"Keepers of Heritage: Puerto Rican Artists in Central Florida" at Crealdé School of Art, FL

Alejandro de Jesús, "Young Basketball Players" 48" x 72," oil on canvas, 2008

Winter Park, FL - Vibrant and timely, "Keepers of Heritage: Puerto Rican Artists in Central Florida" offers powerful paintings, mixed media and sculpture by a passionate collective of contemporary artists honoring their cultural roots at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery, from Feb. 1 to May 18, 2019. Reception: Friday, February 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., with a welcome talk by artist Angel Rivera-Morales at 8 p.m.

Poster exhibition "Keepers of Heritage: Puerto Rican Artists in Central Florida" , art work by Ivonne Galanes

“The identity of the Puerto Rican encompasses a historical, social and cultural symbiosis of great multiethnic complexity," explains Angel Rivera-Morales, artist and spokesperson for Keepers of Heritage. “Our art is the bearer of a heritage that speaks to us, expresses and points out who we are, where we come from and where we are going.”

Featured artists are Juan Nieves-Burgos, Alejandro de Jesús, José Feliciano, Carmelo Fontanez-Cortijo, Ivonne Galanes Svard, Domingo Garcia, Yasir Nieves, Angel Rivera-Morales, Rafael Rivera-Rosa, Martín García Rivera and Pablo Rubio.

Artist José Feliciano will lead an artist talk and discussion on March 3, at 2 p.m.

Jose Feliciano, "La carta" 42 by 72 inches, oil on canvas, 1985

Alice & William Jenkins Gallery, Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32792 Gallery hours: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For information and to schedule tours, please call 407.671.1886.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, with additional support from Duke Energy.