Art and enchiladas to
benefit upcoming art show

February 11, 2000
Santa Paula News
A unique two-day fundraising effort will offer art and enchiladas later this month to benefit for the 6th Annual De Colores/Made of Colors Art Show. According to Xavier Montes, founder of De Colores and a prominent artist, there will be a special demonstration painting event at the Main Street Emporium/Whistle Stop Cafe on Friday, Feb. 25 from 8 to 10 p.m., offering not only the opportunity to watch and learn from the award-winning artist but also win the demonstration piece.Raffle tickets for the painting are being sold at the Main Street Emporium (starting Feb. 14), located at the corner of 10th and Main streets. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.On Saturday, Feb. 26th, Crystal Bakery, 972 E. Main St., will hold an De Colores Enchilada Sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enchiladas, both beef and cheese, will be sold for take-out at $7 a half-dozen, $13 a dozen.The Feb. 25th art demonstration will be unique: “I plan on an Aztec dancer to pose,” at the Main Street Emporium, said Montes. “One has features are perfect and I’ve been wanting to paint her. . .but I do want an Aztec dancer,” for the demonstration. Montes will work in acrylics and show some “new techniques. Acrylics are very wet but fast-drying when I use a fan.”Montes is an acclaimed artist: he won top prize at the 1998 Santa Paula Art Show & Photography Exhibit, just one of his numerous awards; Montes has also had many one-man shows.
The annual De Colores Art Show celebrates the birth of labor leader Cesar Chavez and the arts: co-sponsored by LUCHA Inc. and Santa Paula Society of the Arts, the show will be held during April at the California Oil Museum and is a cultural event drawing hundreds of people not only for the art but music and dance featured in De Colores.“It highlights not only Latino artists but artists that like to paint Latino themes. It’s a different type of show, not what you’ll see at most galleries and exhibitions,” said Montes. “It draws the community together as well as bringing in people from outside Santa Paula who enjoy the event.” De Colores has also had an art contest for students.Montes is counting on community support for the two upcoming fundraisers, “so we can no only stage De Colores, but have ongoing events throughout the year, like a Day of the Dead event [Montes’ series of paintings based on the cultural celebration are highly sought by collectors] and free concerts in the downtown. We would like to pay a minimal amount to the professional musicians, even if it’s just a stipend,” he noted.For more information, call Montes at 525-8961.

Site Search



Call 805 525 1890 to receive the entire paper early. $50.00 for one year.