The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery will highlight Mexican-American art this summer with the exhibition, "Hope and Memory," from June 28 to Aug. 9. The exhibit will feature paintings by Philadelphia-based artist Marta Sánchez.
In conjunction with Sánchez' work, the Gallery will host pieces from the "Blazing Chicano Guitars" project. The exhibit will include three guitars painted by Chicano artists Carlos Donjuan, Alex Rubio, and Joe Peña, and commissioned by actor and activist Cheech Marin. The Blazing Chicano Guitars will be on display from July 10 to August 9.
In addition, the Gallery will host two workshops by Sánchez. She will be the guest artist for a children's workshop and movie night to introduce children to Mexican-American celebration traditions on Wednesday, July 17 from 5-8 p.m. Suggested ages are 6-10. The children's event is co-sponsored by Chick-fil-A Express at Misericordia University, operated by Metz Culinary Management.
Sánchez also will lead a workshop for older children and adults in the art of cascarones, which are decorated eggs that have been hallowed out and refilled with confetti. The second workshop will take place on Thursday, July 18 from 5-8 p.m. Both workshops will begin at the Friedman Art Gallery.
Sanchez is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. She frequently works on paper creating linocuts and monotypes, which follow the social and cultural traditions of Mexican and Chicano/a art. She paints mainly on tin or industrial corrugated metal.
Her work is in the collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg; The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; The Fine Art Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida, and The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago. Sanchez's work is also part of Marin's private collection of Chicano art, considered among the most extensive in the world. She participated in "Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge," which traveled throughout the United States from 2001 to 2006, and was detailed in a book of the same title written by Marin. She also took part in Marin's exhibition, "Chicanitas: Small
Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection," featuring small works from his collection.
Sanchez earned a Master of Fine Art in painting from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, and a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting from the University of Texas at Austin. She taught at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for more than seventeen years and now teaches at St. Joseph University, Philadelphia. She is co-founder of the grassroots organization "Cascarones Por La Vida," which assists families affected by HIV/AIDS. Her work is currently archived at the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
The workshops and exhibits are free and open to the public. Due to limited space and supplies, registration for both workshops is required. To register, contact Lalaine Little, gallery director, at (570) 674-6250. Pauly Friedman Art Gallery summer hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. The Pauly Friedman Gallery is closed on Mondays and for all university holidays. For additional information, go to www.misericordia.edu/art.