As an incubator for the arts and a show space for up-and-coming creatives for more than thirty years, the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council Gallery is all about inclusion, and tonight's opening of the Los Vatos Renaissance show is the embodiment of just that: It's a presentation of work from the gallery's founding Chicano artists, alongside friends and family brought into the fold in an effort to give everyone's art a place to be seen.
"It's not a color or class thing for these guys — it's about the arts. I mean, obviously, I'm white, and I'm showing at primarily what people consider to be a Hispanic-based gallery, but they just adopted me," says Rob Yancey, a participant in Los Vatos and longtime visitor to CHAC. A contemporary Santero artist, Yancey carves Day of the Dead-inspired pieces from wood, and makes jewelry and masks, as well.
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Others artists showing tonight include CHAC founders Stevon Lucero, Jerry Jaramillo and Carlos Sandoval, next to seasoned and new artists like Yancey, Jay Jaramillo, Kayla Sandoval, Jerry Rael and Abraxas Aguilera. From sculptures and paintings to wearable pieces, the multi-generational exposition brings old-school Chicano-arts trailblazers together with the artistry of the community they helped cultivate.
Los Vatos Renaissance opens tonight at 5 p.m. at CHAC, 772 Santa Fe Drive, as part of the Arts District on Santa Fe's First Friday events. The show continues through September 20; for more information, visit CHAC online at chacweb.org.
Fri., Sept. 6, 5 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 6. Continues through Sept. 20, 2013