June 2007

Celebrating Children in the Arts Performance

Casa Del Mexicano
2900 Calle Pedro Infante
Los Angeles, CA 90063

Performance Date: June 10, 2007, 11:30am

Come join our "Celebration of Children in the Arts"
through theater, art-making and drumming! Watch children perform, and adults spin a yarn. Create your own masterpiece and then participate in an incredible drum circle.

Participating artists: Samai Theater Collective, Armory Center Artists, John Lackes

For more information contact (323) 223-0098 or Yessenya Caro.

Crossing the Line
...Echoes at the Threshold of Abstraction

Bluebird Art House
6747 Bright Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

Exhibition: Friday, June 09 - July 7, 2007
Reception: Saturday, June 09, 6 - 10pm

Pola Lopez is an eminent painter who is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles. Her work is a multifaceted array of abstraction and figurative paintings, which infuses various mythologies into its demulcent, desert palate of vivacious tones. The body of work in this exhibit makes reference to the myths of Narcissus or Narcisia and Echo in her paintings, through the filter of a Chicana perspective, Lopez
responds to the echoes within herself, echoes which grapple with her own
identity as a Chicana artist caught on the threshold between the
narcissistic observations of the beauty of her culture and the communicative and feminine mirror of Echo, the lover of Narcissus, who resides in the realm of spirit, and who beckons Narcissus from the realm of matter and self-destruction. By way of this mythology, Lopez endeavors to deconstruct her old identity, and to unearth a new identity for herself, parallel to what she knows as her own, and she intends to do this through her art~she intends to effect a paradigm shift through her paintings. Lopez, furthermore, draws from a rich and diverse, southwestern cultural heritage, which provides additional color and variety to her work, and which emphasizes a Mestizo/Latino and indigenous tradition that has suffused her symbolic work as a professional artist for 25 years.

Participating artist: Pola Lopez

For more information contact (562) 696-9493 or click here.

Caminos del Sur Exhibition

Alma Gifts & Culture
1705 Mission St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Exhibition Dates: June 09 - July 15, 2007
Opening Reception: June 09, 2007, 5pm
Hours of Operation: Tues - Sat, 11am - 6pm

Miguel Zafra is an Indigenous photographer from Oaxaca, México. For
the past 18 years, he has documented the Mixtec and Afro-Mexican coastal communities, Mexican social movements and Indigenous immigrants working in the U.S. His emotionally powerful work emphasizes the human context within the greater political/cultural landscape. This exhibit features photos from southern Mexico, primarily Oaxaca.

Participating artist: Miguel Zafra

For more information contact John Speyer.

3rd Annual Juried Exhibition

Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts
9200 Mines Ave.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

Exhibition: Saturday, June 09 - July 21 Reception: Saturday, June 09, 1 - 3pm

Everyone is invited to join Ramon Ramirez at the 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition to enjoy his artwork.

For more information contact (562) 801-4300 or click here.

Men's Collective Exhibition

Gallery ChimMaya
5283 East Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Exhibition Dates: June 03 - June 24, 2007
Opening Reception: June 03, 2007, 2 - 6pm
Hours of Operation: Tues - Sat, 10am - 7pm

Jose Ramirez is an artist and teacher, whose work has taken him to New
York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Mexico, and Japan. Through his paintings he documents contemporary Latino life in Los Angeles by addressing socio-political conditions which affect the population.

Ramon Ramirez creates artwork that parallels his personal and political
development in that his paintings reflect his identity as a Chicano.

Robert Palacios work is marked by vivid hues and engaging characters
who are put in humorous situations which people can relate to. His
paintings are visual narratives of daily life, but with a comical twist.

Antonio Pelayo is a self-taught artist who considers himself as the
ultimate outside observer. He draws what he sees and only truly feels at home in the world that he creates within his art.

Gilbert Reyes blends his Tex-Mex heritage with an explosion of color
that draws the viewer into a world of varied emotions. His art reflects the
beauty that is in Latino culture through scenes of dance, laughter,
joy, and sorrow.

Participating Artists: Jose Ramirez, Ramon Ramirez,
Robert Palacios, Antonio Pelayo, and Gilbert Reyes

For more information contact Daniel Gonzalez.

Moisés Art Exhibit

Museo Chicano
147 E. Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Exhibition: Friday, June 01, 2007, 7 - 9pm
Hours of Operation: Tues - Sat, 10am - 4pm

Life and culture narrated through art.

