A 20-foot mural by renowned artist Carlota EspinoZa will be on display at the Byers Branch Library on Santa Fe Dr.
Photo: Denver Public Library
In 1975, local artist Carlota EspinoZa was commissioned by the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation to create a mural for the Byers Branch Library. The awe-inspiring 20-foot mural, Pasado, Presente, Futuro, was recently restored by EspinoZa and will be showcased at a celebration at the Byers Branch Library (675 Santa Fe Drive) on Friday, September 16, 10am-11am, kicking off National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Miguel Espinoza, Flamenco guitarist, will provide entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.
The mural depicts the story of Chicanos -- a story of a people’s romance with history, from Aztec empires through Spanish imperialism and from alienation to the struggle to re-win a people’s identity, pride and future.
“An awareness of the depth of man and his civilizations makes me feel the need for a measure, a definition that embraces both the past and the onrushing future,” said Carlota.
“I want to share through my art as much as there is to be seen and felt, as much as my brush will allow. Pasado, Presente, Futuro embraces a history of every man, for history belongs to everyone.”
Carlota continues to inspire the community with her art and has received recognition for painting murals, dioramas, portraits, easel paintings and sculptures in Colorado and many western states including Arizona, California, Oregon and Texas.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated nation-wide September 15 through October 15. America celebrates the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Additional library events include: Bilingual Story Time
Interactive storytime for speakers of Spanish, English, or both. All ages are welcome, but storytime is specifically geared to 2-6 year olds. Every Mon, Wed, Fri thru Dec 31 2011(except Oct 10,
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