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Holguín Pays Homage to Mexican Artist Electa Arenal

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electa arenal 1Electa Arenal Huerta lived part of her life in Holguin, where she began her artistic work with the creation of free arts workshops.
The Provincial Center of Plastic Arts in Holguín and the Directorate of Culture in this province host the special day “Buscando a Electa”, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of the renowned Mexican painter, sculptor and engraver, who left an imprint in this eastern Cuban territory.
Electa Arenal Huerta lived part of her life in Holguín, since 1961, where she began her artistic work with the creation of free arts workshops, in which she taught drawing, modeling, sculpture, crafts and ceramics classes.

Yuricel Moreno, director of the Provincial Center of Plastic Arts, said that the activities will run until June 14, with a varied program of activities that includes talks and tours of the sites where people can appreciate the works of the late artist, as well as the delivery of the Electa Arenal distinction to personalities representative of this art expression in the Cuban City of Parks.

The celebration, Moreno explained, aims to revitalized the legacy of someone who gave a significant boost to the cultural movement of the city after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. It will have the presence of teacher Mercedes Murgía, prominent author from Saltillo, Coahuila in Mexico, place of residence of her maternal family.

The agenda also includes the opening of the exhibitions Ecos de tu risa, by the children’s creation workshop Antes del Alba, the collective exhibit Acompasando tus pasos and Por Siempre Electa, which will display original works of the Mexican artist, present in the collection of the Provincial Museum La Periquera, located in the historic center of the city.
Also, the Ministry of Culture and the Vito Alessio Robles de Saltillo Center will present a monographic catalog made by the Holguín pedagogue Ramiro Ricardo Feria as a tribute to Arenal.

Known as Electa la mexicana, this artist was born on May 16, 1935 in Mexico City, Federal District and there are works of her authorship located in the provincial capital of the eastern city, in the town of Velasco in the municipality of Gibara and in Puerto Padre, Las Tunas province.

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