McAllen. Hinovations Art Gallery to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in October by presenting “Leyendas del Valle del Rio Grande” in the format of large scale paintings of Leyendas de Terror or Scary Tales. The Group Exhibition opens on Friday, October 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with an admission fee of $3 per person. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402. This collaboration of artists to present their Leyendas in an art format, shines light to a transcending Hispanic Cultural tradition of storytelling. Join us for a terrific evening.
“Folkloristics” by Robert Georges and Michael Owens, describe Leyendas or Narratives, as folktales retold and transformed over time to keep them fresh and vital. Many legends operate within the realm of uncertainty, never being entirely believed by the participants, but also never being resolutely doubted. Hinovations is excited to celebrate its 5th year of representational artwork with a focus on Mexican Tales. In the past, artists have participated with artwork related to Day of the Dead and Calacas in the form of prints, drawing, illustration, painting and sculpture. This will be the second year that the gallery presents large scale paintings to enhance the greatness of the Leyend
a and draw emotion from the viewer. “It has been an exciting process to coordinate with artists and their personal experiences with legends. Most of the work is painted on cloth and other materials and is accompanied by some eerie sculpture”, says Raquel Hinojosa, Gallery Director. Participating groups include Memorial High School students under the direction of Rina Roberts and Esmeralda Benitez, Nikki Rowe High School students under the direction of Steve Franklin and Carmen Valladares and McAllen High School students under the direction of Gilbert Martinez and Lorena Gonzalez as well as Regional artists, Maria Luisa Silva Diaz, Lupe Hernandez, Raquel Hinojosa, Rene Lopez, Gaby Rico, Marco Sanchez and Noe Vela. Some of the Leyenda Titles include “El Charro Negro, La Llorona, La Lechuza, El Chupacabras, The Devil’s Lagoon, La Tecolota, El Coyote Nahual and more. A small collection of illustration drawings by Marco Sanchez will complement the large-scale murals “Leyendas”. Sanchez demonstrates a passion for the Taboo, energizing his illustrations with dynamic line work in gold and brown tones. Sanchez traveled to San Perlita, to gather water from the Devil’s lagoon in order to dilute his paints during the drawing process and add more authenticity to his artwork. He is definitely an artist that takes his Leyendas seriously.
In addition to the artwork display, Danielle Lopez who holds a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as practices Curanderismo, will Story Tell the sad Legend of “La Llorona” and reenact her Suffering for Her Children as she glides throughout the gallery sounding off Chilling Gritos (Cries) that are sure to make your skin crawl. More activities during October to continue National Hispanic Heritage Month include Lectures and Art Workshops for Adults and Children. Danielle Lopez will lecture the following Platicas; “Altar Making” in Preparation for Day of the Dead, “Muneca Amuleto Making” and “Sage Smudge Stick Making”. These workshops include a fee of $15 with hand-on activities. UTRGV Assistant Professor David Bowles to read from his Leyendas on October 21. Children’s activities include Power Painting “Calaca Pets” and “Howling Dogs” inspired by Mexican artist, Rufino Tamayo. Minimal fees are charged for these activities which help support ARTS in the RGV. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive complete schedule. The “Leyendas” art exhibit will remain on display from October 6th to October 31th. Gallery hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm or by appointment. For more information please contact Gallery Director, Raquel Hinojosa at 956-309-8352.