Opening September 1, 2023 in the Boyd Gallery
A celebration of Hispanic art, culture, and history, The Fort Smith Museum of History proudly announces the newest exhibition in the Boyd Gallery. Offering creative work representative of their home countries are Pinturas Helguera LLC artist and educator, Isaac Helguera, from Mexico, and Madjer Linares (Moises Esaú Linares Merino), an artist and architect from El Salvador. The artists are hosted by the Fort Smith Museum of History and The River Valley Adult Learning Alliance in Dardanelle, AR, respectively.
Exhibition runs September 1- December 31, 2023
a: 320 Rogers Avenue
Light refreshments available
On September 1, 2023, in the Fort Smith Museum of History’s “Boyd Gallery” artistic works rich in cultural themes created by Mexican artist Isaac Helguera and El Salvadorian artist, Madjer Linares will debut.
Of his work, Maestro Isaac Helguera explains his themes as historical characters, customs and traditions of Mexico. “With a heart deeply rooted in my heritage, I find profound joy in capturing the essence of my [pueblo] through its landscapes and the tales of history that have been passed down to me”.
Describing a moving painting of Mexican General, Emiliano Zapata, Helguera describes his work, “passionately embark[ing] on capturing the essence of Zapata, a revered hero, on canvas. With meticulous attention to detail, I skillfully mixed oil colors to convey his spirit. Every stroke was thoughtfully crafted, harmoniously blending colors to evoke the depth and emotion of this iconic figure. The tactile texture of the oil paints infused the painting with palpable energy. Employing various techniques, from bold brushstrokes to subtle glazing, I strived to depict Zapata with authenticity and reverence. With a deep sense of responsibility to preserve my cultural heritage, I poured my heart and soul into the painting, honoring Zapata and celebrating my Mexican roots. In the end, my oil painting of Zapata became a testament [of] artistic skills, techniques, and unwavering connection to my cultural heritage, embodying the spirit of a Mexican hero and paying homage to our rich legacy.”
Señor Helguera goes on to add “As an educator and artist, I desire to pass down to the next generation of learners the skills and techniques taught to me by my father who a was a Mexican artist. My father taught me when I was a ten year old boy the Lacas technique that I incorporate in many of my works. I hope to preserve this artistic contribution in our community”.
After a roofing accident, Helguera reached for the paint brush after nearly twenty years of not painting and has only been painting portraits the last six years. “It is an honor to share my love and passion with others and I hope they are able to connect with art on a personal level”, says Maestro Isaac. Helguera has exhibited in various galleries, showcased works at Crystal Bridges, participated in art walks and festivals across the United States, opened a small gallery in Conway, where he resides and has continued to teach art classes. He often paints LIVE on TikTok and Facebook. He is eager to continue promoting the love of Mexican art, envisioning its growth like a beautiful flower. If you would like to connect or have a piece commissioned by Artist Isaac Helguera, you may reach him here:
Madjer Linares (Moises Esaú Linares Merino) is an artist and architect born in San Vicente, El Salvador in 1993. From an early age, he showed interest in art and took drawing and painting courses in modest art schools outside the country's capital. While living in the city, he was drawn to the aesthetics of graffiti and began to explore the world of street art and vandalism.
In addition to his passion for art, Madjer is also a graduate in architecture from the University of El Salvador. His education in architecture has influenced his artistic work, giving him a deep understanding of construction and structure.
Over time, Madjer has evolved his technique and style in painting and graffiti, allowing him to participate in urban art festivals in Latin America and develop his own authentic and unique style that combines elements of both disciplines. Although still considered an emerging artist, he has demonstrated great potential to grow and become a reference in art in El Salvador. His work has been locally recognized and has generated a lot of interest in the artistic and cultural community. Madjer continues to work on his art with dedication and passion, always exploring new techniques and styles to continue evolving and growing as an artist.
To find examples of Linares art visit: https://www.facebook.com/madjerlinares1
Both artists will have art available for purchase.
The Boyd Gallery offers a rotating exhibition schedule that showcases the rich history of Fort Smith. Exhibits feature a variety of topics, including important events, influential people, and significant milestones in the city's development. From the early days of Fort Smith's history to the present. Each exhibit is carefully curated to provide a comprehensive and engaging experience that highlights the significance of Fort Smith's history.
The rotating exhibition schedule ensures that there is always something new to discover at our museum. Whether you're a history buff or simply interested in learning more about the city, exhibits offer something for everyone. Don't miss your chance to explore the rich history of Fort Smith through the ever changing Boyd Gallery.
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- Sat, Oct 14Fort SmithLouder & Funnier: Alphonso Trent and His Orchestra Book-Signing and Children’s Program with author, Darneisha F. AirhartOct 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMFort Smith, 320 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USAIn the children’s book, Louder & Funnier: Alphonso Trent and His Orchestra, author Darneisha Airhart introduces a new audience to the life and talents of Alphonso Trent and his orchestra. A book reading, children’s activity, and book signing will take place on Saturday, October 14 @ 11:00.
- Sat, Oct 14Fort SmithOct 14, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PMFort Smith, 320 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USAThe Fort Smith Museum of History has a day just for kids! We’re calling it “Kid’s Day”, and part of the activities will be "Judge Parker's Birthday" with birthday treats AND the inaugural presentation of “The Trial of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears” on Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 pm.