DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF(100817)-6TH ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION GALA

ODESSA, TEXAS/OCTOBER 8, 2017 – OVER 20 ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE PERMIAN BASIN WERE SHOWCASING THEIR WORKS OF ART. A WIDE VARITETY OF STYLES WERE FEATURED FROM TRADITIONAL ART, CARTOON, SUPERHERO, DARK AND SUEDO GOTH, AS WELL AS PHOTO ART AND POTTERY.

(VERONIKA KOT, ARTIST)

“I’M INSPIRED BY COLOR, AND, YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE SAY, ‘PUT SOME COLOR IN YOUR LIFE’, WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT ART. SO, THAT’S MY MAIN MOTIVATION IS TO…YOU KNOW, CHEERFUL, ARTISTIC, COLORFUL, ALCHEMISTIC, HAPPY THINGS.”

THE MAIN GOAL OF THE HISPANIC ART ASSOCIATION OF ODESSA IS TO BE INVOLVED WITH ART EXHIBITIONS ON A LOCAL AND STATE LEVEL, AND TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ART ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL AS.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS ART ASSOCIATION IS TO ENCOURAGE AND MOTIVATE YOUNG PAINTERS AND PROVIDE AND OUTLET TO UNDISCOVERED TALENT OF AN OLDER GENERATION.

(LILIANA MARQUEZ, VP., HISPANIC ART ASSOCIATION OF ODESSA)

“THE ODESSA HISPANIC ART ASSCOCIATION IS ABOUT PROMOTING THOSE YOUNG ARTISTS, THOSE STARTING ARTISTS. IT DOES’NT MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE, AND TO START SOMEWHERE, TO BEGIN SOMEWHERE, AND TO BE ABLE TO SHOWCASE YOUR WORK AT A PLACE LIKE THIS, AT AN EVENT LIKE THIS, WHERE THE COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER. TO TAP YOU ON THE BACK, AND SAY ‘GOOD JOB, LOOKS GOOD…KEEP ON PAINTING, KEEP ON DRAWING, KEEP IT UP’. THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.”

A LARGE SELECTION OF PHOTOS WERE ON DISPLAY AT THE GALA. SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS SNAPED SHOTS OF LANDSCAPES, FLORAL, PEOPLE, THESE PHOTOGRAPHERS USED DIFFERENT TYPES OF FILTERS TO BRING OUT COLOR OR DESATURATE THE IMAGE TO CREATE A COLD MOOD.

MANY OF THE ARTIIST AT THE ART EXHIBITION GALA DISPLAYED PAINTINGS THAT EXPLORE THE DARKER SIDE OF LIFE, EMOTIONS, AND TRADITIONS.

(LAUREN CHRISTINE, ARTIST)

“I LOVE TO MANIPULATE, SPRAY PAINT AND ACRYLIC. IT JUST GIVES YOU SO MUCH TEXTURE, AND SO MUCH DEPTH AND THAT’S WHAT ART IS. IS DEPTH, ART IS EMOTION, ART IS EXPRESSION. AND… IT’S THE EXPRESSION OF ME…VERSITILITY.”

THERE WERE PAINTINGS THAT EXPRESSED THE MEXICAN EXPERIENCE, CULTURE AND ATTITUEDES. MANY OF THESE PAINTINGS ARE REFLECTIONS OF A SOCIETY THAT IS SUSPENED IN A TIME OF DECADES GONE BY.

(CRISTINA VALENZUELA, ARTIST)

“MY ARTWORK IS JUST BASED ON MY BACKGROUND AS A MEXICAN AMERICAN WITH PARENTS FROM MEXICO. IT’S JUST A MIXTURE OF MY AMERICAN CULTURE WITH THEIR MEXICAN CULTURE.”

A SOMETIMES – FORGOTTEN ART FORM IS CARTOONING. THIS TYPE OF MEDIA CAN BE USED TO REFLECT SOCIETAL ISSUES AS WELL AS PERSONAL EMOTIONS.

(FABIAN MOLINAR, ARTIST/CARTOONIST)

“MY FUNNY VIEW OF THE WORLD I GUESS, YOU KNOW. SOMETIMES IT DEALS WITH SERIOUS SUBJECT MATTER IN A SILLY WAY. IT’S JUST AN EASY WAY TO DEAL WITH LIFE.”

ODESSA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, FILIBERTO GONZALES, DISTRICT 5, AND ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ, ECTOR COUNTY COMMISIONER, PRECINCT 4, WERE IN ATTENDACE AT THE GALA. REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HISPANIC ART ASSOCIATION EXPRESSED THEIR GRATITUDE TO ALL THE SPONORS AND TO ALL THE ARTISTS FOR MAKING THE 6TH ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION GALA A SUCCESS.

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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Author: Danny Barrera