Main Gallery October 24 through November 24, 2018
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ART EXHBITION
Open for Dia de los Muertos Festival: Saturday, October 27, 3:00 to Midnight
Reception for the Artists: Friday, November 2, 2018, 5:30 to 9 pm
Awards Presentation at 6:30 pm
The Dia de los Muertos Festival is one of the most popular events in Corpus Christi drawing thousands of attendees each year. Now open to artists nationwide, our Dia de los Muertos Fine Art Exhibition draws thousands of visitors.
Entry Deadline is September 24. PROCEED TO ONLINE ENTRY FORM
Dia de los Muertos is a national holiday in Mexico when deceased loved ones are honored and remembered. It is a poignant time, both solemn and joyous, with colorful traditions, pageantry, and whimsy despite the sobering subject. Dia de los Muertos Festival and Fine Art Exhibition pay tribute to this tradition. Submitted works of art must relate to the the Dia de los Muertos holiday.
JUROR: Ricardo Ruiz
Ricardo Ruiz is an accomplished and popular Corpus Christi artist. Ricardo produces paintings and drawings inspired by his Hispanic heritage, borderland culture, and Mexican-American folklore. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Museum of South Texas, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Cheech Marin Collection and numerous private collections. Ruiz has exhibited widely throughout the United States, and his work has been featured in “Chicanitas” and “Los Tejanos”, which are recent traveling exhibitions from the Cheech Marin Collection. Also ctive in Corpus Christi’s Art community, Ruiz designed the Dia de los Muertos mural at Starr and Lower Broadway (pictured above) and contributed two card panels to the Loteria mural on Chaparral.
PICKING UP THE PIECES: ARTWORKS ON HURRICANE HARVEY
“Picking Up the Pieces” is a powerful art exhibition featuring local artists who felt the impact of Hurricane Harvey firsthand, whether it was by weathering the storm and/or by volunteering to help their neighbors in its immediate aftermath. Many of the artists in the exhibition utilize hurricane debris that they have gathered and transformed into compelling works of art. All the artworks in the show are sure to make a strong and positive impression. Come on up to the Schaudies Gallery (3rd floor) this next First Friday Artwalk and see this one time only exhibition dedicated to all the people, communities and volunteers who have and are still over one year later, “Picking Up the Pieces”.
In the Gift Shop October 19 – November 16, 2018
October 27, 3 pm to Midnight: Open for the Dia de los Muertos Festival
November 2, 5:30 to 9 pm: Reception for the artists with ArtWalk
ABSTRACTIONS AND ECLECTIC THINGS: NOLA GUAJARDO AND NORA VERDIN
Nola Guajardo and Nora Verdin are twin sisters who paint. Both have been painting over 30 years and have been active members of the Corpus Christi art community throughout that time.
Over the years, Nola Guajardo’s images have gone from abstraction, to representational and back to abstraction. Color has always been the most prominent element and the coastal light has always been the factor in her choice of color. Her palette is ever changing due to the intensity in the light and the changes it brings to our environment. Artist’s like Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn have been major influences in her work over the years. Matisse painted on the coast in Nice, France and Diebenkorn painted on the coast in California. Hence the connection for Nola, to these incredible artists, light and water. Application of paint also varies from smooth, layered color, to a more rough and direct application. Both painterly processes feed her sense for the materials and the intuitive look I want for my work.
Nora Verdin has always enjoyed looking at and collecting cultural and folk arts from many regions and cultures like Mexican and South American folk art, Aborigine, Native American and Outsider art. The color, pattern, textures and composition of these types of art influence her work. Nora’s images have been consistent over the years: Corazons, little Milagros, cats, flowers and birds. The last few years, birds and flowers have taken on a different significance. Nora lost her mother several years ago and things that she held special became inspiration in Nora’s work. She enjoyed sitting in her garden enjoying the birds at her feeds singing their sweet songs, so Nora paints birds and flowers as a tribute to her memory. Recently, Nora has been using different materials like paper, yarn, tin and wood that give her work a playful look.