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07 September 2007

Hispanic Heritage Exhibit at HACC-Gettysburg features vibrant artwork

Vibrant paintings and portraits by Mexican artist Gloria Valdes “Tarasca” and colorful Guatemalan-influenced works by Hanover artist Flavius Lilly will set the tone for the recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Gettysburg Campus. The exhibit takes place now through Oct. 26.

The artists will be recognized at the annual HACC-Gettysburg Hispanic Heritage Celebration from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. The art exhibit and the celebration are open to the community.

Valdes, who is now a United States citizen, adopted the name “Tarasca” to honor her ancestors from Michoacan, Mexico. She describes herself as a self-taught artist who finds herself drawn to “environmental issues, portraits, magic expressionism, and primitivism.”

Tarasca has ADHD-Dyslexia and says that because of her hyperactivity she has become a prolific, multifaceted, multidisciplinary artist. “My art expresses a great part of my personality. It also allows me the opportunity for self analysis. In my studio, paint is the medium through which I play the role of the patient and psychoanalyst simultaneously.”

Tarasca’s paintings have been featured in a number of exhibits in the Maryland-Virginia-District of Columbia region. She also enjoys participating in workshops and television programs, adding that her appearance on the Washington, D.C. WUSA-TV Channel 9 Eyewitness newscast has been one of the highlights of her artistic career. More information is available at her Website, www.gloriatarasca.net.

Lilly, a health-care administrator at Hanover Hospital who has had no formal art training, says he paints “because it is an incredible relaxation and a form of expression that I don’t have in my professional life.

“I find a lot of joy in spending time in front of a canvas,” says Lilly, who describes his biggest inspirations as “the people in my life and the places that I travel.”

He has traveled extensively in the Spanish-speaking world, and his adopted 6-year-old son was born in Guatemala.

Lilly’s work in the exhibit at HACC includes two acrylic paintings, two watercolors and a charcoal drawing. His subjects range from Mayan shaman-priests and goddesses to the mystical hues of sunset in a Guatemalan coastal village.

The exhibit is open to the public 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 26 at HACC-Gettysburg, North Gettysburg Center, 731 Old Harrisburg Road. The college is near Weis Markets and Adams County National Bank. For more information, call 337-3855.

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