2 exhibits feature Mexican, Chicano artists

Exhibits at Schack Art Center in Everett run through June 3
May 03, 2017

This spring, the Schack Art Center in downtown Everett is showcasing the work of local Mexican and Chicano/a artists in two new exhibits through June 3.

An exhibit called “Convergence: Contemporary Mex-Xicano Art in the Pacific NW” will be in the Schack's main gallery. That exhibit is curated by Dr. Lauro H. Flores, Professor of Chicano and Latin American literatures and cultures at the University of Washington, Seattle.

“Convergence” features diverse artist perspectives and a wide array of mediums, including prints, paintings, photographs and ceramics.

According to Dr. Flores, “Artists whose works are included in this exhibition epitomize the diversity of our community and the range of interests and activities that have defined and continue to define the evolution of a Chicano/Mexican aesthetic expression in the Pacific Northwest.”

Some of the participating artists were born in Mexico and moved to this region at different points in their lives, including Arturo Artorez, Fulgencio Lazo, Jesús Mena Amaya, and José Luis Rodríguez Guerra.

Artists Cecilia C. Alvarez and George Rodriguez moved here from other parts of the U.S., and one, Paul Berger, is a Pacific Northwest native.

Dr. Flores notes that exhibit guests, “Will quickly recognize how most artists – each in her or his own way – pay homage to their cultural heritage through the use of certain themes, icons and motifs. Nevertheless, despite their common legacy, individual experiences, sensibilities, and identities vary enormously – as also do individual expression.”

Upstairs, in the Schack's mezzanine gallery, Mexican-born painter Alfredo Arreguín is featured in the solo exhibition, “Over the Rainbow,” which also runs through June 3.

For decades, Arreguín has specialized in creating canvases exploding with ornate patterns, intricate brushwork and bright colors. His paintings often include imagery of pre-Columbian cultures, the landscapes of Mexico and portraits of iconic cultural figures, such as the painter Frida Kahlo.

“Over the Rainbow” is a small retrospective covering many periods of his work, since arriving in the Pacific Northwest more than six decades ago.

A free exhibit lecture with artist Alfredo Arreguin and curator Dr. Lauro Flores is also scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Schack studios.

The Schack Art Center is an admission free, visual art center at 2921 Hoyt Ave. in downtown Everett that provides a first-class view into the fascinating world of glassblowing. Watch artists shape molten glass while admiring diverse exhibits featuring locally and internationally known professional artists.

The Schack is also a first-class learning facility with four art studios that accommodate a wide variety of classes for youth and adults. More information: schack.org.

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