¡VIVA MEXICO!: The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Celebrates Mexican Independence Day with music concert and two gallery exhibit openings
On Saturday, Sep. 15, from 5 – 8 p.m., the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a music concert, ¡Viva Mexico!, and two gallery exhibit openings. The music being presented will feature a concert remembering Anthony Ortiz, Jr.
Entertainment includes the Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico Dancers, the up and coming Latin pop singer, and recipient of the 2018 Awards of Excellence Emerging Artist Award, Lesly Reynaga. Also performing will be the Ortiz Family– Mariachi Corbetas will be playing some of the late Anthony Ortiz Jr.’s favorite Mexican songs with a special performance by Eric Ortiz, the ten year old accordionist following in this late brothers’ footsteps. Juan Diaz will also be performing on accordion in the Black Box Theater from 5 pm – 8 pm.
There will be free parking on the premises and also shuttle bus service from 5 – 9 p.m. at Sanchez Elementary and Martin Middle School.
On the same day, the ESB-MACC will also be opening a new exhibit, “La Yerba Buena” by Peter F. Ortiz, in the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery, running through November 25.
Peter F. Ortiz was born on December 20th, 1960 in Austin, and was raised in the Southeast Austin neighborhood of Montopolis. He developed his artistic style while living in L.A. and New York between 1981-1992, and his experiences in the richness of the arts and cultures in those cities added texture, depth and perspective to the experiences he had while growing up. Ortiz’s current studio is in the same Montopolis neighborhood, adding an important artistic voice to the cultural legacy of his family and to Latino Arts community in Austin.
“I feel my art is to be explored allowing for some interpretation,” Ortiz said. “I absorb information or inspiration on a constant basis and believe subconsciously at the right time, this information will reflect in my work. Inspiration may be the structure of a plant and blossom, light, water or humankind at its best or worst, capturing an emotion at that time. I find pleasure in the application of mediums, watching the paint as it leaves my brush, ink as it bleeds into a puddle of water, pastels as they melt onto the surface or pencil appearing to be soft on a surface. This sensory experience even has an influence on the artwork itself. In my images or stories, I describe some as spiritual or earthly matters using people in not so ordinary colors to connect with all races, fish, water and plants. I try not to use contemporary elements or clothing in belief
As part of the evening’s events, students in the ESB-MACC’s Caminos program will also present a collection of their artwork in the Community Gallery. This exhibit invites the viewer into the visual world of Austin’s youth, providing insight into the artistic process that students undergo in the Caminos program, which is a paid, year-long immersive fellowship. Both exhibit receptions are from 7-9 p.m.
More information at http://austintexas.gov/page/macc-events.