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Luis Jaramillo | Pedro Rodriguez
October 4 @ 6:00 pm - October 26 @ 10:00 pm| Free
Tapp’s Arts Center is thrilled to present an exhibition organized by Palmetto Luna featuring new works by Luis Jaramillo and Pedro Rodriguez.This exhibition will be set up as two solo shows in the First Thursday gallery. Though separate styles, stories, and social views, the artists works create a visual narrative that represents a complex multi-layered conversation of the Latino experience in South Carolina.
Portraits of Immigration
Parallel Worlds-A personal Exploration of the Painterly Print
Born and raised in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Pedro began painting after the Army while living on the New Jersey shore, where a former co-worker at a concession stand on the beach left behind a set of oil paints. Pedro pursued his education in art at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. While there he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, a masters degree in teaching art and Spanish, and a masters degree in art therapy. Pedro began exhibiting his paintings while living in Kentucky. He was selected as one of over sixty artists in an eight state regional exhibit at the J.B. Speed Museum in Louisville in 1982. He had a solo exhibition in 1987 at Spalding University, also in Louisville. Pedro then moved with his family to South Carolina where he taught art and Spanish in the Charleston County Schools for over twenty-eight years. He recently retired
Pedro participated in many exhibitions in South Carolina, including the Statements of Heritage Exhibition in 1991 and the Triennial Exhibition in 1992, both at the South Carolina State Museum. At the local level, Pedro participated in the Artists Who Teach Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum in 1992, Piccolo Spoleto Juried Exhibition in 1991, Coastal Carolina Fair, and the North Charleston Arts Festival. In the early nineties he had solo exhibitions at the Colony House (1991), Cooper River Federal (1991), City Gallery at Dock Street Theatre (1988), and the Gaillard Auditorium (1993). Pedro received various grants and awards for his artwork, including two grants from the Trident Community Foundation (1989 & 1990), now known as the Community Foundation. Pedro also worked as an artist for Storefront School for the Arts for several summers in the early nineties.
Pedro continued to paint in the midst of teaching and raising three children but took a hiatus from exhibiting for many years. He has recently renewed efforts to exhibit including, Church Street Gallery in 2004, 10 Storehouse Row Opening, North Charleston Arts Festival (2nd Place in 2006, Purchase Award in 2007, 1st Place in 2008), and the MOJA Juried Exhibition (Honorable Mention, 2007). Other exhibitions in 2008 included a solo show at The Saul Alexander Gallery at the Charleston County Library and works on display at The Meeting Place Art & Craft Gallery in North Charleston. In 2009 he received a Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant. In 2011 Pedro’s painting “Strings” was selected as the Design Competition winner for North Charleston Arts Festival and was featured in programs and billboards all over the Lowcountry Many of his paintings have leapt from the traditional canvas and landed on guitars bridging his love of painting with music. He has also been making ceramic drums that he stretches with goatskins.
As a musician, Pedro performs traditional Latin American music at various festivals and local events. He played guitar and sang with Ballet Espanol, a flamenco dance company in Louisville and returned there as a guest musician since living in Charleston. He has performed in Piccolo Spoleto, MOJA, the Hispanic Festival, and the North Charleston Arts Festival, the Lowcountry Children’s Museum and the Children’s Festival at Eastern Carolina University in North Carolina in 2006 & 2008. Pedro’s presentations often include a combination of his artwork and music to teach about Latin American culture.
Luis Jaramillo was born in Barranquilla, Colombia on August 31, 1953. He graduated from Colegio Colon High School, Barranquilla, Colombia in 1970 . Upon graduation he began architecture studies at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, in 1971. After two years of architectural studies, Luis transferred to Universidad Del Atlantico Bellas Arte in his hometown of Barranquilla. At Bellas Arte he studied Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and the History of Western Art until 1975. In 1976 Luis enrolled in The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania continuing his fine art studies. He earned a full scholarship at the academy, a private studio and the Gimbel Prize for excellence in Painting . While studying painting, printmaking and art history at the Academy, Luis worked for three years as a museum guard in the PAFA Museum of Art. Luis graduated from the Academy in 1980 with a four year certificate. In 1979 he married a fellow classmate at PAFA, Nancy M. Crowl. The newly married husband and wife traveled to South Carolina to live and work from April 1980 to August 1981. In 1981 they traveled to Luis’ hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia to live and work as visual artists until January 1986. Luis and Nancy returned to South Carolina in 1986 and began teaching the first nude figure drawing classes at the Greenville County Museum of Art for the museum art school. These classes continued for two years. In January 1995 Luis purchased the Frame Peddler from local artist Phillip Whitley, renaming it Gallery 291 Custom Framing. Luis and Nancy ran a frameshop which included hand – finishing and gilding frames and operating a visual arts Gallery until April, 2006. Currently, Luis has a private studio in the Ernest Rollins Photography Studios at 726 Wade Hampton Blvd. where he creates paintings in acrylic and monoprints, monotype and dry point prints and when not creating artwork, works in catering at Larkins on the River a local events restaurant in downtown Greenville, S.C. “The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.” –Carl Sagan In the Space Odyssey series of monoprint I have used the technique of embossing the paper before adding color ink on the paper’s surface. This allows me to achieve depth, movement and a certain richness of color.This embossing provides a granular, three-dimensional element to my prints. This series is based on my 1960’s childhood dreams of outer space and imagining the frontiers of possible life within distant galaxies. My Space Odyssey monoprint series reimagines the movement, form and light of constellations, planets, comets and other celestial bodies I have observed in the night sky. Luis Jaramillo