Honoring Artists and the Community

Flor de Luna Studio brings art, culture, music and positive energy to area beset by urban problems

By Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr.
Published on LatinoLA: November 22, 1999

Honoring Artists and the Community

In a nondescript working class neighborhood in Lincoln Heights, a wood-framed two-story corner building -- which at one time served as the local market -- is against many odds being transformed into an arts and cultural center.

Although far away ? in both distance and attitude ? from the LA art scene, in its short history Flor de Luna Art Studio has become not only an integral part in the continued emergence of Chicano/Latino art in the region, but also a point of pride for a barrio that has seen its share of strife and gang warfare.

For the next two weekends, in celebration of its continued growth, as a way of honoring artists and to showcase the neighborhood in which they reside, the studio will present "La Fiesta del Arte" which is a series of art, musical and cultural activities taking place over two weekends.

Artist-author Jesse Hernandez and artist Irene Carranza moved into the structure a little over a year ago with the intent of simply establishing a studio where they could both work and live. "The rent was low and there were artists who lived here for a few years before us," says Hernandez. "There was no conscious decision to open the doors. But once we had the space, we had a vision to knock down the wall (between us and the neighborhood).

"It's become a place where artists can gather, where the people from the neighborhood ? many who have probably never seen an art show in their lives ? can view and enjoy the art and mingle with collectors from the Westside," he says.

The remote location has not been a deterrent to those collectors and other art aficionados who come to view the art on display, not only by the two resident artists but by other well-established painters and sculptors as well, says Hernandez. There were second thoughts, however, after a drive-by shooting took to life of a gangbanger across the street from the studio.

What could have been a legitimate reason to relocate, however, strengthened their resolve. Neighbors have since rallied around the studio, with homeboys protecting the structure against graffiti, challenging strangers who appear to bring harm.

With a full lineup of art, workshops, music and poetry, neighborhood residents and people of all ages from throughout LatinoLA will find something to enjoy at La Fiesta del Arte.

"Although we can't really call ourselves a cultural center [because someone does live here] this is a space where artists and others can gather," says Hernandez. "We're not trying to make a statement. We just want to have a positive space for the community. You can feel the energy growing."

Flor de Luna Presents: Fiesta del Arte
Honoring Creativity
Act I November 26-30
Friday, November 26

10am Space opens. Arts & Crafts Sale, food, Art Demonstrations, Music, and more.

5pm Opening of Exhibit "Inner Passion, Outer Visuals", featuring work by Linda Arreola, Raul Baltazar, Patrick Bolant, Paul Botello, Tony de Carlo, Val Echevarria, Linda O'hagen, Ruby Osorio, audri Phillips, Jose Ramirez, Antonio, Sorcini. Special Guests: Jaime Delfin, Josefina Pedrin, Pedro Peralta, Enrique Torres from Ensenada Mexico, and Ricardo Urista Alvarado from Guadalajara, Mexico
Meet the Artists
Beverages & Hors d'hoevres will be served.
Masters of Ceremony:
Lucia Lopez and "El Reverendo" Castano

7:30 pm. Live Entertainment Featuring Carmen Vega performing "Poetic Interlude", Rudy Calderon, and other special guests.

8:30 pm. Live Entertainment
Act of Faith in a Special Acoustic Performance

Saturday, November 27
11 am. Space Opens, Arts and Crafts Sale, Food, art demonstrations, music and more.

6-9 pm. Live Entertainment Featuring Enzo Fina's "Musicantica" and a very special appearance by singer ISHA.

Sunday, November 28
11 am. Space Opens, Arts & Crafts Sale, food, art demonstrations, music, and more (bring your children, indulge in the arts & shop!)

Monday/Tuesday November 29 & 30
Space will be open from 1-8pm. For those of you who like to appreciate the arts in a more intimate and tranquil setting.
Wednesday/Thursday December 1 & 2
Space will close to prepare for Act ll

Act ll December 3-5
Friday, December 3
11 am. Space Opens Arts and Crafts Sale, food, Art demonstrations, music and more.

6 pm. Opening of Exhibit "Art Meets Poetry" featuring works by Irene Carranza, Antonio Escalante, CiCi Gonzalez, Jesse Hernandez, Israel, Poli Marichal and Reyes Rodriguez.

Meet the Artists Indulge in chocolate, tamales, bunuelos, capirotada, hot "spiked punch", Fall in love!

Master of Ceremony: Josie Aguilar from Espresso Mi Cultura.

8 pm. Poetry Reading By: Rudy Calderon, Domingo, Audri Phillips, and special guests from Ensenada Mexico: poet Lauro Acevedo reading his latest work, "Elegia de Fin de Siglo"/ "End of the Millenium Elegy".

11 pm Curtain Call
Saturday December 4
11 am. Space Opens Arts and Crafts Sale, food, art demonstrations, music, and more?.

7-10pm Live Entertainment Michael Heralda's Aztec Stories (music, stories, and more)

11 pm. Curtain Call
Sunday December 5
11 am. Space Opens - Arts and Crafts Sale, food, art demonstrations, and more.

4pm. Jesse Hernandez will read from his upcoming poetry book: "No Solamente Amor".

5 pm. Drawings of Winning Tickets throughout the duration of the festival, several pieces of art are going to be raffled (including a hand-made book of poetry by Jesse Hernandez titled: De Amor, De Mujer, De Tierra with original illustrations by Irene Carranza) and this is the time to meet the winners.

6pm. Closing Party: Music, Dancing, Food Etc. You are invited to bring any food or drinks to share with all of the people who made the event happen. That includes You!

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