For more information contact (602) 257-5536

Revolucionarte Exhibit & Fundraiser

Gallista Gallery
1913 S. Flores Street
San Antonio, TX 78204

Exhibition: Sat, June 09, 2007, 7 - 10pm

Women, regardless of their race, creed, color, or political affiliation, have the right to participate in the revolutionary struggle in a way determined by their desire and capacity.

For more information click here.

Forces Of Nature:
A Feminine Perspective

SPARC Gallery
685 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, May 19 - June 08, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 29, 2007, 6 - 9pm
Regular Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri, 11am - 4pm

The work in the exhibition explores the internal and external aspects of life force energy and how the inner and outer natures parallel one another.

The exhibition includes thematic works that express mysterious nature abstractions, meditations on imaginary landscape, vivid realistic portrayals to spontaneous expression in paint & color.

Participating artists: Sepi Banibashar, Ciya, Lynn Dennison, Carole Garland, Barbara Golbin, Linda Jacobson, Michael Lande, Regine Legler, Melissa Reischman, Jean Wolff

For more information contact (310) 822-6330 or click here.

The Genealogy of Transmission: New Works by Luis Valderas and Emily Royall

Centro Cultural Aztlan
1800 Fredericksburg Rd. Suite 103
San Antonio, TX 78201

Exhibition: Friday, May 04 - June 15, 2007
Reception: Friday, May 18, 6 - 9PM

Sponsored in part by the City of San Antonio: Office of Cultural Affairs, Texas Commission of the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the many friends of Centro Cultural Aztlan.

For more information contact (210) 432-1896

Arte Latino Exhibit

Warnock Fine Arts
49 Geary St. Suite 211
San Francisco, CA 94108

Exhibition Dates: May 03 - June 16, 2007
Opening Reception: May 10, 2007, 6pm
Hours of Operation: Tues - Sat, 11am - 5:30pm

During May Warnock Fine Arts will present 'Arte Latino', featuring many
of the best Latino artists in the bay area. The show will feature the
broad diversity of styles and techniques within the Latino visual arts
community, and include successful established artists as well as some fresh new faces.

Participating Artists: Carlos Almaraz, Jesus Barraza, David Botello,
Juan Fuentes, Diane Gamboa, Gato, Daniel Gonzalez, Wayne Healy, Leo Limon, Gloria Morales, Virgo Paraiso, Calixto Robles, Artemio Rodriguez,
Favianna Rodriguez, Tino Rodriguez, Sonia Romero, Mario Rosales, Anna Morales Simson, Omar Soto, Xavier Viramontes

For more information contact Larry Warnock.

Black & White Exhibit

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

Exhibition: Saturday, May 12 - July 7, 2007
Reception: Saturday, May 12, 5 - 8pm

Patricia Correia presents FaufiTown Projects 'Black & White' recent photography.

Participating artists: Gabriel Figeroa-Flores, Chris Gwyn, Jeff Charbonneau, Eliza French

For more information contact (310) 264 -1760 or click here.

Sentidos Florecidos:
New Prints by René Arceo

La Llorona Gallery
1474 W. Webster St. (At Clark St.)
Chicago, IL 60614

Exhibition: Friday, June 8 - July 3, 2007
Reception: Friday, June 8, 6 - 11pm
Hours of Operation: Tues - Fri, 10am - 5:30pm

Rene Arceo will display a new body of work produced in the last twelve months. These works are limited edition, hand-pulled linoleum block prints. These detailed and intricate color and black & white prints deal, directly and indirectly with the senses. The prints are spontaneous graphic responses to the stimuli of the subject matter. Flowering elements frequently appear in these prints and represent life, maturity, transformation, memory and movement of the senses.

For more information contact (773) 281-8460

Mexican Pulp Art book release party and art show

La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91502

Exhibition: Friday, June 8 - Saturday, June 30, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8, 7pm
Hours of Operation: 11am - 7pm

The lurid cover art of Mexican pulp novels is a pop culture revelation.
Never before seen in an English or even Spanish-language collection are the often surreal and psychedelic images of extraterrestrials, robots,
dinosaurs, dastardly killers, Zorro, Santo, and many other icons from
stories involving suspense, mystery, romance and the supernatural. MEXICAN PULP ART features some of the most striking paintings of this sensational art form of the '60s and '70s, collected by Sister Fun's Bobbette Axelrod and American Visionary Art Museum's Sideshow's Ted Frankel. The introduction by researcher Maria Cristina Tavera contextualizes these artifacts unearthed from a defunct publishing company and its forgotten but inspired work-for-hire artists.

An exhibit of Mexican pulp art will accompany the book release, featuring
work pieces from the Applegate Gallery (Santa Monica), Bobette Axelrod and Ted Frankel's collections, offering a rare opportunity to see and purchase original pieces from this recently discovered art form.

