Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Almost 200 attend Arts fundraiser

Councilmember Reyes recently honored Ricardo and Maria "Terry" Teresa Muñoz hosts of the 5th Semi-Annual Tardeada Garden Party and Art Auction to raise funds for Avenue 50 Studio. The studio is a nonprofit gallery dedicated to promoting multicultural artists and poets through art exhibitions, workshops, and spoken word events in Highland Park.

Councilmember Reyes and guests recently paid tribute to Gilbert "Magu" Luján, an internationally known Chicano artist, who died Sunday, July 24, after battling cancer. He was 70. The shrine dedicated to the Chicanismo pioneer was created by Avenue 50 Studio Board Members Sybil Venegas and Laura Medina, and Artist Yreina Cervantez.

Wayne Healy, a renowned Chicano artist, and Reyes recollect the weekends when Reyes watched Healy paint murals in the First District in the 1970's.