For the first time this year, Art on the Square hosts an Emerging Artists Exhibition. The display is located in the American Legion Hall Post 491 at 208 E. State Street, Kennett Square, PA. alongside the annual Student Art Show, which features artwork from area schools. The public is invited to view the Emerging Artist Exhibition this Friday, April 24th, 11-4 p.m., Saturday, April 25th, 10-5 p.m. (during Art on the Square), and Sunday, April 26th, 10-5 p.m.
The Emerging Artists Exhibition features five talented professional young people who are graduates of Kennett Square High School: Erik Diaz (painter), Liliana Hernandez (painter), Rosa Nely Zavala (graphic designer, painter), Carina Zavala (painter), and Vikmael Diego (graphic designer, photographer). Friends since their youth, they began exhibiting their artwork as a group while attending Millersville University. They continue to hone their craft and exhibit periodically throughout the area, including with local businesses, and this week, at Art on the Square.
The content of the artist’s work reflects a combination of their Mexican heritage and American upbringing. All five artists interpret their thoughts and experiences in their own individual ways, whether it be for remembrance, celebration of culture, or a social statement. The group of artists thoughtfully articulates their experiences both in their group statement as well as with their individual works:
“Our work is mostly based on our culture. We were all born in Mexico, but studied in the United States. Therefore our art is usually based in the culture we try to preserve. Some of us paint to remember the place we once called home, its rich culture and bright colors. On the other hand, some of us base our artwork on society and try to give notice to those problems that are sometimes overlooked. Mexico is currently going through a rough time and although we do not live there, it affects us, and we try to incorporate some of that into our artwork. Another part of our culture is the one we have here in the United States. Although we now call this country home, we still don’t feel as it really was. We look at our parents and all we see are broken dreams, the lives they could have lived in Mexico to come to a country where they don’t even know the language, with the only purpose of giving their children a better quality of life. This sacrifice sometimes means long hours at work to the point where it almost seems as if they are slaved by their work. All our inspirations comes from beautiful things we see in life, and the ones that most of us ignore or have no knowledge of. Our art represents us as individuals, but is inspired and triggered by the society we live in the positive and the negative. Sometimes the wrongs of society are hard to face but that is what we bring to our art mostly so that we can all have consciousness of what we as humans have done and someday we might be able to fix.”