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Latino Art Gallery Events

Enjoy beautiful art exhibits and expand your knowledge of Latino arts and culture at our events.

ON VIEW IN THE ART GALLERY

TRANSFORMACIÓN

From April 25 to May 31, 2024 

Monday through Friday | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

CLUES Latino Art Gallery: 797 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2024 runs from April 21-27, 2024. During this week, CLUES Family Services Department is conducting a campaign to raise awareness about Sexual Assault in the Latine community.

Join us to learn more and raise awareness about Victims' Rights and Sexual Assault. Come support, hear a speech, and learn about the Family Services programs at CLUES.

The Latine artist, Lynda Grafito, created two large interactive pieces, where the public is invited to participate by leaving their messages on them. In addition, other pieces created by the artist Lynda Grafito together with the collaboration of other community members and CLUES staff during special workshops will be exhibited during this exhibition. 

COLLABORATING ARTIST: Lynda Grafito 

A Visual Artist based in Minnesota and born in Colombia. Her linocut work is inspired by the beauty and diversity of nature, representing scenes of animals and plants from Latin America and Minnesota, from which she finds sociocultural relationships that allow her to talk about migration and environmental issues.o

EVENTS

 Opening Reception. Friday, April 26th, 4 pm - 6 pm.
 A family-friendly evening and conversation with the artist Lynda Grafito, free food and beverages. Free and open to all ages!

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please call CLUES Latino Art Gallery at 651.379.4275 or email arte@clues.org


Past Exhibitions & Events

Title: Afrofusión

Date and time: February 12 - March 12, 2024

Venue: CLUES Latino Art Gallery: 797 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106

Description: 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 pm - 8 pm.
     A family-friendly evening and conversation with the artist, free food and beverages with the performance of Boriken Cultural Center with MC Fernanda Almeida. Free and open to all ages!
  • Closing Reception. Friday, April 12th, 5 pm - 7 pm.
     A family-friendly evening and conversation with the artist, free food and beverages with the performance of Kuyayki Peru - Minnesota and Y
    unior Romero with MC Fernanda Almeida.  Free and open to all ages!

About the artists:

  • 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 Friday, April 12 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.

Title: Flores y Cacao

Date and time: February 24, 2024

Venue: Midtown Global Market: 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Description:

CLUES invites you to a free, family-friendly event: Flores y Cacao, a celebration of our queer and trans-Latine community through live performances, music, artistic creations, and community resources.

Performances by: Drag Queen Priscilla Yuicy, Mikko Blaze, Aidy HD Drag King and Drag Queen Muñeca

Music: DJ Queen Duin

Artist: Jesus Li (He/Him), Charlie Kelly-Pegg (They/Them) and Leon Currie (They/Them)

Partner Restaurant: Manny's Tortas and Salsa A La Salsa

Poster created by: Jesus Li

Photos by: Nayelie Avalos (Instagram @nayeliesfotos)

Title: The Art of Being Senior | CLUES Mayores Mejores

Date and time: From December 15, 2023 to January 11, 2024

Venue: CLUES Latino Art Gallery: 797 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106

Description:

Our Mayores Mejores program presents “The Art of Being Senior,” an exhibition of paintings and crafts made by our participants. The paintings are part of a set of activities that shows their ability to enjoy, learn and create new routines for the physical, mental and emotional benefit of the participants

Title: THE SYMPHONY OF EXISTENCE: Dreaming without endings or beginnings

Date and time: From October 19th to November 28th, 2023

Venue: CLUES Latino Art Gallery: 797 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106

Description:

The Symphony of Existence celebrates those who've journeyed into eternity while merging Latine heritage with a universal language that binds us to our departed. This is a poignant three-person exhibition by Lucino Sosa (Hedgiee), Kevin Martinez, and Flor Soto.

About the artists:

Lucino Sosa (Hedgiee) is a Minnesota-based multidisciplinary artist whose work transcends categorization. Sosa, a mixtec native of southern Mexico, immigrated to the United States in 2005 and established his own unique blend of photography, illustration, poetry and other media to uncover the roots of grief, joy, and trauma. Through his cathartic works, Sosa seeks to share space with other persons of color who have been systematically excluded.

Kevin Martinez is an artist with Latino-Arab American Heritage. He specializes in oil paintings, graphite, charcoal, and graphic design. Through the creation of oil portraits he finds moments of excitement in daily life, while forming a bridge between past and present issues of race, religion, and trauma.

