April 2007

Call for Entries: Visual Rhythms/Ritmos Visuales

Torpedo Factory Art Center: Target Gallery
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Entry Deadline: May 4, 2007
Exhibition Dates: July 28 - September 03, 2007
Opening Reception: August 09, 2007, 6pm

The Torpedo Factory Art Center's Target Gallery is pleased to present Visual Rhythms/Ritmos Visuales, an all media juried exhibition that embraces the flavors and rhythms of Latin American influenced art and culture. This exhibition is open to all artists nationally and internationally.

The deadline is fast approaching: By May 4, 2007 all entries must be received in the Target Gallery. A complete prospectus can be downloaded from our website at www.torpedofactory.org (just go to Target Gallery and click on exhibition opportunities). We can also email the prospectus to you, just email us your request at targetgallery@torpedofactory.org.

We are pleased to present as our juror, Lope Max Diaz. Mr. Diaz is
originally frm San Juan Puerto Rico where he also studied art and taught at the University of Puerto Rico. He is currently a professor of art at North Carolina State University. Beyond his extensive and impressive international exhibition record, this award winning artist has been teaching for over 30 years and has served as juror in numerous art exhibitions in North Carolina and Puerto Rico. He also served on art/design panels for the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore, MD and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC.

For more informaton contact (703) 838-4565.

Black and White II Art Exhibition

De Anza Hotel
233 E. 4th St. #200
Calexico, CA 92231

Exhibition Date: Friday, April 27, 7-10pm

Fundraiser 2007. The Calexico Arts Commission presents more than 30 artists. Funds will be destinated to the Future Calexico Arts Center.

For more informaton contact (760) 357-7800.

Arriba Rio Grande

Gallista Gallery
1913 S. Flores St.
San Antonio, Texas 78204

Exhibition Date: Saturday, April 14,

Gallista Gallery presents "Arriba Rio Grande" featuring works by Cris Escobar. Del Rio Artist returns to showcase in San Antonio.

For more informaton contact (210) 212-8606 or click here.

Raíz del Tiempo: The Prints of René H. Arceo

Casa Michoacan
1638 S. Blue Island
Chicago, IL 60608

Exhibition Dates: April 20 - May 25, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, April 20, 2007, 6-9pm

The prints presented in this exhibition by René Arceo have a dual social–aesthetic perspective where several currents converge. First, the viewer makes a connection between Arceo’s work with the combative Mexican prints from the beginning of the 20th Century, like those of José Guadalupe Posada and Leopoldo Méndez. Second, the post-revolutionary artistic discourse of the muralists –mainly of the three great Mexican muralists: Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco. And third, the artistic European styles that have nourished his artwork are evident.

Arceo's works synthesize, in full dynamic compositions, narratives that resolve within themselves–at times telluric, at times controlled. They are social and cultural commentaries which transmit a sense of urgency while at the same time elaborate artistic creations that ask for the attention of the spectator.

It is not without cost that his work is impregnated with social themes; the history of Latino immigration to the United States is a continuous struggle for justice and respect. Frequently, the political reality stands firm in front of us and grabs us by our lapels, even when we may not want to see it.

Nevertheless, it is not mere didacticism that breathes within his prints, rather the iconic force of these images ask us to look at a slow pace to reveal its lyrical current within its many layers.

For more informaton contact (312) 491-9317 or (312) 491-0379

El Arte de José Andrés Girón

9798 W. McDowell Road
Tolleson, AZ 85353

Hours of Operation: 10am - 6pm
Exhibition Dates: March 23 - April 24, 2007
Opening Reception: March 23, 2007

For more informaton contact Fred Mazin at (623) 388-5098 or fred@sonorandigs.com.

Arizona International Latina/o Arts Festival: Art from the Gallista Community

ASU Kerr Cultural Center
6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Dates: April 2-30, 2007
Reception: April 6, 6-9pm

An incredible collection featuring the work of a small group of inspired artists wh work at the Gallista Galler and Studio in San Antonio, TX. Part of the ASU Hispanic Research Center's documentation of the Chicana/o Art Movement.

For more phone 480-727-7273.

Arizona International Latina/o Arts Festival: Poetry Performance by Brenda Cárdenas

ASU Kerr Cultural Center
6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Date: April 6, 7:30pm

Brenda Cárdenas will perform her poetry at the Celebration of Latina/o Art and Literature at Kerr Cultural Center. Her chapbook of poetry From the Tongues of Brick and Stone was published Momotombo Press in 2005. She also co-edited Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press, 2001). Her work has appeared in a range of publications including Poetic Voices Without Borders, U.S. Latino Literature Today, Prairie Schooner, New Latino Erotica, and the Poetry Daily Web site, among others. Ten pages of her poetry are forthcoming in Expanding Borders: The New Latino Poetry to be published by the University of Arizona Press in 2007 and her book Boomerang will be published by the Bilingual Review Press.

For more phone 480-727-7263.

