(TW: Violence) Interview with artist Dabyran Muñoz

A: Dabyran, when did you first begin to make art, and to paint?
D: I have always been interested in art noticing my inclinations more specifically around the age of 12 I’d spend late summer nights drawing, painting & writing with the company of some music.

A: Who is depicted in your painting? 
D: In this painting I chose to depict a black body. I wanted to keep the illustration androgynous so as to commemorate not only the men but also women victimized by police brutality in this country.  

A: The painting is priced at $1,619. Does the price have any special significance? D: I did not necessarily want to part ways with the painting as it is one special to me I set it comfortably at a price I felt would not sell at.  The number 1619 is to allude to the year in which the first enslaved Africans arrived in the colonies and to help reframe how we view our relationship to the past now in 2021. As a singular work in the exhibit I needed even the price to support the message.

A: Is there an audience you visualized who would see the work?
D: I was initially supposed to have my painting shown at a cafe in New Paltz, NY. Only after getting to the manager was the painting rejected and sent back to me. I wanted the work to be seen by EVERYONE and it’s in these types of establishments like a coffee shop where so many go unexpectedly waiting for their lattes to find a radical work of art in their face.  I want to make people uncomfortable and face the harsh truth. If it were up to me I would have the work up in the middle of town though with fear it would be torn down.  Nonetheless I thank the team at Celebrate 845 for giving me a platform to showcase my work as this is my first show outside of New Paltz campus and I’m delighted to be a part of the roster of artists. 

A: Would you consider yourself to be a threat of violence or harm to others?
D: I am in no way a threat of violence or harm to others. The Police are the threat, these so called authority figures are a menace to the black community and minorities alike. ‘Blue Lives Matter’ say what you really mean..- that Black Lives don’t. THIS is the narrative they help perpetuate, the police and those who rally around to protect and ‘back the blue’.  Even after countless occurrences not only recently, not just in 2020 this has gone on since before I was born and will continue until we cause a scene.  That’s exactly what we saw in the rioting over the past year and certain parties want to speak on the issue and dwell on a Wendy’s set ablaze but why aren’t we addressing what’s really going on with the police and how we are going to defund or abolish because whatever reformation we been flirting with the idea of has scarcely been seen. 

A: How is the creation of art significant at this time?  D: The creation of art is intrinsic to every community of every civilized society as it can be used as a tool for change, spark debate and shake things up when society chooses ignorance over progression.

Blue Lives Matter- Say What You Really- Say What You Really Mean

“Blue Lives Matter- Say What You Really Mean” 2021, acrylic on faux leather, by Dabryan Muñoz

Special thank you to Jamie Sanin, founder of Celebrate845, who helped produce the “Freedom Dreams” exhibition at Arts Society of Kingston.

“Freedom Dreams” exhibition runs June 5 – June 27 at The Arts Society of Kingston, located at 97 Broadway in Kingston, NY.

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Mask Trios and Doing Good


Thank you everyone who has helped in the fight against COVID-19.  Since the quarantine began, I had the opportunity to help by making masks with filter fabric and due to the high demand, I continue to donate 1 mask for every mask sold.  Here’s a roundup:

Feedback from a donation I made to a NYC resident who cares for elders in their building:

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Donations I made since March, free of charge & personally delivered or paid shipping out of pocket:

  • 25 masks to Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Connecticut
  • 20 masks to Sharon Health Center in Sharon, CT
  • 15 masks to local businesses
  • 25 masks to individuals and families in need
  • 5 masks to postal workers
  • 5 masks to essential workers


Mask trios, above, available for suggested price of $75, free USPS priority shipping.  Choose from tartan, metallic, or textured trio.

Natural cotton muslin masks also available, one for $35, 4 or more for $20 per mask. All with anti-allergen filtration fabric inside the mask.

To order yours, contact alishatrimbl3@gmail.com.  Venmo @Alisha-Trimble, or Paypal via the link https://www.paypal.me/alishatrimble


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Wear a Mask, Give a Mask

Thank you to everyone who donated to purchase masks.  I was able to dedicate this weekend almost entirely to cutting and sewing masks for those in need.  Currently, I have maintained a ratio of 2 masks donated to those in need per 1 mask sold.


