Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival Spotlights Latino Artists

Its first independently produced art exhibition, featuring eight Angeleno artists

By Angela Ort?¡z
Published on LatinoLA: July 14, 2011

Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival Spotlights Latino Artists

The Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival (RRAFF), in cooperation with Cactus Gallery in Eagle Rock, is presenting its first independently produced art exhibition, featuring eight Angeleno artists. The exhibition, organized and curated by artist and photographer Angela Mar?¡a Ort?¡z S., opens at Cactus Gallery Saturday, August 13 and continues through September 7, 2011.

Featured artist, muralist, teacher, and mentor Margaret Garcia, whose work has been included in numerous exhibitions in California, Texas, and Mexico, and whose mural, "Tree of Califas," is part of the Universal City Station of the L.A. Metro Rail, was the recipient of the RRAFF's 2011 Vision Award. "Ms. Garcia has emerged in the last decade as a respected and accomplished leader in the Latino arts community of Los Angeles," said exhibition organizer Ortiz. "Her recognition, and a celebration of her work, is long overdue."

Seven more Angeleno artists will be joining Ms. Garcia in the RRAFF exhibition: Abel Alejandre, Lili Bernard, Joe Bravo, Pablo Cristi, Yolanda Gonzalez, CiCi Segura Gonzalez and Patricia Krebs. An opening reception, and the introduction of the featured artists and special guests, will take place on Friday, August 12, 2011, from 7-10pm at the Cactus Gallery. The exhibition will also be part of Northeast Los Angeles', Second Saturdays Gallery Night on August 13.

The sponsoring organization, the RRAFF, was established in 2004 by Dr. John Ramirez, a media studies scholar at California State University and his colleague Dr. Richard T. Rodriguez. The RRAFF was designed to provide a showcase for independent U.S. Latina/o filmmakers from across the country. Dr. Ramirez has served as the Executive Director of the Festival since its inception; 2011 marks its eighth year of continuous operation.

This is the first year that the art exhibition will be presented as an event separate from the Film Festival that was held in May, and represents RRAFF's first partnership with Cactus Gallery. The gallery, widely recognized in the Los Angeles arts community as a vibrant space for creative people, has been a part of the Eagle Rock art scene for more than six years. Its founders seek to "inspire and enliven the community by giving opportunities to experience the eclectic diversity that is the arts," says gallery owner and director Sandra Mastroianni. "Cactus is ever-evolving and ready for the next idea. We are very excited to host the 1st RRAFF Art Exhibit."

The opening night event and the exhibition are being presented free of charge. Cactus Gallery is located at 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041-3215. Further information may be found online at www.cactusgallery.blogspot.com/

Angela Ort?¡z

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