Friday, January 11, 2019

West Orange Arts Council Celebrates Cuban Culture with a Solo Exhibit

Alberto Hernandez_ The Man And His ArtAfro Cuban Folklore Art (2) (1)

WHEN: January 5, 2019 through January 27, 2019. Artist’s Reception on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 3:00 pm to -6:00pm. The event features live music by Cuban Band Trova Fusion, along with light refreshments and is open to the public. Reception snow date is Sunday, January 20. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, from 2 to 4 p.m.
West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road, West Orange

The West Orange Arts Council is pleased to present an Afro Cuban Folklore Art exhibit featuring the original paintings of local artist Alberto Hernandez.

Alberto Hernandez was born in Cuba Libre, Camaguey, Cuba, came to the United States at a young age and was raised in Newark. Since his retirement, Hernandez has focused his energy to painting and to educating the world about the rich, vibrant and beautiful traditions and culture of Cuba. Hernandez's most recent exhibit was enjoyed by many this past October at the Newark Arts Festival. Hernandez's love, respect and pride for his country is seen brilliantly displayed across each canvas that he magically transforms into Cuba!” states Dr. Cheryl A. Patterson. The exhibit is co-curated by Andy Fernandez and Dr. Patterson.

“This exhibit is an up-close and personal opportunity to experience the Cuban culture through the eyes of a talented local artist,” says Patricia Mitrano, Chair of the West Orange Arts Council. “Visitors to the exhibit can enjoy a warm and colorful journey in the middle of a cold winter.”

This exhibit is presented through the generous support of Dr. Cheryl Patterson. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

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The West Orange Arts Council was established in 1998 to cultivate, inspire, and support the arts in West Orange. Area artists and community leaders remain the core of this all-volunteer organization that operates the West Orange Arts Center gallery and gift shop at 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ.

Welcome to the West Orange Arts Center! is this year’s exciting year-long celebration of the arts, representing various artists, workshops, exhibits, and activities strives to enhance the lives of the residents of the Township of West Orange and neighboring communities.