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A Unique Sculpture Art Form and Artist

Updated on May 27, 2014
Mendez's art takes on a life of its own once it is complete.  People often state they see an angel in this sculpture.
Mendez's art takes on a life of its own once it is complete. People often state they see an angel in this sculpture.

What is Fine Art?

One would think it easy to define art as it surrounds us in every day life. The variety and types of art forms are numerous and make statements of interest to the viewer. And if you asked each person what they thought of a certain artist's rendition of a painting or sculpture, you would get a different answer from each.

Fine art such as sculpting was not truly recognized as art until modern times. It is unfortunate that the works of Michelangelo's David and The Pieta were not recognized for the timeless beauty, truth and reality they portrayed to mankind of that era. Now as time plays out, we appreciate how art bridges nonorganic forms to mankind through the connection of detail to life. A work of art emerges with the artist's concept much more easily in today's world then in the past. Although the interpretation of art may differ in the eyes of the beholder, today our perception of it as an expression of beauty is widely accepted.

The art forms created by Greg Mendez are unique. They are life-sized metal sculptures meant to inspire a sense of life's fluid movement through time. Each piece is well designed and reflects the vision of the artist, but he will be the first to tell you that the observer will arrive at his or her own sense of beauty in the sculptures.

The artist with one of his creations of art.
The artist with one of his creations of art. | Source
Fat Tony
Fat Tony | Source

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A fascinating union of metal creates this masterpiece.
A fascinating union of metal creates this masterpiece. | Source
Greg's latest artwork, The Virgin Mary, is featured at the local catholic church.  Do you see the angels in the design?
Greg's latest artwork, The Virgin Mary, is featured at the local catholic church. Do you see the angels in the design? | Source
Close up of the detailed expression indicating peace.
Close up of the detailed expression indicating peace.

Meet the Sculptor

Gregory Mendez is a nationally recognized artist of metal sculpting. He graduated from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana in the study of fine arts. During his college years, he studied the works of a former local artist, David Smith, who inspired his creation and mastery of metal sculpting. Through his observation and study of the welding technique as a means of creating sculptures, he began to visualize the fluid movement of this type of art form.

The following are Questions and Answers from a recent interview with the artist. By the way, did I mention that Greg is my nephew? We are all very proud of him as a person and of his art.

Question: What inspired you to create metal sculptures?

Answer: When I was a boxer, my family and I would have some time between matches to visit local museums and parks. I was fascinated by the outdoor display of sculptures in the parks and noted the beauty they added to the surroundings. Then, in college I took on a painter's job to help pay my way through and it was this experience that led to my vision of movement and art. I would notice my stretching upwards, fine brush strokes, and the direction or flow of the paint and it clicked, "artistic expression is similar to our movement in life." I used this motivation to design life-sized metal figures.

Question: Where do you get your inspiration? How do you decide upon a name for the piece?

Answer: My inspiration comes from observation of life and nature. I name my creations from science fiction novels and gaming characters, such as Halo. The Fat Tony sculpture is one that comes from this experience. I also use real life models to design and inspire character into the pieces.

Question: Did your family inspire you as a child to pursue your career in art?

Answer: You know, I have thought more upon this question recently because others have asked me how my family life played into my career choice. I look back and remember the times my family had to clear the fields on our land. We would often walk the plowed land afterwards looking for arrowheads. I would look at the relic and think how someone in the past took the time to make these by hand. They have become timeless pieces of art.

Question: Your sculptures are quite large. How do you pack them for travel and then set them up for display? Are they made to endure the natural elements?

Answer: Each piece may weigh between 200 and 400 pounds. Either the purchaser will pick them up or we will install them. They are dismantled in sections and then easily assembled upon arrival. The sculptures are designed to balance upon a base and will stand up under various weather and natural conditions.

Question: What is the process in creating your sculptures?

Answer: After the blueprint design is set, it may take anywhere from six hours or more to weld and bend the metal pieces. I use simple tools, basically a hammer, vice, hand saw or power tool, and grinder to form the image.

Question: You participated in the Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk last year. This venue is highly popular and draws top artists and cultural interest from all over the world. Your sculpture Rapturous Arcs won a prestigious award. Congratulations! Will this now be a permanent part of the city's sculpture walk?

Answer: No, it will go on to possibly eight other cities that are connected to the sculpture walk events. Each city will display the sculpture for a year, if not purchased, then it will continue on to the next sculpture walk destination. Some of the states involved in this art venue are Minnesota, Wisconsin, California and Iowa. As cities are renovating their downtown areas, these sculptures are added attractions and create a sense of artistic beauty to the area.

Question: What advice would you give to young artists?

Answer: Find a mentor. Observe and learn from people in the field. Your education is valuable, but the real learning comes as you work under those who have the skill and experience. I worked with Cary Shaefer, who is known for the gargoyle sculpture's final finish at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., for four years. I learned much about stone sculpture from this man. I was very fortunate to have his mentoring.




