La Peña Presents Toma Mi Corazón 25th Annual Fundraiser
It's time for La Pena's annual fundraising event, “Toma Mi Corazón” (Take my Heart).
La Pena invites everyone to "Take My Heart" once again. For the twenty-fifth year, wooden hearts were handed out to artists, children, dignitaries, celebrities, and anyone else who wanted one. They were decorated, painted, carved or intervened. The hearts are sold in a silent auction and all the proceeds from their sale go towards supporting La Pena's arts and educational programming.
When Saturday, February 11th, 2017 Toma Mi Corazon Party starts at 4 pm Silent Auction: 6:00 - 8:00 pm After Party: 8:00 pm - $10 admission (includes food and refreshments)
Toma Mi Corazón, La Peña Annual Fundraiser is upon us.
This year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Toma Mi Corazón (Take My Heart). Our goal is to reach $10,000 so we can keep La Peña as a space that promotes the Latino Arts and Culture. We would like to invite you to participate by creating a piece of artwork, using the wooden hearts that we have available (right now we have some old ones for reuse) - or you can create your own Corazón. They're free to decorate, paint, carve or whatever form of artistic expression you wish. You can pick up the hearts Monday through Saturday, from 8am-5pm. The deadline to drop-off your donated artwork will be Saturday, February 4th.
La Peña Presents:Print Austin 2017, Latino Artists in Printmaking
Stephanie Mercado. Untitled [American Dream], 2013. Screen Print. Serie XX
Latino Artists in Printmaking is a collective exhibition featuring the works of established and emerging artists. La Peña is proud to bring together a wide array of different artists and techniques to be featured throughout the exhibition.
We will be presenting prints made by local artists from Texas, Mexico, Peru and Chile. These works will be covering techniques such as woodcuts, linocuts, reduction woodcut, serigraphy, printing on ceramics, fabrics and more. The exhibition will be open to the public from January 14th until February 5th, 2017, from 8am to 5pm. (M - F); 8am - 3pm (Sat.).
About the Opening: We will have an opening celebration on January 14th from 6pm until 8pm. We expect to have most of the artists in attendance and we will have live music by Javier Jara and Carlos Ufret from Los Bohemios Perdidos. Food and refreshments will be served.
List of Participant Artists: Alejandra Almuelle, Tara Blanca,Campana, Cecilia Colomé, Fidencio Durán,Celeste DeLuna,Luis Guerra,Fernando Muñoz, Elvira Sarmiento,Cecilia Sánchez Duarte yJosé Francisco Treviño. Serie Project by Coronado Studio featuring the works of:Mary Ann Ambray, Sam Coronado,Daniel Martín Díaz,Sandra C. Fernández,Stephanie Mercado y Peter Ortíz. La Printería San Antonio featuring the works of:Pablo DelCielo,Zoraida Gutiérrez, OspinaEréndida Mancilla, Charlie Ramirez yCuauhtemoc Wetzka.
ALAN POGUE (Austin, Texas) FELIX REOJAS (Saltillo, Mexico) YOUTH RISE TEXAS (Austin, Texas) Raices Y Resistencia Roots & Resistance La Peña Latino Arts Organization 227 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 477-6007 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.lapena-austin.org Opening reception: Saturday, September 3, 2016, 6 – 8 pm Musical performance by Pati Ayala-McLean Exhibit on display: September 1 – 30, 2016 Viewing hours: Mon – Fri, 8 am–5 pm; Sat–Sun, 10 am–5 pm Contact: Cynthia Perez, La Peña Co-Owner (512) 785-9564 | email@example.com For more on Alan Pogue: www.documentaryphotographs.com For more on Félix Reojas: www.felixreojasfotografia.com Free and open to the public
Austin y Mazatlán Puente de Arte y Cambios Bridging Art & Social Change
In July 2016, Cecilia Garcia Morales and Cecilia Sánchez Duarte, teachers of the Instituto de Cultura, Turismo y Arte de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, came to Austin Texas as invited artists of La Peña Latino Art Organization to give a lecture on the creator of “La Catrina” José Guadalupe Posada, and the celebration of Day of the Dead in Mazatlán. This event was complemented with an intensive workshop of printmaking in linoleum, to create works that will be exhibited in the Angela Peralta Gallery on November the 1st 2016, and simultaneously exhibited in La Peña Gallery also the same day. Mazatlecan artists will exhibit woodblocks printed with a steamroller.
