Monthly Archives: July 2012

“Gift Of The Rose” makes front page!

Gates-Chili Messenger Post front page

Thank you to James Battaglia for the wonderful well-written interview! I honestly have a difficult time reading about “me”, I was explaining this to a great woman I admire and is a mentor to me in many ways. She has been in the news and media quite a bit and could relate to what I was saying, she explained to me that it’s humility. I finally, overcame that sensation and read the article. James did such a wonderful job with the interview transforming my vision and words to the community that I’m truly humbled, thank you Jim and the Gates-Chili Messenger Post!



How I made front page!

Gates-Chili Messenger Post front pageSunday I received a telephone call from a friend who informed me that I was on the front cover of the Gates-Chili Messenger Post, a local newspaper! Now, I obviously interviewed with the editor and had photos taken, but being on the front page wasn’t a sure thing. I was also interviewed by “El Mensajero”,  a local bilingual catholic newspaper and “Imagen”, a beautiful color bilingual magazine. I’m grateful for the opportunities to be able to talk about my first solo art exhibit and most important create Asthma Awareness, as the exhibit is dedicated in memory of my beautiful sister who suffered from asthma.

I will admit I had never done a media kit and was quite nervous about creating one. I then came across a wonderful article by Maria Brophy, “How to get Free Press – The Art of the Press Release” and followed her advise. I also purchased “How to be press friendly” by Tara Reed, but have not had the time to read it, I’m sure that it has plenty more tips and I can learn a great deal. I spent an entire day writing my first Media Kit and sent it out to various local newspapers and media sources and then “nothing’! I was disappointed, but I didn’t give up, so I revised the same Media Kit, made a few changes and sent it out again…this time I got three interviews and photo shoots, not bad!


Since the Gates-Chili Messenger post went out this week, I have received emails and phone calls for demonstration and group talks! I know I have a lot more to learn about the media but I’m glad I didn’t give up, it gives me more encouragement to talk to more people about asthma management specially in the Latino community and following your passion and heart!

Although mine wasn’t perfect, I did the following:

  • I created 2 pages; one with images, contact information and title of the exhibit. For the  second page, I tried to keep the most important details to one-page, more than one and you’ll probably lose the editor.
  • My second page: was to point, a good headline (very important), what the exhibit was about, why I was doing the exhibit, since it involves asthma awareness, I included research statistics. Followed by date, time and place.
  • Most important advise- make every word count!
  • Be persistent, learn more and never give up!

Thank you Annette, Diana, Jim and Maria for helping me in more ways than you can imagine.

Stunning Graffiti

I received this stunning gallery of graffiti from Jean, a member from the Webster Art Club and thought you would enjoy it as much as I did!