Fine Art Sculptures On Display

Some of Greg's sculptures are displayed in his hometown of Decatur, Indiana. The local Adams County Hospital and the Decatur Library both host his sculptures on their premises. Greg also serves as chairman of the newly formed Decatur Sculpture Walk Committee. His hopes are to help area artists gain recognition and inspire them to pursue their dreams.

Currently, he is working on eight sculptures to become part of a private collection. He enjoys his work and seeks only the recognition of his art being a motivating expression of life to others.

The artist has offered interested artisans his contact information should they desire a closer view of his work: gmmendez1@hotmail.com. You can read about his latest artwork at North Iowa Today.

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Very beautiful sculptures he is a very talented gifted gentleman great hub voted up and awesome.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Very lovely sculptures, and yes the angel one is very life like. I remember someone saying that their art is always in the piece of marble or wire, wood or stone and they just release it by turning it into a shape or person, wonderful, voted up and shared! nell

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Hi teaches.

      Thank you for sharing very creative art work with us.

      God bless you.

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      shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

      Wow, what an incredible hub. And you wrote it in such an interesting way. Great job.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Yes, he is very talented. I have always been amazed what is considered art to one and junk to another. These are awesome. I have always been interested in art, just never inspired enough to try I guess. That and the little time I have. Loved this article Teaches. Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      This was so very interesting Dianna. My husband actually taught sculpture and design as a high art teacher a few years back, so from the wife of an artist, I am always fascinated by those who have artistic ability, so thanks for writin this one. Voted and shared too.

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Amazing and wonderful scupltures teaches! A talented man indeed.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the introduction

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wowwww!!! Wonderful sculptures and the talented man behind it. I never seen like this before. Thanks for this Teaches!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Sculptures are beauty in the beholders eye comimg to life. Awesome sculptures and sculptor, enjoyed your hub, voted up and shared.

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi teaches. What an art, very beautiful. Amazing how a strong heart of man can possess a beautiful spot that builds enormous creations. Thanks for sharing to us these lovely sculptures. Awesome hub, thanks for the video, too. I'm voting up.

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      Craig Hartranft 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Mendez creates amazing art; where did you find this man?

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Craig, this is my nephew. He has a talent for design and unique art form. Thanks for your visit here and support.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Prettynutjob, he is indeed a talented young man. Appreciate your support through votes. Have a great day, dear friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Nell, I have heard this also, the design lies within the stone or material and the artist brings it forth. Thanks for your insight here, votes and sharing of this man's talent. BE strong and well.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey, teacherjoe. I so enjoy your visits to the hubs. Blessings.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Shea, thanks for the compliments. The artist deserves all the credit for interet.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lyricwriter, I am an art lover of all types and this one is quite a new unique design. Glad you enjoyed the art, at least online you don't have to travel too far to enjoy.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Janine, You must have some interesting pieces of art in your home with your husband being an artist. Thanks for your vote, sharing and visit. Enjoy your day.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Snowdrops, Thanks for visiting here. Have an enjoyable day.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mhatter, you are welcome. Glad to have your artistic visit here.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Unknown, I appreciate your support here and love your positive feedback.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Vellur, Thanks for othe votes, sharing and support. I agree that art does inspire beauty within.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Tonipet, Glad you stopped in here to comment. Thanks for the vote. He is indeed a man of strong heart and does some incredible art work.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      That is so good. I voted up for sure. I applaud you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you for coming by here, Integrity. Take care, dear friend.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These are very interesting sculptures, teaches. I especially like the one of the dancer. Your nephew is a talented artist!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Alicia, my favorite is the dancer, Natalia, also. Thanks for your visit, compliments and support. Have a great week!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Teaches - Your nephew, Gregory Mendez, is an extraordinarily talented artist. Thank you for introducing us to him and his remarkable work.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Housebuyer, thanks for your visit and appreciation of the artist.

      Drbj, thank you for your kind compliment and visit here. He does have extraordinary talent and his art work is quite an expression of his view of detail to life's events.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      What a talented nephew you have! I am impressed with his choice of media and body of work. I really enjoyed your interview format as well as the video! What a nice change of pace!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lindacee, thanks for your added comment and for your support of the artist's work. It is a different art form that is quite beautiful. Take care, dear friend.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Gregory Mendez is obviously very talented. I always enjoys seeing sculptures and his art is quite unique. Very interesting and awesome hub.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      What an amazingly talented young man( must run in the family! ) your introductions and interview do justice to his extraordinary talent, Dianna. This is a truly inspiring hub. Thank you! I'll look out for his work....

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Pamela, I too love sculptures. Each has its own voice. Thanks for visiting here and your support.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Docmo, you are so kind and I appreciate your visit to the hub. His work is beginning to make strides within the art world. He has such unique artistic expression to each of his creations. See you around, dear friend.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very creative sculpture work and thanks for introducing Geogory Mendez, Great share, voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Girishpuri, thanks for the votes and support. You are such a great supporter of my writing. Glad you found Greg's art interesting.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Teaches, this is one multi-talented individual. From a boxer to an artist! And I love that he's inspired by gaming characters -- proof that art need not be stuffy!

