David Tineo, Political Activist/Artist Flops as a Judgeby Karl W Hoffman on Mar. 17, 2013, under Uncategorized
Friday night March 15th 2013 was a busy night in Tubac. There were several receptions and a kickoff to the weekend “Art Walk.”
First off there was the opening reception at the Tubac Center for the Arts “Border Celebrations” Show. The Exhibit Statement Read:
“This exhibition focuses on artists’ investigations, experiences and interpretations of life in and around border towns.” Juror: David Tineo
Although Tineo is a well-known mural artist in his own right, his folk art has a very singular focus on the history of his Mexican people. So ingrained is his Mexican heritage, Tineo, who grew up in Tucson’s Barrio Anita in the 1950s and early ’60s, was put into special education along with others who refused to speak English. The Tubac Center of the Arts proudly states in his bio that he is a political activist. Tineo has obviously judged this show, which was open to all forms of free expression in regards to the border, to promote only his Mexican heritage and culture.
Where’s the art? The Border Celebrations show is a hodgepodge of work from poorly done abstract splatters with no relationship to the border, to 3rd grade quality depictions of life in Mexico. There were a few works that stood out but over all it is a very disappointing show for the fine art community unless you are into politically slanted Mexican folk art.
Also at the Tubac Center for the Arts was the reception and preview for the “Open Studio Tour.” Local artists will be opening their studios throughout the surrounding area next weekend, Friday thru Sun March 22nd, 23rd &24th 2013 from 10am to 4pm. This event is free to the public and includes Green Valley, Tubac, Rio Rico, and Nogales artists and their open studios. Several fine art galleries in Tubac will be hosting collections with the artists present. art gallery H just across the street from the Tubac Center for the Arts will have five of their artists using the gallery as their studio for the weekend. A beautifully printed magazine representing the contributing artists and galleries with a map of the open studios is available at most Tubac Businesses and at the TCA.
Post Cards for Peace was the third exhibit at the TCA. A cross-border art exchange between students in Rio Rico, AZ and Sasabe, Sonora Mexico.
The highlight of the evening was just across the footbridge at the K.Newby Gallery gala. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, collectors and famous artists mingled with patrons in appreciating world-class fine art.
Karl W Hoffman
Documentary Film Producer
To view the complete “Living on the Border” 96 min documentary on YouTube visit www.livingontheborder.com