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Monthlong local art exhibit will excite Laredoans

Art is alive and well in Laredo, as witnessed by the local art exhibit that opened on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Laredo College Martha Fenstermaker Memorial Visual Arts Gallery in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.


The 20-piece exhibit showcases different art mediums, such as photography, paintings, mixed media, film shorts and digital art. The theme is “emergence,” which is the process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed or coming into being.


This juried exhibit was open exclusively to Laredo artists, who were granted freedom to interpret the theme in different manners and could include ideas on recent events and personal themes.


The juror for the exhibit was artist Charles Neumann, a former Laredo College student who went on to get his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Texas Tech University. He has worked at Texas Tech, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Phoenix, Texas College and is currently faculty at the College of the Sequoias in California.


“It is always difficult to make decisions as to what works to include in an exhibition,” Neumann said in his juror statement. “All the artists that submitted work for review, put their energy, focus, skills, and voice into making these artworks. So, all the entries have value and merit. Judging is by nature subjective, but I actively thought about media manipulation, formal composition, and presentation when looking at the entries.” 


The talented artists selected were Darinka Oviedo, JoAnn Moreno, Jason Litman, John Sanchez, Krista Quintanilla, Liberty Garcia, Maria Partida, Mark Johnson, Raquel Morales and Paty C. Orduña.


The exhibit will run from Nov. 11 to Dec. 17. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Admission is free and open to the public. Health and safety protocols will be in place, and masks are highly recommended.


“The Laredo College Visual and Performing Arts Department is pleased to present this community exhibit highlighting our local talent. It is important to support local artists and the arts as there is so much to appreciate and learn from these,” Department Chair Eva Soliz said.


For more information, contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department at (956) 721-5224.