139 W. Main Street
Columbus OH 43215
About the Exhibit
Pasos de Arte is a first of its kind, innovative, Latino art exhibition that brings together the Latino community with visitors from across Central Ohio to explore the richness of Latino culture.
The exhibition was organized by Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, the Columbus Association of the Performing Arts (CAPA), The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Cultural Arts Center, the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), the Columbus Museum of Art, Prospanica, and local Latino artists. Sarah Rogers of the Columbus Museum of Art is the curator for the exhibition.
About the Artists
Pasos de Arte: The First Steps
Curator's Statement - Sarah J. Rogers
"Ohio is home to rich and diverse Latino communities, filled with talented artists working in many different medium. Pasos de Arte is a celebration of these creative spirits who enrich our lives by sharing their unique visions.
I hope viewers will share my enthusiasm for the expressive array of medium, subject matter and experiences represented in this exhibition. There is an exciting range of artistic voices from Amanda Martinez who is just beginning her artistic journey to master printmaker Eliana Calle Saari, to the remarkable collages by Nelsa Abalo made from colorful foil candy wrappers. Painter Mary Avalos-Miller's painterly and carefully composed still life and cityscapes are complemented by the gestural and very personal portraits by Jeremy Rosario. Cecilia Roman paints ethereal, abstract landscapes, while Rosa Rojas combines printing techniques, pastels and papers to create evocative visual poems. Hector Castellanos's vivid canvases are infused with the memories of his native Guatemala and Jesus Walle celebrates his love of Lucha Libre and professional wrestling with his bold, graphic panels.
For those unfamiliar with our Latino communities, I hope they will come away with a deeper appreciation that these artists also represent a wealth of cultures: the Pasos artitsts specifically have ties to Colombua, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico. In lookin around the art-filled gallery, I am reminded that we are stronger together as we celebrate that which makes us unique."
-Sarah J. Rogers
- Nelsa Abalo
My name is Nelsa, I was born and raised in Cuba. My family and I came to the United States in search of our dreams. Coming from Cuba where opportunities are limited America was the place to enjoy a better future for me and my kids. Like many my life has always had its ups and downs but I never let it stop me. I have done many kinds of art however this by far is my favorite. As always art is best appreciated in person.
- Mary Avalos-Miller
Mary grew up in scenic southern Ohio, where she enjoyed many family picnics by the local lakes. Her parents often entertained a huge group of Latin friends with mariachi parties and outings; wonderful times Mary will never forget. Her family also cherished vacations to Mexico, where her father was from.
She reflects on her memories, love of nature and objects charged with visual power to create her artwork. Sometimes her images are disparate, even quotidian— but when she recombines intricate shapes and vibrant color, they evoke fresh sensations. Adding a brilliant color with planes of glass — or inserting a favorite old shirt into a still life — captures the intensity and joy she feels when lured to the wonders of the physical world. Sharing her work with an audience, to elicit the same kind of happiness that inspires her to paint, is one of her main goals as an artist.
- Eliana Calle - Saari
Eliana Calle-Saari was born in Medellin, Colombia, South America. There, she received her Associate Degree in Fashion Design at the Escuela de Diseño Proyectual. Soon after, she moved to The United States and received a B.A. in Art and Spanish from Otterbein College. She received her MFA in printmaking from The Ohio State University. She is currently a faculty member in the Art department at Ohio Dominican University. In 2008 she was awarded the Artist in Residence Exchange in Dresden, Germany by the Ohio Arts Council. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at The Ohio State University Faculty Club, Otterbein University Fisher Gallery, The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, and Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrley Gallery. She is a member of Phoenix Rising Cooperative, in Columbus, Ohio.
Hector Castellanos began gathering images from the majestic volcanoes surrounding Ciudad de Guatemala in his youth. His early influences include his father, a well-known commercial painter in Guatemala for his advertising murals and giant political portraits during the 1950s through the 1970s. Castellanos’s mother who drew inspiration from the folk art of Guatemala as a dressmaker, including images of daily life, also had an impact on him. A resident of Cleveland, Castellanos has held numerous exhibitions and taught in programs around the city.
- Amanda Martinez
Is presently a student at New Albany High School (10th grade) Being Mexican-American with Texas roots while living in Ohio has influenced her as she expresses her artistic creations using a variety of mediums. Amanda developed a passion for art ever since she was in kindergarten. Her art is currently displayed in the halls of New Albany High School.She uses clay, acrylics, oils, mattes, ink, pencil and digital approaches in her artistic expressions. Recently Amanda was awarded a scholarship to attend High School Design Studio Camp for the summer of 2017 held by “The Center for Architecture and Design” hosted by Ohio State University at The Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture.