Flor Shurabe Soto learned to work with engrudo (paper mache paste) at the age of 9 thanks to her grandmother in Mexico. However, it was only after moving to Austin, Minnesota, as an adult, that she began working on art to keep herself busy during the winters. Shurabe has become known in Minnesota for her piñata and altar creations that reflect the colorful Mexican culture.

Title: IMMIGRANT ROADS

Date and time: from August 17th to September 22nd, 2023

Venue: CLUES Latino Art Gallery: 797 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106

Description:

'Immigrant Roads' is a contemporary series of narrative paintings which examine the legacy of Mexican-born immigrant families who built the Santa Fe Railroad in Kandace’s natal state of Kansas during the early part of the 20th century.

About the artist:

Kandace Creel Falcón, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar, writer, and visual artist based in rural Erhard, MN. Drawn to inquiry and mixed-media methods of painting, fabric arts, and writing, their work is committed to sharing narratives for social transformation.
Kandace Creel Falcón is a third generation Kansas born Mexican American visual artist and writer. Their work is driven to disrupt conventional notions related to femininity and domesticity through mixed-media methods of painting. They currently live and work out of their home studio in rural Otter Tail County, MN. Click here to learn more.

Title: Sunday Walks through a child's eyes

Date and time: From August 3rd to August 6th, 2023

Venue: CLUES Latino Art Gallery: 797 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106

Description:

This is an exhibition where drawings of a group of children that they did during nature walks, called Sunday walks, will be shown. These children captured essential values through a walk and have shown them in their drawings.

Curators:
Yuyu Godinez y Rebecca Zelaya

Artists:

Noelia Kellyn Itzcoatl Giselle Miguel Alexis John Osito Cuauhtli Tlaloc Bree Yasmin AlizaItzel Adrian Kike Miranda

Title: The Beauty of Words: Art and Culture in Latino Children's Literature Exhibition

Date and time: From June 29th to July 21st, 2023 

Venue: CLUES Latino Art Gallery: 797 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106

Description: 

A solo exhibition by the artist and author Pamela Mercado-Michelli. The artist will be showcasing her new children's book titled "Daniela y Mateo viajan a Argentina", which she made in collaboration with the illustrators Noelia and Membri.  

About the Artists:

Pamela Mercado Michelli. An Afro-Latina originally from Puerto Rico, Pamela is a mother and children’s book author who enjoys connecting communities through culture and literature. Pamela currently works as a Project Supervisor for the City of Minneapolis developing and revising policing policy. Pamela holds a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and a Master's in Advocacy & Political Leadership from Metropolitan State University. She has also had the opportunity to share her first book titled "Daniela y Mateo viajan a Puerto Rico" throughout the state of Minnesota including Ramsey and Hennepin County libraries, Children's MN Hospital, and various Spanish Immersion schools and learning centers.  

Noelia is from the City of Buenos Aires, although she was born in the Valley of Argentine Patagonia. In addition to being a wife and mother of three, her greatest passion is illustrating and without a doubt, for her, it is a beautiful privilege to be part of this book accompanying the characters of Daniela and Mateo to discover the beautiful mountain range in addition to the traditions of her country.   

Membri is a visual artist from Córdoba, Argentina. Membri grew up preferring to draw before anything else, and luckily her family always was supportive. At the age of eight, Membri started studying cartooning (very inspired by the cartoons on television). Since then, Membri has never been able to dedicate herself to anything else, because drawing is part of her daily life, it is her engine and also her way of connecting with emotions. Membri is pleased to be able to add colors to this beautiful story and is very honored to be part of such a beautiful team. 

Events:

  • Opening reception: June 29 from 6-9 PM at the CLUES St. Paul Latino Art Galley: A family-friendly evening and conversation with the artists, free Argentinian food and beverages, and a live performance by the globally known saxophonist Yunior Sax, will be available for your enjoyment. More info here.
  • Closing reception. July 28th from 6-9 PM at the CLUES St. Paul Latino Art Galley. 

Title: Alebrijes By Gustavo Boada

Date and time: From June 9th to June 16th, 2023

Venue: CLUES Latino Art Gallery: 797 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106

Description: 

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

These Alebrijes are part of the great project to continue the tradition of large size paper-mâché figures;

  • Catrinas: They are skeletal characters that are presented during the Day of the Dead, and use humor to mock material wealth.
  • Alebrijes: These are fantastical creatures that speak of our mixed racial heritage as Latinos, as well as our creativity and bright colors.
  • Mojigangas: These are large-scale representations of important community leaders or popular icons, which educate the community about who they were, but also make them feel accessible and attractive (rather than overly important or relevant). Some traditions included brides and brooms.

