19th Annual El Corazón Art Exhibition
Bath House Cultural Center
Through March 2, 2013
Love was in the air for the opening reception of the 19th Annual El Corazón Exhibit at the Bath House Cultural Center. Visitors to the show were invited to wear red and boy did they – from little girls in red lace dresses and bows to big girls in red garters and high heels. One of the artists attended with red face paint in celebration of the theme. I was surprised by the size of the crowd. It was elbow to elbow in the galleries and around the snack table. The Bath House always puts out a nice spread, but no alcohol is served. It’s a city run gallery and there’s apparently a lot of red tape when you have a bar, so The Bath House chooses to forgo the Merlot.
El Corazón’s longtime curator, Jose Vargas became fascinated with the image of the heart (#27) on the board game Loteria. That heart is graphic and bloody and I could see it’s influence in the pieces Jose selected.
Let me say that all the art was stellar but my favorite painting was by Reyna Flores. Although Reyna is currently a student at Mountain View College she is no amateur. She is represented in the League for Innovation exhibit currently at Mountain View and she collaborated with other students on 6-foot-by-2-foot paintings to create a codex-like structure at the Latino Arts Festival earlier this year. Her large mixed media painting is called Yaocihuatl, which is a Nahuatl word that’s used for women that are warriors. The tile work and rich red color makes it a luscious treat which fits right in with Jose Vargas’ #27.
I also like the humor of Twin Pops by Jacque Forsher. The girls brought to mind the old Doublemint gum commercials starring twins but with a twist. I wasn’t able to meet Jacque Saturday night but her website states:
“I believe my creative style of bold colors developed early on. When I was a child, my father worked at a tire manufacturing plant. He would occasionally come home from work with the flat orange-red and yellow wax markers which he used to inspect the rubber tires with. The not-quite-crayons ultimately were added to my art tin, which for obvious reasons consisted largely of the colors red and yellow!”
When you visit be sure to check out the back gallery. The room is a companion exhibit from The Bath House Bunch. This is an after school art program for 8-13 year old children. Funded by Big Thought and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs with the idea of fostering the next generation of creative thinkers. The children were given the theme of the exhibit and various supplies to create an art piece. The results are charming. Here is Tree of Hearts by 9 year old Louisa Oriz which is a fine example of the young artists presented.
The 19th Annual El Corazón Art Exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center runs through March 2,2013.