• Friday, November 8, 2019
  • 6 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Ch’in Kana Exhibit Space (3rd Floor)
  • Free Admission!
  • Runs through: November 25th

MCCLA’s Arts Education and Outreach Department is proud to present the work of Juan Serrano, a cultural worker, artisan, and teaching artist. Serrano will exhibit his own artwork, jewelry created from natural elements. Participants are invited to experience his work and see what prospective students will be creating during the month of November. Join the visual art workshop for a chance to exhibit in December.

Artist’s Statement

I am interested in reusing materials that many other people would consider dead. I am interested in breathing new life to natural elements from feathers, leather, stones, and quartz to repurpose them for others to wear and help guide them through their own journey. The work is influenced by sacred and ancestral knowledge, practiced through my Danza.

The ancient sages tell us that feathers give us the qualities of the bird and can be used for healing and self-awareness, as energy receivers and as emitters. Stones are used to bring forth fortune, love, health, and wellness; as well as, ward off depression, anxiety, and other ailments. Leather is worked and repurposed to honor the animals and assures that nothing is wasted. Using the natural elements brings forth protection from negative energies and can be used to clean and purify. Moreover, working and wearing these elements helps to connect us to our sacred mother earth.

Gallery Hours

  • Tuesday to Friday from 3 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Saturday from 10 PM to 4:30 PM
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