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El Paseo Community Garden

18th Street Pilsen Open Studios - 2022

944 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608


Open to the public: October 22nd & 23rd / 12-5pm

Saturday, Oct. 22nd / 12-5pm

Sunday, Oct. 23rd / 12-5pm

  • Featured Artist: Heriberto T. Quiroz 

  • Musical performance by Dre X. Meza

  • Art Activity by Wellness Coalition


El Paseo Community Garden is a volunteer ran organization and community space. We welcome anyone to get involved and find their place amongst the team. We are grateful for the initiative and hard work these volunteers have put forth to make our space thrive.

Paseo Garden Wellness Coalition:

Dre X. Meza (they/them) is a trans, Latinx, first-generation Chicanx, neurodivergent and disabled vocalist, musician, arranger, composer, and music educator. Using vocals, various instruments and improvisation, they seek to tell healing and authentic stories. 

Jimena Hernandez is a 31-year-old artist. She was born in Chicago, but had lived in Mexico

almost her whole life, and in many ways, this has influenced her artistic work, and her

thinking philosophy. The fact of being an U.S. born Latina has expanded and enriched her

vision of the world. Also, her passion for reading has taken her further: to other countries,

to other times, to other worlds. All this has made her more conscious of the reality of the

world, what contribution she can offer to it, and that she still has a lot to learn.

Since she was little, she has been interested in painting, and began participating in art

contests since she was in Junior High School. She studied Visual Communication Design at

the Faculty of Arts and Design of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Her favorite

medium is watercolor, and though she specialized in manual illustration techniques, she

also works making embroidery, body art, printmaking, book binding and creative writing.

She is a very versatile artist, but her favorite themes are nature, magical and witchy things,

portraits, and literature inspired art.

Her personal Art Studio, Maple Workshop, was created in December of 2014, and it had

been open for classes since 2017. This year, she decided to move to Chicago to continue

with her professional career. She arrived on July 13 th and was living in Pilsen, where she

discovered El Paseo Garden and became a member of the Community Healing Mercado

Coalition. She had to move to Tinley Park on September 13 th , but she would love to return

to live in the Pilsen area soon. In her free time, she likes to read, to travel, and to do sports;

in fact, she’s a retired gymnast. Now she practices swimming and yoga. Her favorite

animals are horses and wolves. Two of the things she loves the most are the sea and, of

course, a good cup of tea.

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