Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Vida de Oro Latino Art Festival 2010

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Vida de Oro Latino Art Festival 2010 
Sacramento, CA – The 2nd Annual Vida de Oro Latino Folk Art Festival will unfold on May 15, 2010 at 2354 Acacia Hall, Sacramento.  Again, the festival will showcase a diverse range of artisans and performing artists from painters, poets, crafters, musicians and dancers.  The festival is free of charge and open to the public.      

The festival will begin at 1:00 pm and conclude at 7:00 pm.  It provides a rare opportunity to see many start-up and professional artisan and entertainers from very different genres. 

“Last year, we had over 1,500 attendees,” said Mina Perez, 2010 festival coordinator.  “This included many children enjoying the many activities and continuous entertainment.  The focus of this event is to highlight regional fine Latino art, handmade crafts, and quality entertainment, where families can learn, share and enjoy these amazing cultural treasures.  It’s a no-alcohol event geared for the whole family.” 

This year’s featured artisans include: 
  • Felipe Davalos – A former illustrator for the National Geographic magazine.  He is considered an expert in pre-Columbian art.  He will discuss his artwork and share stories about his travels around the world -
  • Julia Marin – Marin is one of Sacramento’s most talented photographers.  The images she captures range from national political figures to pop music entertainers.  She is well known for experimenting with her images to highlight unusual features and details -
  •   Guillermina “Mina” Perez – is an artisan who has created her own line of crafts as “Mina’s Treasures.”  Using recycled goods that have been tossed, giving them a second chance by meticulously designing creations including broaches, corsages, pincushions and jewelry -
  • Carlos Irigoyen – an artisan who blends his Aztec and Souix cultures onto the canvas using “sharpie” markers.  His artwork has been described as incredibly creative and is extremely collectible. (

The Festival will also bring a taste of Hollywood to the Boulevard with special guests Actor/Writer Richard Yniguez, Actor Daniel Zacapa, and Actor Robert Covarrubias, all starred in the 1979 low-rider cult movie, “Boulevard Nights.”  This Chicano film classic will be screened with the actors taking questions from the audience and signing autographs.

  • Richard Yniguez is the star of “Boulevard Nights” as a young Chicano growing up in the tough neighborhoods of East L.A., helping his single mother raise his gang-banging brother.  Yniguez also starred as the police officer that brought down a deranged sniper played by Kurt Russell in 1975’s “The Deadly Tower.”  Launching his career in the 1970 made for TV movie “Tribes,” Yniguez has guest starred in numerous television programs including:  Banaza, Hawaii Five-O, Simon & Simon, Mama Malone, and O’Hara.  More recently, Yniguez can be seen playing a priest in the 2009 dance movie “B-Girl.”
  • Daniel Zacapa also starred in “Boulevard Nights” as the bet maker in the first-of-its kind car-hopping competition scene.  But Zacapa is best known for his recurring role as Ruben Santiago in Showtime’s “Resurrection Boulevard.”  More recently, he guest starred in television episodes of Prison Break, The Closer, Flash Forward, and CSI: Miami.
  • Robert Covarrubias launched his acting career playing the leader of the 11th Street gang in “Boulevard Nights.”  Although Covarrubias has had numerous dramatic roles in several television programs like L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, and ER, his penchant has been in improvisational comedy, appearing several times as Fidel Castro in the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The Actors will also be available for media interviews. 
The Latino Journal founded the Vida de Oro Latino Folk Art Festival in support of creating economic vitality and culture on historic Del Paso Boulevard, North Sacramento.  Hosting this year’s event along with The Latino Journal are Mina’s Treasures, City Councilmember Sandy Sheedy, The Capitol City Women of Sacramento, and the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership.

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