- Rosa Rojas
Curator, educator, artist and designer Rosa Rojas creates through many mediums: mixed media, printmaking, fiber arts, jewelry, ceramics, and graphic design. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, Rojas attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and worked with several NY design studios before accepting a position with the Ohio History Connection and currently curating exhibits at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. An advocate of expression and healing through the Arts, Rojas is a community artist who uses art to develop multicultural understanding.
- Cecilia Roman
Cecilia Roman is formally trained in the field of audio visual communications. Her artistic vision has evolved over twenty years to include oil paintings focusing upon abstraction. Her impressions are recongnizable but not literal. Her style incorporates the valuable mentoring of community artists. These are selections serves as a catalyst to explore the arts and to use its methods to communicate, create and react to our surroundings.
- Jeremy Rosario
Born in Puerto Rico, Jeremy began art studies at the age of 12 at the Escuela Central de Artes Visuales. He holds a BFA in advertising and design from the Columbus College of Art and Design.
His work is characterized by chromatic color intensities created by careful juxtaposition of surface colors placed on complementary hues. The body of work also experiments with mixed media to help create clever graphic approaches that present simple ideas.
Jeremy lives in Delaware, Ohio.
My cumulative experiences of living as a Mexican-Latino in the Midwest (and as an Midwestern American in Southeastern Tamaulipas, Mexico,) my love of Lucha Libre and North American Professional Wrestling, and documenting my day-today activities in my sketchbook. My personal philosophy on Art is this: Art must speak to people, it must connect with them. In my own creative experiences, I’ve noticed the more I make the projects about personal experiences, the more universal them become.
Opening reception: Friday, August 11, 6-8 p.m., ushering in Festival Latino. This event is free and open to the public, all are welcome!
Conversations & Coffee
Thursday Workshops will be held in August from 7 – 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Pasos de Arte Exhibition at the Cultural Arts Center. Each will feature the art and culture of a different part of the Hispanic World. To register for any of the following workshops please click here.
Breaking Down Spaces Through Latinx Narrative and Art
w/ Frederick Luis Aldama
Thursday: August 17, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
20 students max
This workshop will include fiction reading from Frederick Luis Aldama’s Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands. Aldama will use this as a model to guide participants in their own fiction writing exercises. Participants will write their own flash fictions based on an event or events that have deeply moved them. The flash fictions will not exceed 750 words and the Tweet fictions will not exceed 140 characters.
Creating Your Holistic Wellness Life: Painting Mandalas Utilizing Chakra Color Therapy
w/ Darsy Amaya
Thursdays: August 24 & 31, 2017 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
10 students max
This workshop will give an introduction of meaning of color and its connection with our holistic wellbeing. We’ll learn about the science of color and delve into color psychology and meaning of each of the seven Chakra colors painting cultural Mandalas in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Your Body as a Battleground: Silent Dialogue (Performance Art Workshop)
w/ Aleha Solano
Thursdays: August 24 & 31, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
10 students max
Univocal knowledge (a single version), but from the multi-universe, using poetry as a creative tool of everyday life and respecting the poetics of the other beings that cohabit this world. In performance nothing is fixed, everything is in continuous transformation, just as performance has no fixed address, has neither theory, nor technique, nor fixed practiced. It is the open work par excellence. The fundamental elements from which we will work will be the concepts of presence, time, and space. We will create images and activate them. We will transform the image of sculpture into poetic action.
Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead
w/ Leticia Vazquez
Thursday: August 31, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
10 students max
Sugar skulls for the day of the dead are a cultural tradition in Mexico. In this workshop you will learn about the tradition of the sugar skulls from their prehispanic festivity. Also you will learn how to make a sugar skull and will decorate your own sugar skull to take home with you.
Join us Thursdays at noon for Conversations & Coffee, a free weekly program bringing together artists and those of you who love art. Bring your lunch; we'll provide the coffee! On August 3 & 31 artists from Pasos de Arte will be discussing their work and the exhibition.
Thursday: August 3 - Nelsa Abalo, Eliana Calle-Saari & Cecilia Roman, Pasos de Arte Artists
Thursday: August 31 - Aleha Solano, Performance Artist from Pasos de Arte