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Latinos Organizing for Understanding and Development to host Women’s History Month Art Exhibition

“Flower Child” Digital Art 18” x 24” by Sophia Voelker

Latinos Organizing for Understanding and Development will host an opening reception on Friday, March 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the Women’s History Month Art Exhibition at the LOUD Gallery at Omega School.

“Let’s celebrate the power women continuously contribute to humanity’s existence,” artist Sophia Voelker says in a press release announcing the exhibition. 

Latinos Organizing for Understanding and Development (LOUD) is a statewide initiative focused on promoting collaboration between Latino arts and service organizations, artists, and the communities in which they operate. The roster for LOUD’s Women’s History Month Art Exhibition will feature local and statewide artists including Sharon Byjrd, Jerry Butler, Jessica Gutierrez, Alicia Rheal, Christie Tirado, Sophia Voelker, and Catherine Zdeblick

“Women’s History Month doesn’t always get all of the publicity it should and I’m just wanting to make sure that these great artists are able to be seen,” Oscar Mireles, curator of the LOUD gallery, tells Madison365. “Women have always played a big part in my life, including my mom and my sisters. We are looking forward to having a great art exhibition where artists will be doing portraits of women who have influenced and celebrated women. 

“There will be a wonderful mix of artists including ones that we’ve worked with in the past and new artists. We still have a couple spots open and we’re always looking for new artists to come in and showcase their work,” Mireles adds. “This exhibition is a great opportunity to showcase the immense talent and artistry that captures the spirit and resilience of diverse women around the world.”

Dolores del Rio Woodblock Print 18” x 24” by Christie Tirado

The Women’s History Month Art Exhibition will be continuing LOUD’s efforts to recognize artistic diversity in Dane County. LOUD hosted the Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibition last fall at the Overture Center for the Arts. LOUD Gallery is currently hosting a Black History Month Exhibition highlighting the work of BIPOC artists.

At the upcoming Women’s History Month Art Exhibition, artist Christie Tirado will highlight Dolores del Rio, one of the first Mexican movie stars with international appeal.

“As Women’s History Month approaches, it’s crucial to reflect on the influential figures who have shaped our world and inspired future generations,” said artist Christie Tirado. “Dolores del Río stands as a beacon of resilience, talent, and representation within the realm of Mexican cinema. Her legacy extends far beyond the silver screen, transcending cultural boundaries and leaving an indelible mark on both cinema and society. Through her captivating performances and commitment to her craft, Dolores del Río broke barriers and defied stereotypes, paving the way for generations of actresses to come. Her ability to portray complex, multifaceted characters with grace and authenticity challenged traditional narratives and elevated the representation of women in film.”

The LOUD Gallery is located in the lower level of Omega School, 835 W. Badger Rd., on Madison’s South Side.

“We have a lot of talented people working on art and being an artist is something you do primarily on your own out there. There are some opportunities, but a lot of it is just you kind of grinding away and you’re trying to find your own vision,” Mireles says. “At the Women’s History Month Art Exhibition, it will be nice to see the interconnectedness of the artists and also the diversity of artists that we have here in the Madison area.”