February 2007

Writing Haiti, Writing Home

Central Public Library
40 East Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Performance Date: Tuesday, February 27, 6-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of performance poetry and fiction by acclaimed
performance artist Lenelle Moise and author Myriam J. A. Chancy at the
Central Public Library in downtown Santa Barbara.

The reading will be preceded by a musical offering of folkloric Haitian
songs by Wilbert Chancy, and followed by a book signing.

The event will benefit Atis Fanm Matenwa, a collective of Haitian women
residing in the interior of l'Ile de la Gonave situated off the coast of
Haiti. In the last few years, the collective has become an active force for
change in their area, sponsoring over groups in their community towards

This event is being presented under the auspices of the Center for Black
Studies Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara; it is
co-sponsored with the generous assistance of the UCSB Women's Center and the Dept. of Comparative Literature.

For more information, contact Mahsheed Ayoub at (805) 893-3914.

Beautiful Deceptions: Erotica by Women

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
131 No. Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042

Dates: Feb. 10 - Mar. 4, 2007, 7 - 10pm
Reception: Saturday, Feb. 10, 7-11pm
Hours: Tue-Thurs 10-noon; Sat-Sun 10-4 or by appointment

The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present its new exhibit, “Beautiful Deceptions – Erotica by Women,” featuring paintings, sculpture and prints from eight LA artists: Sonya Fe, Candace Metzger, Deborah Kantner, Candice Lin, Barbara Carrasco, Yolanda González, Cristina Cárdenas, and Poli Marichal. Ambiguous, dark, sexy, and symbolic aspects of erotica are explored in unexpected and striking ways by the eight women artists in Beautiful Deceptions. These women tricksters have conceived works that juggle with notions of sexual imagery in order to seduce and mesmerize, shock and impress the spectator.

Most of the pieces feature women being unashamedly erotic, gloriously free of any self-conscious prudery or uncertainty. It is curious to note that the male figure is, in many of the works, the absent object of desire. This is a show by women about women’s erotica that, nevertheless, caters to both sexes.

For more information, contact (323) 258-1435 or click here.

Artes de las Américas: A Showcase of Latin American Art

Texas Union Ballroom
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712

Exhibition Date: Thursday, February 8, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Mexican American Culture Committee in collaboration with the Center for Mexican American Studies presents Artes de las Américas: A Showcase of Latin American Art. Hors D'Oeuvres. Poetry Readings by Jackie Cuevas & Elvira Prieto. Capoeira demonstration by Capoeira Da Roa. Live performance by Mitote. Free admission.

For more information, contact (512) 475-5545 or click here.

Fragments of a Dream: Esperanza Gama & Luis DeLa Torre

La Llorona Gallery
1474 West Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 9 - Feb 9, 2007
Closing Reception Date: Friday, February 9, 6-11pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10am-5:30pm

For more information, contact (773) 281-8460 or click here.

Del Amor

Gallery ChimMaya
5283 E. Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Exhibition Dates: February 11 - March 10, 2007
Reception: Sunday, February 11, 2pm
Gallery Hours: 10am-7pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information, contact (323) 869-8881.

Enrique Chagoya: Illegal Alien's Guide to the Theory of Everything

Lisa Sette Gallery
4142 N. Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Exhibition Dates: February 1-24, 2007
Reception: Thursday, February 1, 7-9pm
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10am-5pm; Thurs. evening 7-9pm; Sat. 12-5pm

For more information, contact (480) 990-7342.

RCAF Goes to College

Sacramento State University
University Library Gallery
Sacramento, CA

Exhibit Date: February 2, 2007
Reception Date: February 2, 5-8pm

An exhibition of the work of the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF) opens Feb. 2 at Sacramento State's University Library Gallery.

Organized by members of RCAF and Phil Hitchcock, director of the University Library Gallery, this exhibition will include approximately 30 posters spanning the collective's work from the Œ70s to the Œ90s along with newer pieces, including paintings, prints, sculpture and photographs.

The exhibition posters were selected from Sacramento State's collection of almost 200 works donated by the RCAF in 2002.

