(October 14, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073
Diane Dufilho, Director of Meadows Museum, 318.869.5040, ddufilho@centenary.edu

Meadows Museum Presents Louisiana Artist Maria Lopez Oct. 19

Maria Lopez

SHREVEPORT, La. — Artwork and storytelling by Honduran born artist, Maria Lopez highlights Fall Family Day at the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1 until 4 p.m.

During the event, guests will have the opportunity to learn about different artists on display and their style of work, listen to both Latin American and Native American stories by story teller Maria Lopez, and participate in an art project. The community is also invited to a gallery talk with Maria Lopez on Monday, Oct. 20.

Luz-Maria Lopez was born in Honduras, Central America in 1944. After coming to the United States in 1964 to study, Lopez spent many years in the workforce. In 1995, fulfilling a lifelong dream, Lopez received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.

Maria Lopez

Inspired by Mayan ancestry and the memories of childhood stories told to her by her grandmother, Luz Maria Lopez paints from a colorful, mythological world. Lopez paints women with big feet and large toes to symbolize a woman's strength; stars to represent the nights of her youth; the heart to represent "love and sorrow, life and death, hope and resurrection". Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to walk through the museum looking at imagery and reading text created by this Louisiana-based artist.

Fall Family Day events include:

  • 1 p.m. Museum opens
    Learn about artists Emilio Amero, Jean Charlot and David Siqueiros, and the difference between the types of prints they created; lithograph, relief prints and etchings. Refreshments served.
  • 2 p.m. Maria Lopez storytelling
    Maria Lopez tells both Latin American and Native American stories to families in the gallery where her works are on view. The narrative images in the gallery depict the myths of native peoples and set the stage for this exceptional afternoon.
  • 3 p.m. Studio activity
    Young participants are invited to come to the museum classroom to participate in an art project.
  • Monday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m. Artist's circle with Maria Lopez
    The community is invited to a gallery talk by Maria Lopez. Refreshments served.

For more information about these events or future events at the Meadows Museum, please call 318.869.5040.

About Meadows Museum of Art

Meadows Museum of Art is located on the beautiful campus of Centenary College of LA at 2911 Centenary Boulevard in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Museum is open to the general public from noon until 4 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; from noon until 5 pm on Thursday; from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed on Monday. The Museum is free of charge to the general public. For further information or to receive a 2008-2009 Exhibition and Program Guide, call the Museum Business Office at 318.869.5040.