LOLA. Felix Osuchukwa. Photo Courtesy of the Artist.
Event: June 15 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Love, Hope & Art: Honoring Hispanic Heritage will display paintings, drawings, photographs and videos by ethnically diverse artists depicting Hispanic American heritage from a multi-cultural view.
Exhibition curator Luis Peralta of the Luis Peralta Gallery explains: “The bold colors, heavy textures, and loose movement in this exhibit illustrates the rich threads of Hispanic culture woven into the fabric of America. Through the eyes of these artists, the viewer experiences the ethnic richness of American culture. The diversity of these pieces speak to a common story: that your history and my history is American history!”
Additional events at the gallery include poetry readings by José Ballesteros (June 15 at 6pm), Quique Aviles (June 16 at 6pm) and Henry Mills (June 23 at 6pm).
About the artists
Luis Del Valle-Peralta (Curator) was born in Nicaragua in 1980 and migrated to the US in 1985. He started his artistic education at Bell Multicultural High School and studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. From the age of 13 he began developing his distinctive style, which merges graffiti art with surreal and traditional concepts and techniques. Receiving his first commission at 16, he has since been commissioned to paint murals for businesses, foundations and private collectors.
Featured artists are as follows:
- Lazaro Batista
- Ronald Chacon
- Teresa Ghiglino
- Ivan Mendizabal
- Tendani Mpulubusi
- Ana Ortega
- Felix Osuchukwu
- Lynda Payton
- Luis Peralta
- Carmen Quander
- Francisco Rosario
Painging by Lazaro Batista. Photo Courtesy of the artist.
Artland is a 12 week public art celebration offering free cultural events and promoting creative expression. The events are housed in temporary art spaces (Temporiums), animating public areas and revitalising two vacant storefronts in the Monroe Street NE area.
Presented by Dance Place with guest curators from the DC creative community, Artland events will take place every weekend between June 1 and August 26, 2012 and are free to the public.
The Artland/Brookland Art and Cultural Temporium project is made possible by support from the DC Office of Planning and ArtPlace.
About the 12th Street Gallery
The 12th Street Gallery is a temporary art space (Temporium) housed in a vacant storefront, which has been brought to life as an exhibition space for visual arts. As well as providing a showcase for local artists and craftsmen to display and sell their work, 12th Street Gallery also hosts spoken word and poetry performances.
The 12th Street Gallery is located at 3500 12th Street NE