East L.A. meets Santa Ana

Sand One the East L.A. artist comes to play in Santa Ana.

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East L.A. meets Santa Ana

Owner Sand One opening the door to her gallery located in Fourth Street in Santa Ana on Sunday, September 23, 2019.

Owner Sand One opening the door to her gallery located in Fourth Street in Santa Ana on Sunday, September 23, 2019.

Marielena Martinez

Owner Sand One opening the door to her gallery located in Fourth Street in Santa Ana on Sunday, September 23, 2019.

Marielena Martinez

Marielena Martinez

Owner Sand One opening the door to her gallery located in Fourth Street in Santa Ana on Sunday, September 23, 2019.

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On Saturday, September 22, 2019, Sand One celebrated the grand opening of her new art gallery in Santa Ana at the Historic Spurgeon Building located in Fourth street. New and old collectors excitedly lined up to meet Sand and to view the gallery.

Sand knew she always wanted to be an artist as a young girl. Since the age of 17, she began to actively pursue her dream of being an artist. Despite the many obstacles she faced, such as coming from a poor home, a mother who worked for very few dollars an hour at a taco truck, and people who doubted her. 

Sand began by riding her bike around East L.A. offering her services to anyone who would accept them. She learned to face rejection and used it as fuel to keep going. If five people said no, eventually one person would say yes, giving her the ability to provide for her family. She painted store owner’s windows for advertisements and paint murals all around Los Angeles for free. Even if she got ripped off she knew that one day it would pay off. 

She then went from a bike to a bucket to do the same. As long as her undocumented mother got up every single day to provide for her family, she knew she had to keep going.

As the years went by Sand began to gain recognition for her art, especially the murals she painted all around Los Angeles. This growing success allowed her to bring her ideas to reality, she said that she would tell herself that, “Eventually people are going to come around, eventually someones going to notice your art, eventually girls are going to go crazy and make line and love you and cry and tell you how much they want to own your art and whatever I make it’s going to be wanted by many, but right now you have paid no dues so keep painting your frees Sand.” and she was right.

Collectors patiently waited for the doors to open, one collector, Dina Carillo who has been following Sand since 2009, said ̈It inspires me to go out and do stuff, not just to sit around, so far like I got a new job and stuff like that, I’ve changed stuff in my house around and just what she says.“ when asked how Sand One´s art inspires her. 

Once inside the gallery, Maria, Sand´s mother expressed that, “La verdad que no, le gusta pintar, desde niña pinta. Sabía lo que quería desde chiquita. Pero llegar hasta donde está no, gracias a Dios.“ She didn’t think her daughter would make it this far to where she is today.

Sand mentioned on social media that it was risky to open a shop in Santa Ana so when asked why she said, “It’s a gamble. I’m not from here, I’m from L.A., so I’m coming to a whole different county but whenever I come out here, especially Santa Ana, a lot of girls come up to me.”

But that didn’t stop her. Sand wanted to open a shop in S.A. because she knew she had something to offer, “ I’m bringing the hood and I’m bringing culture, like I’m bringing art, and women like I, come from the streets of LA so coming over here, I’m like damn, why didn’t I ever paint out here?” said Sand.