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Five Latino Artists Demonstrate Their Work at the N.C. Museum of History

Yholima Vargas-Pedroza showcases her vibrant paintings

Discover how five North Carolina artists and craftspeople with Latino roots work and how they progress from idea to art during the program Latino Artists at Work at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. On Saturday, June 11, from 1 to 4 p.m., the artisans will highlight the steps of their project, tell how they learned their craft, and describe their creative process. As part of the event, you can try your hand at using paint, clay or other raw materials. Admission is free for this drop-in program, which is presented in partnership with Diamante Inc. 

The featured artists and craftspeople in the June 11 program follow.

  • Leticia Alvarez will carve a wooden sculpture. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Alvarez studied Fine Arts at the University of Monterrey, and she earned a master’s degree in Latin American Studies, History and Literature from Virginia Tech. Her work, which also includes paintings, has been featured in exhibits at the City of Raleigh Museum, Durham Arts Council, and Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem. 
  • Claudia Corletto will make handbags that fool the eye. From fashionable clutches to totes, her handbags look like leather, but they are made from plastic trash bags. She says that people are amazed at the transformation. Corletto is a self-taught artist who has exhibited her work across the nation, including shows from the East End Studio Gallery in Houston to the Carrack Modern Art Gallery in Durham. She teaches visual art in Raleigh at Exploris Elementary School.  
  • Titania Delgado will create jewelry. She is a native of León, Nicaragua. Delgado began designing pieces for friends and family, but interest in her work grew rapidly, resulting in her business, Tita’s Factory, in 2004. She now has clients throughout southeast North Carolina.   
  • Francisco Gonzales, another native of Mexico, will demonstrate printmaking. The award-winning artist has been printmaking and doing mixed media art in Charlotte since 1996, where he was an affiliate artist with the McColl Center for Art + Innovation and where his art was chosen for the exhibit Celebrating the Legacy of Romare Bearden at The Mint Museum of Art. His work has been featured in exhibitions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Oregon and New York.
  • Yholima Vargas-Pedroza will create a vibrant painting. A native of Colombia, she appreciates art as expressions of the soul and cultural identity. Yholima sees the world as a place with bright colors. Whether there is sadness, chaos or happiness, she says that there will always be colors. 

Mark your calendar for Latino Artists at Work, part of the museum’s program initiative 2016 Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. For more information about other programs, call Nancy Pennington at 919-807-7988. 

The 2016 program series received funding from the grant Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is a nationwide public programming initiative by the NEH and ALA that “supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country’s largest minority group.” 

For information about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call 919-807-7900 or access or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.