Attending the City Lights fundraiser in which the Seaside Park monument’s “Lady Liberty” was unveiled, I couldn’t make it to the opening of the “Beyond Borders” in Greenwich last night, but luckily my pal Ricky Mestre did and posted some cool photos on Facebook. Including the one here, that I swiped. (I’d share pix of Lady Liberty, too, but none of my Facebook friends have posted anything to swipe yet.)
Today, Ben opens another show at the Fairfield Public Library and tomorrow at Sacred Heart University. And here is where my thieving ways continue. I’ve cut and paste for you the Connecticut Post’s summary of Ortiz’ series of art exhibitions in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month:
- Sept. 10-Nov. 7, “Beyond Borders: Caribbean, Latin American & Latino Artists from Connecticut & Beyond,” curated by Ortiz, at the Bendheim Gallery at the Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich. The exhibition — which opens with a reception Friday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. — features works by 35 artists, including Imna Arroyo, Guido Garaycochea, Ricky Mestre, Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli, Debra Roinestad and Lorena Salcedo-Watson. On Oct. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., a free lecture and concert will be offered. Featured will be Ortiz, who will discuss the challenges and rewards of collecting art, and performers from the Connecticut School of Music. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. For directions and additional information, visit www.greenwicharts.org or call 203-862-6750.
- Sept. 11-Oct. 31, “Figure Them Out/Imaginelos: Caribbean, Latin American & Latino Portraits & Figurative Images from the Benjamin Ortiz Collection” at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Featuring works by 32 artists, the exhibition opens Saturday, Sept. 11 with a “Dialog with the Collector, Artist & Audience” event from 4 to 5 p.m., immediately followed by a reception that runs to 7 p.m. Accompanying the exhibit will be an essay by independent curator Yuneikys Villalonga. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, starting Sept. 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. For directions and additional information, call 203-256-3155 or visit www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org.
- Sept. 12-Nov. 3, “Juxtapositions: A Collector, the Arts and the Collection/ Caribbean & Latin American Works from the Benjamin Ortiz Collection” at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave. in Fairfield. A reception, with jazz band, on Sunday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. opens the exhibition, which will showcase pieces by 34 artists, including Cundo Bermudez, Belkis Ramirez and Luis Stand. Accompanying the show will be an essay by independent curator Gustavo Valdes Rivera. The show is part of the gallery’s ongoing 20th anniversary celebration. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m. For additional information, visit “The Arts” category at www.sacredheart.edu or contact Director Sophia Gevas at 203-365-7650.
- Sept. 7-Nov. 3, “Gestuario/ Gestures,” featuring woodcuts on paper by artist Antonio Martorell, a show curated by Ortiz, at Norwalk Community College’s East Campus Gallery, 188 Richards Ave. in Norwalk. A gallery talk and reception take place Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Martorell describes his silhouettes as reflecting the gestures or body language that “I perceive as somewhat characteristic of Caribbean and particularly Puerto Rican people. Ironic or playful, lyric or dramatic, the esthetics as well as the ethnic rhythms of these silhouettes are meaningful to me and maybe to the spectator.” Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact gallery Director Susan Hardesty at 203-857-7197.