What: Heart, Soul, and la Familia
Exhibit Opening Reception
Who: Caroline Martinez
Where: New East Arts Gallery, 1601 East 5th St. Austin, TX 78702
(In the Saltillo Lofts)
When: Saturday, October 10th, 7:00 pm - 10:00pm
Duration: Saturday, October 10th - Sunday, November 15th
Contact: Harold McMillan
DiverseArts is pleased to announce the opening of Heart, Soul, and la Familia, an exhibition of new paintings by Caroline Martinez. Martinez, a self-taught painter and illustrator, was first moved to paint after her eldest daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. Instructed by faith and inner vision Caroline possesses a profound calling, free of the formalities of professional training. Caroline acknowledges that faith and her daughter’s miraculous recovery gave rise to her own creation as an artist. She paints from her “ heart, eyes and her feeling of struggle” with a passion that culminates in vivid Barrio Mexican Religious Imagery. Evolving through strength of expression, these new visionary paintings are spiritually transcendent, exhibit Caroline's progression and mastery of more adventurous techniques, and above all, show real artistic growth.
Bold and striking color combinations characterize her impassioned depictions of barrio characters deriving from Latin American religious iconography. She describes her work as "symbolic Mexican street art" and emphasizes the religious symbolism in her work.
We welcome you to participate in the opening of Heart, Soul, and la Familia: New Works by Caroline Martinez as DiverseArts continues to exalt the art of East Austin’s own, Caroline Martinez. The exhibit is on display from Friday October 10th to November 15th.
DiverseArts invites the public to join us for an evening of art, culture and conversation with the artist. Caroline Martinez's new visionary paintings are not to be missed. All works of art are available for purchase through the gallery.