TugWarTug of War

Hemphill Gallery
1515 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 2005

Dates: March 3- April 7, 2007

Lowbrow/Pop Surrealism artists descend on Washington, D.C. Group exhibition including Glenn Barr, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Daniel Martín Díaz, Bob Dob, Tony Fitzpatrick, Yumiko Kayukawa, Chris Mars, Elizabeth McGrath, Scott Musgrove, Joe Sorren, SHAG, Gary Taxali, and many more.

For more information click here.

PostColonialDavid Rosales: The Museum of Post-Colonial Studies

Museum of History & Art Ontario
225 S. Euclid Avenue
Ontario, CA 91762

Dates: March 7- April 22, 2007
Informational Talk: Sunday, April 1, 1:00pm
Hours: Wed. - Sun., noon-4pm, closed Mon. - Tues., free admission

The Museum of History and Art, Ontario presents "The Museum of Post-Colonial Studies" featuring paintings and drawings by David Rosales.

For twenty-five years artist David Rosales has been creating his own visual narrative. A lifelong resident of San Bernardino, Rosales is a nationally recognized Chicano artist who has intentionally set himself apart from the Chicano mainstream. This exhibit features paintings and drawings completed during the past 10 years as Rosales explores historic and contemporary aspects of his Latino heritage and culture.

For more information, contact (909) 983-3198 or click here.

ECHOES: Women Inspired by Nature

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 North Sycamore
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Exhibit Dates: April 6 - May 20, 2007
Opening Receptions: April 7 and May 5, 6-10pm

"Echoes: Women Inspired by Nature" is an exhibition to be held at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) from April 5 through May 20, 2007. Curated by art historian Betty Ann Brown and visual artist Linda Vallejo, the exhibition will highlight the work of 21 women artists who focus on the natural environment. In artwork that ranges from traditional easel painting, to the newer media of photography and installation, to the very Postmodern use of non-art materials such as Gummy Bear candies, these artists call out attention to the beauty and wonder of the natural world, and to humanity’s deep and abiding connection with it. They also address issues such as pollution, over-consumption of resources, scientific atrocities and animal abuse.

We don’t need to have seen Al Gore’s compelling documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, to become aware of the devastating environmental changes in recent years. On an almost daily basis, television newscasters report on the destructive results of toxic spills, raging fires, rising pollution, or the horrific storms exacerbated by climate changes. Although artists are neither politicians (no matter how politically engaged), nor environmental scientists (no matter how intrigued by the vicissitudes of scientific inquiry), they can and do respond to the state of the natural world around them. In creating new and intriguing images of nature, artists can compel us to view our natural environment with fresh eyes. As Rachel Carson has noted, “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

For more information, contact (714) 667-1517.

HernandezFAUFITown Projects: Robert Hernández

Patricia Correia Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., # E-2
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Dates: March 10- April 5, 2007
Hours: Tues. - Fri., 10am-6pm, closed Sun. - Mon.

PCG FaufiTown Projects is pleased to present new mixed media paintings by Robert Hernández. This exhibition will be Hernandez’s first solo show with the gallery. Hernández’s glossy “permanent collage” paintings, sealed in layers of resin, are slick histories, encapsulated moments. His paintings bear upon the signs of our times with humor and rage.

Robert Hernández seeks to produce art that will, “talk silently but forcefully about human dignity, about what we need to do to reach that dignity in everybody....” Seeing himself as a visual historian, Hernández creates powerful juxtopositions of found objects and print images (billboards, posters, magazines, newspapers, and Chinese spirit money) that are concerned with the psychology of events and the process by which these events seep into our consciousness and remain there in the form of grounded, provocative images.

For more information, contact (310) 264-1760.

RomeroFrank Romero: New Car Paintings

Patricia Correia Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., # E-2
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Dates: March 10- May 5, 2007
Hours: Tues. - Fri., 10am-6pm, closed Sun. - Mon.

Patricia Correia is pleased to present new paintings by legendary Los Angeles artist Frank Romero. This exhibition will be his fourth solo show at the gallery. Romero is know for creating symbolic imagery that evokes a highly charged Los Angeles experience and underscores a deep love and sense of nostalgia for his native city. His paintings of iconic images and metaphors of urban existence (cars, palm trees, freeways, and skylines) are rendered in broad, confident brush strokes, layers of vibrant colors, and boldly defined shapes. This exhibition will feature a large scale painting of Going To The Olympics, Romero’s mural on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles that was destroyed by Caltrans in the Summer of 2006.

For more information, contact (310) 264-1760.

Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge

Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Exhibit Dates: Nov. 18, 2006 - May 1, 2007

Up to 80 works by 26 Chicano artists, drawn mostly from the collection of actor and comedian Richard "Cheech" Marin, who in less than two decades has built one of the largest collections of Chicano art in the world. "From its earliest roots in the grape fields of Delano, California ­ where Carlos Almaraz was one of the official sign painters of the United Farm Workers ­ to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's retrospective of GRONK, the Chicano School of Painting has always been about re-interpreting a culture," says Marin. Whether through the autobiographical paintings of Carmen Lomas Garza depicting her childhood in South Texas or the deeply psychological urban-honed paintings of Patssi Valdez, that culture has been shown to be diverse, yet unified, profane and spiritual, traditional and avant-garde.

For more information click here.