Naples Art Association shares stories through Latin American art

Nicario Jimenez will talk about how he makes retablos and how this artform tells stories.

Artist Nicario Jimenez will talk about how he makes retablos and how this artform tells stories.

Retablo: An Art of Symbolic Storytelling, March 19, 5:30 p.m.

Nicario Jimenez creates retablos, folk art portable boxes filled with brightly colored figurines arranged into intricate narrative scenes. Nicario is a third generation retablo artist working with plaster mixed with potatoes, which are native to Peru. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, retablos were carried through the mountains by Spanish priests as portable religious shrines for Catholic saints. Later, they were adapted by indigenous people to include their own deities and mythologies. Nicario’s compositions depict religious, historical and everyday events.

artconnectslogoAs part of the Naples Art Association series ART Connects, hear him present about his work at a special event on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. at The von Liebig Art Center. Call 239-262-6517 for tickets, which are only $10 per person.

Jimenez lives in east Collier County. Some of his work is shown in this article as preview of the artwork he’ll lend for exhibition as part of the second annual ArtsNaples World Festival, La Casa: Latin American Art at The von Liebig Art Center, opening April 27, 2013.

From April 27 through June 1, 2013, artwork by local Latin American artists will be on view in von Liebig Art Center galleries. Featured artists include three Face Award alumni (JAMA: 2011, Lucy Correa Ryback: 2012, and Juan Diaz: 2013) and pieces from the Naples Museum of Art collection. A preview reception will be held on Friday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. Receptions are a benefit of membership to the Naples Art Association, and the public is welcome for $10 per person. Below is a sneak peek of La Casa: Latin American Art.

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Featured during La Casa: Latin American Art will be a special ART Connects presentation with Carrie Sue Ayvar, “Latin American Influence on the Art & History of Florida. This event is made possible and offered free of charge to the public through a Florida Humanities Council grant. That takes place on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the von Liebig Art Center.

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