Me at work in my facepainting booth.
Yes, that is me as Elmo,
and again below as a dancer.
ABOUT THE ARTIST AND HER WORK (in her own words):
My name is Georgena Askew. I have been a lifelong resident of El Paso. I received my bachelor's degree from University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in El Paso, Texas and my Masters degree from Sul Ross State University (SRSU) in Alpine, Texas. I have taught in the public schools and for the El Paso Community College for over 26 years. I've taught several subjects including art, drama, music and bilingual kindergarten (Espa�ol/English) and worked for ten years as an elementary school librarian.
Along with being a face painter in these past several years, I am also a clown, life-size puppet, balloon sculpturer and a dancer ... performing Irish step dancing, Middle Eastern (belly dancing), international folk, ballroom and Latin dancing. I have won several competitions for Middle Eastern and ballroom dance.
1990, I've worked as an entertainer and professional face painter doing festivals, craft fairs, grand openings, corporate picnics, special events and birthday parties. All of my face/body painting is done free hand with hypo-allergenic paints which are formulated for safe use on children's sensitive skin.
I also do henna tattoos, which are done freehand as well. They can be done in many different colors and last approximately a week.
Presently, I am doing parties and working
part-time for the city of El Paso's Museum and Culturarl Arts Department doing storytelling, balloon twisting and/or facepainting. The stories can be presented to children or adults. I also have a workshop for Developing the Right Side of the Brain, geared to upper elementary and middle school students. I am also available to present a workshop for teachers on Developing the Right Side of the Brain as well as workshops on storytelling.
In the summer, I work with the public library's summer reading programs doing face-painting and storytelling/dance performances.