Celebrate First Friday at Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center

PHOENIX - The Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC) continues its award winning First Friday celebrations on August 1 at 6 p.m.

Galeria 147 will hold for a second consecutive month the curating of Aztec Smurf featuring the artwork of Roman Reyes, Norma Garcia-­‐Torres, Carlos Rivas, Jose Portillo and Monica Gisel Crespo. In addition, El Rincon (the corner) gallery will host “A Look at Phoenix through the ALPHA Lenz.” Finally, Traditional Ballet Folklorico dancing by Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-­‐AZ of Chandler and music by Anna Rosimy Estrada will make you smile and appreciate the beauty that is Latino expression.

Aztec Smurf’s display of artwork by Roman Reyes, Norma Garcia-­‐Torres, Carlos Rivas, Jose Portillo and Monica Gisel Crespo is coordinated with a strong sense of storytelling. Aztec Smurf’s works asks one to look within with his many variations of eyes staring at the viewers. As you walk to your right, you’ll be greeted by a southwest flare from Roman Reyes with a traditional depiction of a bar band playing. As you continue your walk, you’ll run into traditional Latino explorations of childhood through Norma’s series of La Loteria, taking you out into nature is Monica’s dove pieces and finally Jose and Carlos’ pieces question war and manhood through a returning plane carrying dead soldiers with a huge Gallo (rooster) tying the story all together. An exhibition for everyone.

“A Look at Phoenix through the ALPHA Lenz” features photography from some of Arizona’s most prominent Latino photographers including Johnny Lozoya, Jose Muñoz, AJ Alexander and Tom Marrs. Experience Phoenix history lived through these lens. Many of the images depict political protests, change makers in action and Phoenix scenery rarely captured.

Closing our event is Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-­‐AZ of Chandler and music by Anna Rosimy Estrada. Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-­‐AZ is a dance troupe lead by well-­‐known dance teacher Vanessa Ramirez. As one of very few East Valley Folklorico groups currently operating, interest in the dance troupe has grown rapidly in its four-­‐year existence, from just six students in June of 2008 to more than 60 students currently. Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-­‐AZ’s students range in age from two to adult and enjoy an exciting and fun way to express themselves through dance and learning about Hispanic heritage. Anna Rosimy will sing songs “Without You,” “All of Me” and “Your Song.”

The event will begin at 6PM and run through 9PM, light refreshments will be served. Come; learn about the Latino history and culture as only art can teach.

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