Photo from outside gallery (Artwork) left: Esther Hernandez, right: Diane Gamboa
On March 19th we took a trip to West Hollywood to attend the opening reception for the Poli Marichal and Cathy Weiss curated exhibit, “Heart of East L.A.” Selected prints from the Self-Help Graphics Art collection at the Pacific Design Center. The exhibit consisted of 37 fine art prints and originals from the Self Help Graphics art collection. And for those who attended the opening reception like Anita and myself, you were gifted with a live chalk drawing demonstration by my friend, Artist Jose Lozano.
Artist Jose Lozano in action finishing up panel 1 of 2
We Arrived at the L.A. Print Space gallery around 6:00 pm, and I could see Mr. Lozano was hard at work in front of the gallery on his first panel of his two panel chalk masterpiece. After an always entertaining conversation with Mr. Lozano and being his ladder assistant, I entered L.A. Print Space gallery and was hit with a blast of color from the sensational collection of artwork.
Front Room of the exhibit
The first two prints that caught my eye were Esther Hernandez’s La Ofrenda and Diane Gamboa’s Lost and Found. The La Ofrenda print by Mrs. Hernandez is a iconic image of hers and looks spectacular in person. I always enjoy Mrs. Gamboa’s artwork and I would revel if I had one of her pieces in my collection. The next two prints I that wowed me were, Jose Lozano’s La Familia Que Nunca Fue and Richard Montoya’s Mickey Mao. I have been fortunate to see Lozano’s massive La Familia Que Nunca Fue print hung in his home, so it was special for me to view this piece in a public exhibition.
Jose Lozano - “La Familia Que Nunca Fue”
Prior to this show I had never seen Mr. Montoya’s print, but it quickly became one of my favorites in the exhibition. I even returned to the Mickey Mao print a couple times before leaving the gallery to bask in its awesomeness. Anita and I walked a couple times around the gallery to fully absorb all the great art in the exhibit. A walk around once was not enough for HEART OF EAST L.A. exhibition
Richard Montoya - Mickey Mao
The entire exhibit was visually pleasing and engaging, not just to me but to the rest of the art goers who left the gallery with a look of content on their face.
I would like to praise Poli Marichal and Cathy Weiss on their selection from the Self-Help Graphics art collection and amigo Jose Lozano for the live chalk drawing.
(Left to Right) Artist: R.R., Favianna Rodriguez & Chaz Bojorquez
exhibit runs from March 19 - May 3
More exhibition information visit: Los Angeles Printmaking Society