Enjoy beautiful art exhibits and expand your knowledge of Latino arts and culture at our events.
Be among the first to view Life is Colorful.
Maria Linsday is a Colombian artist, passionate about abstract and figurative art. Using mixed media and a variety of techniques brings texture and personality to her work. Working as an artist for over 15 years, Linsday loves to empower other artists and share her knowledge with anyone who wants to venture into the arts – whether its art making for fun, therapy, or professionally. Linsday is passionate about social work, life and nature – she paints on canvas with love. Throughout Maria Linsday’s career she has had the opportunity to participate in fairs and several group exhibitions – this will be her first solo show.
Address: Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), 797 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106
Monday through Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM
Opening reception and conversation with the artist: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6-9 PM
Sweet, festive treats and a saxophone player Yunior Romero Rodal will be available for your enjoyment. Please join us. Free and open to all ages!
Date and time: October 22 – November 12, 2022
Description: The exhibition highlights work of the artists Marina Castillo, Flor Soto, Javier Reyes, and Carolyna Desoto who are exhibiting their artwork and have transformed the CLUES Art Gallery into a healing and celebratory space in honor of Día de Los Muertos.
Join CLUES in adding to the community altar for Día de Los Muertos by bringing a photo of a loved one, a poem or writing, or an ofrenda.
Community Celebration and conversation with artists*: Sunday, October 30, 2022, 5-9 PM
In person reception, conversation with artist and food (light refreshments and pan de muertos will be provided).This is a free event, open to all ages.
*Artist: Mariana Castillo, Flor Soto, Javier Reyes, and Carolyna Desoto
Date and time: September 18, 2021 – September 10, 2022
Description: The exhibition highlights the work CLUES artists have undertaken over the past three years. This exhibit represents the work of master muralists, apprentices, and community participants, who have come together through CLUES to build upon the long tradition of Latino muralism to create meaningful and culturally-specific works of public art for all.
Muralismo Minnesotano emphasizes the origins of muralism as an artistic and social movement in Latino culture for over a century –a fact that is too often erased or forgotten by other muralism projects. With this exhibit, CLUES represents the multiplicity of our diversity, creating movement-based public art for us, by us, and about us.
This exhibit also re-emphasizes that high-quality public art must always be about community-engaged art. While these projects were led by talented master muralists, thousands of hands and voices contributed to their creation – apprentices, community participants, children, adults, and grandmothers.
Exhibit Opening: CLUES Fiesta Latina || Saturday, September 18, 2021. 12-4 pm
Our exhibit will open as part of our annual Fiesta Latina celebration, a free, family-friendly community festival celebrating Latino culture through Arts, Health and Wellness, Fitness, Food, and Entertainment. More info here.
Virtual Forum: Murales y Muralismo || Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5-7 pm via Facebook Live.
Online public forum, presentation, and panel discussion on the history of muralism as a socio-cultural, political, and artistic movement, its origins, and its current practice.
Date and time: Saturday, October 30, 2021, noon-8pm
Description: Day of the Dead parade on Lake Street (2-4pm), followed by a street festival by Lake and Cedar. Collaboration between CLUES, CAMINO, Lake St Latino Business Association, and the City of Minneapolis.
Artists: Flor Soto, Pablo Hernandez, Lynda Acosta, Constanza Carballo, Gustavo Boada.
Date and time: October 16 - November 19, 2021
Description: CLUES art workshops series "Revitalizando Lake Street in CLUES Minneapolis. A series of family-friendly arts creation workshops focusing on Day of the Dead themed art, and supporting the revitalization of Lake Street in Minneapolis, and the preservation of Latino businesses, residents, and cultural arts along the corridor.
Artists: Luisa Armendariz, Margaret Ogas, Eric Garcia, Alondra Garza, Cadex Herrera, Flor Soto, Xavier Tavera and Aleydis Valdovinos.
Date and time: February 8 – May 16, 2021
Description: The Chicano & Latino Studies (CLS) department at the University of Minnesota celebrates 50 years of scholarship and activism through this exhibit at the CLUES Latino Art Gallery. Six commissioned artists and two artist teams respond to materials from the CLS archives through poetry, video work, installation, painting, sculpture, and photography, tying their diverse art practices to ongoing scholarship and activism, and bridging the past with the present and future of Latina, Latino, and Latinx resiliency.
Click here to see the virtual exhibition.