Revolucíon de los Muertos
La Peña Presents Revolución de los Muertos
Reception: October 29, 2016 6:00 P.M.—8:00 P.M. Altar Lighting Ceremony: November 1, 2016 6:00 P.M.—8:00 P.M. 227 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701
Austin and Mazatlán Bridging Art & Social Change is an international exchange project between artists, with workshops and exhibitions of Dia de Muertos. The workshops create utilitarian and artistic images for the Dia de Muertos celebration and will be taught by Sinaloan professors in Austin and professors from Texas in Mazatlán. Exhibitions of the prints from these workshops will be open simultaneously in both cities. Works being shown are wood engravings in large format, printed with a steamroller by Mazatlecan artists, and engravings on linoleum in small format, made during the first workshop that was held in La Peña Latino Arts Organization in July of this year by teachers from the Municipal Institute for Culture, Tourism and Art of Mazatlán. Note the support of the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin for this artistic exchange. The cultural exchange will achieve the visual transmission of both associations projected in both communities in the same celebration that combines art, tradition and fiesta without borders, thus honoring our dead with life!
Featuring Art By: Anna Lilian Salinas, Nancy Espinal Argueta, Agnes Chapa, Carlos Lowry, Alexandra M. Castañeda, J. Ramón Ovalle, Peter Ortíz, Venessa Ramos, Connie McCracken, Celeste De Luna, Brian Joseph, Daisy Solís/Hiram Gallardo, Manuel Alencaster, Marysol Galván Pelayo, Brian Joseph, Juan Carlos Valdivia, Cecilia García Morales and Cecilia Sánchez Duarte. Altars By: Agnes Chapa, Dina Flores, Liliana Valenzuela, Liliana Wilson and Maggie García.
Gabino Palomares Concert
La Peña Presents Gabino Palomares Concert Born on May 26, 1950 in Comonfort, Guanajuato. He studied chemical engineering at San Luis Potosi, but his interest in music and literature led him to devote himself increasingly to these activities to succeed in university song festivals 1972 and 73. Which marks the beginning of his career . It is then that presents his first show: "Poems and Songs" in which he participates as a reciter, singer and composer.
Save The Date October 14, 2016 9:00 –11:00 P.M. 600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 Music by: Gabino Palomares
The Rag: Photography of Alan Pogue
La Peña Presents: The Rag Photography of Alan Pogue: 50 Years and Still Raising Hell!
Opening Reception 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M., Sunday, October 9, 2016 Exhibit on display October 1-30 Viewing Hours Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.
30th Bydee Art Anniversary
a retrospective of Brian "Bydeeman" Joseph's body of work as an artist for the lst 30 years. On display will be his very first painting, "de Bydeeman is coming" along with his most recent works. It is a journey that catalogs how he has created unique, positive and colorful art to promote subjects such as education, community unity, diversity, self-esteem, family, children, peace, love, and friendship. His passion to bring happiness to the world can be summed up in one word: BYDEE (Bringing You Delightful Entertaining Experiences). His stylized art reflects his Trinidadian roots as well as free spirited Austin experiences. This event is a celebration of Hope for all, and especially the East Austin Community, as we feel encouraged to move forward together in unity.
Event will be held at: Dedrick Hamilton House (912 E. 11th Street Austin, TX 78702) Saturday, September 17, 2016 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
AUSTIN COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STARR COUNTY FARM WORKERS STRIKE AND MARCH
We hope you will join us in honoring the farm workers who had the courage to fight for economic justice and human dignity. Their fight 50 years ago is still our fight today. We are fighting for a living wage, for affordable health care, for food safe from toxic chemicals, and for an end to child labor. These are all issues that the farm workers championed 50 years ago. Planned events In Austin: Sunday Sep 11, 10 am Mass at St Edward’s Campus chapel--a marker will be unveiled--1 pm a march to the Capitol with a rally to follow. 10,000 people marched in Austin in 1966 to show solidarity with the farmworkers-- can we do it again? Please feel free to call me in my cell phone if you have any questions (512) 577-7893 We do plan to have musica during the march, and a photo exhibit both at La Pena & Mexic-Arte for those that want to join us from Congress Ave. We also plan to have music and teatro at the capital while folks are waiting for those that are marching.
COMMEMORATION OF THE 43RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE COUP D'ETAT IN CHILE
Join us for an evening of remembrance as artists, musicians and other members of the community mark the 43rd anniversary of the coup d’etat in Chile. In this occasion Javier Jara will sing songs of the late Victor Jara, who was a political prisioner under Pinochet’s regime and who was tortured and murdered in the days following the coup. Live Music: Javier Jara Sings Victor Jara
Event will be held at: La Peña Gallery (227 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701) Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Book Release Celebration & Signing Mary Donley-Slover
Saturday August 20, 2016 7:00 to 9:00 PM at La Peña.
