An Evening of Art & Poetry with artist Jerry Rael & Dr. Ramon Del Castillo will be held at The Collective on Friday, August 25 at 6:30pm.  The public is invited to meet the artist and the poet.  Poet Dr. Ramon Del Castillo, a professor from Metro State University, will read from his latest book Quetzales are not Extinct.  Both Mr. Rael and Dr. Del Castillo will be part of a question and answer period after the reading.  All are invited to enjoy the art, great conversation, and light appetizers throughout the evening.  Wine will be available for purchase.  This event is free and open to the public.

Don't miss the last days of the Moments in Mexican American History Exhibit

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Painter Jerry Rael

Denver artist Jerry Rael was born near the Bosque de los Caballos in a small house located in Jaroso, Colorado, about six miles north of the New Mexico state line.  His paintings explore and pay homage to his Mestizo heritage, and address such issues as immigration, Standing Rock, and race.  The bright colors and the mixed emotions in Rael's subjects are represented with a quality that suggests ghosts intertwined in a world where one doesn't know which is real or which is fantasy. 

Quetzales Are Not Extinct

Poetry Reading with Ramon Del Castillo

Dr. Ramon Del Castillo is a Professor and Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Department at Metropolitan State University in Denver.  Dr. Del Castillo's work focuses on Research, Social Justice and Activism, Mexico/Chicana/o Politics, Poetry.  He has focused his research in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Chicano Viet Nam Veterans, as well as developing collaborative bi-national curricula between the nonprofit and civil society sectors with his work in Mexico.
Dr. Del Castillo will be reading from his recently published book, Quetzales Art Not Extinct His poetry connects the realities of being Mexica/AmerIndian/Chicano past and present in this collection of 30 gut-wrenching poems. He shares his own experiences, successes, and hardships as a veteran, as a son raised in the barrios of Wichita with the ghosts of his predecessors, slaughterhouse workers, railway gangs, dreamers, and zoot suiters. He demonstrates the importance language and voice play in being able to use spare words. It is in these pieces that Del Castillo feels able to give direct expression to his deepest feelings about friendship, and fascinating and diverse characters that populate it, love and nostalgia.
Latino Families
The Lafayette's Latino Families exhibit, made possible by the extensive and generous help of Frank Archuleta, Jr. will be on display through Sunday, August 27.  It will be relocated to the Lafayette Public Library on September 5.
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The Collective 

The Collective –Community Arts Center is a City of Lafayette facility managed by the Arts and Cultural Resources Department.  The Collective Gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm;  Fridays 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The Collective Gallery is closed on Mondays.
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Moments in Mexican Amerrican History
The Moments in Mexican American History & Paintings of Jerry Rael exhibit will be on display through Sunday, August 27.
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