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Artist Spotlight

How do you want your art to inspire and/or change the downtown landscape?

I want to inspire people to be their vibrant unique selves. Bringing some color and playful imagery, but also showcase some badass female art!

How do you want your art to inspire and/or change the downtown landscape?

I want to inspire people to be their vibrant unique selves. Bringing some color and playful imagery, but also showcase some badass female art!

What's your ideal, arts-forward vision for downtown Wichita and the Arkansas River?

I want to see more of it! I want our downtown to be colorful and full of artwork everywhere. I think every sidewalk/bridge wall could be used to bring life to the river and Wichita.

How long have you been making art?

Since I was a little kid I always had some sort of “art project” going on.

What's your process?

First, a mood board. I delve into fashion magazines, I look at art references — anything that sparks some sort of inspiration, I pull together onto a board and from there I start working towards a piece that I personally would want. All of my artwork comes from a place of, “would I hang this up in my house?” I love working outside. I will spread out a blanket and put on some music, usually Tim McGraw, and just start creating!

How long have you lived in Wichita?

I have been back home for 2 years now!

How are you connected to downtown Wichita?

I live just down Douglas and work at The Workroom under Janelle King! I would say that job and her as a mentor has really opened me up to the art scene in downtown Wichita!

Where can we see more of your work?

Gelichavez.com and on Instagram at @gelichavez.

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