... in addition to countless of hours of frustration from the printmaking process itself. I have uploaded images on every possible social media site and they have been well received but I am planning on taking a different approach to sharing the work.
I made a digital catalog of select drypoint prints using a new program called ISSUU. ISSUU allows one to self publish magazines, zines, and creative or informative journals. They also invite you to look at other users creations online and make the catalogs downloadable, hence printable. I enjoy making digital catalogs and I have many ideas for new publications. The next one will be a series of "sketchbook diaries". If you would like to participate and submit pages from your sketch book, email me @ stephaniexristing [@] I look forward to collaborating with other artists and making a lasting impression both online and in print.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vinyl Art Work

Vinyl has made a huge come back and there are many bands printing records with one-of-a-kind art work. I was commissioned to create art work for a local Los Angeles band: Rough Church. The record was pressed by Beautiful Work Horse Records, an independent record company and music management group. 

This marks the first time I have created art work for a record cover. I am happy with the results and I am looking forward to making additional record covers in the future. 

Vinyl artwork by: Stephanie Mercado, credited as "Steph Mercado"
please e-mail me for a copy, or for more info. on where you can buy one of these:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Natural Child - Art - Fashion - LACMA and ME

I am happy to have been able to contribute to the following article on Art and Fashion that was featured in Natural Child Magazine's July / August 2013 issue. 
The article discusses the collaboration between art and fashion, and the role that museums such as the Los Angeles County's Museum of Art plays in furthering the dialogue between the two. It questions the controversy behind the marriage of the two and the future of the Fashion world in relationship to the Art world. 

The article references and quotes my ideas about the importance of validating fashion designers and creative people who have contributed greatly to the arts, to design, to film, to music etc. 

My words follow directly under the caption "New Artists, New Ideas" and continue under the caption "A Marriage of Creative Minds" and the "Future of Art and Fashion". Please click on the images to read the article and please visit the magazine's website for additional information. 

Natural Child - Natural Fashion - "Blurred Lines : A Conversation between Art and Fashion" by Jessica Gagliardi July / August 2013 issue

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Seven Beauties Exhibition @ Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park

An eclectic mix of work by an amazing group of L.A. artists brought together by José Lozano

Untitled, silkscreen print — Stephanie Mercado

Kim Abeles, Leigh Salgado, Rochelle Botello, Poli Marichal, Stephanie Mercado, Linda Arreola and Lili Bernard


portraits of each artist by José Lozano

The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present in the main gallery, “Seven Beauties”, organized by artist, curator José Lozano.  Seven Beauties will have it’s opening night reception on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 7-10 pm.  

I had the phrase seven beauties in my mind for a while when I was approached by Avenue 50 Studio to curate a show.  I know seven beautiful female artists whose work is spiritually and intelligently beautiful, and whose work I really admire. These are disciplined artists producing very wonderful art.  My first choice was Kim Abeles who is my mentor.  She was the professor at Cal State Fullerton who directed me toward the artist I am today.  It’s an honor to have her in the show. This is not a feminist show. It’s just art done by women. Many different approaches and sensibilities run through this exhibition.  It shows where women artists are at today in the making art in Los Angeles. -- José Lozano

As a thank you to the artists, José Lozano will be exhibiting his small portraits of each artist.  

*During the course of this exhibition, Avenue 50 Studio will be screening the movie, Seven Beauties by Lina Wertmuller.  Participating artist, Poli Marchal, will lead a discussion on how the movie relates to feminism in today’s world.  More information on this screening will be forthcoming.

Opening Night Reception:  Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 7-10 pm

May 11 through June 2, 2013

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
a 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery
131 North Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA  90042