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Sali Heraldez. Photo by Carla Zarate S

Carla Zarate S. Photo by Sali Heraldez

We are dedicated to bringing quality cultural events and multimedia messages for artists and nonprofit organizations.

Over 11 years of experience organizing art exhibits and music performances bringing local and international art together.


About us

SolArt believes that art and politics are not mutually exclusive and that they are most successful when they are brought together. We believe in the links between artists and community.

SolArt Gallery Café was founded in 2004 by Sali Heraldez following her lifelong dream to see her favorite things in life come together under one roof: art, music, and community.  Since its inception, the gallery hosted the works of over 50 local artists and along with the sounds 500 local bands.  The gallery’s original location at 2202 N. Main St. and its exhibits were reviewed by all major local newspapers.  Sunset Magazine described it as “an art gallery like no other.”  It distinguished itself from other galleries through its adamant support of grassroots community creativity and activism.  It has hosted music festivals, conferences, creative writing workshops, poetry readings, theater workshops, and even a week-long art and activism camp.

The space was available for progressive causes that have ranged from organic farming, anti-militarization of public schools, and supporting indigenous communities in Southern Mexico. 

The gallery moved to another location ( 511 Santa Ana Blvd.)  in Santa Ana for a year and then closed to continue organizing artistic events thru different venues and organizations.

Many friends haved helped along the way. Some of them are: Adriana Alba, Lilia Lamas, Maricela Jauregui, Arturo Marmolejo and Olvein Lopez.

We thank you for your support!

It was decided to create a podcast - SolArt Radio - and keep our  goal which is to Promote Solidarity through ALL the Arts. 


Mondays & Thursdays @ 5 PM


SolArt's staff is composed by :


Sali Heráldez, Creative Director and Founder:

Sali works for the County of Orange and began SolArt Gallery in her apartment’s living room .  Sali studied Latin American Literature and Liberal Arts. She is the mastermind behind all SolArt Adventures that include music shows, art exhibits, public art, video, film and activism.


Sali has been stage managing at the Carlsbad Music Festival 2017-2019.


Carla Zárate-Suárez, Media, Graphic Design and Marketing Director:

Carla is a graphic journalist and documentary filmmaker from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.  She worked as producer, graphic journalist and editor for  Al Instante News for Mexicali’s  Canal 12: “La Imagen del Conocimiento”  (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California) and taught media classes at the same university. She travels with her camera  documenting music and social issues in Mexico though her blog and also creates posters for musicians and non profits. She co- produces SolArt Radio and is the co-creator and illustrator of the Calendar of Revolt written by Gabriel San Roman.

Lately she collaborated  with illustrations and video for the book and exhibit "SantAna Fairytales" written by Sarah Rafael García. The book and exhibit has been received with a lot of love and is currently on tour in the State of Texas . To learn more about this multimedia project ( book, art exhibit, live music and video) please visit "SantAna Fairytales".


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