History of asthma

Reposted from

History of Asthma

The earliest recorded reference to respiratory distress – a disorder characterized by “noisy breathing” (wheezing?) is found in China in 2600 BC.
The Babylonian “Code of Hammurabi” recorded symptoms of breathlessness: “If a man’s lungs pant with his work.”  (1792-1750 BC).
Hippocrates (~400 BC) was the first to use the term “Asthma” (Greek for “wind” or “to blow”) for panting and respiratory distress.  He is considered to be the physician who identified the relationship between the environment and respiratory disease correlating climate and location with illness.  Some suggest he was the first allergist.
When Alexander the Great invaded India, smoking the herb stramonium (an anticholinergic agent related to ipratropium and tiotropium currently used in inhalers) was used to relax the lungs.
Roman doctors described asthma as gasping and the inability to breathe without making noise.  They noted “if from running or any other work, the breath becomes difficult, it is called asthma.”  Pliny the elder (~ 50 AD) observed that pollen was a source of respiratory difficulty and recommended the use of “ephedra” (forerunner of ephedrine) in red wine as an asthma remedy.  Unfortunately, he also suggested that drinking the blood of wild horses and eating 21 millipedes soaked in honey could help.
The Jewish Talmud (200-500 AD) counseled “drinking three weights of hiltith,” a resin of the carrot family as a therapy for asthma.  Maimonides (1135-1204 AD), Jewish scholar and Saladin’s physician treated the Egyptian’s son for asthma.  His “Treatise on Asthma” prescribed rest, good personal hygiene and environment, avoidance of opium, a small quantity of wine and a special diet.  Nuts, fruit, milk, cool vegetables and legumes (peanuts are a member of this family) were forbidden, while “The soup of fat hens” was considered beneficial.
Tobacco introduced from the America’s to Europe (1500’s), was used to induce coughing and expectorate mucus.  In Central America, Aztecs ingested an ephedra containing plant to clear mucus and, in South America, Incas treated asthma with a cocaine-like dried leaf.  In the 1800’s, Arsenic was prescribed for respiratory conditions.  In the early 1900’s, allergy immunotherapy was first introduced to treat asthma.
Asthma medicines of the 1940’s and 1950’s consisted of epinephrine injections (adrenaline) and aminophylline tablets or suppositories.  In the 1960’s oral combinations were the staples of chronic therapy.  Inhalation of epinephrine (Primatene) and isoproterenol (Isuprel) were used as rescue agents.  Oral prednisone was and continues to be prescribed for severe disease.
Since the Allergy and Asthma Medical Group & Research Center was founded in 1969, many therapeutic advances have occurred.   Inhaled bronchodilator medications are less likely to stimulate the heart and are available in both short and long acting formulations.  Inhaled corticosteroids target the underlying inflammation and minimize the potential cortisone side effects seen with the tablet and liquid products.  Our clinical research department is currently actively evaluating new asthma therapies that promise to further benefit patients.
Though asthma has been a known entity for over two and a half millennia, nearly 25 million people in the United States still suffer from this condition.  However, we have come a long way in understanding its causes and triggers and have made large strides in our ability to treat and control it.  We pledge to continue to give our best efforts to expertly and compassionately care for our patients with asthma.



Could this beautiful art be yours?

Yes, it’s very simple!

Enjoy a 30% discount and have an opportunity to be part of my art exhibit!
“Gift of the Rose” is an art exhibit dedicated in memory of my sister who suffered from asthma. The exhibit is about the language in colors of roses, roses are for love, pink is for gratitude and you can find more about the history and meanings related to the colors of roses here. Submit a story or poem about the colors in roses, the meanings or any roses related story or poem and receive 30% discount off any item from my Etsy shop “La Galeria”!

To receive a coupon code towards any purchase at “La Galeria”, first submit your story or poem and I will send you a special coupon code to use at checkout!

Read about the loss of parents or the story of a slave named Rose and the underground railroad.
One of the paintings will be appearing in the May issue of “American Art Collector”, the proceeds from the painting “Tenderness” will go to the Golisano Children’s Asthma Fund. Submit your story or poem and that’s it, you’ll be part of an art exhibit and enjoy great impeccable art! My goal is to collect the stories and poems along with my artwork and publish a book where the proceeds will go the Golisano Children’s Hospital to further benefit the Pediatric Asthma Support. This is only possible if you can help, help a child breathe easier!

“Grand Opening”, 8×10″ Giclee print on Somerset Velvet Paper

$35 less 30% discount !

“Grand Opening”, 8×10″ Giclee print on Somerset Velvet Paper, in a gold frame

$54.95 less 30% discount !

or an original acrylic of a stunning White Calla!

Imagine at $99.95 less 30% discount!

Theft at the Louvre

A thief in Paris planned to steal some Paintings from the Louvre.

After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van..
However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas
When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, ‘Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings.’ I had no Monet

To buy Degas

To make the Van Gogh.

See if you have De Gaulle to send this on to someone else….

I sent it to you because I figured I had nothing Toulouse.

A little art humor to make your day!

