SUMMER 2015 EXHIBITION ARTE AMERICAS

ARTE AMÉRICAS SUMMER GALLERY SEASON FEATURING FOUR EVOCATIVE EXHIBITIONS
THROUGH AUGUST 16, 2015 IN DOWNTOWN FRESNO

This Summer, Arte Américas is fortunate to feature a variety of works in each of our four galleries, produced by seven world-class artists. Individually, they create masterpieces presenting seemingly dissonant themes, techniques, stylistic approaches, and media.  However, as a whole, the cross-section of offerings provide the viewer with an aesthetically guided, psychological starting place from which to examine the work.  The paintings can  vary from assuring to disturbing, but they most often evoke a primal curiosity into the many mysteries that inspired the brushstrokes.  

Infinite interpretations lie within each of the works -- which is the thread that connects each of the exhibitions to the other.  The pieces are created by artists from throughout the United States whose specific intention is to allow the viewer to self-guide their own personal interpretation.   



RUIZ GALLERY 
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CHAMÁN
PAINTINGS BY MAESTRO ÁLVARO BLANCARTE


Born in Culicacan, Sinaloa in 1934, Maestro Álvaro Blancarte studied at the FIne Arts Workshop at the University of Sinaloa, and further developed his craft as a student in Spain, England, and France.  He has been featured in dozens of prestigious solo and group exhibitions internationally:  from New York City, to Gaza, Palestine, Yokohama, Japan, and museums throughout México.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Arte Américas and our partners from the Ayuntamiento de Tijuana (IMAC) and the Consulate of México in Fresno.




 
"These works show my endless search for a world full of magic, colors, and sensations.  This collection is a fusion of two worlds representing the traditional and the contemporary shaman. Shaman artist Pablo Picasso, shaman mime Marcel Marceau, or Carlos Santana -- shaman of the guitar
 -- Álvaro Blancarte





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FRESNO ART MUSEUM
PARTNERSHIP GALLERY




SPIRITS IN COLOR
A COLLECTION OF WORKS BY 
SAMANTHA LAZCANO



   Fresno-based artist Samantha Lazacano has been developing her style for many years, and has continued to build a steady fanbase. Her works are the intersection of geometric studies, urban portraiture, and art deco with a modern twist.  

The gaze of the eyes of the subjects she paints into her acrylic, watercolor, and ink-based works are both haunting and intriguing.  The artwork in this collection represent a body of work that has been featured -- in a variety of fragments -- over the last five years.  When viewed as a whole, the viewer is taken on a wonderful journey into the subtle and nuanced evolution of works that are distinctly Samantha Lazcano.     





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HERE COMES THE SUN
Collaborations & Individual Works By
JEANNETTE L. HERRERA & EAST COAST FRIENDS
Judith Peck  |  F. Lennox Campello  |  Yaroslav Koporulin


 




With the help of three well-established East Coast artists
whose works have been shown side by side with mine in
past exhibitions, "Here Comes The Sun" showcases four
very unique artistic signatures, and the concept of
merging such different styles onto one canvas.
Not only am I a fan of the artwork created by these three
individuals, each person has played an inspirational role
in my own personal growth as an artist.

Being able to work together with each artist to create
these unexpected, whimsical, compositions, allows me
to share a piece of my home back East with my home
now in the Central Valley.
 

Jeannette L. Herrera
Exhibition Curator
 bluefacekiller.com






PARTICIPATING/COLLABORATIVE ARTISTS:




  F. Lennox Campello was born in Guantanamo, Cuba and studied art at the University of Washington School of Art in Seattle, Washington His work has been exhibited at the McManus Museum in Scotland, the Brusque Museum in Brazil, the Musee des Duncan in France, The Museum of Contemporary Art in DC, the Popov Museum in Russia and the Museum of Small Art in Malaysia.

In 1996 Campello opened the Fraser Gallery in Washington, DC. Within five years the gallery became one of only three DC area art galleries to be invited to become a Sotheby's Associate Dealer. In 2002 Campello opened a second Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland, at the time the largest art gallery in the Greater DC area.   Since 2003, his visual arts blog “Daily Campello Art News” has been one of the web's highest ranked in the world.


LennyCampello.com






Known as a allegorical realist, Judith Peck has exhibited her work in venues nationwide including Target Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia and the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana both awarding Peck the juror’s award, Aqua Art Miami, a solo at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and Principle gallery both in Alexandria and Charleston. She has received the Strauss Fellowship Grant from Fairfax County, Virginia.Her paintings have been featured numerous times in Poets/Artists Magazine, as well as The Artist’s Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, iARTisas, Combustus, Catapult Magazine and The Kress Project book published by the Georgia Museum of Art.

Judith Peck’s work is collected internationally and can be found in many private collections as well as in the permanent collection of the Museo Arte Contemporanea, Sicilia and the District of Columbia’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities collection.


"We live in a broken world, full of distances and rifts between and across cultures.  I think life is about relating to others with empathy in spite of these breaks.  I paint in oil on broken plaster shards in an attempt to hold this cracking world together.

We can be whole, despite being unable to cover all the real-life breaks.  To convey this reality, I paint portraits that mask the actual depth of the plaster by covering the surfaces with illusionistic renderings of individuals.
For my subjects, I choose people whose rich inner life comes across on their faces, because it allows a viewer to delve into the sitter’s psychology. If we can actually see each other, we can pursue life compassionately without getting stuck in its rifts. Working from these principals, my paintings then become about how we heal ourselves in this broken world.  The work becomes a guide to investigating our lives and place and, hopefully, the models’ lingering and penetrating gaze will move us away from our complacency."
-- Judith Peck





 

    "Growing up in Moscow during the post-Soviet Era, I witnessed a dramatic transformation of Russian people and culture. 

    This societal change, reinforced by my personal experiences, influenced my interest in an individuals’ way to self recognition, emotional conflicts and struggle with the indoctrination that accompanies modern life.  

    From my analysis of the intricacy of life and human existences, I create my own mythology and embody it into my art. 

     With the use of metaphorical characters and surreal settings, I portray man and the world as complexities, where each character consists of contrasting  emotions and unpredictable reactions. Humanity balances on a thread of existence in search for values and purpose."

-- Yaroslav Koporulin

YarKoporulin.com








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GALERÍA DE LA COMUNIDAD


PRIDE FOR THE MIGRANT WORKER
Paintings by LAURA ROMERO


In honoring my parents, who worked the fields during their young childhood and through their young adult years, I began a series of paintings that represents their hard labor in the fields. The migrant workers are a main source of labor that brings the fruits and vegetables to our dinner tables.  “Pride of the Migrant Workers” is a body of work inspired by the hardships, past and present, of Hispanic migrant workers, especially my parents.


Harsh working conditions are portrayed telling of long days laboring through the cold and heat, fighting against both insects and pesticides. My work explores the complex, emotional life of my subjects. Peacefulness, tranquility and humor are all present in the lives of these amazing people.

View the artist's website here