Vallen's ART FOR A CHANGE Newsletter - Nov. 2005
1) - MY NATURE IS HUNGER... Vallen's latest painting appears as
a book cover for famed author, Luis J. Rodríguez
2) - DEMISE OF DEMOCRACY?... A group show on the state of democracy
in the U.S.
3) - WORKERS OF THE WORLD... Group exhibition dedicated to workers
4) - BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER... Latin American and Chicano Art
Nature is Hunger:
Print Premiere & Book Signing
Saturday, November 5th, 2005.
latest oil paintings has been published as the cover art
Nature Is Hunger, the newest book of poetry from
award-winning Chicano author, Luis J. Rodríguez. Vallen
took the title of the writer’s poetry anthology as the
name of his painting, a work that mirrors the attitude
of the poet’s verse. Vallen
will be appearing with Luis J. Rodríguez in a Book Signing
and Print Premiere at Tia Chucha’s Cafe Cultural this
coming November 5th. Rodríguez (who is also the cofounder
of Tia Chucha's,) will read from his latest poetry collection,
and Vallen will be on hand to talk about the original
oil painting created as the book cover. As part of the
occasion, prints of Vallen's painting will be made available
to the public for the first time. (You can purchase Vallen's
event is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, 2005 at
5 pm. Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural is located at 12737 Glenoaks
Blvd., #22, Sylmar, CA 91342. Phone: 818-362-7060. For
address and directions, visit www.tiachucha.com.
that same evening at Tia Chucha's starting at 7 pm, Luis
J. Rodríguez is inviting poets from around the LA area
to read their works for peace, justice and a cooperative
way of life as part of the global mobilization of poetry
and conscious-raising, sponsored by Poets Against War
Poets Against War, founded by award-winning poet and translator
Sam Hamill, has amassed the largest collection of poetry
against war in the world. They have been working hard
to bring attention to stopping the US wars against Iraq
and Afghanistan, and for the peaceful resolutions of the
complex issues of our day for the benefit of all humanity.
Rodríguez said this about the upcoming antiwar poetry
recital, "It’s time that we imagined another way to
deal with the hard issues confronting us instead of violence
and war, I hope this event will galvanize the LA poetry
community to activate their lives and their verses toward
peace and true justice in our time."
and Rodríguez will also be appearing on KPFK Radio (90.7
FM,) Friday morning, November 3 as guests on Sonali Kohatkar's
Uprising! radio hour. They will be discussing their
collaborative effort and their shared belief in the arts
as a means to create a better world. The LA Times Book
Review section of October 16, 2005 published a one-page
presentation of Luis Rodríguez’s new poetry book - which
you can read, here.
DEMISE OF DEMOCRACY?
November 3rd through November 27th, 2005.
Vallen is exhibiting at Demise of Democracy, a
group show at the Orange County Center for Contemporary
Art (OCCCA.) Running from Nov. 3rd to Nov. 27th, 2005,
the exhibit presents works that question where Americans
stand in relation to democracy in the U.S. An Artist's
Reception will be held on Sat., Nov. 5th, from 6 to 10
pm. For more info, www.occca.org
Right: Globalization - Oil painting by Vallen ]
OF THE WORLD
November 6th through December 30th, 2005.
is exhibiting at, Workers of the World, a group
show at the A Shenere Velt Gallery in West Los Angeles.
The exhibit presents artworks that depict the theme of
workers, from their struggles to survive to their labors
of love. An Artist's Reception will be held on Sunday,
Nov. 6th., from 3 to 6 pm. The show runs from Nov. 6th
to Dec. 30th, 2005.
The gallery is located at 1525 S. Robertson Blvd. Los
Angeles, CA. 90035. For more info, www.circlesocal.org
Left: Amanecer (Dawn) - Oil painting by Vallen ]
BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER:
Latin American and Chicano Art
November 19th through December 30th, 2005.
paintings will be on display at, Both Sides of the
Border: Latin American and Chicano Art - a major exhibition
of over forty artists from throughout Latin America and
the Southwest of the U.S. The exhibit opens with an Artist's
Reception on Saturday, November 19th, from 6 to 9 pm.
The show will run until Dec. 30th, 2005. For more information,
including previews of the art, a full schedule of exhibit
related events, and directions to the gallery, visit www.art-for-a-change.com/border.htm.
is also currently showing at the following exhibits:
DE LOS MUERTOS: THE JOURNEY HOME - The
nineteenth annual Day of the Dead exhibition at Chicago's
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum. Now until Dec. 11th,
2005. The museum is located at 1852, West 19th Street,
Chicago Illinois 60608. For more info, visit the museum's
website, at: www.mfacmchicago.org.
FROM AZTLÁN - The
third annual Chicano art show to be held at the dA Center
for the Arts in Pomona California. Artist's Reception
- Saturday Nov. 12th, 2005. The da Center for the Arts
is located at: 252-D South Main Street, Pomona California
91766-1630. For more info, visit their website, at: www.dacenter.org.
TO BENEFIT THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA
edition Giclée print, African American, was published
to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Twenty percent
of all funds raised from the sale of the print are going
directly to the Katrina Artists Trust (KAT.) Copies of
the print are still available here.
Whether or not you purchase Vallen's print, please contribute
to the KAT fund - the artists of America's stricken gulf
states will thank you!