RCAF is an artistic collective based in Sacramento. Initially named the
Rebel Chicano Art Front, RCAF was founded in 1969 to express the goals of the Chicano civil rights and labor organizing movement of the United Farm Workers. Its mission was to make available to the Chicano community a bilingual/bicultural arts center where artists could come together, exchange ideas, provide mutual support and make available to the public artistic, cultural and educational programs and events. Their iconic posters, often infused with dark humor, helped to focus attention on the Chicano movement and can be seen in major museum exhibitions around the world.

For more information, contact (916) 278-4189.

Call to Artists: Crosscut Canal Multiuse Path Phase II Design Team Opportunity

Deadline for submission of materials: March 9, 2007

The city of Tempe is preparing for the design and construction of a new multiuse path and seeks to include a design team artist who will assist the project design team in concept and plan development for art and aesthetic integration for the overall project, as well as to develop independent art opportunities or features.

For more information click here.

Joe Ray: Benefit for Estudio Arte

First Studio
631 North First Avenue
Phoenix, AZ

Date: Friday, February 2, 2007, 3:00-8:00pm (and throughout February)

Joe Ray will be exhibiting new work as part of downtown Phoenix’s First Friday. The show will be up for the month of February along with work by the late photographer Bera McSwain.

This exhibit will benefit Estudio Arte, a new foundation Joe Ray recently started. This foundation’s mission is providing scholarships to Latino students pursuing a career in the arts; funded by contributions and the sale of art-inspired merchandise, combining the best of non-profit and for-profit models.

For more information call 602-244-9727

René Arceo: Recent Prints

Expressions Graphics
29 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Exhibtion Dates: Feb. 3 - March 2, 2007
Reception: Saturday, Feb. 17, 3-6pm
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 12pm to 5pm
Free Print Demo: Friday, Feb. 16, 6-9pm

Ramón Ramírez: Annual Open StudiO

5255 Calico Ave
Pico Rivera, CA  90660

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2007, 3:00-8:00pm

You are invited to my annual Open studiO.  Come on down to view new work, or just stop on by to say hello and catch up.  I will have light refreshments (cerveza and tequila) and plenty of original art.  Also available; Monument 10 silkscreen prints, linoleum-cut prints and t-shirts.  Visit www.jaguarland.com for updated paintings.

The Open studiO event is co-sponsored by the Cal Latino Alumni Club and Stanford Chicano-Latino Alumni Group.

For more information call 562.948.4880

Contenido Neto

Parker Alemán
301 Overland (behind the Civic Center)
El Paso, TX

Gallery dates and hours:
Thursday, Feb. 1, 3 - 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 2, 3 - p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8, 3 - 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9, 3 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 - 3 p.m.

The exhibit Contenido Neto presents the art of 18 artists including
paintings, sculptures, installation and photography. The title, Contenido
Neto is a rational play on the possibilities of an intercultural world that
reflects no doubt about it's value, but a certain anxiety about the forms it could take.

Participating Artists:
Francisco Delgado, Manuel Guerra, Luis M. Ruiz, Frank Parga, Aryk Gardea, Raul A.Monarrez, Javier Contreras, Jessica Pizaña, Adrian Esparza, Samuel Angel Muñoz, George Rodriguez, Jesse Meza, Eddie Salcedo, Maceo Montoya, Jaime Lazo, Julio Rogers, Jose Rivera and Fernando Fernandez.

For more information call 915.592.4967

Call for Artists: City of El Paso

City of El Paso
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
Public Art Program

Artist Pool, 2007-2008: The Museums & Cultural Affairs Department seeks to establish a new pre-qualified pool of up to 50 artists and artist teams for consideration in upcoming public art projects. The pre-qualified list will go into effect as soon as it is established by the Public Art Committee, and will be active for two years. Funding for the projects is provided by two percent (2%) of the Capital Improvement Program.

Any professional artist or artist team is eligible to apply. Applicants
must be18 years or older. Current City of El Paso employees, Cultural
Affairs Advisory Board members, and Public Art Committee members may not apply.

Applications must be received by Friday, March 2, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.

