Date: Thursday, Sep 15, 2022
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Healthy West Orange Arts and Heritage Center at the Town of Oakland
126 Petris Ave, Oakland, FL 34760
Join us for a flamenco guitar performance from The Don Soledad Group at the opening reception of the Town of Oakland’s art and history exhibition “La Florida: Celebrating Florida’s Hispanic Heritage” at the Healthy West Orange Arts and Heritage.
Soledad, a performer and recording artist, was inspired by the guitar of flamenco legend Paco de Lucia and cultivated his sophisticated, soulful sounds beginning with his early guitar studies with the great Spanish flamenco maestros Mariano de Cordobá and Agustin Ríos. The Don Soledad Group won 1st place at Orlando’s FusionFest 2020 for Best Musician category.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and purchase their work. The exhibition features paintings and sculptures inspired by Hispanic heritage created by well-known Florida artists including Jose Pardo, Jesus Marin,Francisco Arias, Alejandro Selmi, Violeta Militaru, Heather Lorenz, Fabian Pesci, Dave Minichiello, Joe Warren, Lori Warren, Kelley Batson-Howard, Erick Marquez, Aury Perez, George Stuart, Ivan Delgado, Roger Ballas, Carol Brown, Jambvant Ramoutar, Tom Eder and Anne Fanelli.
Learn about the origin of Spanish Florida over 500 years ago and the fusion of culture that continues to enrich our state today, from Cuban cigars to baseball. Explore the Spanish pirates behind the famous Gasparilla festivities, discover Spanish architecture in Florida, and trace the birth of the oldest city in the US.
The opening reception will also feature the Street Fusion Latin food truck and light fare from the West Orange Creamery.
The “La Florida” exhibition runs through Nov. 2. The Center is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 am-3 pm, and on select Saturdays.
Exhibit Info: www.oaklandfl.gov/artsandheritage
The Healthy West Orange Arts and Heritage Center, @HWOAHatOakland, is committed to preserving Oakland’s past, present and future. The Center supports the mission of @healthywestorange, a grassroots movement to inspire West Orange County to become the healthiest community in the nation. Working with its partners, the Center provides important tools and social connections to help residents eat well, stay active and enjoy life.