April 2013 Events at CHAC Gallery
CHAC Gallery Presents:
Santitos: The 12th Annual Santos and Crosses Group Show at CHAC Gallery
SANTITOS – or a Bendito, is a small blessing that would be bestowed on one person to another when they part ways or when one would be headed out on a journey, usually done by a parent or grandparent upon a child. For generations Hispanic Villagers of New Mexico and Southern Colorado have created Santos, Religious images of Catholic Christian Saints and biblical scenes. These were used in their homes, churches and private chapels to aid in worship and for adornment. The contemporary Santeros and Santeras of today continue this tradition in creating wonderful and meaningful artwork. They still use many of the same material and methods their “antepasados” used. The Santitos show will highlight wonderful examples of retablos, bultos, crosses and more from the region’s top Santeros and Santeras. A highlight will be a “Familia” display by multi award winning Master Santero Carlos Santistevan and his award winning children, Carlos Santistevan, JR and Brigida Montes.
The Show this Year will once again be held in the Month of April, from April 5 to April 27. This year’s participating artists will be: Teresa Duran, Jose Esquibel, Lynn Fresquez, Vanessa Fresquez, Ronn Miera and Carlos Santistevan y Familia.
On Saturday, April 20, Santero Jose Esquibel will give a special presentation on the modern usage of Santos at 1:00pm.
CHAC Norte Featured Artists
Be sure to experience the timeless work of these tremendous CHAC artists. CHAC Gallery would not be the same without them!
Robert Martinez is a native of Colorado. His interest in art ranges from painting bold contemporary abstract pieces to creating Native American representational paintings. Though not Native American, Robert has a keen interest in portraying a proud and illustrious people. His favorite medium is acrylics, which he applies most often to canvas. He also enjoys using water colors in his varied works.
Robert’s Native American paintings and his contemporary art can be found in businesses and private collections throughout the United States.
“Art must discover and reveal the beauty which prejudice and caricature have overlaid.” Alaine Locke
Bob Martinez http://www.martinezrobert.com/
Rebecca Rozales presents beautiful paintings that combine abstract and representational elements into a style truly her own. Her creative recipe includes spirited energy and flavored color that connects art to the ritual of life’s experiences.
See Rebecca’s work in the Stevon Lucero and CHAC Founding Member’s Gallery at CHAC Norte.
Rebecca Rozales http://www.rebeccarozales.com/
CHAC is thrilled to show the unusual and accomplished paintings of Raul Tapia. Raul combines his indigenous heritage with his modern day life experience to create images that reflect both, in a striking way. Raul is truly a gem to our community. You will want one of his paintings to grace your walls!
Y.C. Jaramillo Fine Art of Taos New Mexico
Yavanne C. Jaramillo was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She moved to Taos about 16 years ago because of her love of the mountains and her spiritual connection with the area. She enjoys various modes of art including drawing, metal art, and of course, her oil painting.
Rudi will be showing his new set of umbrella paintings. Rudi says,“I grew up in Guatemala and came to the U.S. when I was 20 years old. From the moment that I discovered Art, it has been a big passion for me. As a newly arrived young adult in Boston, Art was an art form where I could express all kinds of emotions without words and it provided a place for me to connect with people both from my own culture and from others. As a colorblind artist, painting people is one of the biggest challenges I have confronted but also opportunity to explore different art forms. After nearly giving up painting several times, I realized that not being able to see color is not a handicap because it emphasizes my ability to see and focus on forms and how light affects objects.”
Martin Velazquez, Jr.
Martin says, “I’m expressing my voice as a surrealist painter and giving my audience a glimpse of important chapters of my life. Moments in my life that have made unforgettable stories that can only be expressed through my paintings. Influential people who play a big role in my life have created a diverse emotions throughout my paintings. My life is reflected in my paintings but I give my audience an opportunity to relate to my paintings and make it their own. Memorable moments create memorable paintings which, engage my audience.”
Michael Penny is a local artist using deep relief sand blasting of stone as a medium. Recreating the high artistry of ancient civilizations in stone.
Michael says, ”Incising symbolic images in deep relief. I like to pay tribute to ancient cultures and the people who came before us through my art. Man would be nothing without culture. All my creations are an effort to weave a web of connection with the world. We are truly connected and all citizens of the world.”
Joe N. Martinez
Joe says, ”I don’t look for a photo, the photo just appears to me. Themes in my photography are related to spiritual places, family, and culture. My work engages familiar visual signs, as a Denver native, and from my family heritage in Colorado and New Mexico/Nuevo Mexico. Often times these themes feature the Ancient Ones (mountains), churches and missions, and sites of spiritual heritage.”
