Published: Aug. 11, 2017

Exhibit PaintingMoments in Mexican American History in the Southwest, an historical look into Mexican-American history from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848) to the present, is on display at The Collective in Lafayette. The exhibit of 23 panels combining text and images, was prepared by CU professors Dr. Arturo Aldama and Marjorie McIntosh. They are part of a traveling exhibit in Boulder County. The exhibit explores issues such as racism and discrimination as well as activism and social justice.

In addition to the historical exhibit, the paintings of Jerry Rael are on display. Denver artist Jerry Rael was born near the Bosque de los Caballos in a small house located in Jaroso, Colorado, about six miles north of the New Mexico state line. His paintings explore and pay homage to his Mestizo heritage, and address such issues as immigration, Standing Rock, and race. The bright colors and the mixed emotions in Rael's subjects are represented with a quality that suggests ghosts intertwined in a world where one doesn't know which is real or which is fantasy. The Collective –Community Arts Center is a City of Lafayette facility managed by the Arts and Cultural Resources Department. The Collective Gallery is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The Collective Gallery is closed on Mondays.

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