World renowned Chicana painter, fine arts educator, and south Texas native, Santa Barraza, to open Barraza Fine Arts – a new art gallery and studio - in the historic district of Kingsville, Texas this weekend. The opening exhibition, Spiritual Journeys, will include original artwork portraying interpretations of spirituality by 25 invited artists from throughout the country, including Liliana Wilson, Carlos Lowry, Yolanda Petrocelli, Mary Jane Garza, Yreina Cervantez, Dorotha Grace Lemeh, Suzy Gonzalez, Michael Menchaca, and Peter F. Ortiz, among many talented others. The public is invited to attend the opening reception for Spiritual Journeys on Saturday, August 29th at 407 S. 5th Street in Kingsville from 6-9pm, free of charge. Considering the current public health situation, the event will adhere to all recommended social distancing measures.
Housed in a renovated historic stone residence built in 1907, the mission of the new gallery is to expose the spiritual creativity of artists in order to expand the appreciation of visual arts and culture, particularly in the borderlands and among isolated populations such as those living throughout rural south Texas.
The opening of Barraza Fine Arts marks a pivotal transition in Santa Barraza’s life, as it follows her retirement from a 34 year career of teaching visual art in higher education institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Penn State University at University Park, La Roche College in Pittsburgh, the University of Graz in Austria, and, most recently, Texas A&M University – Kingsville. Barraza plans to focus on furthering her new gallery and studio’s mission and developing her own body of work.
For those unable to attend the opening reception, the artwork will be on display through October 3, 2020 and can also be seen digitally on the Barraza Fine Art Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BarrazaArtGallery) or the new gallery and studio’s website, www.BarrazaFineArt.com.
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