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Talento Bilingue Houston hosts Exhibition of 3 Honduran Artists

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TBH Bilboard at 333 S. Jensen August 8 2014
TBH Bilboard at 333 S. Jensen August 8 2014
Marc Pembroke
l to r Ivan Soto, Regina Vallardes, and Roman Murillo at Talento Bilingue de Houston Aug 8 2014
photo by Marc Pembroke

On Friday August 8, Talento Bilingue Houston opened the exhibit Arte 504, featuring three young Honduran Artists, Ivan Soto, Roman Murillo, and Regina Valladares. Each of the artists was present for an informal reception and discussion with visitors over delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine.

In his interview at Talento Bilingue, Mr. Soto explained that “Dias Grises” or “Grey Days,” was inspired from his first views of the impacts of climate change as he visited Tennessee, a contrast from the ever-tropical climate of his native Honduras. Roman Murillo spoke of his theme “Cardinals” and the strong element of self-respect in the culture of his people, despite recent crises that have made headlines in the media. Regina Valladares described her paintings from scenes in Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico under the theme Razgando recuerdos (“Scratching Memories” deliberately misspelled with a z instead of s), with works from the last 16 years. Following the individual interviews, all three artists participated in a Question and Answer Session with the audience lead by TBH interim artistic director Carlos Jesus Garcia Rojas. The exposition has traveled to New York, Washington, DC, and to Montreal, and Ottawa in Canada. It will be on display in the main hallway at TBH for two months.

Talento Bilingue de Houston was founded in 1977 as Teatro Bilingue de Houston (Houston Bilingual Theater) and has developed over the years into a multi-functional Latino Cultural Center through partnerships with larger performing arts organizations and in part with development grants. According to Special Events Coordinator Sonia Rivera TBH is currently reaching out to the younger generation with an after school program for middle school students called “Art Evolution” with Youth Genesis Consulting in addition to hosting meetings of other non-profit organizations such as the League for United Latin American Citizens. Next week, the TBH will host the Mexican Consulate's satellite passport renewal and consular registration office “ Consulado Sobre Ruedes from Aug 12 through 15.”

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