The Latino Arts of NE Ohio pay tribute to HHM
By Antonio Barrios, La Prensa Correspondent
Braving the dark skies and the deluge of rain, the public came out to support local Latino artists of Lorain and Cuyahoga Counties. On Oct 5, 2013, the Lorain Arts Council celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a Hispanic Art Exhibit that not only had the visual arts on display but also the musical comment of superstar DJ Vic Santana, who always amazes his fans with his collection of music videos.
The excitement intensified when the Peruvian dance troupe Raices del Perú took center stage, dancing the traditional folkloric dance of their native Perú. Wearing their original folk wear the young, beautiful girls danced and swayed the crowd to enthusiastic applauses at the end of each dance. Led by Mary Vargas of Cleveland, the middle school aged girls smiled warmly at the audience as they whirled around the Lorain Arts Council Gallery floor.
The art that was exhibited in the gallery was of a great variety of mediums, from the incredible South Lorain native Carmelo Alvarez’s wooden and stone sculptures (some weighing almost 80lbs.) to the light and seductive fine-line drawings of Cleveland’s Mari Borrero.
One of the show favorites was the SC Jiménez expressionist drawings with bold strokes and geometrical angles; Jiménez captured the gaze of all that had to stop and gaze at his paintings.The delicate paper cut outs of Michelle Hernández was something completely different, using light to cast the shadows of her paper cut out on the white walls she brought a 3D vision of her creative work.