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Hempstead art series celebrates differences

"Sleepless Dream," by Luis C. Valasquez, is one of the paintings on display at the Cultural Connections exhibit at Hempstead Village Hall. Valasquez describes his work as a woman waking up from a dream but not realizing whether she is still sleeping or awake. (June 4, 2011) Photo Credit: Frank Posillico

Painters, musicians and poets of different ethnicities joined with community members at Hempstead Village Hall on June 4 to share their appreciation of the area’s artists.

At the opening reception of “Multicultural Color: Heritage, Diversity and Integration,” residents viewed paintings from five local Hispanic artists who are part of the Hempstead-based Ikarus Gallery Cultural Program. The organization provides art for local exhibits and travels to schools around Long Island to display works by Hispanic artists. The paintings will be on display at Village Hall through the end of July on weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Max Smith, special assistant to Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne J. Hall and an organizer of the exhibit, said this will be the first of several at Village Hall featuring different cultures.

“Our goal moving forward is to showcase the works of other artists and to really have an opportunity to represent the many diverse cultures within the Village of Hempstead,” said Smith.

Hall said the next exhibit will feature African art.

“This is to bridge our culture,” he said. “I think the art will take us to that level where we can bridge that gap between the groups that we do have here.”
 

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