Last year’s Go Red cover by local artist Ashleymarie Sey Lively was such a hit, we decided this year we’d put out a call to artists for our February cover. We asked them to submit work that exemplified the mission of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign–which celebrates the hearts of local women. We’re so thankful to all the artists who entered, we wanted to introduce you to them.
Ashleymarie Sey Lively
(Open Your Heart)
Not all people can say they use their talents to give back to their community, but Ashleymarie Sey Lively certainly can! Our Go Red Cover winner for two years in a row, she has a strong tie to the AHA’s cause. “My younger brother was born with a heart defect, so I understand the fear and stress that heart disease can bring.” You can catch her work in galleries all over the country.
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Not only is she a Bakersfield native, Audrey Jarvis has also been involved in the arts for as far back as she can remember! She has been selling her work professionally since she was just 14 years old, and you can see some of the work she has done displayed on the outside of the Maya Cinemas building. In terms of her artwork, she said, “I like to play with everything. I am currently 3D graphic design certified and am the special effects makeup manager for Talladega Frights.”
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Michelle Stone is truly drawn to hearts—so much so that she has an entire style dedicating to creating things out of them. “I have been drawing with hearts for four years, and I have also drawn cartoons of ladies doing all sorts of fun things, like shopping and going to cocktail parties.” You may have seen her pinup girls at The Mark restaurant or even a mural or two at the Shell station in Arvin!
Meet the other talented entrants!
A CSUB graduate with a bachelors in art education, Debbie Haebele had a personal reason to Go Red: she lost her grandmother to heart disease. A woman with a strong passion for the arts—she currently teaches art in an after school program at Cesar Chavez Elementary—she loves all mediums, but prefers pen and ink when it comes to creating art. “I like using pointillism with markers,” she revealed.
Having lost a dear family member and former Lady in Red to heart disease, Nora Virrey is passionate about the Go Red cause. “It is important to educate the public on heart disease in women,” she asserted. She is also very passionate about art, as well, and has been her entire life, and she loves several mediums. As a member of the Bakersfield Art Association, Virrey is working toward having her work displayed within their facilities.
Kern County native Jose Bravo is no stranger to the art world. In fact, he is currently a student at CSUB, where he majors in art. While he has been creating works of art his whole life, he just really got into it within the past five years. “I’ve participated in Via Arte for four years and I have also done the Colours event in Shafter for three years.” When he isn’t creating, Bravo is busy as a “home studio audio engineer.”