“It’s a real art gallery,” said Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell of November’s art opening Airing Out My Dirty Laundry. Last month, artist Sergio Garcia teamed up with Beyond Arts Gallery to showcase his original artwork in Harlingen, with a thriving art community that is presently redefining how the Valley perceives and receives art.
A person’s contribution lies in finding out “what we’re doing wrong. After that, we have the key to change,” said Sergio. Many pieces in the Airing Out My Dirty Laundry collection contain keys for this very reason. “Keys symbolize that we have the key within ourselves to change,” he said.
Although a difficult choice, if he had to choose one art medium with which to focus, Sergio said he’d pick ceramics. He elaborated, saying, “I enjoy the smell of the clay. The clay, it’s cold. [When I work with it], I take control of the clay with my hands.” His description of his work with clay waxed poetic as the artist said, “In the end, it’s a little [like] suffering. Sometimes there are accidents, and the clay [breaks].”
Sergio has loved art since he can remember. In fact, he recollected his first box of Crayolas, which were a gift from his mother. He said “after drawing all over the walls and on coloring books” he knew he was destined for a lifelong relationship with art.
At present, the young Brownsville artist has taken part in nearly 20 solo and group art shows, both in the States and Mexico. Sergio said the best feeling for him, as an artist and spiritual individual, would be “to hear that people left my show with a positive feeling, and that my work spoke to their souls.”
Mayor Boswell commended Beyond Arts Gallery by saying, “Thank you for being a part of what [the City of Harlingen] is trying to do with the arts in Harlingen.”
Stop by Beyond Arts Gallery before December 31 to view Airing Out My Dirty Laundry. Take a friend, take an afternoon, take your preconceived notions of art in the Valley and be pleasantly surprised at what you uncover.
Beyond Arts Gallery is located on 114 N. A Street in Harlingen, and their hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Find the gallery on the web at BeyondArtsGallery.com, or call (956) 230-2859 to learn about upcoming art events, lapidary and other classes.