Pictured above: 25 washable masks completed for donation to Sharon Hospital. Ready to sterilize and pack for delivery tomorrow.


I have only a few masks available for civilians until my next shipment of hepa fabric arrives, and due to the cost of shipping, the sudden price increase on hepa cloth, and the amount of resources dedicated to giving to those in need, the suggested donation amount for masks is increased to $50 per mask.  I appreciate everyone’s continued support and I continue to pledge not to turn away anyone who is in need as long as I can make them.  To order yours: contact me at alishatrimbl3@gmail.com with your mailing address, and send venmo to @Alisha-Trimble.

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Masks for everybody

Here are the masks I’ve made to help mitigate the spread of the icky virus.  It’s always best to cover your mouth and nose if you’re going out shopping or pumping gas; since the virus enters through your mouth nose and eyes and we have no way of knowing who might be asymptomatic, it’s best to be protected!


Small and Large masks in natural cotton with filter cloth lining, 2 each.


Special filtration fabric lining wipes clean with alcohol swabs or clorox wipes.  It’s always best to use a fresh mask but if you don’t have one available, be sure to keep yours clean.


Black masks prepared to deliver


I made 10 washable fabric masks ready for donation to a local nursing home. After creating a pattern, sourcing and testing fabrics, in the past couple days I made about 50 masks and donated half of them to families in need and small businesses in the area that conduct face to face interactions with their customers.

If you need a mask, please contact me at alishatrimbl3@gmail.com.  No one will be turned away who is in need of a mask as long as I can make them. Suggested donation is $35 for one mask, $20 per mask if 4 or more.  To order yours or to donate to ordering supplies, go to paypal.me/alishatrimble or venmo @alisha-trimble.



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Collectors’ Paradise at Fall For Art in Millerton

Over 20 local businesses take part in Millerton’s Fall for Art, Village-wide Art Festival on Saturday, October 12, from 1-6 PM. Retail business setting aside one day out of the year for the selling of art makes for some high-profile hobnobbing, as well as a day of endless inspiration for art-loving locals.

Hair Modern, at 63 Main shows select paintings by Alex Sanzo.  Sanzo’s loud colors layer oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas.  Measuring three to six feet across, the paintings would brighten up an ecru interior, injecting any neutral space with life through brilliantly saturated pigments in sanguine color schemes. The painter leaves just enough white of the canvas showing through for the colors to breathe and the pieces to feel uncluttered.

At Meta44, 5916 N. Elm Ave, David Valyou shows capricious sculpture bricolages of Dadaist found objects, sculpted plaster, and paint. New works: brooding enigmatic large-scale wood panel misshapes serve as dark grounds for aggressive mark-making: cutting into an alchemy of marble dust suspended in painted acrylic medium. Layered heavily in acrylic and marble on wood panels, bone-white abstract waterfall paintings of various sizes are fraught with kinetic textures over gradient reliefs.

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“Bed Of Nails” Bricolage Sculpture by David Valyou, Photo By Tara Nugent

At Veteran’s Park, keep an eye out for Mitchell Hoffmaster showing palatable paintings with soft color schemes and whispery sketch lines in acrylic, pastel, and oil stick on canvas. Also at Veteran’s Park, Tilly Strauss’ painterly bucolic landscapes of the nearby region are clever visual captures with Fauvist color harmonies. Her highly collectible miniature acrylic paintings on paper (about 3” x 4”) of farm scenery are as hip as Polaroids, and even more rare.


Acrylic Paintings on Paper by Tilly Strauss

Patty Mullins exhibits at Oblong Books, 26 Main St. Mullin’s rich etheric paintings show deftness of color and a studied application of oil paint. The landscapes build up organic-shaped patterns in warm tones over mottled and vacuous blue and green receding grounds in oil paint on small boards and canvases. New landscape paintings by Mullins are on view this Saturday.

At Millerton Mercantile on 3 Main St, Shira Toren shows select two-dimensional works.  Repeated minimalist abstractions go over smooth negative space applied in subtle visual textures of muted chromatic greys in pigment, ink and plaster on canvas.

