Black and White Art Exhibit Displays Uniqueness


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Local artist Jesus Ortega describes how he uniquely used a cardboard box and a Sharpie pen to create this piece of artwork  during the 6th Annual Black and White Art Exhibit

CALEXICO – The Calexico Arts Commission and the City of Calexico held their 6th Annual “Black and White” Art exhibit and reception Thursday evening with the community attending the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center to admire and purchase art pieces by twelve local artists.

Hildy Carillo, executive director of the Calexico Chamber of Commerce, and chair person of the Calexico Arts Commission explained the theme was to encourage those who create artwork using black to exhibit their work and not be intimidated for not using colors.

“Some artists feel uncomfortable coming out of their circle and this is the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their art,” said Carillo.

The artwork displayed showed various techniques; water-color, photography acrylics, charcoal, and pencil.

Local artist Claudia Chaverria displayed three of her favorite art drawings which she named, Oh No What Happened, No Faith In Brooklyn and Self Made. Chaverria drew all three pieces with a simple pen.

“I enjoy drawing, especially when it comes to buildings” said Chaverria. “I have been drawing my entire life and remember drawing many faces.”

Chaverria currently attends Imperial Valley College majoring in Art and hopes to become a high school or college art teacher in the near future.

“I encourage those who like draw not to think and just do it. Free your hands, use your imagination, and don’t be afraid,” said Chaverria.

Guests had the opportunity to meet some of the artists, while enjoying live piano music along with hors d’oeuvres and wine.

Artists exhibiting their artwork included; Mary Alexson, Kimberly Alfaro, Claudia Chavarria, Hildy Carrillo, Franko, Robi Guillen, Elizabeth M. Ibarra, Jesus Ortega, Bill Polkinhorn, Eddie Shiffer, Jean Stroud and Joselito Villero.

Artist Jesus Ortega displayed an amazingly unique piece of art made out of a white cardboard box and a Sharpie pen.

“One day I picked up a cardboard box and began to draw with a Sharpie and here are my results,” said Jesus Ortega. “This is my favorite piece by far.”

Having never taken any classes, Ortega is an artist at heart who enjoys expressing his creativity on almost anything.

“The walls of my room are murals of drawings I have painted, too bad I can’t cut out pieces,” said Ortega.

The exhibition will be opened to the public from January 25 – 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“We have a lot of local talent and want to encourage them to participate in our art exhibits and show off their talent,” said Carillo.

Artists pay a one-time $10 fee for exhibiting up to five pieces of art work.

The gallery does not collect any commission on work sold at the Center.

Information can be found at the City of Calexico Art and Culture, webpage and Facebook page, as well as the Calexico Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and

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