Latino Arts
Press Release

Latino Arts’ Fall 2015 Season

Performing and Visual Arts Lineup Features Local & International Talent

By - Aug 19th, 2015 02:37 pm

MILWAUKEE – August 19, 2015 – Latino Arts is celebrating its thirty year legacy of providing authentic Hispanic arts programming for our community with a fall season that offers something exciting for everyone. The Latino Arts Gallery will host the beautiful tapestries of Wence and Sandra Martinez, the bright and colorful Día de los Muertos Ofrendas, and the dazzling mixed media presentations of Dara Larson. On the stage, the Villalobos Brothers share their Mexican heritage through their expertise on strings, and Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra deliver enchanting Latin rhythms through smooth jazz arrangements.

To see or hear a preview of an upcoming exhibition or performance in the Gallery or Auditorium, visit Connect with Latino Arts on Facebook at and follow @latinoartsinc on Twitter.


Villalobos Brothers
Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Latino Arts Auditorium
Masterfully blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz, Mexico with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, the Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of musical brilliance, cadence, and virtuosity that awakens the senses. Villalobos Brothers’ evening concert will be preceded by a performance by the Latino Arts Strings Program.
Student Matinees: Thursday, November 5 at 10:30 a.m. & Friday, November 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra
Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Adonis Puentes is a Grammy-nominated vocalist and composer from Cuba who weaves passionate, hypnotic Salsa and Son melodies through jazz arrangements. With a worldly experience that shines through their performances, Adonis and The Voice of Cuba Orchestra share syncopated rhythms, explosive horn arrangements, and harmonious swells of piano and guitar that is as emotive as it is danceable.
Student Matinees: Thursday, December 3 at 10:30 a.m. & Friday, December 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets for evening performances in the Latino Arts Auditorium:

Tickets for the evening show are $15 for general admission in advance ($20 at the door), $10 for seniors 60 and over and full-time students in advance ($15 at the door), and $8 per student in groups of 10 or more. Our Dinner & A Show special features Café el Sol’s Friday fish buffet before the performance (beverage and gratuity not included) for $25 in advance ($30 at the door). Advance tickets prices are available until 11:59 p.m. the day before the show.

Ticket prices for student matinee performances in the Latino Arts Auditorium: $12 Adults & Seniors, $8 Students & Kids (3 Years and Older).


Contemporary Flatweave Rooted in Legacy
by Wence & Sandra Martinez
September 11 – October 14
Wence and Sandra Martinez practice the tribal weaving tradition of Wence’s home village, Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. After completing extended studies at the renowned Taller Nacional de Tapiz (National Tapestry School) in Mexico City and working with a series of strong mentors, Wence Martinez was driven to master more elaborate dyeing and weaving techniques while maintaining traditional hand-spun wools and looms to produce contemporary works that celebrate the art form’s history. Inspired by Haitian metal work and automatic writing, Sandra’s primitive drawing practice engages nature and spirit. When woven, her work references the use of textiles to carry myth and story. Sandra has been focused on her primitive drawing style for three decades, seeing her work as a way to engage both nature and spirit.

Día de los Muertos Ofrendas
October 28 – November 20
Celebrate life with one of Milwaukee’s longest running Day of the Dead Celebrations, Latino Arts’ annual Day of the Dead exhibition, featuring a dazzling array of ofrendas (altars) prepared by local, regional, and international artists. Exhibiting presenters share their tributes to lost loved ones as a celebration of their lives and accomplishments, often decorating their altars with their loved ones’ personal effects and favorite items.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 6 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Gardens, Gods, & Grids: Retracing Nature, Culture, & Infrastructure in the Americas
by Dara Larson
December 4 – February 26
Dara Larson is a Professor of Art at Alverno College and a mentor at RedLine Milwaukee who retraces photo documents and past artwork from multiple years of travel in the Americas to create a series of time collages, merging photographed reality with imaginary and psychological worldviews. The works overlap and paste together the most powerful symbols and themes from her journeys through North, Central, and South America. Inspired by land use and city story, Larson explores historic and contemporary themes that incorporate natural and built environments with art, healing, and spirituality.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 4 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Exhibitions in the Latino Arts Gallery are open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a suggested donation of $1.

Special Events

Noche de Gala
Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Latino Arts’ annual Noche de Gala is a classy evening of music and dance in the Latino Arts Auditorium & Gallery to raise funds for and celebrate arts education. With performances from Edward’s Latin Ensemble and our own Latino Arts Strings Program, the beautiful tapestries of Contemporary Flatweave Rooted in Legacy by Wence & Sandra Martinez, dance demonstrations, and plenty of opportunities to win with raffles and auctions all evening!

Tickets to Noche de Gala are $50 per person or $175 for a table of four.

For more information, to sponsor the event, or to reserve seats, visit

Educational Workshops

Día De Los Muertos: Ofrendas & Origins
November 12 & 13, 17 & 18 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Local artist Nicole Acosta will guide workshop participants through a brief history lesson of Día de los Muertos including the many symbols associated with the celebration. Students will craft miniature ofrendas of their own utilizing a variety of supplies to mirror the symbols they have seen in their own artistic tributes. Gallery tour included.
Registration required. $8 per student.

For more information, visit the For Teachers page on

The Latino Arts Auditorium & Gallery are located in the United Community Center at 1028 South 9th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204.

About Latino Arts, Inc.
With roots going back more than 25 years, Latino Arts, Inc. was formally established in 1997. Since then, the organization has brought cultural awareness, artistic and educational experiences, and a diversity of Hispanic artists from throughout the Spanish-speaking world to share their talents with the greater Milwaukee community. More information is available at

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