Obscura Exhibition featuring Works by Three Hispanic Artists

EFFJAY PROJEKTS Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition titled, “ Obscura” featuring paintings by Rafael Francisco Salas (Ripon), installations by Dean Valadez (Milwaukee) and paintings by Maura Vazquez (Green Bay). This exhibition consists of contemporary works that focus on the artists interpreting the world around them through painting and installation.

Join us for an artist reception on March 31st from 5 to 8pm. The gallery is located at 604 Erie Avenue, Lower Level, Sheboygan. This exhibition runs from March 15 – April 14, 2012.

Rafael Francisco Salas (WI) is described as “one of the best painters working in Wisconsin today” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 7, 2009). Using landscape along with narrative and symbolic elements, Salas creates artworks that investigate the nature of nostalgia, memory and dreams.  His work has been exhibited in New York City, San Diego, Boston, as well as many venues in the Midwest including The Neville Public Museum, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The John Kohler Arts Center, Dean Jensen gallery, Circa Gallery, and Portrait Society gallery.   Salas is currently the Chair of the Art Department at Ripon College in Ripon, WI.

"Bridge" by Rafael Francisco Salas

Dean Valadez (WI) received his MFA from Boston University, taught at BU, at MIAD, and currently at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.  He has exhibited nationally in Chicago, Boston, Dallas, New Haven, Manhattan, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.; locally at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Haggerty Museum, Kohler Arts Center, Schauer Arts Center, Ripon College, Sharon Lynn Wilson Center, and other venues. His artwork publications include From Here to There; BookForum, Volume 17, Issue 2; and New American Paintings, number 41. His lectures include “Swarm Intelligence and Superstructures” at UW-Milwaukee, “Embodiment and Mass Communications: Cyber and Mechanistic Perceptions of the Body” at the 12th Biennial for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, and “Remix Theory and Remix Culture” at the FATE Biennial in St. Louis.  His written publications include “Embodiment and Mass Communications” for the 12th Biennial, and “The Chimerian Man: Notes On A Remix Culture” for the e-magazine RCP.MLK2000.

"Video Killed The Reality Satire" by Dean Valadez

Maura Vazquez (WI) received her Bachelor of the Arts from UW-Green Bay. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Neville Public Museum, Lawton Gallery and 407 Gallery in Green Bay. She has received numerous awards such as the Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award, Distinguished Painting Award and Faculty Development Center Purchase of Art Award. Vazquez’s work is influenced by her Catholic faith, which helps her make the best of her family and art as sources of inspiration and strength.

"Maura" by Maura Vazquez

Gallery hours are Thursday & Fridays, 5-8pm; Saturdays from 11-3pm and by appointment.

Open to the public.

Contact Frank Juarez at 920.559.7181 or effjayprojekts@gmail.com for further information about this exhibition or inquiries about the artists’ work.