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“Stolen Culture,” featuring 20 new contemporary works of art by Rick Rotante, continues through Dec. 31 at Raven Art Studio, located on the second floor of La Esquina Plaza, 300 N. Main St. downtown.
The studio is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
“This is a story that needed telling,” Rotante said. “I painted these pieces to show the beauty and strength of these people. [It’s] an attempt to bridge American Indians of the past to the present with accompanying written history of Paleo-Indians' journey to populate the whole of North America, Canada, Alaska and Mexico. They were and are the original inhabitants of what became America. They have overcome near annihilation and continue to rise above all what was done to them. This is my tribute to an enduring people.
“When I was child, I had no idea the scope of the decimation of this entire culture. After moving to California, then New Mexico, I realized how naive I was.”
This is Raven Art Studio’s first major exhibition since it opened in 2016. It is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday in the La Esquina building, 300 N. Main St.
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