Wednesday, April 8, 2020

LatinX Art Show can be viewed at AmadorArts' Online Gallery

The LatinX Art Show will open April 17. However, since the COVID-19 sheltering-in-place edict is in effect, the Amador County Arts Council is making the much anticipated exhibit possible online through its www.amadorarts.org website. But it will also be an in-person exhibit in the council’s Jackson gallery at a date to be determined when physical distancing is over.

Artists of Latin heritage from all over the state answered the call to enter this show with original work, any genre, and the results are stunning images that reflect a diverse body of work.  Those participating are from such places as:  Pioneer, Sacramento, Oakland, Stockton, Oakdale, and the furthest away being Whittier. 

The mediums of the artwork are ceramic, acrylic (most popular), oil/oil pastel, textiles, and a polymer clay/mixed media necklace.

"Women Weaving" by Alicia Van De Bor
All ages of art lovers will be inspired by this show. There are pieces entered that are based upon childhood memories and nostalgia that younger generations can find pleasure in, as well as works that use bright, heavily saturated colors.  Some works have more complex meaning, such as Alicia Van De Bor's piece titled "Women Weaving."  Her ceramic vessel blends history and culture where the viewer is invited to compare and contrast the two. Her piece compares the Greek and Mexican traditions of weaving, and includes an ancient Black Figure Painting technique.

Another interesting artwork is by Jacqueline Valenzuela. She says that as a female low-rider owner, she prefers to use bold colors, portraiture and the urban landscape to create scenes that emphasize femininity in a male-dominated world.  The color palettes, architectural references and signage are all from the environments that lowrider cars cruise through. It’s also one of the largest in the show at 54”x58”.

"La Nube" by Jacqueline Valenzuela
The local LatinX females who have curated this art show are: Betzaida Arroyo, Lilliana Falco, Alyssa Vargas, and Nettie Fox.

Here’s what Betzaida Arroyo says of the show:

The curating committee welcomes the public to enjoy the LatinX Art Show. Latin America has a rich and diverse history of indigenous cultures, European colonization, African slavery, and the art on exhibit is representative of this richness.”

Each piece will have well written information about the artist, including his/her webpage and how to reach the artist if you’d like to purchase an artwork.

This project of the Amador County Arts Council is one of many partially funded by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

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