Latin Heritage Artist Exhibit to be held at Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Latin Heritage Artist Exhibit to be held at Hopewell Valley Vineyards

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C.a. Shofed and Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson at Common Threads in 2016. (Photo credit: Mary Galioto)

Local artist C.a. Shofed and Hopewell Valley Vineyards have partnered again — this time to bring the first “Latin Heritage Artist Exhibit” to the Mercer County area. The exhibit will open on Thursday, September 14 and run through September 26.

Shofed, who also curates the annual Common Threads Exhibit at the Vineyards, has gathered some of the most talented Latino artists in the area to display “sabor Latino” in all its varying hues, textures, and expressions. The exhibit showcases paintings, photographs, and more honoring the Latin American experience as seen through the eyes and lives of five artists: Jazmyn Jones, Tamara Ramos, Leticia Letty Acevedo, Marthalicia Matarrita and Karen Valentin.

The Gingered Peach owner and baker, Joanne Canady-Brown, will be displaying her savory side with a decidedly Latin American menu with flavors originating from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean diaspora. pernil (roast Pork), moro (black rice), plantanos (sweet plantains), white rice, empanadas (beef and pork), mojo chicken and other Latin street foods are set to display Brown’s culinary versatility. Hopewell Valley Vineyards owner, Violetta Neri, will be pairing these Latin offerings with some of her exclusive wines made right here in the Valley. From dry whites, to robust and fragrant reds, Neri is excited at the opportunity to bring her unique flare to this event.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 14 from 6pm-9pm to kick off the exhibit. There, patrons will be able to view and purchase the art, as well as chat with the artists while jazz music fills the late summer evening. All pieces will be available for purchase unless otherwise noted and will be on display until September 26.

This event is a further realization of Shofed’s vision of the universality of the artistic experience and its ability to call us all together. An award winning photographer himself, Shofed continues to present the Trenton art community to the wider world, drawing attention to established artists and up-and-comers hailing from our capitol city. Taking the motto “Trenton Makes The World Takes” to heart, Shofed’s mission is for Trenton’s growing art community to thrive and become both a place for art production and consumption as well as a destination for art lovers and the art curious from all over New Jersey.

The Latin Heritage Artist Exhibit will open on Thursday, September 14 and run through September 26 at the Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd, Pennington New Jersey 08534. Please come and join for what is hoped to be an annual event in Mercer County. This event is open to all.

For more information, see commonthreadsgallery.com and amphorartworks.com.

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Renata Barnes
Renata is the author of "The Taste Chase," MercerMe's own food review column. She's a lover of all things poetic, colorful, funny and inspiring. A native New Yorker, who grew up in Hopewell Valley and spent the better part of her adulthood back in NYC, currently finds herself in a growing love relationship with “the Valley”. Latin food, Indian saris and mehndi, French perfume, African music, Middle Eastern spices, South American jewels, Asian fabrics and anything from just about any island (maybe not Riker’s Island) are things that remind her to go out and taste the world, live passionately and always wear deodorant. The mother of one rambunctious boy and the wife of a mellow fellow, Renata tries to put her too many years of university and her film and writing talents to good use here in NJ. “I’ve spent too much time trying to fit in some where when I probably belong everywhere. That slow revelation has been freeing.”

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