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Swamp Boats  24”x20’ Venetian plaster, ink and pigment on Canvas by Shira Toren

Feast your eyes on the abundant art from eclectic to classic, at Fall For Art Millerton. The harvest mood not only applies to enjoying the great local agriculture, but also to the wellspring of creativity flourishing within the region. Enjoy strolling about the changing colored foliage and you may find an original work of art made by a living artist to take home with you.

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19 Ways Women Can Close the Wage Gap Fast!

Women are well aware of the wage gap.  But what can they do about it? Collectively, it turns out, a lot.  Ladies, non-binaries, WOC, all folk, here are ways to say you are worth every penny.


  1.  90 days

When you’re settled into a new job, but were over-eager and low-balled yourself at the offer, say “I have done this job for three months, my trial/training/initial period is over.  I love it here and hope to stay, with a 15% pay increase.”

  1. Not optional

If they say no, ask again later, “Today is my 120th day working at this fine establishment, it’s time for the pay to be this much.”

  1. Embrace Opportunities to Do More

When you are asked to do more, say “Yes, I am happy to take on additional responsibilities, in exchange for additional pay.”

  1. Don’t Give In

When they say no but still want you to do more, say “I am not available at this time.”  Wait two weeks, offer again to do more with additional pay.

  1. Let Me See Your Check Stub

Find a co-worker who is paid more than you and compare your skills.  Then, say “I will require the same salary as Fred because we have been doing the same job and performing equally for 30 days.”

  1. Parlay Job Offers

Comb through job boards, interview and get the offer so you can say, “Hermes is offering me twice my current wage.”

  1. Turn Down Offers.

“It’s a great job, but the pay isn’t where it needs to be.”  Period.

  1. Take This Job and Shove It

If you asked five times and they still put you off: quit!  While it wasn’t fair to you, the next person will have a better chance of getting a fair wage.  Just Airbnb your place until you find something else.

  1. Talk To My Secretary

No contracts? Write your own.  Write your boss a memo that guarantees you a specific wage increase within a specific amount of time and make them initial/sign it. If they don’t sign, leave.

  1. I Do Everything and I Get Nothing

Are you constantly overworking yourself but feel invisible because your workplace doesn’t conduct a performance review? Do your own.  Track your department’s performance and total all the numbers/tasks/productivity for yourself and your team. Apply the logic that if your department increases by a certain percent, so do your wages.

  1. Pokerface

Get into the habit of applying for jobs, for no reason.  Rewrite your resume to include keywords from the job descriptions and make compelling cover letters that make HR feel foolish not to talk to you.  Even if you don’t want it, interview and make it a game to get the offer. Then, turn them down. Tell them explicitly that the pay is too low. Do this as often as possible as a public service for women everywhere.

  1. Plan a Vacation

Use your paid sick leave days as the vacation bonus you should have gotten.

  1. Break The Rules

If you sign agreements preventing you from discussing your pay, or from seeking other employment in your field, it may be legal but it isn’t right. In the future, we will have better civil rights and the law will guarantee equal pay.  One day, the people who made us sign away our right to seek equal employment will look like monsters.

  1. Be Fearless

Some people get paid millions to build lego fortresses, so you can ask for five more dollars per hour for what you do and it is not crazy, no matter what anybody says.

  1. Be Funny

If your boss doesn’t pay well, make fun of them.  It takes away any intimidation from the situation, bonds with co-workers and gives you the confidence to find better pay.

  1. Look Your Best

Dress better than your peers.  Ideally, better than your supervisor.  If your credit cards are maxed out from a low-paying job, learn to sew and make yourself outfits on your days off. Subconsciously people respect you more the better you look, and the less you have to make a case for yourself, the easier it will be to get your asking salary.

  1. Assess Your Male Peer Working Relationships

If you are more experienced than your male co-workers, outperform them, and/or take over responsibilities for them regularly without compensation, do not continue to do this. Request additional pay.

  1. Female Bonding

You hate your co-worker “Karen who wants to speak to a manager,” but try to find something in common with her because you could lift each other one day.

  1. Imitate The Guys

Notice how guys will say things with confidence, regardless of if what they are saying is correct?  Do this at least seven times a day. Make declarative statements in a projected, confident voice. After 3-5 days, consciously remove any questioning tone from your work-related speech.  Now walk straight in and tell them to give you a raise.