Friday, March 4, 2011

ArtTraveler digests happenings affecting Latino & Spanish artists

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Spanish artists (no names provided) recently demonstrated a Magic Bubble Art Show in Cambodia.

"Experi(mental): Latin American Art on the Cusp of Contemporary," 3 March to 30 April. Saltfineart in Laguna Beach, Ca. displays works by several Latino artists: Mayra Barraza, Karen Clachar, Jaime Izaguirre, Jorge Linares, Priscilla Monge, Jorge De Leon, Roberto Guerrero, Ronald Moran, Luis Fernando Ponce, Angel Poyon and Irene Pressner.

The reception featured artist Clachar, also curator of Central America's largest art show--Valocarte--and art critic, Daniella Walsh.

Mosaics Art International, 18 Feb. through March 30; juried exhibition of 46 mosaic works selected from 300 entries from 10 countries, in Austin, Texas. 

Sponsored by the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, SAMA artists show two-dimensional, three-dimensional and architectural works. 

Jurors: Jean Ann Dabb, professor of art history at the Univerisity of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va.; Norla Diamantopoulos, president of the Mosaic Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, and Jean Graham, coordinator of Austin Art in Public Places

SAMA claims 1,200 members.

The Artist Project New York, unrepresented artists group show, 17 - 20 March. Alongside the Armory Show, there's a four-day exhibit on Pier 92 offering emerging artists without galleries to reach out to the contemporary art world.

The Mexican Fine Arts Museum, Chicago, Ill. last week auctioned off 150 works of art to raise funds for fired public school art teacher Francisco Mendoza, also well-known painter, muralist and all-around good guy in the Pilsen, lower west side of Chicago, barrio.

Mendoza has bone marrow cancer. 

After five months in hospital, he returned home to find a termination notice from the school. He had taught 25 years.

Mendoza reported that teachers with less seniority remain on the job.

Rock on and practice peace and love.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will be at peace." Jimmy Hendrix 

Stefan, the ArtTraveler(TM).

This is what you might run into walking in our mountains, an ancient olive tree. Do you see the strong, handsome if not grotesque face in the tree? Photo by Stefan van Drake.

Consider a walking vacation in our Andalusian mountains or a week-long sculpture or mosaics workshop. See: and

Maurizio Cattelan's work, not as large as the telling hand, left, remain on show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Ca., "Mexico: Expected/Unexpected."

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