Celebración de Colores: A Fiesta of the Arts

LHUCA will present its first ever Celebración de Colores: A Fiesta of the Arts, April 7 – 8, 2017. The festival begins with the First Friday Art Trail on April 7 from 6 - 9 pm. Programming on Saturday, April 8 begins at 11:30am and ends at 5:00pm. This event is free to the public and will showcase the richness of Latino heritage in Texas through art, crafts, music and dance. All are invited to join us for this festive celebration!

Festival Sponsors
Celebración de Colores is funded in part by a grant from the City of Lubbock, as recommended by Civic Lubbock, Inc. Additional sponsors include Texas Commission on the Arts, The CH Foundation, Latino Lubbock magazine, Los Hermanos Familia, Reagor Dykes Auto Group, and MetroPCS. The project is endorsed by LULAC League of United Latin American Citizens.

Highlights include:

• LatinX: Artistas de Tejas, featuring 13 Latino and Latina artists is dedicated to the recognition and celebration of artists living and working in Texas who are of Mexican ancestry. The exhibition reflects the richness, depth, and diversity of media, themes, and subject matter of these artists who have deep ties to Texas. Many of the artists are Tejanas and Tejanos, Americans of Mexican descent born and bred in Texas, others “got here as soon as they could” and now make Texas their artistic, cultural, and intellectual home. Artists include: Rene Alvarado (San Angelo); Fernando Andrade (San Antonio); Richard Armendariz (San Antonio); Margarita Cabrera (El Paso); Gaspar Eníquez (El Paso); Jose Esquivel (San Antonio); Justin Garcia (Houston); Juan Granados (Lubbock); César Augusto Martínez (San Antonio); Delilah Montoya (Houston); Dario Robleto (Houston); Anabel Toribio-Martinez (San Antonio); and Kathy Vargas (San Antonio). Josué Galvan (Lubbock) will exhibit “A Brown Crayon Experiment: Perdido y Encontrado” (Lost & Found) in the Lott Gallery. These exhibitions will be on view until May 27.                                            

• Mariachi Los Matadores de Texas Tech, Friday, April 7 from 6:00 – 7:30pm

Revel in the sights and sounds of traditional Mexican mariachi music as the musicians in Mariachi Los Matadores perform in concert under the direction of Dr. Lauryn Salazar, harpist and Assistant Professor of Musicology. The TTU students in the group represent a wide variety of majors, with representation also from Lubbock High School and South Plains College.

• The Tejas Brothers on the Reagor Dykes Stage on the LHUCA Plaza:

Friday, April 7 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Tex-Mex meets Honky Tonk, the accordion is joined by the steel guitar and everyone wins! "Mama loves George Jones and daddy loves Freddy Fender," says Dave Perez, accordionist for the band. With influences from all different styles of music, the audience may find it difficult to describe a live show. The band calls it "Tex-Mex Honky Tonk." “A typical Tejas Brothers medley might start out as a jumpin' Tejano polka, hop into a steam-engine country train song, and then drop you off in a twisting blues rocker. The Tejas Brothers are: Dave Perez – Accordion; John Garza – Bass; James Shelton - Pedal Steel; and Tim Crispin – Drums.

• Gallery Talk in LHUCA’s main building: Ann Marie Leimer, Ph.D.
Saturday, April 8 from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Dr. Leimer received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005, where she studied Latin American Art and Art of the Américas, and specialized in Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art.  Leimer is a scholar, a curator, and cultural critic. Her research interests include spirituality, ritual and performance, pilgrimage and issues of gender, sexuality, and identity. Her published work has appeared in the journals Afterimage; Chicana/Latina Studies; Chicana Critical Perspectives; Praxis at the Turn of the 21st Century; and in the books Beyond Heritage; Blanton Museum of Art: American Art since 1900; Voices in Concert: In the Spirit of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; and New Frontiers in Latin American Borderlands. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of the Visual Arts at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Dr. Leimer wrote the catalog essay for “LatinX: Artistas de Tejas.”

• Superhero Fiesta for Kids and Grownups on Saturday, April 8, 12noon – 5pm on the LHUCA Plaza, the Christine DeVitt Icehouse and LHUCA Warehouse

Costume contest, kid cape and children’s book giveaways, make-and-take art projects, storytelling, graffiti art demonstrations, spin art, magic shows, bouncy house, games, photo ops, snacks and more! Participants are encouraged to come in costume.

• Dance performances and classes, Saturday, April 8, on the LHUCA Plaza with our resident Ballet Folklorico troupes: El Ballet Folklorico Nuestro Herencia and Ballet Folklorico Fiesta del Sol

•Junior Vasquez will perform on the Reagor Dykes Stage, Saturday afternoon, April 8.                      
• The Battlin’ Nelsons will perform on the Reagor Dykes Stage, Saturday afternoon, April 8.  This folk-rock band from Austin began three years ago. The band’s name comes from a distant relative of a band member who used to be a boxer and “Battling Nelson” was the name used in the ring. Originally from Lubbock, the group’s co-founders moved to Austin and started writing songs and performing together.

For more information, please contact Mica McGuire at mica.mcguire@lhuca.org or call 806-762-8606.