The 18th Annual El Corazón Art Exhibition
Bath House Cultural Center
February 4 through March 3, 2012
The Bath House Cultural Center presents the 18th Annual El Corazón exhibition, a show that features diverse creations inspired by the heart (El Corazón), an important symbol in Mexican and Latin American art, and a significant theme in western culture. The exhibition will run from February 4 to March 3, 2012. An opening reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
When Jose Vargas, a visual artist and independent exhibition curator from Dallas, first saw a picture of a heart pierced by an arrow depicted with the number 27 and the words El Corazón on the playing card of the Mexican game, Loteria, he knew that his next project would be related to such a powerful and inspiring symbol. After seeking and finding artists who were also fascinated by the aesthetics and cultural and artistic relevance of the heart, Mr. Vargas curated and presented their artwork in the first El Corazón exhibition in 1993 with great success. The show soon became an annual tradition and an extremely popular event for the Bath House Cultural Center and for the vast number of regional artists who have participated in this passionate and delightfully eclectic art show throughout the years.
The artwork included in the 2012 El Corazón includes paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed-media art.
The artists featured in the exhibition are:
ARTners Group, Kerian Babbitt-Massey, Awadh Baryoum, Carley Blackman, Angie Bolling, Eunice Bridges, Debbie Buie, Rebecca Collins, Liz Conrad, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Patricia Curry, Katrina Doran, Lori Dudley, Gina Marie Dunn, Brett Dyer, Jacque Forsher, Tyra Goodley, Cindy Gray, Rebecca Guy, Kimberly Harris, Hayden Harris, Anna Hernandez, Lizzett Herrera, Antoaneta Hillman, Suzan Kumar, Katrine Kyhnel, Joanna LaGrone-Headrick, Rachel E. Lord, Eli Lorenz, Roberta Masciarelli, Julia McLain, Julie Mortillaro, Teri Muse, Lauri Osburn Thomas, Becky Phillips, Evy Pitcher, Adam Ramirez, Marty Ray, Richard Ray, Alfredo Rodriguez, Lesley Rucker, Lowell Sargeant, Kate Schatz, Armando Sebastian, Heather Shoulders, Pam Stern, Linda Stokes, Diane Torres, Juan Torres-Zavala, Melissa Jane Wertz and David Zarazúa II.
About the Exhibition Curator
In addition to his duties as exhibition curator, Mr. Vargas is also an active visual artist. He has displayed his art photographs and paintings extensively in local and regional art venues. Mr. Vargas conceived the annualEl CorazonandVirgen de Guadalupeexhibitions, two popular exhibitions in Dallas, and has curated both shows for the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs with great acclaim since 1993.
Please visit www.bathhousecultural.comfor more information and to preview selected art pieces from the exhibition.