Friday, October 3, 2008

Sangre Y Herencia

Sangre Y Herencia Mixes Blood And Heritage Art Exhibit
Dual exhibit complements Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

KINGSVILLE (September 24, 2008) — Two South Texas women have joined their art work together for the Sangre y Herencia exhibit at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Grace Barraza-Vega, of Corpus Christi, is a painter, public school art teacher and graduate art student while Jessica Salazar McBride, of Harlingen, works in mixed media and is a self-employed commercial artist.

Their exhibit, which translates into Blood and Heritage, opens at the Bailey Art Gallery Wednesday, Oct. 1, and continues through Friday, Oct. 24. To open the exhibit, the public will be treated to a performance by De Xana Guana Azteca Dance Group from San Antonio. The group will perform at 6 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Following the performance, at 7 p.m., an opening reception will be held in the art gallery.

George Vargas, assistant art professor and art historian, and Jesus de la Rosa, assistant professor, both from the A&M-Kingsville art department, curated the exhibit.

The exhibit was designed to complement the campus-wide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Dia de la Raza, the celebration of the Hispanic heritage in Latin America. Dia de la Raza is celebrated Oct. 12 in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela. It honors the birth of the Hispanic culture dating back to 1492. In English-speaking countries, the day is celebrated as Columbus Day or Native American Day.

The Ben Bailey Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 361-593-2619