WSU library exhibit highlights cultures of Central and South American countries

WSU library exhibit highlights cultures of Central and South American countries

OGDEN — An exhibit highlighting the art, music and cultures of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru goes on display this weekend at the Stewart Library at Weber State University.

The exhibit is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration going on in Ogden. It features the works of painter Ayne Velazquez and photographer Warner Rios.

According to a news release from the university, Velazquez is a professional artist from California who currently lives in Ogden. She’s known for her skyscraper-sized murals in Los Angeles and other places, focusing on pre-Colombian art and forms connected to the Latino/Hispanic culture. Velazquez also offers a range of educational programs for children.

Rios is a professional photographer from Cusco, Peru, who started out in radio, television and writing. While working for the National Institute of Culture, he discovered a passion for documentary photography. He uses his work to reflect his culture, according to the news release.

A reception for Velazquez, titled “Frida Kahlo Paints Her Own Reality,” will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 20. Ballet Tutulli will also be featured at the event.

A reception for Rios and Kausachun Peru, titled “El Retrato de la Mujer Andina/Portraits of the Andes Women,” will follow 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27.

Both events will be held in the Hetzel-Hoellein Room at the Stewart Library on campus, 3848 Harrison Blvd.

Library hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 1-9 p.m. Sunday.

Additional upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month events offered by the university include:

• Dolores Huerta will present the Hispanic Heritage Month keynote address at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, in the Shepherd Union ballrooms on campus. Huerta is one of the most important — but least-known — activists in American history. With Cesar Chavez, she was one of the co-founders of the first farm workers union. At 88, she continues to fight as one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.

• A Chile and Colombia reception highlighting Gabriela Mistral, Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 4, in the Hetzel-Hoellein Room of the Stewart Library.

• Agustin Victor Casasola and “The Mexican Revolution,” on display 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 1-31, in the Shepherd Union building at WSU.

• A Casasola and the Mexican Revolution discussion with Jefrey Richey, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18, in the Fireplace Lounge of the Shepherd Union building at WSU.

• Ballet Tutulli and WSU Ballet Folklorico performing 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 on the Ada Lindquist Plaza at WSU.

All events are free.

For more information, call 801-626-7174.

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