Come and meet Author/Illustrator, Mary Donley-Slover and join us in celebrating this special event! Music provided by Mary Donley, Jack Slover, Phillip Donley, Sylvia Donley, Billy Donley, Dave Hungerford & Kate Hungerford.
Madre e Hija Nelda & Nelda
Save the Date!
Next weekend, Saturday, June 18 another exciting reception at La Peña.
Come and meet our featured artists; Nelda Marie Dominguez MunguÍa and her daughter, Nelda Louise Munguía Guenther. View their unique artwork and listen to their amazing story.
Also dance to the lively music from Michel Munguía and her fellow musicians.
The Austin Chronicle says, La Peña Gallery is especially Hispanically resplendent for WEST with an exhibition in a variety of mediums, featuring wonderments by Alejandra Almuelle • Celeste DeLuna • Fidencio Durán • Celeste González • Luis Guerra • Carlos Lowry • Fernando Muñoz • Peter Ortiz • Salvador Rodríguez • Miguel Angel Santana • Mónica Tornoé • José Francisco Treviño • Liliana Wilson.
Sánchez Elementary Otras Caras del Sol y la Luna Other Faces of the Sun and the Moon
La Peña presents the annual Sánchez Elementary Art Exhibition, April 1-30, 2016. This year, Ms. Susan Holland’s 5th grade class exhibited her student’s studies of Metepec ceramics and paper reliefs.
Metepec pottery The students looked at maps and talked about the proximity of the Metepec region and Mexico City. They had discussions about how the people have been making pottery in that region from the time of the Aztec empire. The students also looked at images and examples of the Metepec pottery, focusing on the faces of the sun and the moon. Students were asked to think about the traditional styles, but also their own style to design a clay sun, or a sun and moon combined, and to give it a face. They used hand building techniques such as slab rolling and connected clay by using slip and scoring.
Celeste De Luna's solo exhibition "One Thousand Cuts" March 1 thru March 31, 2016 Artist Reception: Saturday, March 26 at 6pm
Celeste De Luna "is a true daughter of the borderlands. Her art celebrates the quotidian and the exceptional on the border", writes professor and artist Inés Hernández-Ávila. De Luna continues to explore the Geo-political aspects of post-911 militarization of her environment such as border walls, drones, checkpoints, and bridges. Other influences on De Luna's work are the writing and art of Gloria Anzaldua, political graphic art, and the nature of evil. Much of De Luna's work is centered on the border experiences of undocumented migrant women and children. Her iconography frequently features razor wire, fences, bridges, and anchor babies. Although De Luna had primarily been a painter, she has recently been challenging herself as a self-taught artist in a new medium, printmaking.
Artist Statement: My work is an exploration of my environment. It gave me the language to understand things I couldn't verbalize. The confluence of American and Xicano culture clash and sometimes harmonize in my work. My seemingly morbid interests go well with the death and despair of the border experience. Common themes in my work include migrant/border experiences of women, children, and families, Tejas landscape, and the spiritual struggle of conflicting identities. My practice is rooted in writing, drawing, carving, and taking photographs. At times, my process looks like child's play with props and collected objects. These things manifest themselves in drawings and eventually artworks that can be paintings, drawings, prints, or assemblage.
Month of Love Artist INC Fellows Exhibition
Artist INC Alumni Exhibition highlights several of the artists who participated in the 2014-2015 Artist INC Live Austin program through the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.
Exhibiting artists include: Thomas Athey, Jess Bee, Cindy Debold, Autumn Ewalt, Valerie Fowler, Kelsey Jenkins, Lawrence Jolly, Kelli McDonald, Teruko Nimura, Mark Puente, Quinten Rhea, Daniel Rivera, Philip Rogers, Terri St. Arnauld, Liana Tomchesson, and Alison Young. Artist INC Fellows Exhibtion is presented in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Artist Reception: Sunday, February 14, 2016 4:00 - 6:00 pm La Peña Gallery 227 Congress Avenue
Toma Mi Corazón XXIV
Heart by Amado Peña Jr.
La Peña's annual fundraising event, Toma Mi Corazon!
La Peña invites everyone to “Take My Heart” once again. For the twenty-fourth year, wooden hearts are handed out to artists, children, dignitaries, celebrities, and anyone else who wants one. They’re free to decorate, paint, carve or whatever form of artistic expression you wish. Once they are returned, the hearts are sold in a silent auction. Proceeds from their sale go towards supporting La Peña’s arts and educational programming.