Send applications to:
Museums & Cultural Affairs Department
Public Art Program-Artist Pool
2 Civic Center Plaza, 6th floor
El Paso, Texas 79901
Attn: Patricia Dalbin

For more information, including a full Request for Qualifications (RFQ),
contact (915) 541-4894 or e-mail dalbinp@elpasotexas.gov

The Hair of the Dog: Paintings by Carlos G. Gómez and Bret Lefler

Richardson Art Gallery University of Texas at Brownsville
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520

Exhibition Dates: February 20 - March 8, 2007
Reception: Tuesday, February 20, 7:00pm
Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri., 8am-6pm

The Hair of the Dog exhibition pits two very different artist who share the same passion to produce art. Both painters are addicted and need to paint to keep going--the hair of the dog that bit you.

For more information contact 965.882.7097.

Con Los Ojos Vendados "Blindfolded" by Victor Cartagena

DA Arts at the Sunnyside Hotel
135 6th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 8 - Feb. 2, 2007
Reception: Monday, January 8, 6:00pm
Lecture by the Artist: Tuesday, January 23, 6:30pm

In times of a wholesale attack against human integrity, this art installation aims to instigate dialogue. It is an invitation to open one's eyes, to throw away the blindfold as we are faced by our current, everyday reality-a reality that feels like a memory replayed over and over again.

It is a questioning of acollective blindness towards brutality and the
physical, psychological and moral abuse that is perpetrated against our
society-a blindness that brings us close to complicity.

Public information: Victor Cartagena, 415.929.7531 ext. 2
Contact information: Paul Hogarth, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, sponsor of DA Arts, 415.771.9850

Another Mental Concoction: A Solo Exhibition by Mónica Aíssa Martínez

eye lounge, a contemporary art space
419 East Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ  85004

Exhibition Dates: Februrary 2-24, 2007
Reception: Februrary 16, 2007, 6-9pm
Hours: Fridays, 6-9 pm; Saturdays, 1-5 pm; and by appointment

The series Another Mental Concoction concerns itself with words, thoughts, and the creation of confusion. It represents a noisy, inquiring mind.  And then it is about the realization that comes after the noisy mind is let go and the confusion is gone, at least for a while.
The inquiry is serious, honest and thought-full, and it is humorous. The work is about choice, and freedom, and all that "good stuff." And then she says easily, "It is about the one thing I do know, that I am creative. I am." The series includes ten paintings and one drawing. Martinez works with various medias including casein, egg tempera, graphite, and crayon on canvas and paper.  

If you have any questions, please contact 602-430-1490

Valentine's Day Fundraiser for La Casa Shelter

Art Department
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Submission Deadline : Februrary 7, 2007
Exhibition Date: Februrary 7, 2007
Reception: Februrary 7, 2007, 5pm

"Have a Heart" Art Exhibition 2007 is an exhibition to raise funds for La Casa shelter for women and children and also to benefit the programs of The NMSU Graduate Art Association.

Artists are being sought to donate one or more pieces of fine art that incorporate a heart in the design or basic concept of the work, or in some way explores what the image of the heart represents. The heart can either be a key or subtle part of the design, or the piece can address the concept of "heart art."

Artists are invited to submit/donate original 2-D and 3-D artwork in any medium with 6" x 8" dimensions, 3-D work should not exceed 8" in any direction and also be able to be placed on a table, wall mounted, or fit into a 6" x 8" box. All pieces will be sold for the affordable price of $20.00. The artist's name will be published at the time of exhibition however all work must be signed on the back only, as the pieces will be displayed anonymously and the identity of the artist will only be revealed after purchase. Multiple submissions are welcome. Students welcome.

To participate, please mail art to:
New Mexico State University
attn: GAA
P.O. Box 3001, MSC 3572
Las Cruces, NM 88003

If you have any questions, please contact Zoe Spiliotis at zspiliot@nmsu.edu or Jean Wilkey at jwilkey9@nmsu.edu.

