IMPERIAL- Cool Jazz softly echoed off the art filled walls of the Juanita Salazar Lowe Art Gallery at Imperial Valley College on Thursday while IVC students, faculty, and visitors admired the Borderlands Art exhibit with hors d’oeuvres and sparkling beverages in hand.
“We encourage students to participate in these types of shows. This is an open show for the college but also for all local members of the community. We try to have at least one showcase per year that is open to the public,” elaborated artist and Drawing/ Graphic Design Instructor Bernardo Olmedo.
The gallery was produced by local contemporary talent and inspired by the communities’ interpretation of life on the border.
“I lived for a short while in Chula Vista, San Diego where I would often cross over to Tijuana to eat tacos and get my haircut, and felt that it was more colorful than Mexicali”, said IVC art student Rico Licudine about the motivation behind his oil on canvas Taco Libre collection.
“In 1939 Gene Autry made a song and starred in a movie based on an experience he had in a bar in Mexicali,” informed Licudine about the inspiration behind his texture rich Mexicali Rose piece.
Mixed media was another genre touched on by the artists. A piece by Adrian Lazos called Ni Entiendo el Arte utilized light hues and gradation to emphasis images of video game concepts in satirical fashion.
Diana Marquez showcased an acrylic on canvas painting called Anxiety, Depression, Hope where the bright reds and yellows intentionally dripped and held still beneath the canvas to add depth and dimension to her portrait.
“We encourage other fields of study to participate,” added Olmedo.
Reprographics student Michael Nicholas applied the visual elements of art to convey an animated personality to a very neutral Moosehead Beer graphic in his Gouache paint piece Moosehead.
Artist and Photography instructor Jorge Estrada’s San Pedro Mountains Digital Photography series was inspired by the endangered California Condor that are raised at the San Diego Zoo and released yearly at the San Pedro Mountains.
“I am proud of all the artists and excited because there is a lot of talented here in the Imperial Valley,” specified Estrada about the event.