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September 8, 2014 

(973) 684-5448




Sigfrido Duarte, Salto de Socoa, acrylic on canvas  

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present FEELINGS/SENTIMIENTOS, an exhibition of paintings by SIGFRIDO DUARTE, IRELY MARTINEZ, and HERNANDO RICO SÁNCHEZ.  The various styles and techniques of all three artists reflect their Hispanic heritage.  The exhibit, curated by Robert Rosado, is a partnership with La Ruche Art Contemporary Consortium and Fundacion Manos a la Ayuda.  The exhibition is on view in the Broadway Gallery at Passaic County Community College from October 4 through December 2, 2014.   A reception for the artists will be held in the Broadway Gallery, Thursday, October 9, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.

Sigfrido Duarte was born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic.  A self-taught painter, he followed his own instincts in the use of materials and techniques.  In this exhibit, Duarte’s landscape and street scenes show his passion for painting and pride in his heritage.  He developed his style through research and continuous practice.  Salto de Socoa and Calle de las Damas are fine examples of his work.   The artist has exhibited his paintings in various venues in the New York metropolitan area, and he has won several awards for his artworks.

Born in Anasco, Puerto Rico, Irely Martinez studied art at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Old San Juan. As a graphic designer, she also restored religious images and worked as a textile designer.  In 1986 she immigrated to the United States, where she continued to work as a designer and to study painting.  In 1997, Martinez decided to do what she loved most – and had abandoned for almost 15 years having been   diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis – paint memories of her native land.  Ninos en la Charca, an excellent example of her memory paintings, will be on view in the exhibition, Feelings/Sentimientos.

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Hernado Rico Sánchez became interested in the arts at an early age, working in painting, sculpture, photography and other forms of artistic expression.  At 19 he moved to the United States where he studied at the Art Students League and later earned a BFA from Kean University in New Jersey and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Alcala, Spain.  About his work, Sánchez writes: “My work is a reflection of many years of collective memories, images that over time have evolved and changed as I borrow them to create a series of pictures and objects that somehow can tell a silent truth. Works seeking to recall, recount, and incite reflections about war and the pain that conflicts inflict over our societies.”   A series of his expressive monotypes will be on display in the exhibit, Feelings/Sentimientos, at PCCC.   Sánchez shows his work widely and is an independent art curator focusing on the promotion of emerging artists.

The Broadway Gallery is located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive in downtown Paterson, New Jersey.   Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Jane Haw, Gallery Curator, at (973) 684-5448 or visit our website at www.pccc.edu/art/gallery
The Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College has been named a Distinguished Arts Organization and is funded, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.