Three amigas bring Mexican flavor to MFL

Artist Denise Kooperman comments "My husband and I have made several trips to Mexico in the past few years-- the Yucatan and many of its Mayan ruin sites, the Copper Canyon in central Mexico where people live in canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon, the wonderful city of Oaxaca and the beaches of southern Mexico, and the peninsula of Baja California, where we had close encounters with the gray whales that spend the winters there. I had years ago spent a week outside of Tijuana during a college Spring break, helping to build a structure at an orphanage. Mexico is a fascinating country with incredible geographic and cultural diversity."

Two of Kooperman's pieces "Puesta del Sol en Baja California" and "Abuela al Mercado" are remarkable representations of fabric/textile art. "Puesta del Sol en Baja California" ("Sunset in Baja California") "is a fabric collage representing the vivid sunsets off the Pacific coast of the Baja peninsula and also a bit of the gaudiness often seen in Mexican artwork". And "Abuela al Mercado" ("Grandmother at the Market") "is a partially needle-felted work made from sheep wool who reminds me of the ethnically-rich life of the markets in and around Oxaca while also resembling my own Polish grandmother!" exclaims Kooperman.

The Art exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours and is presented in conjunction with the Marcellus Free Library's Summer Reading Program "Be Creative". Along with the Mexican influenced art exhibit the library is offering Lebanese cooking classes and a Summer Music Series that features Broadway Tunes to Brazilian mangue music. For more information on programs featured at the Marcellus Free Library call 315-673-3221 or visit the Web site at library.marcellusny.com.

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