10,000 Reasons to Discard Old Paint

We’ve probably all had old paint tubes sitting around for various reasons; experimenting with other mediums,  lack of time, purchased at incredible cost or for one of my students she inherited old paint. At one point I created a small “studio” in my basement, at first I love my special space and removing my art supplies from the kitchen table. After a while I became discouraged to paint because it was cold or damp and didn’t paint for a very long time. This caused some of my paint to get moldy and I tossed them out. I now have a studio on the first floor of a 3 level split house and I love it, I can look outside and have all the comforts at my fingertips. We’ve also done modifications to the basement improve ventilation and circulation.

Along the way, I  learned more about mold and it’s effect. This brings me to encourage you to carefully take a look at your supplies, where you paint and how it affects your health and your artwork. Mold reproduces by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye. There are approximately 10,000 mold spores on the head of a pin. As you paint with moldy paint, you contaminate your brush, which contaminates your palette, if painting with watercolor, now it’s in your water. Let’s not forget that beautiful painting that took hours to create and is now in an air tight frame, yep, contaminated!

June opening an old tube of paint

Need special tools to open that old tube of paint? Do you know where has it been? Ok, in June’s defense these were given to her.

Watercolor on Aquabord

You owe it to your collector’s to have the best quality artwork that will last for many years to enjoy! If it’s old, hard and moldy toss it. Old and hard paints make it difficult to create a juicy mixture of paint, specifically watercolors.  If you decide not keep a color for whatever reason and it’s in good usable shape, sell it, give it away or trade with another artist.  If you decide to keep a color that you haven’t used at all or barely, give it new life! Explore with color charts and color strings, you may find a new direction in your work.

In my workshops I start with color and your paint, this is not about the color wheel. I’ve created a spreadsheet for my students to inventory their paints, learn how to use the paints in a wise manner and how to stop spending money on paint when you can create beautiful colors, create spot on color match, learn about compatible palettes and much more. This simple portion can take an artist’s skills a lot further than a painting technique, although I do teach that also.  I encourage them to build stronger painting foundation which can be applied to any medium. At my last workshop, I shared how many tubes of paint I own, how and why I started the spreadsheet. One my students had me beat, she had close to 300, but she had inherited most of them. That day she tossed 45 tubes of old paint, it was quite an eye opener for her!

In The News: “Imagen” Magazine

Thank you Diana Chapoy from Imagen for a great interview and helping me share my story, art and asthma awareness with the latino community in Rochester!

Arte con causa

Publicado por  | Publicado en July 18, 2012

Peggy Martínez presenta su primera exposición plástica, bajo el título “Gift of the Rose”, a beneficio de los niños con asma

Por: Miriam González Gutiérrez

Peggy Martínez recuerda cómo su hermana Margie luchó toda la vida contra el asma, con la esperanza de que algún día superaría esa enfermedad crónica, pero no lo hizo. “Trataron de todo, desde trasladarse a un clima más cálido, recetas caseras, innumerables tratamientos de alergias y medicamentos. Estaba harta de estar enferma”. Hasta que los 33 años sucumbió, dejando a dos niños pequeños (ahora de 20 y 26 años).

Ahora Peggy encontró en el arte no sólo una forma de expresarse, sino también de recordar a su hermana y de hacer algo por la gente que, como Margie, lucha día a día contra el asma. A propósito de su primera exposición individual “Gift of the Rose” (en español “Regalo de la Rosa”), Imagen NY platicó con la artista nacida en Rochester, pero de raíces boricuas. La muestra pictórica se presenta en la Galería 1570, en el 1570 East Avenue, en horario de 9 de la mañana a 5 de la tarde.

