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Travel abroad through the eyes of a local artist

As we prepare to travel into a new decade, experience a new exhibit that paints the journey of a local artist's travel abroad. Bitácora/Travelogue goes on display today in The Gallery at Richland Library. The exhibit features 40 pieces, which encompass watercolor paintings, high-resolution reproductions and personal travel journals of Alejandro García Lemos. It documents the process of change through travel and movement, offering his impressions of each destination. Lemos is the founder of Palmetto & LUNA, a non-profit organization that promotes Latino arts and cultures in South Carolina. He says, "Traveling becomes a way (if not the best way) of learning, of self-awareness and of internal questioning, and drawing becomes the means to express those feelings of constant flux and change." Join us for an opening reception later that evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at our Main location (1431 Assembly St., Columbia) to meet and interact with the artist. The after-hours event is free and open to the public, and it includes a musical performance by Son del Sur. Bitácora/Travelogue runs through Feb. 28, 2020. For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email estoll@richlandlibrary.com.

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Palmetto Luna Arts announces art contest for Latino children

Submission deadline is May 21. Who are you? What is your favorite thing to do? Where is your favorite place to be? How can you use art to show other people who you are?  South Carolina Latino children under 12 years old are invited to answer those questions by participating in the fifth annual COLORES Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is "Me." Submit a drawing, sketch or painting that depicts yourself at your best or favorite times. There are prizes for the top three drawings in two categories: ages 3-7 and 8-12. The grand prize is $100! "This year we want our Latino children to celebrate themselves,” said Ivan Segura, executive director of Palmetto & Luna. "We want to inspire them all to draw a picture of themselves doing what they like best. To show themselves as superheroes, or as the main character of a story, or eating their favorite foods, or maybe in company with their whole family. The idea is to make them proud and happy of who they are and bolster their self-esteem. COLORES Contest is part of our effort to continue promoting artistic creativity in Latino children in the community."

Send your drawing to Palmetto and Luna, COLORES Contest, 9 Cedar Top Lane, Columbia SC 29212. Deadline for submissions is May 21, 2014. Find out more on Palmetto & Luna's Facebook page.
COLORES Contest is organized by Palmetto & Luna, a nonprofit organization with the mission to foster an understanding of the Hispanic culture by promoting artistic creation and generating spaces of cultural expression for the Latino community in the state. The contest is organized in collaboration with EdVenture Children's Museum and Verizon Wireless. Palmetto & Luna received a Quarterly Project Grant to help support the contest. Via: Palmetto & Luna