      These are amazing and you presented them in a well-rounded way. I love the video. Thank for sharing these with us!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ms Molly, I thank you for your kind words of support. I do agree that his talent is unique and presents a updated trend in artistic expression. Thanks for your visit. Be safe and well.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very interesting sculptures from this talented man. Great interview and introduction to his work. You have represented him well here!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing this very interesting hub and the artist. It is well done and appreciated, teaches12345.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Christy, thank you! I just found out he won another award at the Iowa State Sculpture walk.

      Whonunuwho, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Be safe and well.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you teaches12345, he sounds like quite a fine artist in the field of sculpture.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Whonunuwho, he is indeed a dedicated artist. Thank you for your support, you are such a great friend.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You must be so proud of your nephew! He is indeed talented and I enjoyed seeing some of the metal sculptures that he has created. Thanks for telling us about him. Up and beautiful votes and sharing.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I wish I had the guts to approach somebody for an interview. That adds so much originality and authenticity to your article. My favorite piece is "Natalia" because it seems so light and airy despite the metal. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Art and life, to me, are all the same :) Earth without Art is Eh, so they say :)

      I absolutely love this hub and all the fine art and sculptures you provided. Voted up and sharing!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Peggy, thank you, I do appreciate your visit to the hub. He is indeed a talented sculptor.

      Alocsin, I love the piece Natalia also, didn't realize it was because it was so light and airy, as you put it. It does have a simple beauty. Thanks for your support here.

      KDuBarry, you have said it all -- life and art are one. I appeciate your enthusiasm here!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Hi Teaches12345! This is a very interesting hub. I agree that life and art are interconnected we can't have one without the other. God is the creator of this beautiful world we live in. I think many of us enjoy creating our own works of art. Voted up, interesting, and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Kelley, God is the origin of art and beauty, no denying that in creation and nature. It's through our God-given talents that we reflect his vision of the world. Thanks for your added insight to this hub. Hope you are well and safe.

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      Interesting work. Artists are amazing. I am particularly interested in the Angel.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Skarlet, thanks for your visit here and your comment. I too love the angels he designs -- very touching and beautiful.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Your nephew has an awesome talent. I think with art sculptures in metal you either hate them or love them. Mendez creates the form of sculptures that I love. I particularly like Natalia.

      A wonderful interview Teaches, thank you for introducing this talented artist.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Rosemay, Natalia is a favorite with many people. Greg, has come to realize that the angels and artistic forms are the most popular and will create more of these in the future. Thanks for your visit and comment. Have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I did miss one....great interview and this guy is seriously talented. Great job Dianna!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Greg is a very talented man with a great future. Thanks, Bill, for your supoprt. Have a PIPO Day!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I love looking at art and beautiful sculptures, and appreciate your allowing us to see these virtually, and with music! Learning about the talented artist is a great bonus. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Millionaire Tips for stopping in here to view this artist's work. Art is beauty that makes us reflect on life's purpose and deepens our understanding of it. Take care and be safe out there.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      In the sculpture in your first pic, I see a woman making her debut on the red carpet going into an Academy Awards ceremony where she has been nominated for an Oscar!

      Are you related to Gregory Mendez? Same last name...

      I like his sculpture of fat tony! I am amazed by it's stature!

      He is inspired by "observation of life and nature"...I like that!

      You wrote an excellent hub that got my attention! Voted up and shared!!!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Wonderful work of art! It is always inspiring to read about the thoughts of an artist.

      Great interview! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Audra, I like Fat Tony too -- it is a Halo figure resemblance (if you know the video game). It was great having our stop by to comment. See you around.

      Ignugent, thanks for the visit and the feedback on the artist. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So interesting. Art is so important too in life. How dull it would be without it and how enriching to have ones like you share fine artist like this. Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Jackie, I somehow missed your comment. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Greg's art. Art does enrich our lives everyday, we just don't realize how much at times. Have a great day.v

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      Ben Zoltak 3 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Great work, I love Mendez's floating, free flowing figures especially. Not to many of us artists can claim to have been boxers! Maybe my brothers and I threw some punches haha. Great homage!

      Ben

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hello, Ben. I admire artists for their creative designs and attention to detail. Boxing is still a passion with Greg and has inspired some of his artwork. Ben, brothers can be motivating pieces of work, even in some ways artful!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      That his work is filled with features that portray a feeling of strong lace is very interesting. Delicate yet powerful, his is full of energy. Thanks for the introduction!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Thank you for the feedback, RTalloni. He is indeed a very dedicated and energetic artist.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 2 years ago from Western NC

      I think I missed this when it came out - so glad you shared it again! I thought this guy was your brother. Hehe.

      I love his work and can definitely appreciate his artistic approach to his sculptures. It's incredible what he's doing and to awesome he's won awards for it - he deserves that!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Hi Cyndi! Greg has a unique talent and has contributed so much to his own community through cultural exhibits and events. Glad you stopped by to view the art. Have a Happy New Year!

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