Paintings by Raquel Garcia Martinez at Burien Community Center in March

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The Burien Arts Association will be featuring the paintings of Raquel Garcia Martinez in the March exhibit at the Burien Community Center.

Meet Raquel at the opening reception on Tuesday, March 5, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center, 14700 6th Ave SW. The exhibit runs through March 31 and is open to the public during Center hours, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday– Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday.

Born and raised in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, Raquel found joy in art from a young age. Aided by a creative resourceful mother and a father who loved long family road trips throughout Mexico, Raquel was exposed to indigenous and regional art styles all over the country. The colorful pottery, paintings, and hand-crafted sculptures and figurines that she saw in the states of Jalisco and Oaxaca especially impressed her young mind. She became a fan of Mexican folk art.

Raquel’s main medium is acrylic paint. An avid sketch artist, she regularly uses pencil and graphite as well. She is self-taught and enjoys portraying her culture through the bright folkloric decorative shadow boxes known as “Nichos.” She tries to use recycled materials in their construction as well as rescued or repurposed furniture and other wooden items.

Raquel has lived in Seattle for the past 21 years with her husband and four boys. She worked at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle, for 13 years, serving the elderly in her community through social interaction, exercise, and, of course, art.

All works on display at the Community Center are for sale. Please email [email protected] for information on purchasing.

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