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Feb
11
2024
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos

Join us for the opening reception of the new art exhibition: Afrofusión

Mark your calendars and join us for a family celebration and the opening of the new art exhibition at the CLUES Art Gallery in Saint Paul: 'Afrofusión' for the opening reception on Saturday, February 17, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the CLUES Art Gallery (797 E 7th St. Saint Paul, MN 55106). Join us for a family-friendly evening and conversation with the artists, free food and beverages with the performance by Boriken Cultural Center. Free and open to all ages. The art exhibit will be open to the public from February 12th until April 12th.

ABOUT THE ART EXHIBIT 'AFROFUSIÓN'

A celebration of unity, diversity, and creative expression within our vibrant Afro-Latine community. We will exhibit multimedia artworks from emerging and established Black Latine artists from different backgrounds such as Cuba, Mexico, Minnesota, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Texas to showcase the richness of AfroLatine art and culture while fostering connections and honoring Afro heritage. Programming throughout the exhibition will include art and educational events, workshops, readings, and entertainment.

EVENTS

  • Opening Reception. Saturday, February 17th, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
     A family-friendly evening and conversation with the artist, free food and beverages with the performance of BORIKEN Cultural Center and MC Fernanda Almeida. Free and open to all ages!

 

  • Closing Reception. Friday, April 12th, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    A family-friendly evening and conversation with the artist, free food and beverages with the performance of Kuyayki Peru - Minnesota and Yunior Romero and MC Fernanda Almeida. Free and open to all ages! 

ARTISTS INFORMATION

  • Boriken Cultural Center. The Boriken Performing Group is a dance and music ensemble honoring and sharing the rich tradition of Bomba and Plena music from Puerto Rico with families in Minnesota and around the world. See them performing and dancing at the opening event on Saturday, February 17 at 5 p.m.
  • Grover Hogan. A queer, Black and Mexican multimedia artist from Houston, Texas, based in Minneapolis. They received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and are an interdisciplinary artist and teacher. Their work focuses on their relationship to identity and the performance of social roles. Come see Grover’s incredible paintings.
  • Kuyayki Peru. A cultural organization that promotes, preserves, and educates on Peruvian culture and tradition. They do this through dance, education, and cultural events. Join us to enjoy the performance of their dance group at the opening event on Saturday, February 17 at at 5 p.m.
  • Maelo Cruz. Is a cartoonist born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico and living in the city of Duluth. He has been writing and illustrating stories for as long as he can remember. The characters he creates tend to be dreamers, always spacing out, always imagining an ideal world. Visit the exhibition to read his in-progress comic book, which will be published soon.
  • Pamela Mercado Michelli. A Puerto Rican Afro-Latina mother and author that connects communities through culture and literature. Her children's book “Daniela Y Mateo Viajan a Puerto Rico”, inspired by her daughter and dog, showcases the beauty of Afro-Puerto Rican culture and has been showcased throughout the state. Come and read Pamela’s inspiring children's book.
  • Raye Cordes. Is a Puerto-Rican mixed media sculptor with a focus on fiber and rug tufting. Her work explores topics surrounding interpersonal and ancestral connection, and how it can be a source of comfort or confusion. The use of fiber and vibrant color is familiar, and the abstracted shapes and compositions are less familiar. Come see their colorful textile sculptures.
  • Yunior Rebollar. A mixed media artist working in portrait drawing, digital manipulation and sewing clothes. Yunior is from Cotorro in La Habana, Cuba. Yunior's work focuses on closing gaps and building bridges to both real and futuristic representations of Blackness. Visit the exhibition and enjoy his new clothing collection.
  • Yunior Romero. He is a Saxophone Player originally from Cuba and currently residing in the Twin Cities, MN. Yunior has performed around the state of Minnesota and has become a favorite in CLUES art events. Enjoy his covers and songs played with saxophone music at our closing reception on Friday, April 12 at 5 p.m.

EMCEE

  • Fernanda Almeida. A Mexican Afro-Latina who has cultivated a multifaceted career celebrating culture, creativity, and connection. As a model, actress, host, producer, director, and influential figure, she proudly showcases Afro-Latine culture. Fernanda will be the master of the ceremony at our opening and closing events.

Sponsored by

Jessica Pleguezuelos

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