La Mexicana: Female Icons in Mexican Culture

Denver businessman Luis Abarca’s commitment to the arts and culture of his homeland has produced one of the area’s largest private collections of Mexican fine and folk art.  Art from the Abarca Family Collection will be on display September 13-December 16, 2012 in the Arvada Center Theater Gallery as the second of three annual fall exhibitions to be sponsored by the Abarca family.  Last year’s exhibit was entitled OAXACA: In Living Culture.

Oaxacan Women in traditional Calenda photo © The MEXICO Report

Oaxacan Women in traditional Calenda; photo © The MEXICO Report

This year’s exhibition, La Mexicana: Female Icons in Mexican Culture, will contain various art forms that feature and represent the power, influence and significance of females throughout Mexican history.  Some of the images to be included pay homage to La AdelitaLa ChicanaLa FridaLa Luna, and La Virgen, to name a few.

The Arvada Center is proud to continue to partner with the Abarca Family as it strengthens a commitment to Colorado’s Mexican community and its culture. Adrianna Abarca, the show’s curator, states: “With these exhibitions we hope to develop an appreciation and pride of the vast amount, quality and diversity of art produced by people of Mexican descent.”

September 13-December 16, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13, 6-9pm, Free, open to the public

More information on the exhibit here.

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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

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