Saturday, February 6, 2016 La Peña Art Gallery 227 Congress Avenue
Preview Party with food and beverages: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Silent Auction: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Alt Girl Cinema Women of Color: Experimental Shorts
Alt Girl Cinema, an alternative pop-up film series in Austin, is hosting its third screening! This month's screening will feature Women of Color Experimental Shorts with Director Marcela Moran in attendance.
Saturday, January 23rd @ 7pm La Peña Art Gallery 227 Congress Avenue
The Red Road
Ray Valdez, Artist, Muralist, and Tribal member of the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians was born in Kingsville, Texas of nahua(mexico)/yaqui(yoeme) Native American ancestry. He is an artist located in Reno, Nevada and has shown his fine art paintings in galleries throughout the United States. He is also a muralist, with 30 murals in Nevada, the largest being approximately 4,000 square feet created for Truckee Meadows Water Authority.
Opening Reception: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:00 - 4:00 PM
The Gift in the Heart of Language The Maternal Source of Meaning
La Peña was pleased to host a book signing reception for the newly published work by Genevieve Vaughan.
Wednesday, November 18 6:00 - 8:00 PM La Peña Gallery 227 Congress Avenue
Genevieve Vaughan is a semiotician, visionary, peace activist, feminist, author and philanthropist, who has worked for many years on the gift economy as a radical alternative to the market. Her ideas and work have been influential in the movements around alternative economics and Matriarchal Studies. She lives part time in Italy and part time in Texas.
Dia de los Muertos Altares de Amor
For Dia de los Muertos 2015, La Peña was pleased to present Altares de Amor. November 1 - 16, 2015
This year we featured altars by several artists, teachers, and friends. Mary Jane Garza created an altar honoring so many of the children recently killed by gun violence. She was deeply moved by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. She was especially touched by a young budding artist named Emilie Parker, just 6 years-old. Mary Jane's altar honors the young artist with a collage/portrait as the centerpiece.
Our dear friend Agnes created an altar that is a tribute to a stolen childhood to honor the losses of an abusive childhood and to celebrate survival. Agnes is a survivor of incest and childhood priest rape. This took place on her 7th birthday, January 21, the feast day of St Agnes who is the patron saint of rape survivors.
The children of Sanchez Elementary are also featured with their artwork. Ms. Susan Holland’s 3rd grade class learned about Dia de los Muertos and created pastel drawings, collages, and linoleum cut prints.
Illustration by Liliana Wilson
Secretos de Familia Stories of Incest and Sexual Violence in Mexico by Gloria González-López
Book signing Saturday October 17 6-8 pm La Peña Gallery 227 Congress Avenue
Centroamericanto Fest 2015
The 7th annual Centroamericanto Fest was held September 12th 2015 at 8PM at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater.
Centroamericanto Fest is a cultural initiative that brings the music from Central America to Austin TX. The festival showcases the music of some of the most influential singer-songwriters from the region.
Picture from the 2014 from left to right Jeanna and Juan Carlos Ureña, Guadalupe Urbina and Mauricio Callejas
OFRENDA: A Retrospective of Liliana Wilson's Art
As part of Liliana Wilson's recent book release tour for OFRENDA: Liliana Wilson’s Art of Dissidence and Dreams, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center held a retrospective exhibit of her art along with new never before seen works.
The Ofrenda exhibit showcases Liliana's artwork that spans over thirty years, beginning with the political turmoil and repression in Chile during the 70s to her most current work. Liliana’s art creates alternative realities where social injustices are exposed, deconstructed and ultimately rendered obsolete. Her beautiful dreamlike and surreal images portray political, social, and spiritual issues giving hope and inspiration to all.
FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA International Photography Festival Opening Reception Friday, September 4, 2015 6:00 - 8:00 PM Featuring: Rodolfo Gonzalez, Alberto Martinez, Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, and Alan Pogue.
Also featuring: Youth Rise Texas "My Life Without You" Youth Rise Texas is an organization that works with teens who have had a parent or caregiver incarcerated or deported. A central piece of their work is providing creative tools to help share their stories and shape individual narratives about their communities. For this exhibit, a group of teens are realizing a photojournalism project, featuring a family member, using photographs to tell their family’s story.
A Collective Exhibit The passion of the Latino talent as it speaks today
The opening reception for "Es la Vida...Artistas Latinos"was held on Saturday evening, August 8, 2015.
What a magical evening! Having all of the artists there to speak
freely to, listen to their views about their art and stories about
their lives was inspirational. The event was a huge success!
The artists: (L-R) Fidencio Duran, Salvador Rodriguez, Carlos Lowry, José Trevino, Julián Orosco, Ambray Gonzales, & Fernando Muñoz.
