LAKEVIEW — Chicago public libraries have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 trough Oct. 15, with arts and crafts workshops, book discussions and more. Thursday offers a special opportunity in Lakeview for those who want to learn more about Hispanic heritage and how it manifests in art.
Artist Raύl Ortiz, whose work is being exhibited at the Lincoln Belmont Library, 1659 W. Melrose St., through Nov. 14, will give an artist talk and slide presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the library. The event is free and suitable for all ages.
Ortiz was born in Ocampo, Guanajuato, and moved to Chicago when he was five. He earned a fine arts degree in 2001 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has exhibited at the University Club of Chicago, the Old Town Art Center, the Rockford Art Museum and more. He currently lives and works in Chicago.
Ortiz's work stands out for its bold colors, layering of paint and use of manipulated photocopies of photographs from his travels and around town.
Click here for a full schedule of Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Chicago public libraries.