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Latino American Artists on Display Through October at Public Library

Opening Reception Scheduled For September 13 in Carl T. Valenti Room of the Library
Duarte painting
Acrylic and collage work on paper, entitled Cabaret, by Sigfrido Duarte

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Free Public Library, located at 60 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, will be hosting an an art exhibit celebrating works of renonwed Latino visual artists from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and El Salvador.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, will be on display from September 13 until October 31.

On Sunday, September 13 from 2 to 4pm, there will be an opening reception, also free and open to the public, with light refreshments.

For more information on the event or the exhibit, contact librarian Jackie Oshman at 732-745-5108 x20 or email joshman@lmxac.org.

Award-winning painter, Sigfrido Duarte, born in the Dominican Republic, will have his work on display in the library in addition to the works of guest artists including Ines M. Almeida, German Perez, and Esperanza Galindo. Almeida is Colombian, and both Perez and Galindo come from El Salvador.

Duarte, who now lives in Spain, says his work transcends language in order to convey meaning beyond words.

"I reflect a form of expression without the confinements of just words, a tool for turning ideas into a language that is always evolving and in which each artist contributes in their own way, regardless of culture or knowledge," Duarte writes on his website.

"I use fine arts and relate expressionism, ideas and concepts of the human spirit in symbols abstract or real."

This exhibit is being funded by a grant received from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The grant, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant, was given to 203 organizations this past year.

Of those 203 organizations, five are reported to be from New Jersey including: Camden County College, Morris Museum, Ocean County Library, Rutgers University, and the North Plainfield branch of the Somerset County Library System. Rutgers University was the only entity to receive $10,000 in grant money, while all others received $3,000.