OF THEE I SEE: Paintings by Max-Carlos Martínez, 1994-2006

Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 21 - Mar. 18, 2007

Max-Carlos Martínez is a self-taught artist of Mexican-American heritage, who grew up in the southwestern U.S. against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, 1960s and 70s pop culture, and the Chicano Renaissance, a reassertion of his ancestral culture in which his father was an important leader. As he says, “I was raised on Hot Rods, Van Gogh, Dali, Pollock, Charlton Heston playing Michelangelo on afternoon TV.” As a youth, Martínez experienced several awakenings, on the order of ecstatic visions, about art, light, color and his ancestry. Encouraged by a poor but supportive family, he trusted these visions to guide his life’s work. An intuitive and heartfelt expression of these cumulative experiences, Martínez’ paintings are a wholly unique mixture of autobiographical portraiture, psychedelic vision, and cultural memory. This marks the first time his work has been exhibited in the Midwest.

The exhibition’s title, “Of Thee I See,” obviously refers to America’s national anthem, but also to the homage Martínez’ paintings pay to his ancestors, and to the more personal journey of self-discovery his art has led him on. Featuring twenty-four paintings created between 1994 and 2006, the exhibition presents works from two series Martínez created after struggling to establish his career in the New York art world in the 1980s.

For more information, contact (218) 726-7823 or visit www.d.umn.edu/tma

SalgadoLeigh Salgado: Pubescent Beatnik

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

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 13 - Mar. 3, 2007
Reception: Sat., Jan. 13, 2007, 5 - 8pm
Hours: Tues. - Fri., 10am-6pm, closed Sun. - Mon.

Patricia Correia is pleased to present Pubescent Beatnik, a solo show by Los Angeles based artist Leigh Salgado. The exhibition is a unified installation-style room of individual artworks that collectively reflect the innocence of the feminine erotic experience.

Salgado is well known for her labor-intensive drawings that involve cutting and burning as much or more than pencil, pigment and ink; they are best described as sculpted drawings. Overtones of a female sexuality outside the bounds of traditional objectification run deep in the artist?s work. The depictions of net stocking, abstracted lingerie and the like all within pierced and fractured drawings alludes to the power of what is discarded during the physical act of love over what remains. In Pubescent Beatnik, Salgado revisits the innocence of childhood femininity as a pleasant yet distant world-view recalled deep within an adult?s emotional memory.

For more information click here.

LozanoJosé Lozano: New Work

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

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 13 - Mar. 3, 2007
Reception: Sat., Jan. 13, 2007, 5 - 8pm
Hours: Tues. - Fri., 10am-6pm, closed Sun. - Mon.

Patricia Correia is pleased to present the new work by Los Angeles based artist Jose Lozano. In this, his third solo exhibition at the gallery, Lozano continues his ongoing exploration and presenation of what the artist lovingly refers to as la gente (Spanish for “the people”).

Lozano’s new series of paintings of la gente hover between Latin mystical realism and American nostalgia through painted smoke and heat. Reminiscent of his childhood memories of Juarez, Mexico, and contemporary life in Southern California, Lozano’s paintings draw formalistically and stylistically from the Mexican comic book tradition. His paintings are thematically rich and cross-culturally complex dealing with the generic assumptions of Latino culture. Images of weddings, clown faces, masked wrestlers, and strip club scenes address the issues of morality, human interaction and religion with satirical humor. Though the paintings have serious undertones and charged subject matter, Lozano’s portrayal is not heavyhanded. His portrayals are heartfelt and without judgement.

For more information click here.

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.


Tempe Library
3500 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ

Exhibit Dates: Nov. 9, 2006 - March 3, 2007
Library Hours: 9am - 9pm Mon-Thurs; 9am -
5:30pm Fri-Sat; Noon to 5:30pm Sun
Reception: December 6, 6-8pm

"Chairs," an exhibition designed to make viewers "sit down and think," is made up of pieces in a chair form or that make reference to chairs. Artists have included one-paragraph fairytale-like stories about the chair's mythical owner.

Participating Artists: Marco Albarrán, Ron Brimrose, Cyndi Coon, Ralph
Cordova and Paul Jacques, all of Tempe; Barbara Burton and Denise Currier, both of Mesa; Manny Burruel and Rhonda Carter, both of Glendale; Carrie Marill, of Goodyear; and Christine Sandifur, of Phoenix.

For more information, contact 480.350.5287 or click here.