Tuesday, 21 May 2024

‘Raíces Hermosas’ exhibit at MAC celebrates Latinx art and culture

Jaymie Hernandez de la Torre installing Growth Rings at the Middletown Arts Center. Photo by Tim de la Torre.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — The Middletown Art Center proudly announces the highly anticipated exhibition, “Raíces Hermosas~Gorgeous Roots,” showcasing a vibrant collection of Latinx art.

This compelling exhibit serves as a testament to the rich cultural heritage and artistic contributions of the Latinx community.

The opening reception of Raíces Hermosas on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. is a celebration of contemporary Latinx identity, culture and artistic expression.

The exhibit explores roots and addresses pertinent issues through a guest-curated exhibition featuring the exceptional work of local and regional Latinx artists.

Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a visual narrative that reflects the depth and diversity of the Latinx community.

“It’s a privilege to share the gallery with fellow Latino artists in the MAC’s new group show Raises Hermosas,” said Alex Blas, a Middletown artist originally from Mexico City. “This collection of work not only represents the inspiring diversity of Latinx artists; it also provides an opportunity to share our stories, dreams and passions with our broader community.”

The opening reception will provide an opportunity for art enthusiasts, community members, and supporters of Latinx culture to engage with the artists and explore the exhibition firsthand.

Attendees will have the chance to interact with the creators behind these captivating artworks, gaining insights into their creative processes and inspirations.

“Raíces Hermosas arose from a need to unify our diverse community through the shared language of art,” said Zabdy Neria, a behavioral health professional, Konocti School District Board member and Rotarian who joined the MAC board and planted the seed for this project.

“I firmly believe that our shared humanity unites us more than our apparent differences,” said Neria. “Raíces Hermosas celebrates Latinx culture and traditions and provides a platform to share these gifts with the rest of the community. MAC’s Posadas Party in early December was a wonderful taste of what's to come! I encourage people of all ages to visit the exhibit and attend upcoming workshops and community festivals at MAC.”

Raíces Hermosas will be on display from Jan. 13 to June 3, Thursday through Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.

In addition to the exhibit, Raíces Hermosas is committed to engaging the local community, especially young minds through free guided school field trips to the gallery with hands-on creative art activities in the studio.

Approximately 3,600 Lake County students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Latinx art and culture through this unique program.

By providing a platform for local and regional Latinx artists, and by nurturing the educational experiences of thousands of students, this project aims to create a lasting impact on our cultural landscape.

There are still some dates available for field trips and educators are encouraged to contact MAC if they are interested in providing their students with a unique educational and cultural experience at 707-355-4465 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Funding for the Raíces Hermosas project is provided by Specified General Fund for the Museum Grant Program under the California Cultural and Historical Endowment.

Middletown Art Center is a Lake County nonprofit dedicated to engaging the public in art making, art education, and art appreciation.

Through exhibitions, performances, workshops, and community events, the art center provides a platform for diverse voices and perspectives, striving to create an inclusive and accessible space for all.

To learn more and donate to support Raíces Hermosas and other MAC arts and cultural programs visit www.middletownartcenter.org or call 707-809-8118. The MAC is located at 21456 State Highway 175 in Middletown.

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