The Valdosta Daily Times
The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts has hosted many traveling exhibits during the past decade, but none may be as epic in scope and origin as the current “HispanosAmericans Traveling Souls” show.
Not only does the “Traveling Exhibition of Hispanic American Visual Artists Project” include works by 49 artists from 11 different Latin American nations, it breathes life into one man’s ambitions to share his native culture with his adopted state.
Bill Shenton, the arts center’s curator, explains.
Two years ago, Felix Berroa, a Marietta artist from the Dominican Republic, contacted Shenton. Berroa wanted to know the process for bringing an exhibit to the arts center.
Berroa “explained that through his travels, he had met many artists from all over Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean,” Shenton says. “He explained he was planning to gather two works from each of these many artists to create an exhibit that would tour around Georgia for about a year.”
By November 2011, the center had booked the show for the January 2013 opening. Meanwhile, Berroa applied to other Georgia arts centers and began the strenuous process of gathering the works from faraway regions.
Anyone who has ever shipped an art exhibit knows it is neither easy nor inexpensive just moving it from one town to another, but Berroa was dealing with dozens of artists from nearly a dozen different countries.
“The ambition to gather such a collection is quite extraordinary on its own merit,” Shenton says, “but Felix, in order to overcome one of the largest obstacles — paying shipping from all these location on large art works — took it upon himself to request the paintings, created in these different countries, to be un-stretched upon completion, and shipped rolled up to him in Marietta.”
Once in Marietta, Berroa “built stretchers and re-stretched these paintings, adding framing when needed.”
Once collected and prepared, it came time to set the show on the road. The show first stopped in the Abernathy Art Center in Sandy Spring. Valdosta is the second stop. From here, it travels to the Bank of America Plaza on Peachtree Street, Atlanta.
Visitors will discover a visually compelling and attractive show. Paintings dominate the exhibit, but viewers will also find a sampling of drawings, sculpture and digital photography.
Berroa’s wife is from Colombia, which is home to the majority of participating artists.
“Many of these artists are well known in their native countries, some having works in their countries’ national art museums, and a few have works in major U.S. collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and The National Gallery of Art in D.C.,” Shenton says.
Visitors may also purchase a color catalog of the exhibit for $15.
1. Marga Gabarret
2. Mariano Prado Vargas
3. Jesviel Abstengo
4. Liesther Amador González
5. Fernando Caluff
6. Alfredo Scaroina
7. Citlally Miranda
8. Felix Berroa
9. Felix Dicló
10. Jose Pena
11. Jose Ramón Medina
12. Raul Morilla
13. Mario Rigoberto Peralta (Rigo Peralta)
14. Jose Cándido Pineda
15. Jorge Arcos
16. Ana Fajardo Hill
17. Rachelle Scott (Born in Haiti. Live and work in Peru)
18. Richard Edison Valqui Mayorca
19. Juan Ramiro Torres
20. Gigi Peralta
21. Andres Rodríguez Santos
22. Jose A. Balay Ruiz
23. Luis Ferdinand Rodríguez
24. Miguel Conesa-Osuna
25. Pedro Santiago
26. Tamara Rivera
27. Rafael Motaniz
28. Alberto Borja
29. Alejandro Pinzón
30. Carlos Prada Hernández
31. Clemencia Hernández Guillen
32. Diego Ballestas
33. Domingo Oliveros
34. Edgar Ríos Malagón
35. Fabio Bedoya
36. Gerson Corzo
37. Gilma Carreño Rangel
38. Isaias Malavera
39. Jairo Pinto
40. José Ramón Tarazona Gelvez
41. Lilia Isabel Miranda
42. Miguel Antonio Sánchez Zabala
43. María Sarmiento
44. Nicolas de la Hoz
45. Omar Prieto
46. Pedro Miguel Guerrero Ortiz – Migor-
47. Sandra Milena Duran
48. Wilmer Jesús Martínez Manotas
49. Yadira Polo
The Hispanic-American Visual Arts Project is on exhibit in the Price-Campbell Foundation Gallery and Josette’s Gallery; along with Drawproject, Boyette Gallery; artist and educator Russell McRae, Roberta George Children’s Gallery.
Where: Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St.
Show runs through Feb. 20.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays.
More information: Call (229) 247-2787; or visit turnercenter.org