DEFINITION

Because of their vibrant colors and elaborate details, alebrijes are very popular handicrafts. They originated in Mexico and were created by Pedro Linares Lopez in 1936 in Mexico City. Today we can find these fantastic figures in everything from traditional markets to world museum collections.

The alebrije is a Mexican handicraft traditionally made with the cartoneros technique. It is a fantastic figure that combines physiognomic elements of various animals, whether real or imaginary and is characterized by being painted in vibrant colors.

HOW IS AN ALEBRIJE MADE? 

It all starts with a base of burnt wire that is bent and molded to form the skeleton of the figure. It is then covered with several layers of newspaper and paste, using cardboard to give it volume. The base figure is left to dry in the sun, and once dry, more detailed elements are added.Next, the surface of the figure is smoothed and then covered with a coat of white base paint. Finally, the alebrije is painted in several different colors and decorated with dots, stripes and other patterns.

ALEBRIJES FROM OAXACA

Although alebrijes originated in Mexico City, artisans in other parts of Mexico made their own versions. In Oaxaca, several artisans, such as Manuel Jiménez, combined the traditional carved wood crafts of the area with the ideas of Pedro Linares. Oaxacan alebrijes are made with copal wood and are inspired by the idea of nahuales, supernatural beings that have the ability to transform themselves into animals. This way of making alebrijes spread to other towns, and today there are three main communities that specialize in the creation of the carved wooden figures: San Antonino Arrazola, San Martín Tilcajete and La Unión Tejalapam.

AT PRESENT

Today, alebrijes are part of the cultural and artistic pattern of Mexico, and it is a craft in constant evolution. Since 2007, the Museum of Popular Art of Mexico City has organized a parade of monumental alebrijes with the intention of promoting the arts and the alebrijes have been recreated in other parts of the world by Latino artists. Including at the Rocket Feller Center in New York, in the city of Chicago, in the city of Minneapolis and Sao Paulo (including CLUES), among others.

 

Title: Art Festival Primavera 

Date and time: May 20, 2023 

Venue: 2800 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Description: As we emerge from the deep freeze of winter, we are greeted with all the beauty and possibilities that come with spring - please join CLUES in celebrating spring at the intersection of art, wellness, and community. This is a free family event.

Meet artists exhibiting spring-inspired artwork and take home your own artwork with interactive art activities throughout the event. Talk to our community health staff about resources available to you and your family. Enjoy dancers and artists on stage with performances ranging from contemporary to experimental to traditional. Enjoy free food and drink.

This event kicks off a new year of arts and cultural engagement for CLUES Minneapolis as we plant seeds for our shared future together on Lake Street.

Participating artists:

  • Gustavo Boada
  • Constanza Carballo
  • Lynda Grafito
  • Pablo Helm-Hernandez
  • Cadex Herrera
  • Maria Linsday
  • Ral86

 Fashion Designer:

  • Damaris Wood

Art Vendors:

  • Nathan Borges
  • Maria Linsday

Performers:

  • 11 AM-4 PM - DJ Queen Duin
  • 11 AM - Mexica Yolotl – Aztec Dance
  • 1 PM - Colombian Folklore
  • 2 PM - Fashion Show by Damaris Wood
  • 3 PM - Ice Climber Band
  • Heart of the Beast Puppet Library booth onsite

Poster Designer:

  • Jesus L

Title: OPEN CALL FOR ART PROPOSALS 2023

Submission Deadline
May 21st, 2023, 11:59 pm

Description
CLUES is excited to invite Latino visual artists across mediums to submit an art proposal for our 2023 exhibition program.

$1,000 production stipend for the selected art project and support with the installation, promotion, design, and public programming.

OPEN CALL TERMS

The CLUES Arts and Culture staff will support the chosen project with a $1,000 production stipend. We will help with installation, promotion, design, public programming, and any additional support.

We will select three shows for the course of June to December 2023, with each show lasting approximately 7 weeks. The first show dates will be from June to July. The second show will be from August to September. The third show will be from November to December. 

Participants

No Curatorial Experience Needed. We are accepting submissions that show and support the variety of people and cultures from Latin America, indigenous, Afro-Latino, queer, disabled, multiple languages, and mixed ethnicities. We are accepting a proposal to curate a group show, a proposal for a solo show, two-person shows, etc.

We want to hear what you’ve been aspiring to make and curate. An exhibition can range from a more traditional display of paintings to a nontraditional one like projections, video, installation, performance, and so on. Let’s get creative! All ideas are welcome, and ideas that align with a Latino cultural exhibition are highly encouraged as well.