Bruce Jackson Retrospective Photo Exhibition & Short Documentary
Inside the Wire, Texas Prison Farm, 1966 @ Bruce Jackson
"Wake*Up, Dead Men" A Retrospective of Bruce Jackson’s Prison Farm Photography, 1965-1975.
This show, curated by documentarian Deborah S. Esquenazi, benefits the Innocence Project of Texas, and brings together Bruce Jackson, the San Antonio Four, and several exonorees from around the state who were present to share their perspectives on current prison reforms. Collaborators include: University of Texas Press and Humanities Texas. June 5 through July 31, 2015
Nepantla: Homenaje a Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Lecture by Dr. Norma E. Cantú "Nepantla" and the Legacy of Gloria E. Anzaldúa Saturday, May 30, 2015 La Peña, 227 Congress Ave.
Art Exhibition Artists: Alejandra Almuelle, Santa Barraza, Ana Borne, Carlos Lowry, Maria Montoya Hohenstein, John Cruz, Celeste De Luna, Ambray Gonzales, Rosemary Gonzalez, Nivia Gonzalez, Ramón Maldonado, Fernando Muñoz, Peter F. Ortiz, Julián Orozco, Ruth Ann Ortiz, Venessa Ramos, Jonathan Rebolloso, Cecilia Sánchez Duarte, José Francisco Treviño, Sabrina Zarco
Students of Santa Barraza, Professor Texas A & M University–Kingsville Arts, Communication, & Theater Department: Ashley Bukowski, Suzanne Davis, Adrianna Guillen, Morhiah Hernandez, Stephanie Ortiz, Kevin Pendleton, Riffat Rizvi, David Salazar, Juan Salinas, Liliana Santos, Christina Trejo, Sierra Mia Zavala
Sanchez Elementary ”Reflecciones” The Frida Kahlo in Me
A special exhibition by Sanchez Elementary Opening Reception Friday, April 24, 2015 4:30 – 6:30 pm In studying this year about the artist, Frida Kahlo and expression through self-portraits, Ms. Susan Holland’s 3rd grade class learned about the Mexican painter and then created self-portraits while considering the question, "What is important to you?"
The Sanchez Elementary Aztec Choir performed under the direction of Oscar Garza, Music Teacher.
Liquid Land - Land of Fire Art Exhibit and 2015 SXSW Music Project
The Liquid Land - Land of Fire Exhibit and 2015 SXSW
Music Project, with the sponsorship of La Peña Gallery, the Center for Russian,
East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern
Studies of the University of Texas at Austin, provided a rare window
into the creative and cultural experience of Azerbaijani artists and
musicians, from February 28, 2015 - March 22, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
The South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Festival, March 6 -22, 2015, one of the
largest and most influential festivals in the world, brought thousands
of participants, media, and press from around the world to Austin.
The photography of acclaimed Azerbaijani artist Rena Effendi was
exhibited at the La Peña Gallery, in the heart of downtown and the SXSW
Festival activity area. Music collaborations and performances were
hosted by the La Peña Gallery and SXSW venues, Russian House and the
Driskill Hotel. SXSW invited Azerbaijani music groups Qarabagh Ensemble
and Qaraqan performed with acclaim. The invited SXSW artist Natig Rhythm
Group was unable to attend the Festival. From the band "5:59", Elchin
Aghayev and Austin musician Blair Robbins joined Qaraqan in SXSW performances. With
the assistance of UT student video artists Taylor Barron, Carlo Nasisse,
and Garson Ormiston and UT video production professor Ellen Spiro, we
were able to capture the performances and experiences of the musicians
in Austin. The estimated attendance for the exhibit
and performance events is 4,000. The audience was composed of the SXSW
Festival attendees as well as the Austin community.
“Love’s Road Map” by Ana Borne
Toma Mi Corazón XXIII La Peña's 23rd anniversary fundraising celebration
"Take My Heart"
Hearts decorated by local artists and artisans
A silent auction benefit for La Peña Saturday, February 7, 2015 4:00 - 9:00 pm
Musical Performance by Sylvia Donely
Inspiring Women A Collective Exhibition of Women Artists
Opening Reception Saturday, March 10, 2018 From 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Participating Artists: Ana Borne, Mary Christina Cisneros, Juanita Cole Towery, Cecilia Colomé, Nancy Espinal, Anel Flores, Naxieli Gomez-Traub, Suzy González, Cliona Gunter, Carla Nickerson, Farah Rivera, Elvira Sarmiento, Emily Socolov, April Sullivan, Rama Tirú, and Ashley Tristán.
The exhibit will be open from March 10th to April 10, 2018. Gallery Hours: M-Sat. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.