We had the good fortune of connecting with Dynelle Abeyta and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dynelle, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Pueblo, Co. I come from a very hardworking family and parents who are second to none. They are the type who will give you the shirt off their back, their very last dollar, welcome you and make their home yours, give you tons of leftover food and won’t take no for an answer, and the type that just does whatever they can to help. But I have learned a great deal about work ethic, kindness, strength, and how to laugh and smile through the many twists that life brings through them. They have taught me so much but most importantly to just be a genuine person and that I can do anything and be anything I want to be. I’ve always had an incredible support system, between family and friends, peers, teachers, etc., and for that, I am truly grateful because I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional by day and a pour painter by night. Professionally, I work for the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo and when I’m not serving my community I get to pursue my passion for painting. Ever since I was young I loved working on creative projects, building, painting, and getting my hands on any sort of project that I could. As you grow and go through life, sometimes you don’t have as much time as you did for creative projects. As I developed my professional career I felt like something was missing. It wasn’t until my grandpa passed and I got sick and diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer that I took a step back. It may sound cliche, but the truth is life is short and you have to make time to do the things that you love. So I started to pour paint. It was therapeutic for me. When I painted I didn’t feel sick and after surgery, I forgot I ever was sick. Painting was, and still is, an escape for me. And what I love most is the unpredictable nature of pour painting. You can be methodical, you can have a vision, but the paint is going to be what it’s going to be. That’s the beauty in it. You can try to control it but ultimately you can’t, so you just have to let go and literally surrender to the flow. I also love that each piece is unique. You can pour with the same colors over and over again and never have the same design twice.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Pueblo is truly a hidden gem! Let me tell you right now, you would need more than a week to experience everything that Pueblo has to offer. But for time’s sake let’s dive in. Pueblo is one of 12 designated creative corridors in Colorado, so you know we couldn’t pass up First Friday Artwalk in historic downtown and then traveling to galleries like Blo Back in the Grove. The best part is you don’t need a First Friday to view art. The city is covered in murals, many you can easily walk to or hop on your bike for a tour. The Levee Mural Project is also underway and that is a sight to see! Just like our community, our food scene is a melting pot. Traditionally we couldn’t pass up eating a slopper, but you can find everything from authentic Italian dishes and baked goods, to true Mexican food, one-of-a-kind food trucks and so so much more. We would grab drinks on one of the many patios on the Riverwalk or venture out on our very own brewery tour. We would catch live music at a local venue like Brue’s Alehouse and a show or play at one of our many theaters. Just 10 minutes outside of town we could find adventure at the Pueblo Reservoir and fish, boat, water surf, or hop on the many trail options and bike or hike. We could visit the farms and farm stands for local produce and goods. We couldn’t pass up learning about Pueblo’s history at a local museum. There’s so much more! But you will just have to pull off I-25 to experience it for yourself. When you come here, you’re family. The people are what make Pueblo special.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my parents Linda & Gerald Abeyta, my family, and my beautiful partner Olivia. Nothing is achieved alone and I am forever grateful for their love and support!
Tyler Shown (only the photos of me)