Luna Arts donates "The Mariachi" painting
by Alejando Garcia to Riverbanks Botanical Garden.
Luna Arts -fostering Latino arts & culture, has donated
an art piece titled "The Mariachi" by local renowned
Latino artist Alejandro Garcia to Riverbanks Botanical Garden.
This painting will be a permanent fixture at El Jardin -A
Latino Garden section of the Discovery Garden within Riverbanks.
[pronounced El Har-deen] means “the garden" in
Spanish. This space was designed to offer a taste of the elements
in a typical Latino home garden. The garden aims to increase
awareness of the gardening differences throughout the Americas.
It was developed as an educational tool to highlight the beauty
and inspiration of Latino culture in South Carolina. The garden
also serves as a venue to showcase artistic creations by local
-A Latino Garden was inaugurated two years ago and it is the
consequence of collaborative efforts by several individuals,
organizations and entities. "Once again -as an all-volunteer
organization with a very limited budget, we need to rely on
donations and the support from the community. This painted
was donated by Alejandro Garcia, one of our Board Members
and who is not only one of the best known Latino artists in
the state but in the southeast region" said Ivan Segura,
President of Palmetto Luna Arts. "We will continue to
bridge the gap between our cultures by promoting artistic
creation and then displaying these creations in places where
a large number of individuals can experience them"
painting represented a donation of over two thousand dollars
to El Jardin and it was designed as a "photo-op"
creation: the face of the mariachi has been cut out to allow
for visitors to the garden to place their face in this cut
out area and take their picture as a Mariachi in the Latino
garden. "Riverbanks garden is visited by over 300,000
people a year" Said Segura "We placed The Mariachi
just this weekend and we have already seen dozens of people
taking their pictures. In one year, there will be thousands
of mariachi pictures all across South Carolina!"
Luna Arts' mission is to foster an understanding of the Hispanic/Latino
culture by promoting artistic creation and providing opportunities
for cultural expression for the community in South Carolina.