Our Team

The community engagement process of ArtSí Charlotte is supported by volunteer artists and community leaders who believe in the mission and the goals of this initiative.

ArtSí’s volunteer group is comprised of a diverse group of artists, from visual artists to writers and poets. Likewise, our volunteer artists come from different Latin American countries, including Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia, as well as from the United States.


ArtSí Community Leaders  2016 – 2017

Led by the Director of Membership Engagement, this group of volunteers will provide on-going feedback to ArtSí’ steering committee and will support programs and events execution by fostering stronger grassroots connections for the initiative.


Claudia Soria / Director


Through painting Claudia Soria has been able to unleash her creative side. From the moment she started painting, her style has evolved from painting in a realistic style to a more natural and fluid style that borrows light  and color from the impressionists and surface and brushstroke from modern and abstract painters.

Claudia has been painting with renowned artist Andy Braitman since 2005. She has also taken workshops from renowned artists including pastel and oil artist Greg Barnes and figure and portrait artist Miriam Durkin.  She travels to her native Bolivia every year where she paints under the instruction of Bolivian painter Oscar Rodriguez since 2002.Traveling has provided Claudia with a diverse array of views for her landscape paintings which include images from North Carolina and Bolivia.  Although Claudia’s work has focused on landscapes, still life and figure in oil, she is currently experimenting with collage and mixed media techniques.

Recently, Claudia participated in the 2013 Arte Latino Now exhibition at Queens University of Charlotte, in the 2012 Latin American Festival, in the 2012 “In the Eye of Art” – Blue, Green, and Yellow exhibitions at Gil Gallery, in the 2012 Art for Autism event, an exhibition of regional artists benefiting the Autism Foundation of the Carolinas, and in the 2011 Annual Holiday Square Show at Providence Gallery in Charlotte.

Claudia lives in Charlotte NC with her husband and three children.

For more information about Claudia, or to contact her, choose one of the following options:

Email: claudia@artsicharlotte.org
Website: www.claudia-soria.com
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/claudiasoria/
Twitter: @cbsoria
Facebook: facebook.com/claudia.b.soria.7


Lynette Hinman / Community Leader

Lynette Hinman, a contemporary figurative artist, concentrated her studies in painting at the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida. She spent nearly two years in residency at McColl Center for Visual Art, where she began experimenting with the use of roses in her work.

Lynette has demonstrated her technique of painting with petals for the Charlotte Artists Society, which gave the public a glimpse into her soft, emotional style of rendering images that embrace yearning, symbolism and complex spirituality. Her paintings and drawings have been shown in several group exhibitions including venues in Charlotte, Florida, New York, and France.  For the past 13 years, Lynette has been sharing her knowledge of Art with thousands of Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary school students as a full-time instructor of the North Carolina Visual Arts Curriculum.  Lynette realizes the importance of life-long learning, as she continues to develop her skills as an artist and teacher inspired by the developing cultural diversity of the Queen City.

For more information about Lynette, or to contact her, please choose one of the following options:

Email: lynette@artischarlotte.org
Website: www.theartistrose.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/lynette.hinman


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Zaire Kacz / Community Leader

Photographer Zaire Kacz was born and raised in Venezuela, where she earned her B.S. degree from Universidad del Zulia in 1998. In 2000, she was awarded a scholarship from Kodak and earned her Photography Diploma from Escuela Julio Bengoechea. Moving to Miami, FL in 2003, she immersed herself in the fashion world. There her work graced the pages of numerous magazines. 

In 2010, she relocated to North Carolina and rediscovered her earlier passion, dance photography. Her series of collaborations with dancers from companies like Terpsicorps in North carolina, BalletMet in Ohio and San Francisco Ballet, among others, has fueled a new aesthetic, inspired by the beauty and athleticism of the performers. Zaire’s creative process is driven by intuition, chance, universal laws and a momentary connection of feelings with her subjects.The result is both ethereal and compelling in its simplicity and depth. Kacz’s dance imagery has been published in Dance Magazine, Point Magazine and in BalletMet Columbus’ 2014-2015, 2015-2016 Season Brochures.

Zaire not only focuses on her fine art and dance photography, but also embraces her work creating magazine editorials, shooting events and capturing stunning head shots for executives, actors and musicians.  Her meticulous approach and drive for perfection produces a unique product that is easily identifiable with its creativity, lighting and artistic layouts.

Email: info@zairekacz.com 
Website: www.zairekaczphotography.com
Twitter:  @ZaireKaczphoto
Facebook: facebook.com/ZKphotos


Kurma Murrain / Community Leader

Kurma Murrain graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and is a published writer and poet. Her works include a book of poems titled “Esta Soy” (This who I am) published in 1998 and various other literary works here in the United States.

Her poetry has appeared in international journals and online magazines such as El Tiempo, Que Pasa Mi Gente, La Noticia, Label Me Latino/a, and Iodine. In addition, she has translated books from English to Spanish that include “Life in the Shadow of the Swastika” by Frieda Roos-Van Hessen and “Honoring God with my Life” by Miriam Nadler.

She is a founding member of Charlotte’s ArteSanos de la Palabra - a group of poets who enrich the cultural and literary scene of the Queen City. She has volunteered with programs like ArtSi, Gil Project (Flag of Hope) and other arts education initiatives.

Kurma currently teaches high school mathematics and English as a Second Language with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, and is also part of the Charlotte Teachers Institute initiative participating in mathematics and literature seminars at Davidson College. In her free time, she teaches Zumba and tutors children and adults in Spanish. Her love of writing is best exemplified in her poetry readings that take place around Charlotte.

For more information about Kurma, or to schedule a poetry reading, please choose one of the following options:

Email: kurma@artsicharlotte.org
Website: artesanosdelapalabra.wordpress.com
Twitter: @kurma2011
Facebook: facebook.com/KurmaMurrain