SDSU hosts “Madrecitas” small art exhibit at Steppling Gallery

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Susana Gallegos of Mexicali reflects on her finger paintings during the Madresitas exhibition at the San Diego State University gallery show.

CALEXICO – San Diego State University proudly presented its first gallery show of the year called “Madrecitas,” which began Thursday, September 17 at the Steppling Gallery with over 50 people attending within the first 45 minutes of its opening.

Madrecitas is a traveling group exhibition of small scale works of art. The exhibition is produced in a variety of mediums by contemporary visual artists, designers and filmmakers from Belgium, Hungary, Japan, Spain, the United States, and Mexico.

“I love art in general. I wanted to do something different and used the finger painting technique for this exhibition,” said Susana Gallegos, a Mexicali artist. “I have exhibited my artwork with Madrecitas for seven years, but having it displayed in the U.S. is very exciting,” added Gallegos.

Guests had the opportunity t0 meet some of the artists, while enjoying live music by Victor Bosc along with finger foods and refreshments.

“It’s amazing to see so much passion is in these paintings,” commented George Mata, a Mexicali resident. “Overall, this artwork says so much in such a little space. I am amazed.”

Madrecitas originated in 2009 with artists and instructors Odette Barajas and Bernardo Olmedo. The name comes from the word meaning “mother” in Spanish. It also refers to our female parent and connotes something small or tiny.

“The artwork comes from artists all over the world. The exhibition begins on May 10, Mexican Mother’s Day, that is why it is called Madrecitas,” explained Olmedo.

The exhibition requires the art work to be 5×7 inches in size, utilizing any technique such as photography, sculpture, design, illustration, collage, painting and videos.

“This is a culture that should be supported and publicized. I encourage everyone to visit our gallery or any, to enrich this culture,” said Olmedo.

In previous years, Madrecitas has been held in various Mexicali venues, such as CETYS Universidad, Bar Monaco, and Galeria Atmosferas. In the United States, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum in Ocotillo and Juanita Salazar Lowe IVC Art Gallery has hosted the show.

The exhibition will be displayed and opened to the public free of charge until Friday October 16.

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