The West Orange Art Council presents “Festivals, Fiestas and Feasts” for Hispanic Heritage Month

Judyann Affronti Otomi, Birds on black Mixed media, 18×24

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Arts Council presents “Festivals, Fiestas and Feasts” during Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate Hispanic culture and the multicultural community we live in. This art exhibition features the work of local artists: Judyann Affronti, Rey Arvelo, Maria Estrela, Stanley Gavidia, Carol Jenkins, Fernando Mariscal, Alex Martinez, Patricia Mitrano, Sylvia Padilla, Hector Perez, Luisa Pinzon and Susan Greenwald.

Sylvia Padilla, Double Serpent, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 16 in x 20 in

The show kicked off Saturday, September 17, 2022 and will run through October 22, 2022 at the West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring Hispanic and Latin American music. The opening hours of the exhibition gallery are Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm and by appointment.

The exhibition is an eclectic mix and a festival of colors. Discover the work of Alex Martinez, arts educator and resident of West Orange, who invites the viewer into his internal diaspora of two cultures. Discover Hector Perez’s handcrafted rag dolls Latin American Treasures, popular in many traditional societies; Inca imagery of animals from indigenous folklore by Sylvia Padilla and detailed miniature paintings by Rey Arvelo, an introspection of the unconscious. Felt collages by Judyann Affronti, personal reinterpretations of traditional arts from central Mexico, and mixed media/media collages by Maria Estrela (of Cape Verdean origin), reflecting the work of women artists strong in art history and well others will surely delight.

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Norma D. Ross