La Luz De Jesus is located in the Soap Plant/WACKO building, in East
Hollywood at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, 90027. Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday: 11am-7pm, Thursday-Saturday: 11am-9pm and Sunday 12-6pm.

For more information contact (323) 666-7667 or click here.

COLA 2007 Individual Artist Fellowships

Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Exhibition: Friday, May 4 - Sunday, June 24, 2007
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 6, 2pm
Hours of Operation: Friday - Sunday, noon - 5pm

The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is pleased to award the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowships to fifteen artists. The City of Los Angeles is one of a handful of municipalities throughout the country that offers individual artists grants. DCA's commitment to supporting the local, creative economy, while selecting artists who have demonstrated extraordinary talent, is one of the many reasons why the COLA Fellowship is nationally praised.

Of the fifteen COLA 2007 Fellows, the ten visual/design artists are: Paul J. Botello, Aya Dorit Cypis, Caryl Davis, Andrew Freeman, Clement S. Hanami, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, Coleen Sterritt, Lincoln Tobier, Carrie Ungerman, and J. Michael Walker. The three performing artists are Hector Aristizábal, Phil Ranelin, and Heather Woodbury. The two literary artists are Diane Lefer and Luis J. Rodriguez.

The COLA Individual Artist Fellowship Program awards each fellow with
$10,000 to produce new work for a public group exhibition. Fellows are
selected based upon years of artistic excellence. Peer panels include local
art experts, educators, and community leaders who review more than 150 competitive applications each year.

Each year, DCA presents a selected review of the COLA fellows' premiere
artworks. The 2007 COLA visual arts exhibition will be held at the Municipal Art Gallery located in Barnsdall Park, and curated by Mark Steven Greenfield. The 2007 COLA Performances will be held in the Barnsdall Gallery Theater also located at Barnsdall Park.

For more information contact (213) 202-5500

Kathy Vargas

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

Exhibition: Saturday, May 12 - July 7, 2007
Reception: Saturday, May 12, 2007, 5 - 8pm

Patricia Correia Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by photographer Kathy Vargas. Working with the vagaries of the imprecise medium of double exposure, Vargas has created a poignant body of work that brings the emotive sensibility of the human experience back into the cool medium of the photo.

The images in the show are hand-colored, selenium toned gelatin silver prints directly double-exposed from a 4x5 camera. The artist does not manipulate the images in the darkroom, nor does she digitally alter her art. Each print in the small editions (never numbering above 25), is unique due to the toning and painting applications after printing.

Beginning with images of her immediate family, Vargas recontextualizes memory by using textures of loaded elements such as gravestones and earth compositionally confined in framed-off areas or behind permeable barriers such veils. The effect is a wistful yet powerful reminder of the fragility of the present as it slips into the rearview mirror of consciousness.

For more information contact (310) 264-1760 or click here.

Connie Arismendi

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

Exhibition: Saturday, May 12 - July 7, 2007
Reception: Saturday, May 12, 2007, 5 - 8pm

Patricia Correia Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of artist Connie Arismendi. In her second solo exhibition with the gallery, Arismendi will be showing a series of wallworks manufactured with precision-cut metal into languid, almost floral shapes and patterns that hint at a world of repose, yet retain the firm cool texture and attitude of the industrial materials from which they are crafted.

The elegance of Arismendi’s work is in the relationships of what it references. Easily aligned with papel picado (the Mexican folk tradition of cut paper decorations), the work’s silhouette figures exist in a cross cultural archetypal utopia, delivering a promise of paradise in a solid sculptural medium that balances between two and three dimensions.

For more information contact (310) 264-1760 or click here.

Memory Portraits

National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F Streets, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Exhibit Dates: May 25, 2007- January 6, 2008

“Memory Portraits,” the second exhibition in the ongoing “Portraiture Now” series, will highlight contemporary art that incorporates portraits of iconic figures as a means to explore history and culture. It will feature five artists—Brett Cook, Alfredo Arreguin, Kerry James Marshall, Tina Mion and Faith Ringgold—each of whom broaden a traditional understanding of portraiture. These artists integrate recognizable, remembered likenesses into larger explorations of personal and public identity. Portraits of such emblematic figures as Martin Luther King, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline Kennedy, Cesar Chavez and Josephine Baker serve as evocative triggers of memory for both artist and audience. In photographs, paintings, sculptural wall installations, quilts and other media, these varied artists use portraiture to confront cultural norms and practices and remind viewers of the individual’s role in their collective history.

For more information click here.