Lawrence Street Gallery
Nora Chapa Mendoza and Martha Ramirez-Oropeza
“Face and Heart: Visions Behind Walls of Continuity”
Nora Chapa Mendoza
In November, the Lawrence Street Gallery will feature Nora Chapa Mendoza, a former recipient of the Michigan Governor’s Arts Award, which named her Artist of the Year in 1999. She was also the recipient of the Wayne County Cultural Council Artist Award in 2011. This Chicana artist was born in Texas and studied at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Her work is a part of many important collections across the United States, including at the main office of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, the General Motors corporate offices, the Ford offices in Rockefeller Plaza, New York, and the collection of Gilberto Cardenas, the second largest collector of Chicano art. Some of Nora’s international highlights have been an exhibit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, and three exhibits in Cuba, among many others around the world. Nora is also in the Smithsonian Latino archives.
Martha Ramirez-Oropeza is a visual artist and mural painter, a theatre arts performer and director, and a specialist in Nahuatl Philosophy. In Mexico, she was an actor and administrator of the Mascarones Theatre Group for 32 years. She also designed and co-founded the Nahuati University pyramid-campus in Ocotepec, Morelos. In 1971, she apprenticed under master muralist David A. Siqueiros; later, under Frieda Kahlo’s apprentice, Guillermo Monroy. More recently, she has collaborated with Chicana muralist, Judith F. Baca. She studied at California State University, Northridge, and Antioch University. Since 2005, Martha has lectured at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in Nahuatl Philosophy: “Roots of the Day of the Dead.” Also during this time, she has taught drama in Spanish at Edison Language Academy in Santa Monica. She is co-author of the books “The Toltec I Ching,” (Larson Publications, 2009) and “Mikamoxtzin” (Astrolabio, Mexico, 2015.) She also conducts Nahuatl Culture workshops in the United States, and Mexico.
Show Dates: November 3-25, 2017
Opening Reception: November 10 from 6 to 9
Closing Reception: November 24 from 6 to 9