Located in Alhambra, California, Ma Art Space doubles as Yolanda Gonzalez’s art studio, and classroom for watercolor and ceramics classes. You might be interested to know that artist, Norman Rockwell lived in Alhambra in the early 1930s and launched his famed art career too.
Ma Art Space was established more than twenty-five years ago to support the artistry of Yolanda Gonzalez, as well as provide a space for community empowerment. Yolanda actively paints and sculpts. (Photo courtesy of Hilbert Museum of California Art).
And, not too many years ago introduced her Mother, Yola Gonzalez, to ceramics. Her mother shares, “I always wanted to make art but was always focused on being a Mother and supporting my family at home.” When asked about her experience getting into art later in life, Yola shares, “I just love it.” Jokingly she shares, “I can’t make my work fast enough because everything I do sells!”
Ma Art Space also features two gallery spaces that promote artists in residence featuring locally-made ceramics, watercolors, and paintings. (Photo courtesy of Fabrik Magazine).
Yolanda’s creative world is filled with generous curiosity, where she actively demonstrates her love of people and their life’s stories. Many of her creative exchanges with the students of Ma Art Space have led to transformative artistic experiences centered around community, female empowerment, and classroom teaching.
Ma Art Space is also dedicated to the community and actively offers small group art instruction to women’s groups, inner-city-youth, and the elderly. Essentially, anyone who has always wanted to experience art with other creatives. Yolanda Gonzalez’s vision for Ma Art Space is to continue to inspire, invite, and promote the arts in the vibrant Los Angeles community she loves so much.