June 5, 2018 > Sun Gallery presents Life to Art
Sun Gallery presents Life to Art
Submitted By Sun Gallery
Life to Art: A Portuguese American Story in Art opens Saturday, June 9 at the Sun Gallery in Hayward. This special exhibit features artists Nathan Oliveira, Mel Ramos, Jerald Silva, Joo de Brito, David King, Maxine Olson, and Richard Silva. The exhibit is a part of the celebrations of the week of Portugal in the diaspora also known as Portugal Day, which celebrates Portuguese communities around the world.
The June 9 Opening Reception features a special music performance inside the main gallery. Portuguese folk songs and a work by Franciso de Lacerda will be featured, written and arranged for string quartet by music professor Dr. Bernard Scherr of Hardin Simmons University in Texas. The final works were based on paintings of Joo de Brito. Appetizers and light beverages will be served, and admission is free.
Sun Gallery Curator Dorsi Diaz and artist de Brito collaborated to bring the special exhibit to fruition. It celebrates the unique diversity and shared history of Hayward, whose roots are richly intertwined in the fabric of the American experience. Diaz says she is humbled to participate in such an important show, honoring the work of world-renowned Portuguese artists and honor the rich cultural history of Hayward. Diaz also says she is thrilled to apply all of her acquired skills to be part of such a stunning collaboration between artists.
De Brito, no stranger to bringing large visions to life, was the driving force behind the creation of the first bilingual English and Portuguese art book published in the U.S., Ashes to Life. Celebrating the artistic talents of Portuguese Americans is important to de Brito; he brought together a group of artists whose diversity of expression is more striking in light of this shared heritage. There is no such thing as a typical Portuguese-American artist. That is abundantly clear when experiencing the works of these artists. Still, honoring heritage and connecting to the culture of ones origins directly as an immigrant or through intervening generations enriches identity and influences ones work, sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly and obvious. This is one of the reasons why de Brito has devoted so much time and energy to this exhibit.
Each of the artists featured in Life to Art identifies differently with their heritage and that relationship changes over time. Culture itself is fluid and changes over time. Without identity, without culture, there could be no art, there could be no life. These concepts are intertwined, identity into art, culture into life, and life into art, says de Brito.
Life to Art runs through Friday, August 3. For more information, call (510) 581-4050 or visit www.sungallery.org.
Life to Art: A Portuguese American Story in Art
Saturday, Jun 9 - Friday, Aug 3
Friday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jun 9
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Special music performance
1015 E St, Hayward