Mexico’s culture is rich, colorful and vibrant, influenced by its ancient civilizations such as the Aztec and Maya as well as European colonization. Festivals and fiestas are extremely important in Mexico and celebrated even in the smallest villages.
Fogartyville will create some of the spirit of a Mexican fiesta for Opening Night on Saturday, April 6 from 7-10pm as they showcase the art, music and food of Mexico. Featured entertainment will include the Mariachi Guadalupe Band. Food will be available from Chef Gino Calleja of Reyna’s Taqueria.
Opening Night Reception: 7-10pm Saturday, April 6
Tickets: $10 in advance at wslr.org or call 1-800-838-3006; or $12 at the door
Exhibit open to the public 4-6:30pm every Tuesday until May 26, 2019
Featuring: Visual Artist, Alfredo Garcia; Mariachi Guadalupe Band; Vendors and other participating artists include Cheryl Kinderknecht, Pamela Joy Trow, Raven Skye McDonough, Erin Gilbert and Chris McCormack.
Alfredo Garcia (photograph above, The Bicycle). In 2008, Garcia opened his gallery Arte Coyoacano in Village of the Arts. Primarily a self-taught artist, Garcia works in stone, plaster of paris for his masks and paints in oils on wood. Garcia grew up in Guerrero, Mexico, as one of eight children. His parents work the fields in Mexico and were never educated in reading and writing. Garcia enjoyed the benefits of a public education and spent time working as a teacher in the hills outside of Mexico City. He studied philosophy at the University of Mexico City before beginning 10 months of art studies at the International Institute of Art.
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
525 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34236
Photo by Alfredo Garcia