Más allá del arte Peggy explica con preocupación, que “aproximadamente uno de cada diez niños en edad preescolar son diagnosticados con asma”. Señala que “el asma es la principal causa de visitas al a urgencias en el hospital y de ausentismo escolar”. “La tasa de asma entre los puertorriqueños es 113 por ciento mayor que en los blancos y un 50 por ciento mayor que en las personas de color. La prevalencia de los ataques de asma es mayor entre los puertorriqueños”, confirma. Por eso, Peggy Martínez anima a la comunidad “a ser conscientes del hecho de que los hispanos tenemos una tasa muy alta de asma, y que hay maneras de controlarla y muchos recursos disponibles aquí en Rochester, como el Mary Park Center. Nosotros los puertorriqueños hemos aceptado el asma, casi como un resfriado común”. Dice que al presentar “Gift of the Rose” tiene un doble objetivo: “Crear conciencia y recaudar fondos para el Centro de Asma Pediátrica. En mi exhibición de arte, los fondos de uno de los cuadros serán donados al Hospital de Niños Golisano, para apoyar el programa de asma pediátrica”.

Tiene un blog titulado al igual que su exposición, en el que invita a la comunidad a compartir historias y poemas sobre los colores, los significados o todo lo relacionado con las rosas. “Mi objetivo final es publicar un libro con la recopilación de cuentos y poemas, junto con mi obra de arte y donar las ganancias de las ventas del libro”. Los cuentos o poemas se pueden compartir en el blog: http://www.giftoftherose. com.

Su pasión Peggy Martínez recuerda que empezó a dibujar desde muy niña, pero ya a pintar en formar cuando estaba en la universidad. Después de graduarse, se dedicó a su carrera en los bancos y a criar a sus dos hijas como madre soltera. “Encontré mi pasión otra vez hace 14 años y la retomé, asistiendo a clases de educación para adultos, con libros de la biblioteca, me uní a un club de arte y muchos talleres más”. Revela que con sus obras trata de expresar su punto de vista sobre la belleza de la naturaleza, en concreto de las flores, “yo quiero que los espectadores casi tengan la oportunidad de oler las flores”. Concluye que para ella, el arte visual se define como “una pasión para crear y transpirar lo que imaginas en un lienzo. Y agrega: “si puedes imaginarte trabajando en lo que amas hacer, eso es lo que significa para mí ser un artista visual”.

In The News: “El Mensajero”

Thank you Annette Jimenez for giving me the opportunity to share my story and raise asthma awareness!

Artist strives to helps others breathe easier

Artist strives to helps others breathe easier

By Annette Jiménez/EMC

When Peggy Martínez was a young girl, she noted how her sister was allergic to everything.

Doctors here diagnosed her sister, Margarita Martínez, with asthma and recommended that her parents move the family back to their native Puerto Rico to help her breathe better. Asthma is a narrowing of the airways in the lungs, and allergies can exacerbate the condition, Martínez explained.

They lived on the island for 10 years and then returned to live in Rochester, she said.

“The heat (of Puerto Rico) made it worse. She never outgrew it,” Martínez said of her sister’s asthma.

In fact, Margarita Martínez lost her battle with asthma in 1999 at age 33, leaving behind two young children.

To honor her sister and raise awareness of the prevalence of asthma in the Latino community, Martínez has created an art exhibit and blog, both titled “The Gift of the Rose.” Her sister loved roses, she noted.

Martínez, who previously had worked nearly three decades in banking, took time off about a year ago to pursue her art, which has been her passion since she was young. The life change also gave her the chance to do something meaningful with her art, she added.

“I always wanted to do something in her memory,” Martínez said of her sister. “This was the perfect opportunity.”

As part of the project, Martínez also held two painting demonstrations prior to an opening reception on July 13. All proceeds from the sale of the paintings — which feature roses in red, yellow, pink and green hues — will benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. If the blog produces enough stories and photos for a book, Martínez said that she will donate those proceeds to benefit Golisano’s pediatric asthma unit.

Martínez worked on three paintings at a time in her home studio in Chili during most of June to prepare for the exhibit, which will be held at the art gallery at the Box Factory in Fairport.

“I’m just so happy … being able to paint without distractions,” she said. “This has stretched my skills to boundaries I never thought possible. … That is one message I would send out: Follow your passion.”

Martínez’s project shows her commitment to improving the community, said Daisy Rivera-Algarin, president of Latinas Unidas. Martínez is a longtime member of the organization.

