Arte Latino returns to the Kimball for a second run
Last March, the Kimball Art Center opened "Arte Latino: An exhibition of Latino Art in Utah," showing the works of 15 Latino artists from Utah and presenting a six-week-long package of events that included everything from mural painting to live music and educational opportunities.
This year, the event returns on March 11 with a new group of artists and activities.
"It was so successful last year that we’re going to make it a yearly event," said Pam Crowe-Weisberg, executive director of the art center.
The whole "Arte Latino" exhibition will open on Saturday, March 11 from 6-9 p.m. with a community celebration at the art center. That event will include live music from Salsa Brava, along with dancing, art projects, artists and catering from La Casita.
"It’s a real celebration of Latino arts," said Crowe-Weisberg.
Felix Saez, who owns Stone Art Gallery and who will participate in the exhibition, said he was happy to return to the Kimball after presenting his work as part of last year’s "Arte Latino."
"To me, it’s wonderful to be able to educate the public and show them how diverse the Latino community is in Park City," he said.
Overall, Crowe-Weisberg said the event will return with the same format, some new artists, and a few different events.
"We’ve increased our participation with the schools and we’re offering a family day," she added.
During the event, the local elementary schools will take part in a gallery tour and participate in an art project designed by one of the exhibition’s artists. The family days will run every Saturday during the exhibition and will include family art activities for youth and their parents.
The exhibition will include other events as well. April 13, the art center will join with the Park City Film Series and the Sundance Institute to present a screening of the "Sólo Dios Sabe," which screened in the World Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The film comes from Mexico and Brazil.
"This is an epic about love and romance and choices in life," said Frank Normile, executive director of the film series.
He said director Carlos Bolado would be present to talk about the film following the screenings. After the free April 13 screening, the film will continue its run for the weekend as a part of the film series’ regular schedule.
In addition to that event, Crowe-Weisberg also noted two art talks, one with a panel of participating artists on Wednesday, March 22, and another with Tony Yapias, whose exhibition of color photography, "Latinos de Utah," will show in the Kimball’s Badami Gallery through April 22. All of the Arte Latino events are free and open to the public.
Like last year, Crowe-Weisberg said the exhibition will seek to include Park City’s Latino community and those who want to learn about it. The 2005 event included participants from across the community.
Saez said the event is particularly meaningful to him, because he is a Latino and the owner of an art gallery in Park City. The exhibition, he noted, offers the opportunity to show what art can do for the Latino community.
"My goal," he said, "is to have all the kids understand that they might have some promise in it."
Crowe-Weisberg noted the significant Latino population in Park City, and their relevance to the area. The 2000 Census said that of the 7,371 people in Park City, 1,448 were Latino although many groups argued that population was severely undercounted with many working in service industry jobs.
"They’re very important to this town because they basically run the service industry," said Crowe-Weisberg.
The Kimball, she noted, also wants to highlight that importance and acknowledge the Latino artists’ present in Utah.
"There’s just an incredible, talented, wonderful group of Latino artists in the state," she said.
Among the artists returning to "Arte Latino" are Saez, Ruby Chacón, Pilar Pobil and Michael Trujillo. Overall, 11 artists will exhibit their work again, while four will come to the Kimball for the first time. Their works range from Saez’s rough stone sculptures to Chacón’s colorful, flowing paintings, with many mediums highlighting the Latino culture.
Ultimately, said Crowe-Weisberg "Arte Latino" fits the community and the Kimball.
"It’s an important thing," she said, "that we want to be known for."
"Arte Latino: An Exhibition of Latino Art in Utah" will run from March 11 through April 22 at the Kimball Art Center. For a complete listing of events associated with the exhibition, or for more information, visit http://www.kimball-art.org or call 649-8882.
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