"Peace Dove" by Nestor Madalengoitia
“Peace Dove” by Nestor Madalengoitia

The Howland Cultural Center recognizes Hispanic-American Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, with a special exhibition of Latino-American artists of the Hudson Valley. Sixteen artists will exhibit work in: ART Lives PEACE — The Struggle For Balance on view through Sept. 28.

The artists’ Hispanic heritage represents the countries of Argentina, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain: Jose Acosta, Jose Gomez, and Nestor Madalengoitia, Poughkeepsie; Alfredo Bejar, Rafael Figueroa, Maria Lago, Joe Pimentel, and Adrian Jesus Roldan, Beacon; Salvador Arellano, Newburgh; Elisa Pritzker, Highland; Emil Figueroa and Beatrice Perez Gustafson, Holmes; Wilfredo Morel, Peekskill, Audrey Francis, Woodstock; Julia Santos Solomon, Hyde Park, and Arquimedes Mejia, Fishkill.

Two artists, Arellano and Morel, will exhibit sculpture, Bejar will show documentary films, and the other 13 artists have paintings in various media.

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, excluding Sunday, Sept. 14, when the gallery will close to the general viewing public due to the Howland Chamber Music concert at 4 p.m.

Hispanic history in this country spans more than 400 years, and Hispanic presence in the United States is the second longest, after Native American.

The formal recognition of Hispanic-American contributions to the development of this country began in 1968, when Congress authorized President Lyndon Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month-long celebration to honor the nation’s Hispanic Heritage.

Call the Howland Cultural Center at 845-831-4988 for information.

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