So I was happy to get the following art tip from Guido Garaycochea:
MAS ALLA DE LAS FRONTERAS, una muy interesante exposicion de obras de Artistas Latinos en Connecticut. Curada por el mas importante curador de Connecticut, el Sr. Ben Ortiz.
That translates to: BEYOND BORDERS, a very interesting exhibition of works by Latino artists in Connecticut. Curated by the most important curator of Connecticut, Mr. Ben Ortiz.
Ben’s been a good friend of mine for years and naturally I agree with Mr. Garaycochea’s assessment. I frankly can’t believe this is the first time I’ve mentioned him in this blog.
It’s at the Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich starting with a reception and gallery talk on Friday, Sept. 10 and running through Sunday, Nov. 7. I saw the Bendheim when Greenwich’s shopping district held its annual “Art on the Avenue” event — and both the event and the Bendheim, run by the Greenwich Arts Council, overturned all stereotypes about rich neophytes and artless bond traders. The Bendheim is for real.
Midway through the exhibit’s run, the arts council is hosting a free lecture and concert Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 7. Mr. Ortiz (Mr. Garacochea has got me going with these honorifics today) will discuss collecting Latin American art, something he knows quite a bit about. The American Music Quartet by The Connecticut School of Music will provide the melody.
Thirty-seven artists are represented in the show, among them Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli and Ricky Mestre, as well as Mr. Garaychochea, who runs Expressiones, New London’s cultural center for Latin artists in Connecticut.
Also on view are works by Imna Arroyo, Juan Andreu, Ramon Vargas Artiz, Diane Barceló, Rodriquesz Calero, Luis Miguel Castañeda, Carlos Hernandez Chaves, Margarita Checa, Humbert Castro Cruz, Jamie Ferrer, Antonio Frasconi, Oscar Garcia, Victor Gomez, Sergio Gonzales Tornero, Mauricio Higuera, Eloy Francisco Jimenez Sosa, Isolina Limonta, Ernest Lopez, Laura Luna, Mariano Molina, Duvian Montoya, Jerry Montoya, Ana de Orbegoso, Lisie Orjuela, Belkis Ramirez, Debra Roinestad, Julian Ruiz, Lorena Salcedo, Cepero Selgas, Filepe Soltero III, Milagros de la Torre, Harold Vazques, Omar Velazquez and Giancarlo Vitor.