Latin American Art Exhibit Announced at Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center

Latin American Art Exhibit Announced at Cincinnati Interfaith Workers CenterThe colorful exhibition was organized by the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center (CIWC) to honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the contributions of Hispanics in Cincinnati. You can view the exhibit Thursday, October 25 and Friday the 26th at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center from 10 am-5pm and again at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on November 28-30th.

Diana Maria Lara, a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Greater Cincinnati and Director of Communications for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, served as emcee to kick off the exhibit which pays tribute to the contributions of Hispanics in Cincinnati. Various Latin American contemporary artists, sculptors, and literary writers joined forces to showcase their work and share their inspiration with the Cincinnati Community at large. Lara states, "Through their work, these talented artists share a common theme of what life has been like for them as an immigrant in the United States. They deliver impressive snapshots using vibrant colors, textures, and stories of their experiences while engaging spectators through the journey of an immigrant into a new land."

The hopefulness they share through this exhibit is to provide an opportunity for others to look beyond cultural stereotypes, differences, and misconceptions to uncover the genuineness and beauty of Hispanic Culture. These artists hope to brighten someones day through their visual and written art and open a window to new perspectives. They courageously share their vulnerabilities providing a visual glimpse into their intriguing and emotional world to spark conversations and appreciation of the contributions of Hispanics to our society and economy.

Artist Lucia Del Bosque used oil-based paints on canvas to create her painting of a beautiful tree with bright, vivid purple leaves that are upside down. Lucia arrived in the United States with no family. It took many years before she began to plant roots. This painting depicts a time of uncertainty in a new world signified by the roots in the air. It is called: Mundo al Revés or World Upsidedown.

Artist Pedro Moreno stands with a crucifix he created out of wood and electronics: Digital Crucifixion. When he arrived in the U.S., he noticed everyone had a cell phone including children. Families were tuned in to their cell phones but not each other while eating at a restaurant. Pedro's creation expresses his observations on modern-day communication and relationships which are dying or being crucified due to digital technology. Moreno states, We turn more to our digital devices and away from God, away from family, and away from deeper connections with one another."

The Peaslee Center has allocated space to house the artists work which is designed to encourage peaceful reflection and the exchange of critical perspectives from the artist's viewpoint. It is free to the public and the artwork is available for purchase.

The exhibit can be enjoyed at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center 215 E 14th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 M-F from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM through October 26 at 6:00 through October 26 and again at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio November 28-30.

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