Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with art from Ortega, others

“A Bike For Two”  by Tony Ortega and part of the “¡Del Corazon!” exhibition.

“Anemone” by Elisa Uribe and part of the “Home Impressions” exhibition.

“Copan Village, Copan, Honduras” by Vidal Castillo and part of the “Home Impressions” exhibition.

“Dreamers” by Tony Ortega and part of the “¡Del Corazon!” exhibition.

“Grandma’s Place, Chama Colorado” by Connie Martinez and part of the “Home Impressions” exhibition.

From the “Memories of a Long Gone Past Series” by Beatriz Ledesma and part of the “Home Impressions” exhibition.

“Love Is The Music” by Ivan Guaderrama

It is Hispanic Heritage Month — Sept. 13 through Oct. 15 — and a number of events are planned to highlight the contributions and culture of the Hispanic community.

■ The opening ceremony for Hispanic Heritage Month is set for 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at The Western Colorado Center for the Arts (The Art Center), 1803 N. Seventh St.

Denver artists Tony Ortega and Sylvia Montero, whose artwork can be viewed in the exhibition “¡Del Corazon!” at The Art Center, are the special speakers and Herman Lucero will given the Hispanic Advancement Award, said Susan Welk de Valdez, a board member with the Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce.

The event is free and family friendly with performances by the dancers of ¡Viva Columbia! And students participating in the Music Spark program will play the song “Arroz con Leche,” Welk de Valdez said.

There will be food and a cash bar and plenty of time for people to mingle and admire the exhibitions “¡Del Corazon!” and “Home Impressions,” which features a number of artists with ties to western Colorado as well as Latin America.

Go to gjartcenter.org to learn about “¡Del Corazon!” and “Home Impressions.”

■ “Los Tres Cabritos” or “The Three Little Goats,” a puppet show about three little goats going to a Mexican fiesta, will be performed a number of times at Mesa County Libraries’ various locations through Oct. 7.

Some of the puppet shows will be in English and some in Spanish.

For dates and times, go to mesacountylibraries.org or call 243-4442.

■ The closing ceremony for Hispanic Heritage Month will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave.

There will be a mariachi band, family friendly activities and food.

There also are plans for a mural “that talks about the contributions of Latinos to the Grand Valley,” and that mural will be shown at the event, Welk de Valdez said.

■ Additional events with speakers and presentations are planned for Hispanic Heritage Month and information can be found at wclatinochamber.org.


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