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We Are You Project Opening Reception
Yesterday Sunday March 18, 2012 I had the honor to participate and attend the opening reception of the We Are You Project at Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba in NYC.
Pictured to the right Artists Raul Villarreal, Joe Overstreet and Jose Acosta.
I enjoyed the art exhibit and the music and singing that were all part of the program. My friend and fellow artist Jose Rodeiro was great in that he introduced me to many fellow artists that I did not already know and also to many of the distinguished guests that attended this event. One of the organizers of the event Robert Rosado was also kind enough to introduce me to many distinguished guests. I met so many people and artists, among the most interesting was Joe Overstreet who is world renown and loves to talk about art and share his experiences and stories. I enjoyed hearing about his friend William De Konning and the time that Diego Rivera drew his portrait. The Wilmer Jennings Gallery is just so beautiful and all the art works looked so good. I was so proud to exhibit with such high caliber of artists and in such a wonderful gallery.
We Are You Project visual artists on exhibit were: Jose Acosta, Efren Alvarez, Nelson Alvarez, Willie Baez, Josephine Barreiro, Hugo X. Bastidas, Monica S. Camin, Priscila De Carvalho, Jacqui Casale, Gerardo Castro, Pablo Caviedes, Carlos Chavez, William Coronado, Maritza Davila, Rosario D'Rivera, Fernando Goldoni, Roberto Marquez, Raphael Montanez-Ortiz, Elizabeth Jimenez Montelongo, Hugo Morales, Lisette Morel, Gabriel Navar, Julio Nazario, Jimmy Pena, Joe Pena, Duda Penteado, Mel Ramos, Rolando Reyna, Jesus Rivera, Jose Rodeiro, Marta Sanchez, Sergio Villamizar and Raul Villarreal.
This exhibition, developed by We Are You Project, represents the first comprehensive, coast-to-coast, artistic overview of the current state of Latino socio-cultural, political, and economic conditions in the 21st Century.
These express conditions are reflected in paintings and prints by thirty-five prominent, contemporary Hispanic artists whose trans-cultural and pan-Latino-heritage can be traced to many and diverse Ibero-American traditions, including Mexico, Puerto-Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and Spain and Portugal. Most importantly, each artist or their families have experienced the perspective of being an immigrant, refugee, a migrant, expatriate, or nomad, who gratefully found a new home in the United States, and where over the course of years, they have attained professional success by expressing both their vision and unique personal story.
The exhibit will be up until May 15, 2012 then it will continue on a world tour for next few years. At the Opening Reception, introductions to the We Are You Project premiere exhibition were be made by Dr. Carlos Hern___'____ndez, President, New Jersey City University, as well as Mr. Mario Tapia, President of the Latino Center on Aging in New York City. Additionally, Hiram Col___'___³n, the composer of the music and lyrics for the We Are You theme-song, performed in collaboration with singer Sophia Ang___'____lica, of the Dora the Explorer television show. There will be a We Are You Project Poetry Reading on April 7 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 6 pm or by appointment Gallery Location: 219 East 2nd Street at Avenue B
For more info please visit www.weareyouproject.org