State of the Art: Your Weekly Guide to LA’s Latino Art Openings

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State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.

La Loteria de La Vida and Pan Dulce – Craig Krull Gallery

La dama. El mundo. El apache. Lotería!

Pretty much every Latino childhood has one or two memories about this Bingo-like game where you can play or money or just to boast you beat your abuelita. Artist Javier Carrillo takes these familiar cards and turns them into scenes from real life, specifically dealing with immigration. “El Mojado,” for example, focuses on the label put on illegal immigrants entering the U.S.

Emmanuel Galvez turns to another sweet part of childhood – pan dulce. The artist takes the traditional, delicious panes and sets them up in a way that recalls the composition of classical still-lifes painted by European artists centuries ago. “Ojo de Toro y Dos Conchas” not only brings the pan dulces to life through paint but does so on the material of linen, hinting at where these breads usually sit – our dining tables. Head to Craig Krull Gallery on March 9 at 4 p.m. for the opening reception of both shows. If you get hungry, you can always look out for a local panadería on your way back home.

Craig Krull Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 828-6410

NELA Artwalk featuring Ray Vargas – Mi Vida Boutique

Downtown isn’t the only one having an art walk in Los Angeles. Every month, a group of East LA galleries and other local businesses team up for the NELA Art Walk (North East LA). This month, the Art Walk will feature works by Ray Vargas, who grew up in East LA himself. The artist began as an illustrator and today makes tons of art based on everything around him. Head to Mi Vida Boutique on March 9 at 7 p.m. to start off the night – the fiesta goes til 10 p.m. so you have plenty of time to check out the works of Vargas and other artistas in the East LA area.

Mi Vida Boutique
5159 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Power Points – Avenue 50 Studio

Want more diversity in your art? We’ve got you covered. This weekend, a Chilean, Brazilian, and Haitian artist will team up for a show that explores everything from art to religion. “Power Points” showcases the talent of Francisco Letelier, Chusien Chang and Karl Jean-Guerly Pieton working in everything from pastels to handmade paper. You might recognize their style if you take the Metro often. That Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro station mural? It comes from the artistic mind of Letelier. The art at the Chinatown Gold Line station? That’s Chang. Even if you’re not familiar with the artists, stop by March 9 at 7 p.m. to gaze at some thought-provoking art while sipping on coffee from Cafe de Leche. Que mas quieres?

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
131 N. Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 258-1435