Family Art Saturday, for Kids and their Parents: Third Saturday of Every Month
CHAC Gallery is happy to announce our Saturday kid’s classes will return starting April 20th at 2pm. We are proudly partnering with Denver Public Library-Byers Branch who will be hosting CHAC Gallery’s monthly art program for kids! Byers is located at 675 Santa Fe Drive, just one block south of CHAC. Byers says, “We are happy to collaborate with CHAC Gallery, one of the many gems in the Arts District community.” Working together, both CHAC Gallery and Byers will provide the children in the neighborhood with fun cultural art and literacy activities. To learn more about what program will be happening each month, visit denverlibrary.org, and click on Events and Classes or the CHAC website, chacweb.organd go to the Education classes page. You may also call the Byers Branch Library at 720-865-0160 or CHAC at 303-571-0440.
CHAC It Up!
Program will be returning in May, stay tuned for details.
Twelve for Twelve
Commit… to just twelve dollars for twelve months… It’s simple and profound. It’s thoughtful and selfless. It’s a simple way for YOU to leave a legacy… the Legacy of art and culture for generations to come. It has been said to, “carry your name on hearts, not tombstones. Your legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”
This is your chance to honor your space, your gallery; the place we share memories, create, tell stories, gather, laugh, cry, eat, dance and live! 12 for 12, now & into the future. Visit www.givingfirst.org to Donate.
CHAC Gallery Education Coordinator Update
Dear Colleagues, Friends and Community Members,
It is with bittersweet feelings that I leave my position at CHAC Gallery as Education Coordinator. CHAC Gallery has been a great organization to work for. I will always treasure my time here and the friendships I have made.
I would like to introduce the next Education Coordinator, Suzanne Martino:
Suzanne is an accomplished professional with over 11 years of experience in the field of education and art, working with children and adults in diverse environments. She brings competence in innovative approaches that promote fun and effective learning outcomes. In addition to her impressive background as an educator, Suzanne has been a CHAC Gallery member and consistent exhibiting artist for over five years. She enjoys the unending possibilities that mixed media provides. Suzanne gives objects a second chance to be seen with a new perspective. She says, “The greatest driving force in my work is to find ways to relate to the human experience. In my own attempts to understand myself, I make an attempt through artistic commentary to look at the ways in which our humanity unfolds, sometimes with seriousness, sometimes with humor and hopefully always with a bit of whimsy and imagination. There is nothing more rewarding than to observe people looking at my wall at CHAC Gallery laughing out loud or seeing a great smile on their faces.” Thanks Suzanne for the inspiration you are to us all! Please join me in welcoming Suzanne as I leave the Education Program in her capable hands.
And what will I be doing? I have been working as a psychotherapist since April of 2011 on a part time basis. What has begun as a side career as an art therapist, in addition to my work at CHAC Gallery, has mushroomed into candidacy for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. At this point in time I have decided to devote my energies to this path. If you would like to stay in touch, my contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-521-0653. Thank you for all the support, friendship and the memories!
Check out Suzanne Martino’s artwork in CHAC Norte, she is a Featured Artist for the month of April! Suzanne’s art website is: http://www.skymindstudio.com/
“Get in Touch With Your Creativity” workshops
Spring is here! Come out of winter’s deep freeze and join the “Get in Touch With Your Creativity” art therapy workshops at CHAC this May.
Overcome negative core beliefs and harness your inner ally. Unleash your true self in new greater ways. Come out of your shell through various art opportunities and group interactions.
This series of 4 workshops is based on the book The Artist’s Way and is led by certified Art Therapist, Julie Marino. Workshops are from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursdays, May 2, 9, 23, & 30. Registration is required. Pay in advance for all 4 workshops and receive 4 workshops for the price of 3; $140.00. Or, you may register for individual weeks at the cost of $35.00 per week. Cost includes all materials. Registration deadline is Friday, April 26th. To register call 303-521-0653 or email@example.com
Attention all Artists!
Ashlie Hovland will be publishing the monthly electronic newsletter for CHAC Gallery. If you want a new image and/or paragraph describing your work you must send it to Ashlie by the 20th of each month. Ashlie’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your help with this transition!
Special Event Rentals
CHAC Gallery is an excellent venue for your special event! We have two galleries and a beautiful outdoor courtyard. Our gallery spaces can accommodate groups of between 20-300 people looking to enjoy an intimate atmosphere with cultural artwork providing a unique and creative backdrop. There’s a full kitchen area and bar, which provide a perfect workspace for caterers. Ideal for Networking Events, Meetings, Book signings, Holiday Parties, Charity Events, Corporate Events and Cocktail Parties. For more information call Kendra at 720-205-4008 or email@example.com
CHAC Gallery Thanks our Sponsors!
Thank you to our sponsors. Without you we could not serve over 22,000 people yearly!