Form of participation

No Application Fee. Please submit a proposal detailing your exhibition idea using our submission form. Your submission should give a clear idea of what you want the show to be and include who is involved in the project. Include which timeframe you would want the show to happen. Provide up-to-date work samples, a resume, and any other relevant materials. 

If needed, you can pick up a printed submission form and fill it out in CLUES St. Paul: 797 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55106 

Evaluation Criteria 

Submissions will be reviewed by the CLUES Art and Culture Team. We may reach out for a follow-up conversation. 

Criteria for a strong proposal

  1. The proposal works within the timeframe.
  2. Demonstrates a clear reason for exhibiting the work/concept.
  3. Is in alignment with the CLUES Latino Art and Cultural Engagement Department mission: being a Latino artist/curator presenting only Latino artists in a show and group shows.
  4. Is an opportunity for someone who faces barriers to accessing resources, space, and support in the art world. 

Selection Notification
May 26th, 2023

Exhibition Dates
Ranging from June to September, then from November-December

 

Title: Creadoras Sanando - International Women's Day

Date and time: March 4 - April 26, 2023

Description:An exhibition created for International Women's Day for those who are marginalized as a result of their gender identity. Learn about the artists' visions, experiences, and ideas.

Artists: 

Lucero Paniagua Ortuño, Constanza Carballo, Maruch Santiz Gomez, Claudia Valentino, and Isolda Nuñez Portillo

Events:

  • Opening reception:  Saturday, March 4, 2023, 3 - 7 PM
    Come celebrate and support women, transwomen, and nonbinary people. There will be a special performance by Away Runakuna at 4 pm and Lady Midnight at 6 pm. Free and open to all ages!
  • Closing reception and artist talk: Friday, March 31, 2023
    Enjoy the exhibition, and talk with the artists. Please join us. Free and open to all ages!

Title: Writing with the body

Date and time: December 17 - February 15, 2023

Description: This exhibition features 10 artists who seek to find in the landscape an extension of themselves, a series of looks marked by the intimate and the experimental that show different ways to fill the gaps, where the beauty of nature is the sublime tool for building houses and homes.

Curator: 

Juan Diego Perez de la Cruz

Artists: 

Alejandro Pons Juárez, Dinorah Martinez, Eliana Hermosa, Griselda Araiza Figueroa, Juan Diego Pérez la Cruz, Liliana Sanchez, Luisana Méndez, Mayra Adán Quiterio, Nohelia Fernández and Yari Cabezas-Perusse 

Opening reception and conversation with the artists:  Saturday, December 17, 2022, 9:30am -12pm

Enjoy the exhibition, coffee, and breakfast-inspired appetizers, and live music. Following the event, Huellas Latinas invites you to join them on a nature walk (depending on weather conditions). Please join us. Free and open to all ages!

Title: Life is Colorful

Date and time: November 17 – December 9, 2022

Description: The title of her show, La Vida es De Colores (Life is colorful), really speaks to just what you’ll see in the gallery – vibrant, colorful landscape and some of Linsday’s dearest memories of life in Colombia. 

Artist: Maria Linsday

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 it's art making for a 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.

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!

Title: Altar de Muertos - Community Celebration and Exhibition

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

Title: Muralismo Minnesotano. Celebrating 40 Years of CLUES and 100 Years of the Muralist Movement

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. 

Title: Street Festival Dia de Muertos – Celebration of Life on Lake Street

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. 

Title: Revitalizando Lake Street 

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. 

Exhibition title: ¡Presente!: 50 Years of Chicano & Latino Studies

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.  

Exhibition title: Piñatera

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. 

Exhibition title: Érase Una Vez 

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.

Exhibition title: RECLAIMING OUR GRANDMOTHERS

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.

Exhibition title: VISUALIZ(ARTE)

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.


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ST. PAUL

797 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

Tel.: 651-379-4200
Fax: 651-292-0347

MINNEAPOLIS

CareerForce Center
777 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Tel.: 612-746-3500
Fax: 651-292-0347

ABRIENDO CAMINOS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINIC

2600 E 25th St Minneapolis, MN 55406
Tel.: 612-404-2600
Intake Tel.: 612-439-9671

WILLMAR

324 3rd Street SW #2
Willmar, MN 56201

Tel.: 320-262-5106

AUSTIN

111 Main St. N
Austin, MN, 55912

Tel.: 507-355-2575

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