Artist: Flor Soto
Bio: An immigrant from Mazatlan, Mexico, Flor is a talented artisan based in Austin, Minnesota, who specializes in the traditional folk arts of Mexican paper. “My intuitive artistic process for making piñatas and paper sculptures does not require molds or balloons to create their shapes. Instead, I recycle paper and cardboard to form interactive hand-crafted sculptures. I approach each creative idea to keep this traditional art form alive and to bring joy to children’s birthday parties and any fiesta (party)” - Flor Soto.
Date and time: October 29, 2020 – January 14, 2021
Description: Flor Soto's solo art exhibition "Piñatera", features her fascinating paper-mâché sculptures, creative paper flower installations, and unique piñata creations.
Click here to learn more about Flor Soto's art.
Artist: Grettel Arrate Hechavaría
Bio: Grettel is a painter, mural painter, illustrator and graphic designer from Santiago de Cuba. She graduated in painting and drawing from the Provincial Academy of Plastic Arts José Joaquín Tejada of Santiago de Cuba. She holds a Bachelor of Art History from the Universidad de Oriente. She is a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and a member of the Association of Publicists of Cuba. Hechavaría has had 14 solo exhibitions in important museums and galleries in Cuba and around the world.
Date and time: March 9 - March 27, 2020 *Collaboration with Sol y Luna Gallery
Description: A celebration of Art for the International Women's Day. Presentation by visiting Cuban painter Grettel Arrate with art and cultural activities, and Latino food.
Artist: Zamara Cuyún
Bio: Zamara Cuyún is, for better or worse, a product of colonization, with Indigenous roots in Guatemala – born and raised in Minneapolis. A self-taught, “Gringindia” artist of de-Indigenized Highland Maya ancestry, she works in acrylics, using elements of Guatemalan Maya history, ideology, and iconography - sometimes to explore and create a vibrant, colorful, imaginary dream universe and, at other times, to represent the restless, violent, and unsettling world we are often forced to inhabit. The themes that inspire her work and to which she is drawn back to, time and again, include Indigenous identity (her own, as well as that represented in Guatemalan society), the history of colonization and resistance, the persecution and genocide of Indigenous populations, and the call for social justice, reconciliation, revitalization, and decolonization and the central role and strength of women in this process.
Color and light are of the utmost importance in her work. She wants her subjects – the lovely, as well as the gruesome – to pulse with color, light, and life from within. Vibrant Guatemalan Indigenous Maya textiles and art - contemporary and precolonial - as well as European stained-glass, Scandinavian rosemaling, and contemporary graphic novels inspire and inform her use of color and brushstroke.
Date and time: January 30 - February 27, 2020
Short description: In contemporary society, indigenous women are often objectified, romanticized, hyper-sexualized, and de-humanized. These seemingly harmless stereotypes produce devastating consequences including alarming rates of abuse, rape, disappearance, murder, self-harm, and suicide plaguing indigenous women and girls. Cuyún combats these injustices with painted visual stories that re-imagine new systems of understanding and healing for indigenous womanhood and identity. Using elements of Guatemalan Maya history, ideology, myth, and iconography, Cuyún presents a world that is at times vibrant, colorful and dreamlike while at other times restless, violent and unsettling.
Artists: Gustavo Boada, Xilam Balam, Dougie Padilla, Andrea Castillo, Xavier Tavera, Constanza De La O, Monique Payan, Leiny Krumm, Gustavo Lira, Marina Castillo, Olivia Levins Holden, Xena Goldman, Maria Cristina Tavera, Javier Carrasco, Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, Ricardo Bennett, Diana Gallardo, Erika Herrera, Alex Jalapa, Carleen Cuevas Martinez, Ana Laura Juarez, Zamara Cuyun, Camila Leiva, Gabi Estrada, Ricardo Levins Morales, Cadex Herrera, Ken Rivera, Luis Fitch, Jimmy Longoria, Alonso Sierralta, Aaron Johnson-Ortiz.
Date and time: September 2 - December 13, 2019
Description: For our first-ever art exhibit, “Visualiz/Arte,” we called upon MN-based Latino/a/x artists to build community with us, co-imagine our collective future, and co-create our new casa (home) for Latino/a/x arts and culture in Minnesota. Thirty-one local visual artists responded to our call --with work ranging from folk art to fine art-- in a wide variety of media, including painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota Humanities Center, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
CLUES also receives support for our Arts & Cultural Engagement work from the Bush Foundation, St Paul & Minnesota Foundation, the Mardag Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the City of St Paul’s Cultural STAR program, the City of Minneapolis’ Great Streets and Violence Prevention programs, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.