Exhibit explores Latino heritage

The “Beyond Heritage” exhibit now on display in the Millard Sheets Gallery at the Fairplex in Pomona features artists from across California.

The show is a collaboration with the Riverside Art Museum, and builds on the Millard Sheets Gallery’s 2005 exhibit, “Latino Artists of Los Angeles: Defining Self and Inspiration.”

Among the artists featured are Joe Moran, Carlos Castro, Jesus Cruz and Jorge Fernandez.

One of the works, “Mournful,” a painting done by Macarena A. Tapia, shows a middle-aged woman’s foot as the main image, while the woman’s face is visible in the background.

It is a really shocking painting that expresses a sad feeling.

Gerson San Juan, an art major from the University of La Verne who viewed the exhibit, said he enjoyed his visit.

“I really liked this gallery … because I like getting a higher knowledge,” San Juan said.

“I think the best thing is to contrast what I learn in my reading with what I saw in this gallery,” he added.

“Beyond Heritage” features 22 artists of Latino and Hispanic origin, living in the Inland Empire.

Gallery director Daniel C. Danzig said he is really involved in this project and has a lot of expectations for it.

“This is a non-profit organization, so our mission is to provide education and to show our appreciation for the community,” Danzig said.

One goal of the “Beyond Heritage” exhibition, he said, is to expand the theme of a previous show at the gallery.

“Last year, we produced an exhibition related to the Latino artists of the city of Los Angeles,” Danzig added. “This year we also tried to focus on other artists of Latino heritage that live and work in California, but outside the Los Angeles area.”

Kathleen Farrin, who came from Pasadena to view the exhibit, said she liked it.

“I usually try to visit different galleries and museums,” Farrin said.

“I like all types of paintings, but I especially appreciate them if they are original and at the same time express an idea or exemplify a culture of people,” she added.

Founded in 1922, the gallery started as the Fine Arts Program of the Los Angeles County Fair.

The exhibition runs through Dec. 16.

Antonio Foncillas can be reached at bokeron_11@hotmail.com.

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