Are 36 Artists Enough to 'Inspire' You?

The Folk Tree, 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena, presents an exhibition in collaboration with Otis College of Art and Design titled "Latin American Inspiration: Otis Alumni Exhibit.

The exhibit features the work of 36 artists who attended a degree program at Otis and whose pieces are influenced by Latin American art.

This juried show was selected by Folk Tree owner Rocky Behr; Folk Tree Gallery Director Kathi Oshima, herself an Otis alumna; and Folk Tree Collection Gallery Director Gail Mishkin.

The goal of the jurors was to put together an exhibition that reflected Latin American art influences and was indicative of the variety of Otis' programs.

Approximately 60 pieces are on view, including sculpture, photography, ceramics, digital imagery, painting, illustration, mixed media and drawing.

The artists represented span several decades of Otis programs. Armando Baeza, who last attended Otis in 1949, shows two figurative bronzes. Brian Medina, who graduated in 2003, exhibits an oil painting entitled "Window to the History of Mexico." There are artists in the show from every decade in between.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and

Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call Kathi Oshima at the Folk Tree at 626-795-8733, or Gail Mishkin at the Folk Tree Collection at 626-793-4828.

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