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Member Spotlight Debora McDell-Hernandez

Q: Why did you become a RoCo member?
A: I value the arts and the opportunities that RoCo offers to emerging and established artists to engage the community. The arts enrich my life and I think that it's important to support the arts in both my home city and afar.  

Q: What is your favorite exhibition you've experienced at RoCo?
A: It's difficult to choose just one. 6x6 is a favorite because all are welcome to participate. The last exhibition that I saw was a favorite, The Warp & Weft: Face to Face. I really enjoyed hearing stories from people that I knew as well as strangers, and learning how they navigated life in the pandemic. I was also thrilled to be invited to participate and share my story. If I go back nearly 20 years, I was moved by an exhibition of photographer Milton Rogovin, "The Forgotten Ones." It covered a few decades of people in Buffalo...everyday people living life.

Q: What do you miss most about your local art scene since covid?
A: Fortunately, creativity has continued to thrive in spite of the pandemic but I miss being able to fully enjoy experiences without worries about social distancing and falling ill. I have missed out on several events and exhibitions. I'm also a social butterfly and a hugger so the presence of COVID has forced me to change my behavior.  

Q: If you could have one artist create your portrait, who would it be?
A: I’d love to have my portrait done by Kehinde Wiley.

Q: Where is your favorite place, in the East End, to get dinner/drinks after a RoCo Opening?
A: Ox and Stone. 

Q: What’s your favorite neighborhood in your favorite city?
A: Harlem in New York City.

Q: What in your wardrobe do you wear most often?
A: I have a great blazer/jacket that I bought about 4 years ago by Tufafii, a Nigerian-based brand. The jacket has a curved collar and bright and deep green tones with burgundy accents. One of my friends thinks that the patterns look like broccoli spears and I am cool with that since I like broccoli. I can wear the jack to work or out on a Saturday night.

Q: If you could learn a new art skill, what would it be?
A: I would love to learn how to create pottery. I tried my luck at the potter's wheel once and it was not as easy as I thought it would be.