'Forms' Show Opens Tonight at TAMIU
Visitors to Texas A&M International University Center for the Fine
and Performing Arts Gallery will have the opportunity to meet artist and
native Laredoan Roberto García Jr. and see his work at a reception
tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Various works in different mediums by the
full-time sculptor and painter will be on display until March 11. This
event is free and open to the public.
This will not be the first time García's work has been exhibited
in Laredo. His life-sized bronze statue of J.O. Walker is currently on
display at Walker Plaza in north Laredo and his work has also been exhibited
twice at the former Nuevo Santander Museum at Laredo Community College.
García has had exhibits throughout Texas, Colorado, New Mexico,
Florida and New York.
García says he is mostly inspired by traditional or classic European
masters as well as ancient Meso-American Art. He works with the idea of,
"How far can I take it?" and keeps in mind that whatever happens,
one project will contribute or be a lesson to create the next one.
"In spite of the fact that an artist may never be recognized until
his death, we simply give it our all. We accomplish a set goal. We become
the messengers of what our culture is and was. We get to fulfill that
desire that is unique and given to us by God," he added.
García was born in Laredo in 1954 and graduated from the University
of Texas at Austin with a B.F.A. in Studio Fine Art. He currently lives
in Pagosa Springs, Colo., where he says he's inspired by the natural,
quiet, and private environment where he lives.
For more information please contact Alma Haertlein at 326.3041, e-mail
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in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.
The Gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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