“Whenever I see one of our members, especially a former board member, branch out and pursue her dreams, I immediately think of our mission: Latinas Unidas fosters opportunities that will promote unity, cultural identity and the presence of the Latina woman in the community,” Rivera-Algarin wrote in an e-mail. “Peggy embodies our mission to the fullest.”

Any kind of increased awareness of asthma triggers and the tools available to manage the condition are beneficial to the entire community, but especially ethnic populations living in urban environments who are exposed to many environmental asthma triggers, noted Jan Schriefer, as assistant professor of pediatrics at URMC.

“They have the disadvantage of being in a lower socioeconomic situation,” she said. “It hits (these families) much harder.”

Hispanic children with asthma are hospitalized twice as often as white, non-Latino children, according to an Environmental Protection Agency study at Asthma rates in general have increased worldwide and skyrocketed 75 percent in the United States from 1985 to 1994, affecting more than 6.5 million children, the report states.

And Puerto Ricans disproportionately suffer from higher rates of asthma than any other ethnic group, with 12.8 percent of adults and 18.4 percent of children diagnosed as compared to 8.2 percent of white children and 14.6 of African-American children, according to a report at

“Some children may inherit a tendency to develop asthma,” states the Environmental Protection Agency’s report. “Racial and ethnic differences in the burden of asthma may be related to social and economic status, access to health care, and exposure to environmental triggers.”

Exposure to secondhand smoke in a household is one of the biggest triggers for children or adults with asthma, Schriefer said. Other environmental triggers include dust mites, mold and cockroaches, she added.

Through a program called “Breath of Hope,” URMC partners with such community agencies as the American Lung Association, the Jordan Health Center and the Rochester Community Asthma Network of the Finger Lakes to educate families and help them reduce those triggers, she added. The program also works with schools to disseminate information about how to manage asthma and resources families can turn to for help, Schriefer said.

Reducing secondhand smoke in a home is one of the program’s primary goals, she said. Many pediatricians who participate in the Breath of Hope program have referred parents and grandparents to a quit smoking hotline run in conjunction with the state, Schriefer said.

“It’s been really rewarding,” she remarked. “I’ve had a lot of pediatricians say that the parents or guardians have been able to stop smoking, and it has really improved the children’s asthma. Of course, it improves the caregiver’s health as well.”

Martínez said that she has dealt with the challenges of addressing asthma triggers when her now 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed about a year ago. She had just carpeted her entire house and had to rip it all out as well as get rid of stuffed animals, which collect dust, Martínez said.

“She’s getting a lot better,” she said of her youngest child. “These are the little things you can do to make them breathe better.”

Other family members including her mom and another sister also suffer from various types of asthma, which can vary from mild to severe, Martínez said. They also were another catalyst for creating the “Gift of the Rose” project, she added.

She hopes more Latinos learn about the many asthma resources available to them, which in addition to Golisano’s programs include the Mary Parkes Asthma Center in Henrietta, Martínez said. The center has been a great help to her older sister, Linda Santana, in managing her asthma medications, Martínez added.

“My focus is … if I can make a child’s life easier,” she noted.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information about Peggy Martínez’s exhibit and asthma initiative, visit

Today is the Day!

After months of planning, organizing, creating inspirational beautiful art work and overcoming  many challenges the big day is here! I’ve learned so much about painting with oils, creating a cohesive exhibit, marketing art and more importantly about where I want to go with my art.

My focus has totally shifted and I now have a different perspective for my art and my skill levels. I learned that nothing is impossible! If you a dream,  go for it! Not everyone will understand or even care, the great news is that you will find your best supporters when and where you least expect it!

So, my friends I give you license to be creativity and reach for your dreams!

Thank you, hugs and kisses to those that have been with me and supported me!

Today I share with you pictures of what the gallery looks like with 19 new oil paintings on Gessobords and Artists Panels and 9 watercolors mounted on Ampersand  Claybords. I love the products, museum quality enhances any exhibit!

Enjoy, I hope to see you tonight at the opening reception!

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Green Rose




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